All photos by Ryan “Chachi” Craig
Mavericks turned on yesterday. While it may not have been as big as the all caps CERTAIN DEATH for all who enter the sea warning from the National Weather Service would lead to believe, Mavericks was heavy, consequential and in SURFER staff photographer Ryan “Chachi” Craig’s word, “Scary.” Despite the WSL calling off the Mavericks challenge for the week, the most talented big-wave surfers from the Bay Area and around the world still took to the lineup to both paddle and tow into the famed big-wave spot.
Kai Lenny continued to push boundaries in big-wave tow-in surfing with his aerial attempts, much like he did after the Jaws Challenge was called-off after being deemed “too dangerous.” Hell, if the WSL calling off a big-wave contest means an inevitable Kai Lenny tow-in exhibition, then who cares if another Big Wave Tour heat ever runs again? As you’ll see from Chachi’s photos below, yesterday wasn’t just a Lenny show but a day of charging by surfers hellbent on taming the raw Aleutian energy Mavericks threw at them.