Jay Moriarty: he lived the feeling of Mavericks

Jay Moriarity, the Mavericks surfer who died in 2001 after a diving accident, must be smiling as he watches his fellow riders prepare for The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Invitational.

The opening ceremonies of the big-wave surfing event has been concluded. Northern California is prepared to live one of the most incredible surfing contests on Earth.

There are several changes being set for Half Moon Bay. Grant Washburn is leading the organization behind Mavericks and there are new rules for spectators. Last year, a bigger wave injured many surfing fans.

But the cold water, the paddle, the danger, the risk, the ride and the pride will remain the same. The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Invitational will get the official green light until 28th February.

There are 24 top big wave surfers invited to take on 60-foot waves. The heat is on.