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Hawaii surfers compete in massive waves

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Surfers in Hawaii have been competing in extreme conditions as massive 12m (40ft) waves pounded the coast.

Thousands of people gathered on beaches and cliffs to watch the world's greatest surfers tackle the waves.

The extreme surf conditions meant a rare surfing competition was able to take place.

It was only the eighth time in 25 years that the Eddie Aikau competition, named in honour of a celebrated Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard, was held.

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