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Big wave title a big deal for Long

Updated: December 23, 2009, 9:35 PM ET
By Jake Howard | Special to ESPN Los Angeles

"I was focused," says Greg Long, trying to justify his steely demeanor in Hawaii during the recent Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau.

Earlier in the day, Long did the unthinkable: steal a certain victory from the hands of nine-time world champ Kelly Slater in the final seconds of the event's last heat. In nearly any contest he enters, Slater is the best surfer in the water. But if the contest in question is a big wave contest, that title doesn't belong to Slater. ...

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