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Pacific Ocean Unloads

Photograph By Shawn Parkin

During the second half of January, the Pacific Ocean bombarded both the Hawaiian and Californian coasts with a bounty of surf. On Maui, waves approaching Jaws reached 30 feet tall with heavy, rideable sets. In California, Mavericks near Santa Cruz made headlines when the annual contest was held thanks to the big surf, while some surfers like Will Skudin (pictured) headed south to Mexico's Isla Todos Santos. Every big-wave spot in between was absolutely perfect for one of the best series of swells in recent memory. What follows is a taste of the epic sets and the surfers who were at the right spots at the right time.