Big Wave Weekend

Big Wave Weekend

Spectators at Saturday’s Mavericks Surf Contest  in California came out to see big waves, and they got them — up close and personal.  50-foot waves crushed the awards ceremony stand, swamped the sound system, and sent a dozen spectators to the hospital.  Surf’s up, dudes.

South African Chris Bertish won the “Super Bowl of Surfing” and the $50,000 prize.

Image (“The Great Wipeout Off Kanagawa, after Hokusai”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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One Response to “Big Wave Weekend”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    Zack Sheppard at the Flickr blog has curated some great photos of Mavericks surfers and spectators.

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