Among all the coastal flooding, beach erosion and shipwreaks, the start to 2014 will go down as one of the most consistently big winters for swell that witnessed a handful of outstanding XXL windows.

Featuring Jeremy Flores and fellow Billabong team mate Shane Dorian (who travelled to Europe especially for this winter's Hercules swell), French charger Benjamin Sanchis looks back on these exceptional few months of big consistent surf at his home in France. Notably the couple of big sessions he scored at Belharra, and a giant right-hander he towed into that was big enough to earn him an entry into this year's Billabong XXL competition.

Other cranking footage from Hossegor features noted French lensman Laurent Pujol and the unique follow-cam angles he's been capturing in gaping Les Landes sand holes for a little while now.

In other Sancho news, if you missed his Mullaghmore Head score from earlier this year you'll defo want a piece of that too.

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Filmed and edited by Pietro Franca and Vince K.