Peter Mel: not afraid of higher lips

The Big Wave World Tour has just concluded its third successful season and will be crowning Big Wave World Tour champion, Peter Mel, later this month.

The season started out strong at the extremely consistent big wave spot Punta de Lobos, Chile, home of the Quiksilver Ceremonial. The contest was held under sunny skies, perfect offshore winds and flawless 40+ft waves.

The second stop on the tour, Billabong Pico Alto Invitacional, was held at the famed Peruvian Big Wave Spot, in clean and consistent 35-40ft waves.

The seemingly endless walls allowed legendary big wave rider, Peter Mel, to carve himself all the way to the final, impressing the judges enough on his final wave to ensure his first world tour win. Immediately following his victory, fellow Quiksilver rider, Kelly Slater tweeted, ”It’s about time Pete.”

With La Nina in full affect for the North Pacific season, bad winds and small swells prevailed. The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic (Lincoln City, Oregon, USA) and The Peligroso at Todos Santos (Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico) were unable to find suitable conditions to run their respected events.

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Mick Fanning: fired up against the king

Mick Fanning has claimed the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger over reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater, in offshore three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach.

Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach culminated in dramatic fashion today with pundits calling it the "best Final in event history." Watch the final highlights.

The Australian and American went blow for blow throughout the 35-minute bout, exchanging massive scores and the lead several times before the dust settled.

"I'm so pumped," Fanning said. "Kelly (Slater) did that Hail Mary for the 10 and I thought, ‘oh, here we go.' I just caught waves and I'm stoked it all paid off. I'm really at a loss for words and I'm just pumped. It doesn't get any sweeter. The crowd's been amazing with the whole amphitheater and the history that comes with it. I always picture this event and have had some seconds over the years, so to get this one, I'm so pumped."

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Joshua Holley: Hawaiian shark fighter

Joshua Holley, a 28-year-old surfer, was attacked by a tiger shark, at Leftovers, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The surfer was surprised by the 10-feet predator in the nose of his surfboard.

"I felt this unreal push on the left side of my body. It was like this popping sensation on my foot and I looked down to my left and I saw this huge dorsal fin," Holley told Hawaii News Now. "Survival mode kicked in and I punched it really hard once and then twice. I didn’t want to panic or go into shock or anything like that."

Joshua stayed calm during the shark attack and decided to strike a few punches in the shark, before the predator went away. "I’m not gonna die today", he yelled.

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