Thirty-six of the world's finest surfers will shoot the immense breakers on the North Shore beaches of Oahu, Hawaii, when the Smirnoff World Pro-Am surfing championships begin on November the 15th.
SV crowd watching huge breakers thump down
GV PAN suffer Reno Abellira riding along ridge of breaker, turning down into trough of wave
GV surfer swooping straight down breaker
SV PAN girl with board runs down beach and leaps onto board in water
SV spectators on beach
SV PAN man and woman surfers coming in on big wave
CU Mark Warren, defending men's titleholder, on beach
GV Warren on board coming down wave
SV crowd watching PAN to Smirnoff pennants
GV PAN surfer moving ahead of big breaker
SV from front of surfer who vanishes briefly into deep trough of water
Surfer tumbles from board and is 'wiped out' by breaking wave
Oahu is pronounced OH-WA-HOO.
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Background: Thirty-six of the world's finest surfers will shoot the immense breakers on the North Shore beaches of Oahu, Hawaii, when the Smirnoff World Pro-Am surfing championships begin on November the 15th. Australian surfers, who have won five of the previous eight titles, are expected, once more, to be the men to beat.
SYNOPSIS: Oahu's North Shore beaches are savaged by the heaviest surf in the world. Here is the United State's big hope, the Hawaiian Reno Abellira who won the men's title in 1974. Abellira, and other local boardriders, are hoping for giant waves that will prove daunting for even the redoubtable Australians. Abellira won his title in the biggest waves ever seen anywhere for a world class meet.
Twelve of the world's best female surfers will contest the women's title.
In surfing competitions, judges award points based on the difficulty in the wave the surfer selects and how he manoeuvres on its most demanding stretch.
This is Mark Warren, the defending men's champion, from Australia. Warren is again strongly fancied, even if huge seas are running. When he won last year, he rode 12 foot waves with impressive grace and ease.
Among the 36 competitors in the men's event will be the champions on Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Peru and the United States. They will be braving the waves for $42,000 in prize money.