Rogue wave crashes into beach at Mavericks surf competition (22 Photos)

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maverics lead Rogue wave crashes into beach at Mavericks surf competition (22 Photos)

The surf hadn’t been this high in years. 50-60 foot waves sent surfers hurling down the 5 story face of the massive Maverick waves. Judges and photographers looked on nervously as the swells threatened the spectators. Then a rogue wave smashed on to shore, injuring a dozen spectators and toppling the tower. Luckily only two people needed to be hospitalized.
Many of these amazing photos were taken my my friend Dave Austin. Tons more amazing photos on his Flickr page.

Photo credits via the great SF Gate. Also Carlos Avila Gonzalez/ The Chronicle and Chad Ziemendorf/ The Chronicle (who got the rogue wave photos)

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  • Lars

    I’d be freaking out, man

  • Publican

    yeah, these guys are crazy. mavericks has some very heavy waves

  • upper low

    I’ll bet it was freezing

    • sock puppet

      The Pacific is always freezing in most places along the West Coast and a wet suit is part of a surfer’s gear there. Mavericks is north of San Francisco. I forgot who it was but the saying is “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”.

      The guys who ride at Mavericks are a different breed of cat. Every year at this time, the swells become some of the biggest in the world and you’d better not be a newbie out there. These waves can kill you.

      • snarkotron

        Walt Whitman said that about San Francisco…and every other city he visited. I quoted him for years on this before i realized it was him just being snarky.

      • CunningLinguist

        dont forget the rocks too. rocks can kill. ive seen them do it

  • HellHathNoFury

    My pants would be very wet. And then the wave would hit me.

    • Whynot?

      Your panties will be wet when i get a hold of you as well… RAWR!

      • HellHathNoFury

        Your gentlemanly charm and allure are unrivaled. I’ll go get a container for my ‘joy’.

        • Whynot?

          Very good…and make me a damn sandwich while you are at it before i have to tell you twice…

          • HellHathNoFury

            Antifreeze mixes astonishingly well with apple-mint jelly.

            • c4vemanlawyer

              I fear for the man who has scorned you

          • CunningLinguist

            make me a sandwich too

  • DutchieLover

    really crowded this year, my friends didn’t get to go

  • Frearthandox

    How does a wave go rogue? Nature always does what it wants.

  • top dog

    AAAAWW dude, we’re boned!

  • alextc

    whynot has been scorned by the fury which hell hath not

  • confused

    awesome waves

  • kp

    I LOVE El Nino winters!!!!!!! Best waves we’ve had in years!

  • kp

    Believe it was Jack London who said “the coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco”…..
    and a good way to regulate the cold is to pee in ur wetsuit! :-)

    • Ken

      It wasn’t Jack London or Walt Whitman, it was Mark Twain. Google it.

      Roghe Waves from Wikipedia: In oceanography, they are more precisely defined as waves whose height is more than twice the significant wave height (SWH), which is itself defined as the mean of the largest third of waves in a wave record. Therefore rogue waves are not necessarily the biggest waves found at sea; they are, rather, surprisingly large waves for a given sea state.

  • vitorla

    #10 was badass until it turned into #11.

  • pookie

    Those are some mondo waves for sure, but true rogue waves are at least 4-5 times that tall, and no one would have survived

    • pueo

      You are an idiot.

    • patrick

      hmmm math isn't my strong point, but are you suggesting 200-300 feet tall. You must have gone to public school :)

  • P-90

    Is this ironic, I can’t tell.

  • patton303

    I wish I had the nuts to surf there.
    But I do have brains. Which is good too.

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  • Natascha

    I’m scared. Hold me?

  • Underhill

    The Globular Warning experts say these waves will become commonplace–soon.

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  • porngun

    surfs up dude! that is a huge wave. I salute people who ride the wave.

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