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Some surfers gear up with safety in mind to ride huge waves

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Winter surf in the islands

Every winter all eyes are on the powerful waves that hit Hawaii, and the surfers that challenge them. But along with massive waves, sometimes comes major injuries and even deaths.

HALEIWA, HAWAII (KITV4) -- Every winter, all eyes are on the powerful waves that hit Hawaii, and the surfers that challenge them. But along with massive waves, sometimes comes major injuries and even deaths.

Lately though, Hawaii's surf culture has been changing. Instead of athletes simply charging into the biggest, baddest waves, many wave riders now gear up with safety in mind - so they will be able to surf another day.

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