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Defining "Freak"

Dr. Tim Brown breaks down why surfers like Dane Reynolds and Kelly Slater are such freaks

Updated: August 3, 2012, 5:22 PM ET
By Dr. Tim Brown

freak (noun) 1. any abnormal phenomenon or product or unusual object; anomaly; aberration. 2. a person or animal on exhibition as an example of a strange deviation from nature.

What makes a 'freak' in surfing? How can some of the surfers at this week's U.S. Open routinely launch, maneuver their board and body while traveling through the air, then seamlessly land and transition back into the pace and flow of a wave? They pull off such radical maneuvers and survive punishing ...

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