Surfers brave monster Mavericks waves, despite no competition

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) -- Monday at Mavericks was projected to be one of the biggest and most epic surfing days of the decade at the famous Half Moon Bay surf spot and it lived up to that billing.

Dozens of surfers braved 30 to 50 foot waves even after the World Surf League said the conditions were too big and too volatile to hold the Mavericks Challenge big wave surf competition.

VIDEO: Surfers catch big waves at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay

"Mavericks is like your worst nightmare and a dream come true all-in-one," said Luca Padua, who celebrated his 17th birthday by paddling out into the monster waves.

"Once you're committed there's no turning back and you're 100-percent going for it."

According to the National Weather Service, the swell that pummeled the Northern California Coast was the 7th highest since 1987.