Peter Mel of Santa Cruz takes off on a wave as fellow competitor Colin Dwyer looks on in the second heat of Round 1 during the Mavericks Big Wave surfing
Peter Mel of Santa Cruz takes off on a wave as fellow competitor Colin Dwyer looks on in the second heat of Round 1 during the Mavericks Big Wave surfing contest off the coast of Pillar Point Marina at Mavericks surf break, Friday, Jan. 23, 2014. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group) ( Patrick Tehan )