Named after the dog of one of its pioneers, Mavericks is the world class big wave that most thought could never exist. Situated in Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, Mavericks shocked the world when it was revealed after pioneer Jeff Clark, had surfed it alone for years. Before it’s unveiling no one thought big waves existed outside of Hawaii and definitely not in California.
Since then it has become the premier cold water big wave spot in the world. Pacific swells jack up on the pinnacles of rock that form the sea bed, and throw huge barrels and triple story drops for the experienced.
It’s not a place for the faint hearted, Great White sharks are common, it breaks a couple of miles offshore and hitting cold water during a wipeout feels a lot worse than warm water.