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Make Your Mark

By Andrew Oliver

“The Season,” as it’s known on the North Shore, roughly corresponds to the six weeks of competition, events, freesurfs, parties, and shenanigans during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing window. A global pilgrimage of competitive warriors, heavy-wave chargers, freeloaders, hanger-ons, and everyone in-between converge on this storied sliver of coast to revel in the surfing supernova that is “The Season.”

The contests do a great job of quantifying winners and losers on their given days, and as much attention and fanfare the official events rightfully receive, the moments between the heats are no less spectacular. With the sheer bounty of waves this season, performance levels have been through the roof. Here are a few who have made their mark.