Early season swell at Mavericks has been all-time, as 62 degree water and sunny skies welcomed some of the best local and international chargers to the challenging big wave spot in Northern California on October 20th, 2014. As buoy readings shot up from 12 ft to 15 ft in a couple of hours, Monday morning in Half Moon Bay only began after the rain storm cleared, unveiling super clean conditions and calm winds.
The Surf Channel documented the swell from Pillar Point, as the first brave watermen paddled out to an empty lineup around 12 o’clock noon. Wave faces reached about 15-20 ft in the course of the day, as the swell peaked overnight. Tuesday morning saw macking surf in the 20-25 ft range with occasional 30 ft sets.
A stacked lineup of big wave elite hit the waters Tuesday morning at the peak of the swell. One of the most beautiful sunrises welcomed surfers to Half Moon Bay, as bombs continued rolling through Mavericks with a solid West swell and light winds. Many surfers reported to The Surf Channel that the typical booties/ gloves / hood combo was no longer needed. Wave faces reached the 20-25 ft range with occasional 30 ft sets.
Brave surfers that stood out in the lineup included: Ken “Skindog” Collins, Nic Lamb, Colin Dwyer, Patrick Shaugnessy, Savannah Shaugnessy, Bianca Valenti, Tyler Fox, Kyle Thiermann and Travis Payne.