clean-up set

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A set of waves much bigger than the going standard; a fairly regular occurrence when a swell is on the rise. A clean-up set should break far enough beyond the prevailing surf zone that it will "clean up" the area of surfers by sweeping them toward the beach. The phrase is generally used only when the surf is medium-sized or bigger. Hawaiian big-wave rider Todd Chesser drowned at Oahu's Outside All...

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