Golden sunsets, sandy beaches, perfect waves, that’s California dreamin’. As cliche as it may sound, more often than not the state doesn’t disappoint. From the northern border with Oregon to the southern border with Mexico, with 840 miles of diverse coastline, there is no shortage of surf scapes out there.

Half Moon Bay

Mavericks is a dangerous wave that breaks off Pillar Point, in Half Moon Bay, at Princeton-by-the-Sea, in Northern California, just 20 miles south of San Francisco.It's a fast and furious right-hand wave that, on epic days, produces a rare left-hander. But Mavs is also a shark-infested - and oftentimes foggy - cold water spot that will put any advanced surfer's skills to test.

When it's on, Mavericks instills high doses of anxiety, fear, lack of confidence, and cold into the veins of those who dare to defy it.

Mavericks, or Maverick's, has a reputation for being one of the deadliest waves on Earth; a place where daredevils are willing to risk their bodies for the drop of their lives.

But California's monster wave also delivers a hollow and heavy barrel capable of producing a long-lasting memory to those who are fortunate to escape its guillotine.

surfer on wave