Big waves excite me in the way that a wild lion running next to my moving car would. Exhilarating? Yes. Comforting? No. Scary? Extremely. Which is why I don’t drive through African deserts, nor to Half Moon Bay at the sight of a long-period NW swell. But SURFING editor Taylor Paul is much more of a man than me, and this morning, in all of his brute, he paddled out to Maverick’s to deliver us the first-hand account you see above. So enjoy the front-row seat perspective from the comfort of your own screen, and thank Taylor here.

What you see above is the afternoon session. Watch the highlights from this morning below: