They call it a "non-contest" event, but it was basically a practice session for invited surfers last Monday morning at Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, site of the actual Mavericks surf contest whenever it happens (window is until Feb. 28). Nice swells on Monday -- maybe 20-25 feet compared to 30-40 feet when the contest happens, that I photographed from the Queen of Hearts charter boat.
Awesome. Love those waves. I am 2 miles from the pacific in north west california. Great shots.