This is the time of year when the world's elite big-wave surfers descend on Mavericks, a surf break off the coast of Half Moon Bay, Calif., legendary for its harrowingly enormous wintertime waves.
These surfers, by the way, are nuts. They brave 50-degree-or-so water, hungry sharks and jagged coastline rocks to experience surfing's biggest rush and to win bragging rights as, well, the world's greatest big-wave surfers. The massive waves at this spot can swell to 50 feet and taller.
Surfing, in my opinion, is our coolest become-one-with-nature sport, carrying a grace and fluidity that's hard to find in other sports. And the riders who punish themselves at Mavericks are tops in their field. Crazy for sure. But fearless and committed and quite admirable from Guitar Dad's perspective. Watch the video below and see for yourself.