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The Rip Curl WSL Finals, the biggest day in surfing history, is right around the corner. From Sept. 8 - 16, the ten best surfers from around the world will converge onto one of the highest performance waves in the world: Lower Trestles in San Clemente, CA.

And the stakes couldn’t be higher this year.

In an unprecedented move last year, the WSL announced a new format, opting for a one-day winner-take-all competition that is sure to create fireworks. And it's already been a legendary season this year.

The new championship event is a fitting finale to what is sure to be one of the best years of competitive surfing to date. For the sake of stoke, we put together a selection epic images from WSL competition leading up to this to give you an idea of what to expect come Sept. 8 - 16. Take a look in the gallery below and don’t miss the Rip Curl WSL Finals, broadcasting live on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app.