Watch: Huge Mavericks
What drone footage loses in height it makes up for with scope; the ability to show range and distance. And the advantage is put to great use in this vid of Mavericks filmed two days ago.
Two days earlier, Pete Mel had paddled into what was arguably the best wave ever ridden at Mavs, but the next swell was an altogether different beast unloading most of its energy on the outer reefs that lay dormant until awoken by a once-a-decade swell such as this.
There are still paddle waves, but they're shorter and relatively flatter, effected by the energy loss from outside. While some of the tow waves are as long as any Mavericks wave I've seen, ridden from far beyond the usual takeoff area and connected through to the channel.
The drone's high-pitched whirr may irritate, but the view at times is sublime.