Peter Mel Wins Mavericks


Today was not death-defying Maverick’s. There were no multiple-wave hold-downs. No dramatic rescues. No one swept off the jetty. Only one broken board. (Rusty Long, heat one.) It was so lully, in fact, that the second (50-minute) heat of the day only saw about three waves ridden. There were moments bobbing around out in the bright, blue, warm Pacific where you’d have been forgiven for not even knowing a surf contest was happening. Lake Havasu comes to NorCal, minus the frat boys and girls gone wild.

Until a set came, that is. At which point it became at least a little death-defying — in a beautiful, glassy, peeling kind of way. It was the kind of day one might

decide to borrow someone’s nine-footer and paddle out and try catch a few. “This was exactly the kind of day I remember seeing it as a kid,” Mav’s pioneer Jeff Clark told Pete Mel after Pete won the event. “I figured it had to be rideable.”
Great photo spread at Surfline
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About jw60sea

Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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