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Event dark horse Miguel Pupo.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Taj Burrow has to probably give up on 2012 as a title year despite another hungry performance.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Kolohe is suddenly a contender at the most unlikely of venues. Perhaps the pressure is off?© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Bourez is always a threat in France, he loves it here.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Julian Wilson looked in control, until he lost.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
John John Florence schooled Taylor Knox with a ridiculously chilled barrel hound performance after electing to sit a bit further down from Captain America.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Tiago Pires will now be looking forward to Portugal after losing out to Kai.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Heitor Alves on his way to a loss against a resurgent Bede Durbidge.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
The fans' man, JJF, the younger hairier version of Kelly Slater?© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Kolohe has started winning, he needs to in order to stay on tour and near drowning incident aside has looked comfortable in and amongst the the heavy water at La Graviere. All this just as people were writing him off in 2012.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Taj Burrow feeling the post-heat defeat frustration.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Julian Wilson kicked a 10 out the previous day and had his Rd 3 heat under wraps before letting Miguel Pupo go on the last minute needing a 6 something under his priority. Pupo turned it into a 7 something and again Julian Wilson was out early again. It's hard this tour, there are no gimmies in 2012.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Everyone is beatable out there with a rampaging Jordy Smith stopped by a close judging call in his heat against Bede Durbidge. He was owed one by the judges from Trestles but they don't work that way.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Family life seems to suit father Parko on tour, he's sliding through the heats© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith