Big Wave Surf Spot
Pillar Point Harbor
Half Moon Bay, CA 94018
Maverick's is not an ordinary surf spot. Ordinary surf spots do not have signs warning of the ocean's penchant for freak waves dragging innocent bystanders into the sea. Ordinary surf spots don't have waves so big they sound like bombs going off when they break. Ordinary surf spots do not have an elite crew of big-wave surfers on a 24-hour call so that they can descend from Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, and Malibu just to surf their waves. No, Maverick's is more of a pilgrimage for those surfers brave enough to bear its punishing weather and dangerous waves. The name of its annual big-wave surf contest is telling: "The Men Who Ride Mountains." If you want to see the ocean's force in its purest form and those courageous enough to try and ride it, Maverick's will take your breath away.
Best Modes of Transportation:
Notes: Park the car as close as possible then walk to the cliffs.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: Free
Parking Safety: Safe
Notes: Parking is available in the Pillar Point Harbor lot or in the grass lot on Capistrano Ave.
If you like this attraction, you might also like these:
While you're in the neighborhood, visit: