There's few waves quite like Maverick's. When a solid pulse lights up Half Moon Bay, that shape and hucking lip is so distinct, so iconic and synonymous with big wave triumph.
Mavs has been slumbering for quite some time. But over the past few days, a swell capping at 14ft@16 seconds with barely a breath of wind rifled into the Californian coastline. On hand, were a crew of chargers making the most out of it, including Jamie Mitchell, Othmane Choufani, Russell Bierke, Clint Kimmins and Garrett Mcnamara, his first time back at Mav's since his accident two years ago.
“Slow morning and Nic Von Rupp, Russell Bierke and Tikanui Smith were worried they had made the wrong decision in going to Mavs,” says Moroccan hellman Othmane. “But as the day went on, it just got better and better.
“We all caught some bombs, it certainly wasn’t the biggest ever but some sick ones coming through. Nic and I caught a lot of lefts. Along with Francisco Porcella, we all flew in from Maui to chase this swell. We've now decided not to go to Nazare to have another swing at Mavericks on Thursday.
“My session last year at Mavs was a disaster, it's definitely a wave that gives you the best and the worst trip ever.”
For Aussie madman Russell Bierke, it was his first time at Mav's – a feat difficult to get your head around considering Bierke seems to be on every maxing swell across the planet. “It was so foggy we had to wait a while to see,” he said. “It was weird when it cleared, ‘cause I’d never seen it in really life. It was really fun after the session we had at Jaws. Nice unwind/ Caught a bunch of waves — and it still got the heart going, but it wasn’t like life or death every time you stood up.”