Pursuit of high-risk happiness via surfboard

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By Kathleen Atkins

Some people, not naturally endowed with feathers or fins, go to a lot of trouble for their flying-over-water fun.

Among these are the contestants in the Mavericks Invitational big-wave surfing competition, where the waves can loom 100 feet high. This year’s event took place Sunday, January 20, at Half Moon Bay in California.

I prefer thrills like these second-hand and can do so, thanks to the intrepid videographers who shot these sequences. Who knows — after watching the ultimate surfing challenge, you might be tempted to take your chances on (somewhat smaller) waves. Play the video

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