Mavericks: Coastside Fire Protection saving lives | Photo: Jeff Clark

Jacob Trette, a 30-year-old surfer, is in critical condition in Stanford Medical Center after wiping out in Mavericks, last Saturday. Trette was paddling out in big wave conditions when a monster wave caught him.

The Southern California rider was found face down in the water by the jet skis, a few moments after the unexpected wave set broke where he was. Jacob was not breathing and unresponsive when found and CPR was performed by emergency responders.

The surfer was immediately taken to Stanford Medical Center and put in a medically induced coma. "He got completely sucked over the falls," said Jeff Clark, the iconic Mavericks surfer. "He tried getting over the left side, which is way gnarlier. He was way too inside."

Mavericks was pumping 12-15 foot waves but sets were definitely bigger. Personal water crafts were banned from the Northern California coast, so only when it's 20 foot or bigger jet skis may save lives.

Big waves are for experienced surfers. If you do not have enough experience, please stay out of the big surf.

UPDATE (27/01/11)

Our mate is alert and has already talked. He's still recovering at the Stanford Medical Center. Enjoy your second life, Jacob. ;)

UPDATE (26/01/11)

Jacob Trette shows signs of recovering. A Stanford Hospital spokesman says he is in fair condition, three days after nearly drowning in Mavericks.

The Jay At Mavericks: go for it, dude

The Jay At Maverick's Big Wave Invitational 2010-2011 will have the Maverick's beach and surrounding bluff areas closed to the public, as a safety measure after last year's rogue wave that washed the beach and injured several surf fans. Also, access to Pillar Point and 199 acres of surrounding open space and environmentally sensitive habitat will be closed.

There will not be any free parking available in the surrounding areas and contest organizers are not providing parking shuttles. But, everyone will have the opportunity to watch the big wave surf show. A full state-of-the-art live HD Webcast will be made available on The Jay at Maverick’s Web site, ITV360 and on the Roku device for subscribers. In addition, all local Princeton-by-the-Sea area bars and restaurants are being offered a free license to broadcast a live feed or to rebroadcast the Webcast.

The Fox Theatre in Redwood City will be the premiere viewing location for The Jay at Maverick’s. The theatre can host more than 1,500 spectators who will view a live-feed of the contest on one massive 20-by-40-foot stage size screen, giving them a prime vantage point for all of the surf action. The Wipeout Bar and Grill located at Pier 39 in San Francisco, will also run a live feed of the contest to spectators and bar patrons throughout the day of the contest.

On the other hand, waves are not seen, in big size, for a long time. This winter, the big wave spot near Half Moon Bay has had only four swells. The contest window closes on the 28th February, so the tension is in the air.

The lack of XXL waves is due to the La Niña weather pattern that reverses the trade winds in the tropical Pacific Ocean, resulting in fewer storms. The Jay At Mavericks will be looking for the fifth big swell, in order to get surfers out in the water. Check the Wave Height Forecast for Half Moon Bay.

Mark Visser: the Night Rider

Big wave rider Mark Visser has entered the History of Surfing. The pro surfer has surfed 30-40 foot waves in a night ride off the shore of Maui, Hawaii. It's not the apocalypse, it's surfing breaking its own frontiers.

The 28-year old Australian used a special surfboard with built-in LED lights, engineered by NASA for submarine lighting. The red light ensured that the helicopters and jet skiers were able to spot where Visser was riding each wave.

This is the first time a surfer tries to ride big waves in the dark. Mark prepared this project for two years. "It is the most exciting thing I have ever done. It wasn't until I saw the pictures I realized how big it was," said the intrepid surfer.

Mark has hit the waters at 2am, in complete gloomy conditions. Watch how he surfed his night waves. It looks like he's a surfer from the future, with jet-powered fins. How crazy is that?

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