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Shane Dorian nearly met his maker after suffering a two wave hold down on this supersized Mavericks bomb. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Shane Dorian nearly met his maker after suffering a two wave hold down on this supersized Mavericks bomb. Photo: Nelly/SPL

According to photographer Dave Nelson, Shane Dorian lost his balance after hitting the slightest lump in the doubling-up swell, and was held underwater by this wave and the next one before surfacing all dazed... Scary stuff. Photo: Nelly/SPL

According to photographer Dave Nelson, Shane Dorian lost his balance after hitting the slightest lump in the doubling-up swell, and was held underwater by this wave and the next one before surfacing all dazed... Scary stuff. Photo: Nelly/SPL

When Shane Dorian calls it quits and is looking this rattled, you know some serious shit just went down. Photo: Nelly/SPL

When Shane Dorian calls it quits and is looking this rattled, you know some serious shit just went down. Photo: Nelly/SPL

With a sudden surge in the swell, Sunday (2/14) morning was even bigger than the previous day when the Mavericks Surf Contest ran. Expect to see a lot of Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards from this day... Photo: Nelly/SPL

With a sudden surge in the swell, Sunday (2/14) morning was even bigger than the previous day when the Mavericks Surf Contest ran. Expect to see a lot of Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards from this day... Photo: Nelly/SPL

Grant "Twiggy" Baker on what looks like the biggest wave ever paddled into last Sunday at Mavericks. See you at the XXL Awards Twiggy! Photo: Nelly/SPL

Grant "Twiggy" Baker on what looks like the biggest wave ever paddled into last Sunday at Mavericks. See you at the XXL Awards Twiggy! Photo: Nelly/SPL

Not everyone was chasing the biggest waves ever at Mavericks... Jesse Merle Jones in LA. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Not everyone was chasing the biggest waves ever at Mavericks… Jesse Merle Jones in LA. Photo: Noyle/SPL

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