Surf's up at Mavericks

Posted: Jan 07, 2012 01:01 am EST

(Tina Sjogren) Today the holding season kicked off at one of the world's top surfing spots (and ExplorersWeb's temporary HQ), Mavericks in Northern California. Named for a white German Shepherd dog (Maverick), the hot spot south of San Francisco is famous for big waves originating from swells outside Japan. An unusual ocean floor formation collects the rushing water and funnels it into giant breaks, up to 40 ft high.

Two surfers have died here, Hawaiian big-wave rider Mark Foo on December 23, 1994, and Hawaiian big-wave surfer Sion Milosky, on March 16, 2011. A movie, Of Men and Mavericks, is currently being made in the waters about a local surfer who later perished free-diving in the Indian Ocean. Last month, the lead actor was held down by two waves in the surfing spot and had to be rescued by the film crew.

Starting today any time within the next three months when the swell is right an invitation only Surf Competition will take place at Mavericks. Two dozen surfers, handpicked from around the world, will be given 24 hours notice to head to Half Moon Bay and join one of the most respected big wave contests in the world.


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Today the holding season kicked off at Mavericks in Northern California. An unusual ocean floor formation collects the rushing water and funnels it into giant breaks, up to 40 ft high.
Image by Tina Sjogren courtesy ExplorersWeb, SOURCE
Movie and safety crew circling surfers.
Image by Tina Sjogren courtesy ExplorersWeb, SOURCE
Surfing photographers ready with their telephoto lenses.
Image by Tina Sjogren courtesy ExplorersWeb, SOURCE
Pillar Point Harbor inside the breaks.
Image by Tina Sjogren courtesy ExplorersWeb, SOURCE