Better known around these parts for his taking on of the Cribber while based in Newquay over the last few years, Chris Bertish paddled out into 40 foot waves at the Mavericks Comp and only went and won it!
This from the San Francisco Chronicle:
The Super Bowl of Surfing lived up to its legend today, and then some. The waves were so big they caused collateral damage on the sidelines.
Long before South African Chris Bertish won the $50,000 first prize at the seventh Mavericks Surf Contest north of Half Moon Bay, a series of waves crashed into some of the thousands of fans who had flocked to a beach to try to see the action.
Just after 9 a.m. near Pillar Point, 13 people were injured and at least 40 people were knocked off their feet, officials said. Many of them had been standing on a short concrete wall and were thrown back into rocks or mud by a surge of water.
Some of the waves at Mavericks appeared to be up to 40 feet high. They were clean and smooth – great for surfing – thanks to low wind in the area. Surfers said they were the biggest waves in the history of the contest.