Surfing is an exhilarating sport that connects man to nature. The sun on your back, the waves on your sides, the air slices as you navigate yourself through that cloud nine! The pride and the challenge of riding the waves are so inviting, and yet the danger lurks around.
In California alone, the best surf spots can sometimes come with an extra risk that you have to overcome. But this seems to be nothing to the surfers who are up for the challenge. These are the impressive and most dangerous surfing spots in California:
The Mavericks is located in Half Moon Bay, California. The big waves come to this surf spot during winters. Storms in the Pacific Ocean can produce big waves that could reach up to 18 meters! Seismographs can even pick up the crash of the waves on the irregularly shaped underwater rocks. Add to that the spooky foggy environment and the freezing waters. The Mavericks is not for the faint-hearted. Ask Jeff Clark how he mustered the courage and became the first person documented to ride the waves of Mavericks.
The Wedge is located in Newport Beach, California. It is called “wedge” because of the wedge-shaped waves it displays. The average height of waves in this site is around 9 meters. The danger of this site lies on the steep sand causing waves to come crashing and drag the surfer back into the water. The waves are unpredictable that you cannot tell when it will come. It adds to the thrill and the risk the surfer must face. If you want a big audience to see your surfing skills, this is the place to go because the crowd here is enormous!
It is located in Vandenberg, California. This beach is a natural habitat of seals which attracts a large population of sharks. The common species of shark here is the famous Great White. While these sharks are not intentionally hunting for humans, they can mistake a surfer as its prey.
Other surf sites with shark sightings are the Moss Landing in Monterey Bay and Ocean Beach in San Francisco.