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Atascadero man's photo of huge wave wins worldwide contest

Mike Jones, owner of Azhiaziam surf shop in Morro Bay, caught this photo of what some people estimate was a 100-foot wave in Portugal in December.
Mike Jones, owner of Azhiaziam surf shop in Morro Bay, caught this photo of what some people estimate was a 100-foot wave in Portugal in December.

An Atascadero man's photo of German surfer dropping into a mountain of water won top honors at the World Surf League's XXL Biggest Wave Award competition last weekend.

Mike Jones, who owns Azhiaziam surf shop in Morro Bay, won $4,000 for the prize, which was announced during a ceremony in Anaheim on Friday. Jones captured a shot of Sebastian Steudner riding a wave some have said could be as big as 100 feet in Portugal last December.

Steudnner also won for having caught the year's largest wave — the one Jones captured on camera.

Jones said he couldn't attend the ceremony because he and his wife are expecting their second child.

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