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Previewing the 2012 XXL Awards

Updated: May 3, 2012, 5:23 PM ET
By Jake Howard

Friday night the Billabong XXL Awards lands in Anaheim, Calif., and as seems to be a trend in recent years, big wave surfing continues to expand its global reach. With nominees coming in from Fiji, Tahiti, Australia, Europe and, of course, Hawaii, waves of unusual size and shape are popping up all over the world.

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A look at the women that charged the hardest in 2012. Gallery

No secret, the Aug. 27, 2011, session at Teahupoo, Tahiti, leads ...

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