Margaret River Wineries: cups for everyone

The Margaret River Wineries team has claimed the SurfAid Cup, in Western Australia, with a last-second ride secured in solid six-foot surf.

The MR Wineries scored 51.90 to narrowly defeat HSF, also known as the "Bar" Boys (51.80), with Macquarie WA third (42.67) and defending champions CineAds fourth (36.77).

The winning team - Brendan Carr (Xanadu Wines), Jarod Bawden (Stella Bella), Sam Castleden (Rosily Wines) and Adam Elton (Voyager Estate), plus local ripper Luke Campbell – won with five seconds to spare when Bawden caught the final wave to overtake HSF.

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Soli Bailey: blue is the water

Soli Bailey has conquered the 2014 Rangiroa Pro Junior, after winning the final over Kai Hing, in two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf, at Rangiroa, French Polynesia.

Bailey held his nerve in the final after Hing started with a bang posting a 8.00, answering back with a 9.00 and a 9.70.

Bailey lost in the final in 2012 and finished third last year, but wouldn't be denied in 2014. Huge gouging carves and tweaked aerials saw him take the win, he was by far the standout surfer of the event.

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Jamie Mitchell: slide and splash

The wipeouts of the year for the 2014 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards have been picked.

In contention for the "Wipeout of the Year" honors are five surfers at three notorious big wave breaks scattered around the world.

Among this year's candidates are Shawn Dollar and Alex Martins who suffered spectacular malfunctions at their home break of Maverick's in Northern California, along with French Polynesian Alain Riou and Hawaiian Koa Rothman, who both went end-over-end at Teahupoo, Tahiti.

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