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Pictures of surfers from four continents today

We had an unusual diversity of surfing pictures on the wire today. Here are some different approaches to different conditions around the world.

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Hugo Papst (L) is towed by his brother Louis as he surfs rising flood waters in the Victorian town of Horsham on January 17, 2011. Anxious residents of towns in southern Australia braced for once-in-200-year floods, as the government said the rolling flood crisis was its costliest natural disaster ever. The hub of Horsham, which lies about 300 kilometres (187 miles) northwest of the Victorian state capital Melbourne, is expected to be one of the worst-hit towns in the region, where more than 40 villages have already been affected.

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Raul Garcia (L) and Oscar Gomez of Spain surf during the "La Vaca Gigante IV" competition in Santander, northern Spain January 17, 2011.

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A surfer braves the cold water while riding a wave along the shores of Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, British Columbia January 17, 2011. A strong inshore wind churned up the waters of English Bay.


Windsurfers take on the waves, driven by a strong seasonal south easterly winds and large swells, at Blaauwberg beach in Cape Town January 17, 2011.