Mavericks Contest is on for Saturday, February 13th

The Mavericks big wave surfing contest has been called for this Saturday, the first time it has been run in several years, as massive waves are expected.

The Mavericks big wave riding contest only takes place when the waves justify it but a 20 foot swell rolling in Saturday may jack into waves twice that height when it hits the Mavericks reef outside Pillar Point Harbor at Half Moon Bay.  It is forecast to be about as big as it can get and be surfed without motorized assistance.  Maybe 40 feet.

Crowds will be lining the cliff trying to see the action from a half mile away with binoculars.  The unique underwater topology at Mavericks amplifies a big swell into phenomenal, but often beautiful, monsters.  A half mile away is close enough, though perhaps better viewing options are the webcast or big screen live broadcast at AT&T Park.  

In all seriousness, the endeavor to surf those waves is as serious as these few surfers are passionate about it.  The contestants are our proxy in a spectacle of Man against Nature writ very large.  Wishing them courage, success, and most of all…. a safe return to shore.

The K38 Water Safety / Rescue crew will in the water trying to secure everyone’s safe return.

Information on seeing the contest can be found at: Mavericks Surf

 

 

Posted via web from Blue Salt

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