30- to 40-Foot Waves Entice Big Wave Surfers to Mavericks Beach This Week
The Half Moon Bay hot spot is getting its biggest breaks in years.
- CategoryLife Outside
After a disappointing season last year, the annual Mavericks Challenge scheduled for next month looks more promising thanks to a swell of killer waves on the famed break at Half Moon Bay. Known for its big wave surfing during winter months, Mavericks was off to a good start with 30- to 40-foot waves recorded on Monday.
According to Mercury News, “Monique Kitamura, an El Grenada big-wave surfer, brought her 16-month-old daughter to Mavericks beach to soak up the atmosphere that is electric every time a giant-sized swell arrives.
“It got big Monday. Five-story building big on a beautiful early winter day that drew many of the world’s best big-wave surfers to the infamous break a mile outside of Princeton boat harbor.
“Kitamura, who is featured in the surfing documentary, ‘It Ain’t Pretty,’ said it had been a decade since the buoys read 35 feet. A wave that big produces drops double that size, making for treacherous conditions for even the best.
“‘It’s a heroic, victory-at-sea day,’ said Jim Nevill, a Bodega Bay photographer who drives down every time the big waves are predicted.”
You can read more about Maverick’s here.
And check out this YouTube footage from earlier this week.
We’re off to the races April 12-14.