On Thursday night the call went out that The Maverick's Surf Competition was on for Saturday. Seeing how we only live 40 minutes from the massive wave we decided to go check it out. We left early, hoping to get a good vantage point, but the place was already crowded by the time we arrived. We still managed to grab a cliff-side seat with a view of the competition and the spectators on the beach that would be pummeled by "rogue" waves throughout the morning. Watching the surfers was awesome, it's hard to believe that there are people crazy/stupid/insane/awesome enough to take on 40 ft waves. It was also somewhat entertaining to see the waves crash into the crowds of people below. I'll admit, we actually laughed a few times - but that was before we were informed that people had been injured. It was funny to see people crowd into the exact same spots that had been hit by a wave only minutes earlier - over and over.
We ate at Gorilla BBQ after the competition. Delicious! It was featured on Guy Ferari's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
Below is a clip of what was happening on the beach. It's pretty intense from this angle compared to watching it from far away.