Let’s just say it wasn’t exactly “user-friendly” out there, as Mavericks photographer Frank Quirarte put it. The northerly swell filled in on January 12th for the first solid XXL rides of the new year. Mavs is never easy to surf, but this weekend’s session was particularly challenging.
“20 knot winds, strong currents and the northerly swell direction made for big, ugly, dangerous Mavericks,” Quirarte said.
It must run in the family. Danilo Couto’s younger cousin Lapo Coutinho bids for Mavz “Rookie-of-the-Year” honors after hopping off a plane from Hawai’i in the morning, and paddling out to catch this bomb in the afternoon.
Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour competitor Grant “Twiggy” Baker has been chasing the swell, to say the lease. After travelling to three continents in two months, the South African charger showed up at Mavericks this time to catch a few northern-hemi nuggets.
While most of the San Francisco Bay Area was glued to the TV screen Sunday morning watching the 49ers, a few of the Mavz faithful snuck down the coast to challenge some big, unruley Mavericks. San Francisco local and Brazilian born Alex Martins records the first Mavericks “Pacifico Paddle-In Award” entry for the upcoming Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards.
What makes Mavericks the most dangerous wave in the world? We asked the experts, the local surfers who charge Mavs on its biggest days. Watch as Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour competitor, Nic Lamb, takes us through the elements:
For more stunning images of Mavericks, visit photographer Frank Quirarte’s Facebook page here.