February 4th, 2016 - a day that will go down in Nor Cal surfamy: “Maverick’s was full on psycho today,” photographer Dave “Nelly” Nelson said. “Some of the heaviest waves I’ve seen in years!"
This was a super-consistent, strong, El Nino-driven swell angled perfectly to give Mavs that long wall. The wind was straight offshore and maybe a little too straight, because all day long Mavericks was death or glory, as 50+ surfers hurled themselves over the ledge, hoping the wind would give them a break, let them get to the bottom, do a turn and run for glory.
Truly, an epic day. As good as Mavericks gets, with the best surfers local and imported having a go.
Mavericks has star power and shoots beautiful from all angles. Nelly took this shot hanging off a Personal Watercraft in the channel on the north side of the peak, looking through a pitching barrel at a surfer going for broke.