Mavericks

With a massive, long-interval northwest swell blasting the coast of Northern California, absolute ideal tides, winds, and swell direction combined for one of the most ridiculously eventful days in big-wave surfing history, a true day for the ages at California’s premier big-wave venue. For twelve hours, Mavs was all-time, and the session that went down won’t be soon forgotten. Photo: Chachi

Ben Andrews

“He had his hands above his head on the way down, and his hands behind him on the way around the section,” Mavs godfather Skindog Collins said about local legend Ben Andrews’ crazy composure on this behemoth. “Made the wave with Style 4 Miles [sic]. Chalk one up for the underground crab fishermen!” Photo: Chachi

Billy Kemper

Billy Kemper. Photo: Pompermayer

Damien Hobgood

Damien Hobgood, Josh Kerr, and San Diego’s Jojo Roper bolted north for the occasion. This pit on one of the best waves of the day was more than Damien could have hoped for. Photo: Chachi

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell. Photo: Chachi

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell. Photo: Chachi

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell. Photo: Pompermayer

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell, with a weapon only half-loaded. Photo: Pompermayer

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell. Photo: Pompermayer

Josh Kerr

Fired up after a big win at Todos Santos, Josh Kerr looked fearless at Mavs. Photo: Chachi

Kai Lenny

One of the world’s most talented watermen, Kai Lenny looked right at home at Mavericks. Lenny made this drop, drew a clean line up into the face, and was almost blown clear to the channel by one of the most violent, massive spits of the afternoon. Photo: Chachi

Kai Lenny

Kai Lenny. Photo: Chachi

Kai Lenny

Kai Lenny. Photo: Pompermayer

Mark Healey

Mark Healey. Photo: Chachi

Matt Becker

Matt Becker and Marty Magnusen shared one of the day’s most brutal beatdowns. Becker came up shaken, but relatively unscathed, despite the lip landing pretty much on his face. Marty wasn’t so lucky, suffering a few broken ribs that would cut the session short, sending him to the ER for repairs. Photo: Chachi

Mountain

A Mavs mountain from out the back. Photo: Chachi

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Photo: Pompermayer

Mavericks

Photo: Pompermayer

Matt Becker

Matt Becker. Photo: Pompermayer

Matt Browley

Matt Browley. Photo: Pompermayer

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Photo: Pompermayer

Nic Vaughan

South Bay local Nic Vaughan has been making his way up to Mavs every chance he’s had this season. But no planning could have prepared him for a little wind getting under his sails at just the wrong moment. Nic was sent into a violent tailspin, thoroughly reeling. Photo: Chachi

Nick Rozsa

Nick Rozsa. Photo: Chachi

Peter Mel

Peter Mel. Photo: Chachi

Trevor Carlson

Trevor Carlson. Photo: Chachi

Trevor Carlson

Trevor Carlson. Photo: Chachi

Trevor Carlson

Trevor Carlson. Photo: Pompermayer

Tyler Larronde

Call it beginner's luck, but Maui boy and Jaws local Tyler Larronde made his way across the mighty Pacific for the special occasion and scored one of the most beautiful pits of the day on his very first wave at Mavericks. Photo: Pompermayer

Peter Mel

WSL Big Wave Commish Peter Mel on one of the day's biggest waves. Photo: Pompermayer

Will Skudin

New York’s Will Skudin. Photo: Chachi

Will Skudin

“This swell, I really wanted to push myself more in the bowl,” Will Skudin wrote. “And I paid my dues to say the least, starting my session with back-to-back wipeouts. I wasn't going to give up until I rode one to the channel. It took five waves to figure it out, but by the end of the day, I got one I was happy with. Can't wait to get another crack at it!” Photo: Pompermayer

Mavericks

Waves pumped well into the afternoon, with sets still pulsing as the sun set on one of the busiest, most exciting days in Mavericks’ storied history. Photo: Chachi