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33. Savannah Shaughnessy

Photograph By Nikki Brooks

In the grizzled male-dominated lineup at Mavericks, located in the cold waters of Northern California's Half Moon Bay, Savannah Shaughnessy has carved out a well-deserved spot for herself. First surfing the infamous break in 2005 as a 16-year-old, by the time she graduated high school she was a regular in the water whenever big northwest swells hit the buoy. Most recently she made a 12-hour drive from her home in Santa Cruz to Lincoln City, Ore., where she competed in the first-ever women's big-wave world tour event.