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MARGATE — Just down the street from Lucy the Elephant, cars had backed up onto the beach Saturday morning to watch some surfing, all for a great cause.

One July morning in 2008, former Ventnor resident Mike May convinced six of his surfing buddies to join him in paddling 221/2 miles around Absecon Island to raise some money in support of his friend Dean Randazzo, who was battling cancer.

HONOLULU — Charging into violent waves at a Maui surf break known as “Jaws,” a group of women made history Friday as they competed for the first time in the World Surf League’s big-wave surfing competition.