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Session: Chilly Willy

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Wednesday May 26 2010 07:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Hang on Sloopy ... ( 19 May 2008 - 19 May 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: Several

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'0" quad

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 58F/54F

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Soft
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Multipeaks
- Bowl

Description:

Chilly Willy out there this morning. Water temp has dropped to 54F due to upwelling caused by the El Nino storm pattern over SOCAL producing strong surface winds.

After and hour and a half I was as stiff as a board, the early morning gloomy fog and offshore breeze did not help! 

Drop_in

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Created: Tuesday April 27 2010 01:04:07 AM

Modified: Tuesday April 27 2010 01:06:39 AM

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Session: Rabbit Stew

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Wednesday April 7 2010 07:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Hang on Sloopy ... ( 19 May 2008 - 19 May 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: Dozen plus

Length of the surf session: 2.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'0" quad

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 65F/58F

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Multipeaks
- Bowl

Description:

Update: Yesterday was classic! Combo shoulder high swells and stiff offshore Santa Ana's holding up the lip for some really great walls. Was sitting outside and picked off the wave of the morning, a clean head high peak.

Came off the bottom, carved off the top and set up three or four, big, lazy, climb and drops, coming down with the curl, the wind holding up the wall in front!

Easter Parade: Fun session early Easter Sunday morning, Northside Seal Pier. Dead low tide with a mix of fading NW and building S swells.  Waist to shoulder with a few head high peaks on the sets, glassy conditions and only a handfull of guys out.

Sequence #6Drop_in

Caught a couple of really nice, fast movers! Barely made a good set wave on a late takeoff with a high line slide, the curl breaking on my chest forcing me down into the pit, but it backed off just enough to make the green before it started grinding again across the inside sand bar. I though to myself i'm going to make it you bitch, your not going to gobble me up, and as one of the young kids sitting inside said to his buddy "Shit he made it!"  

Rabbit Stew with Red Wine:

RabbitStew

Dredge rabbit pieces with 1/2 cup flour. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; brown rabbit pieces on all sides. Add celery, onion, salt, pepper, bay leaf, 4 cups water, and a glass of Merlot; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer rabbit stew for 2 hours. Add carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms; cook for about 25 to 30 minutes longer, or until vegetables are tender. Combine 1/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup water; stir until well blended and smooth. Stir flour mixture into the broth; cook and stir until thickened. Rabbit stew recipe serves 4.   

Easter Parade with Judy:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8AvEczTqe4
 

 

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Created: Monday April 5 2010 02:20:44 AM

Modified: Sunday April 11 2010 03:11:03 AM

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Session: The angry sea

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Wednesday January 20 2010 07:45:00 AM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Very strong

Nb waves ridden: Zero

Length of the surf session: Zero min

Surfboard ridden: Zero

Weather and water temp: 54F/54F

Waves height: 4.5m-6m / 15ft-20ft

Waves Quality:
- Ledgey
- Powerful
- Hollow
- Mutant

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Multipeaks
- Bowl
- Close out

Description:

"Victory at Sea" conditions this morning after yesterdays bashing with more swell, rain and wind on the way! Huge dirty brown swells marching sideways down the coast driven by force 9 winds. 

"A powerful storm that hit the Southern California coast this afternoon caused at least one tornado, four water spouts and winds of up to 80 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local-beat/Winter_Storm__Water_Spout_touches_down_near_Huntington_Beach_Los_Angeles.html

“We have everything going today,” said the Weather Service spokesman Bill Hoffer.

Long Beach, Seal Beach, San Pedro and Huntington Beach were hit hardest by the fast-moving storm, which flooded streets, damaged homes, produced hail and ice and stranded cars on the 710 Freeway.

Witnesses reported seeing a tornado touch down in Sunset Beach and lift boats out of the water as it came onshore, sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies were responding to reports that a tornado or waterspout had touched down near Anderson Street and Pacific Coast Highway, lifting several catamarans 30 feet to 50 feet in the air, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

 

Scott Seaton, 60, is the manager of the Peter’s Landing marina. He said he was in the office with his wife when they got a computer warning that a tornado warning had been issued.

He said they watched out the window as the “cyclone,” as Seaton described it, came over their building and touched down in the marina. It stayed there for a while before moving down the marina, getting stronger.

At one point, Seaton said, it picked up a 40-foot sailing catamaran and twirled it several feet in the air. The catamaran dropped back into the water on top of another boat.

(More reports from Irvine, Long Beach, San Pedro, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Ventura County after the jump)

There was damage to that catamaran as well as a small whaler.

“It was just amazing watching that thing dance up in the air,” he said of the catamaran. “As quick as it came it was gone.  I can’t even imagine seeing a monster one because this thing seemed so powerful,” Seaton said of the funnel cloud. “When it came it was just ‘boom.’ It was just unbelievable.”

 

Heavy rains caused a roof to collapse at Tropitone Furniture Co., at 5 Marconi in Irvine. Police said the company’s 115 employees evacuated the building. A woman who answered the phone at the company said no one was injured.

Hundreds of vehicles were stuck on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach this afternoon in rain-caused floods, authorities said. Firefighters responded this afternoon to the 710 Freeway between Ocean Boulevard and 6th Street, said Long Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Frank Hayes, attempting to remove hundreds of vehicles that were floating in standing water.

Other rain-related flooding was reported throughout Long Beach, Hayes said, including several intersections that were blocked with floating vehicles.

 

 

The Los Angeles Police Department has called a tactical alert and is evacuating homes in San Pedro. The department has also shutdown an area between Pacific and Gaffey and 4th and 7th streets hit by the worst of the flood. Officials say a lightning strike hit the Conoco refinery, causing a small fire.

In Huntington Beach, the beaches were mostly empty while waves surged, lightning struck and wind reached gusts of 52 miles per hour. The gusts topped 72 mph in Newport Beach.

The storm was accompanied by rain, lightning, hail, ice and high waves. Officials are worried about mudslides in burn areas in L.A. and Orange counties as the new storm hit the mountain areas.

Piers along the Southern California coast were being closed today as huge waves surged onto beaches and harbors with a rainstorm that is expected to bring wind, thunder and lightning.

Ventura police closed the city's nearly 2,000-foot wooden pier this morning as a precaution; no damage was reported. But huge waves crashed near beachfront homes. "We're expecting some pretty big surf," said Sgt. Jack Richards.

 

Lifeguards also closed the Hermosa Beach Pier and were in the process of closing the Manhattan Beach pier, according to Los Angeles County lifeguards.

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

A high surf advisory is in effect through Friday and the National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood watch starting tonight through late Wednesday, saying very large surf combined with strong wind is expected to push water into low-lying areas during high tide.

The largest waves will appear Wednesday and Thursday, when breakers could reach as high as 25 feet.

"The surf is very large," said Capt. Mike Patterson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Lifeguard Division, overlooking 15-foot waves at the Hermosa Beach pier, where gates were locked this morning. "It's another facet of the weather."

A second in a series of four storms is sweeping across Southern California today, prompting power outages and fears of mud flows in hillsides stripped of vegetation because of recent wildfires.

Rain should turn into heavy showers with thunder, lightning and gusty winds by this afternoon and evening, dumping between ¾ and 1 ½ inches, according to forecasters. The storm could bring hail and weak, isolated tornadoes inland and off the coast.

"It's a fast mover with gusty winds behind it, so it should be out of the area before midnight," said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Authorities are urging caution during the afternoon commute, when the brunt of today's storm is expected to hit. They are also warning people to stay inside during the lightning and thunder.

"If you hear it roar, go indoors," Seto said!"

 

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Created: Wednesday January 20 2010 05:53:38 PM

Modified: Wednesday January 20 2010 06:04:22 PM

Hits: 1859

Session: Merry Christmas

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Sunday December 27 2009 08:00:00 AM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Hang on Sloopy ... ( 19 May 2008 - 19 May 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: Several

Length of the surf session: 1.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'0" Quad

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 42F/54F

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Multipeaks
- Bowl
- Close out

Description:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! Christmas Day dawned bright and sunny but chilly. Air temp at 8 AM was 42F water temp 54 F not cold to some but after a couple of hours I was so stiff could hardly turn. Surf was waist to chest with occasional head high sets and a light Santa Ana offshore. Kind of walled with a combo of Harvey Wallbanger pier bowls and some Sucide rights into the breakwall.

 RotationSealstallSeatrim

 

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Created: Sunday December 27 2009 12:44:44 AM

Modified: Sunday December 27 2009 12:44:44 AM

Hits: 843

Session: Max speed

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Sunday April 5 2009 07:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Spring Break ( 28 March 2008 - 28 March 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: several

Length of the surf session: 2.5 min

Surfboard ridden: Quad

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 70F/62F

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Fast
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Multipeaks
- Bowl
- Close out

Description:

This morning we actually had some decent waves. Started out a little slow with the early morning high tide but picked up and conditions stayed clean. Warm and sunny  with a mix of NW and Southern Hemi ground swells in the water and light off-shore breeze.

Sequence #5Quad

When the Pier gets really good the swells all merge into big peaks that refract off the  breakwall into what we call "Harvey Wall Bangers". The wave suddenly jumps up to one and a half times its size like "The Wedge" at Newport ... you free fall down the face and if you make the drop, your in a cannon barrel churning over the shallow inside sand bar!   

Picked off three good one each one better than the last! The creme de la creme was a big overhead wall that came grinding through. Took off way deep by the sea wall, with the peak feathering over my head, top turned and started pumping like crazy in a half crouch. The wave was totally walled out in front and grinding over me but my board was just flying and skipping, it was going so fast. I made it across the inside sandbar to the shore break banked off the top and fell down the face on to my side. Don't know if it was the speed or the height but it hurt like a sonofabitch. Knocked the wind right out of me. Came up gasping like a fish. Everyone was hooting and hollering but all I could do was give a thumbs up!

(Was riding my new Auz EPS/Epoxy Quad using the two outer 4.6" Future's with a 4" trailer. One thing you notice, it top turns much better than a regular longboard and holds the highline speed track. The photo above is my old 9'2" Jean Luc 2+1 and you can see the low slow position.)

 Harvey Wallbanger

1 oz Grey Goose Vodka
1/2 oz Galliano® herbal liqueur
4 oz fresh squeezed Orange juice

Pour vodka and orange juice into a collins glass over ice cubes and stir. Float galliano on top and serve with a sprig of mint and lemon peel.

 Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Created: Monday April 6 2009 12:33:59 AM

Modified: Monday April 6 2009 12:34:40 AM

Hits: 970

Session: Singing in the rain

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Sunday February 8 2009 08:00:00 AM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Spring Break ( 28 March 2008 - 28 March 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: Several

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: Super Fish

Fins: 2

Weather and water temp: 60F/56F

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Ledgey
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks
- Bowl

Description:

Smile 

Glassy conditions this morning Northside Seal Pier at 8 AM with light rain and a light cross shore. Swell was inconsistent chest to shoulder on the sets with some shore break backwash from a deep early morning high tide of almost 7 feet (some minor flooding on PCH by Sunset Beach). Only a couple of us out there "Singing in the Rain". A couple of heavy squalls from an offshore thunderstorm then patchy blue sky and a rainbow.  Started to get better as the tide went out but the side shore SE wind started to pick up. Caught a 100 yard bomb off the sea wall, late takeoff, ducked under the lip and pumped the Super Fish hard down the line through the backwash to almost dry sand! 

http://www.myvideo.de/watch/4767713/I_m_singing_in_the_rain_Gene_Kelly 

Big Seal December 2005

Big Seal 

 

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Created: Sunday February 8 2009 02:28:29 AM

Modified: Sunday February 8 2009 02:31:21 AM

Hits: 1086

Session: Going Vertical

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Tuesday July 22 2008 10:31:23 PM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Big Wednesday ( 05 December 2007 - 05 December 2007)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: Tons

Length of the surf session: 3 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'2

Fins: 2+1

Weather and water temp: 72F/65F

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Multipeaks
- Bowl

Description:

A mix of big southern hemi S ground swell with just a trace of fading NW wind swell and a slight, but building SSE swell from Hurricane Fausto! Super clean conditions for the dawn patrol, with just a light offshore wind and glassy peaks, after a weekend of lumpy, bumpy, 'June Gloom' conditions from the dreaded 'Catalina Eddy'.

 Big Seal

Inconsistent, chest to head high with an occasional monster set, a little walled out, but pick the right wave and your really flying down the line, a pumping and a thumping! 

Most amazing thing was there were only four of us (with the clean conditions the hordes must have gone to Bolsa Chica) lined up in the suck-up off the sea wall, of course you still had to negotiate the slalom course of lid heads and shortboarders sitting on the inside sandbar. (I hate people who just sit there, or paddle for the shoulder, right into your sights, as you come screaming out of the bowl.)  

Caught a ton of waves! Took off on a clean, smaller pier bowl, faded into the peak, quick top turn and a nice cheater five all the way across the inside sandbar. Most of the overhead sets were walled, so it was hard off the bottom and out, duck under the lip, then pump, pump, pump and out ... over the top before you got thumped!

Saw the end of the pier light up with a big set, so scratched hard out to sea, let the first three go, then a real monster came rolling in ... took off late, just as the suck up kicked in, went near vert and free fell down the face, seemed to take forever - I was praying hard the nose didn't pearl) made the drop, hit the bottom and eased into a big carved turn onto the green ... what a rush ... that was about it, had to bail over the top before it closed out!

Well boys and girls ... that's it: time for a breakfast burrito, couple of Advill (aching all over) and a good nap ... all beat up!

Big Wednesday

Update: Ruby Tuesday

Must have caught 30 waves yesterday ate brecky, popped a couple of pain pills and passed out for 2 hours!

Alarm woke me up this morning at the usual 5:20 AM feeling very achy breaky but put in another 3 hours session.  Not quite as big or clean as yesterday's classic waves but still outstanding!

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Created: Monday July 21 2008 11:34:04 PM

Modified: Tuesday July 22 2008 09:52:53 PM

Hits: 798

Session: July she will fly

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Wednesday July 9 2008 05:12:41 AM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Hang on Sloopy ... ( 19 May 2008 - 19 May 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: lots

Length of the surf session: 3 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'2"

Fins: 2+1

Weather and water temp: 70F/65F

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- One peak
- Bowl

Description:

The past few mornings of the dawn patrol at Seal Pier has been really fun, even though the waves have been small. Conditions have been great, no wind and a clean mix of NW and SW swells with a negative low tide.

Take off on the backside of the peak, then duck for a little cover up or a cheater five across the section, then nose ride the wall on the inside sandbar all the way into the shorebreak.

Northside Seal Beach Pier Nose work ... today.

 

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Created: Wednesday July 9 2008 05:36:10 AM

Modified: Wednesday July 9 2008 05:36:10 AM

Hits: 1065

Session:

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Saturday July 5 2008 07:17:43 PM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Spring Break ( 28 March 2008 - 28 March 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: lots

Length of the surf session: 2.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'2"

Fins: 2+1

Weather and water temp: 70F/65F

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- One peak
- Bowl

Description:

"It never rains in Southern California in the summer ...." Happy 4th of July, except for the Cessna 150 towing a banner, that ditched in the line-up at Surfside at 4PM, life guards pulled the pilot out safely.  6 AM this morning, Northside Seal Beach Pier, waist to chest with occasional head high peaks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pyC7WnvLT4

 Northside Seal Beach Pier

Clean, glassy conditions 70 F air 65 F water only a handfull of guys out. Negative dawn low tide with incoming push. Take off on the other side of the peak, pump or crouch through the cover up, then work the wall across the inside sand bar!

Lasted until 8 AM when every man and his dog invaded the parking lot and the line-up ... taxi! 

Im out. 

 

   

 

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Created: Saturday July 5 2008 07:45:50 PM

Modified: Saturday July 5 2008 07:45:50 PM

Hits: 1072

Session: Heat wave!

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Tuesday June 24 2008 10:29:40 PM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Spring Break ( 28 March 2008 - 28 March 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: lots

Length of the surf session: 3 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'2

Fins: 2+1

Weather and water temp: 75F/70F

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- One peak
- Multipeaks
- Bowl

Description:

Hot, hot, hot! The lazy hazy days of summer hit out of the June Gloom banishing the dense early morning fog to Davey Jones locker. 90 F at the beach, over 100 F in downtown LA and 118 in Palm Springs!  The water warmed up, seemingly over night, from a cold 56 F to a warm 70 F! A massive high pressure system over Mexico, early morning offshore winds and a combination of southern hemi swells ... surf for a solid week!

Duncan Nose work ... today.Quiver

Started out on the dawn patrol at Barracuda's over by the north wall of the river jetty at Ray Bay. Waist to chest with the occasional head high peaks. A little walled as you hit the inside boomerang, needed the right wave and the right tide to make it across. Finished up the week at Northside Seal Pier as the minus low tide drained out the river. Clean, hot waist to chest with up to shoulder high left peaks off the jetty or rights off the middle sandbank.

Switched back and forth between my 9'2" performance longboard and my 7'2" SuperFish.

 Fishey 4river RayBay2

 

 

 

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Created: Monday June 23 2008 10:36:44 PM

Modified: Tuesday June 24 2008 06:46:19 PM

Hits: 948

Session: June Gloom

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Monday June 16 2008 08:19:34 PM

Surf spot: Seal Beach Pier Northside, United States of America

Surf Trip: Hang on Sloopy ... ( 19 May 2008 - 19 May 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: lots

Length of the surf session: 3 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'2

Fins: 2+1

Weather and water temp: 70F/60F

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Multipeaks

Description:

Dead albino seal washed up on the beach this morning at northside, had not been dead too long, gave it a kick and you could hear its stomach slosh! Had a couple of puncture wounds and no eyes ... sharkbait? 

June Gloom this morning, low clouds and light drizzle, mild "Catalina Eddy" SE on-shore wind but pretty clean conditions overall with waist to chest waves with the occasional shoulder high sets. Caught some nice left hand peaks and a couple of hot right-handers in and through traffic.

My buddy and I both took-off on one of the bigger peaks, I wanted to go right but he paddled left forcing me into the break so got caught up in the lip just as some poor guy was floundering inside, hit him at full speed, poor kid think I busted his wrist!

Sequence #4Northside Seal Pier Nose work ... today.

 

Foggy morning at Seal PierSurfline Contest Northside Seal Pier

Local weather: http://sealbeachweb.net/weatherPopUp.html 

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Created: Monday June 16 2008 08:21:44 PM

Modified: Monday June 16 2008 08:23:30 PM

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