The Northern California surf season is here, in all its glory. Crisp, clear days in between the rainstorms, with favorable offshore winds and sublime options from Humboldt County to Santa Cruz. Mavericks broke off the coast of Half Moon Bay last week, at a sort of medium-range size, with the biggest swells yet to come.
When that happens, it will mark the latest phase of a revolution. Big-wave surfing has undergone a major shift in philosophy, and there are no more serious practitioners than those preparing for the Mavericks contest, slated to take place during the most optimum conditions between now and March 31.