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Surfer Peter Mel took Pinnacle Mavericks for a ride that becomes everyone else’s dipstick.
January is often the main month for big waves off the California coast. especially at a surf spot called Mavericks. This is the case when storms in the Gulf of Alaska push against pressure systems near the equator, causing even swelling that starts at 25 feet and exceeds about 60 feet.
Big wave surfers flock to the area, about 25 miles from San Francisco. Surfers stay close in case larger waves break out.
On January 8, the storm conditions at Mavericks built to maximum waves. Local surfer Pete Mel from Santa Cruz was one of those who faced the massive, steep waves.
We’re not going to pretend we’re expert enough to compare this ride to everyone else. And the surfing community is prone to exaggeration. But whichever way you look at it, this feat is stunning.
Watch in the video how Mel starts on an immense wave, keeps calm when surfacing and emerges from the barrel to the emphatic cheers of the audience.
Judging by his body language, Mel is also impressed with the size of it all.
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By MT Elliott
MT Elliott is a Denver-based writer. He can wander around town with his nose in a book or pour craft beers. His trail runs and bike rides are easily distracted by birds. He’s about a 7 when fishing.