Anthony Tashnick crushed the competition and won himself $25,000 at the 2004/'05 Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California yesterday.
Tashnick isn't afraid. But you would be...
As in years past, Half Moon Bay resident Jeff Clark monitored buoys every day beginning on Oct. 31 in search of the perfect combination of swell, weather and wind that would produce contest-worthy waves. Contestants, organizers and spectators arrived to find flawless conditions: sunny skies, light wind and glassy water. In traditional renegade fashion, the contest was announced the day before the event. At the event, waves reached up to 30 feet, people were bewildered and 20-year-old Tashnick of Santa Cruz walked away with first place.
Tashnick beat out some of the world's best big-wave surfers. "It feels like a dream. I don't know if it's reality or a dream. Somebody's got to pinch me right now," Tashnick said after hoisting high his $25,000 check.
"I want it really bad and it's worth the beating," Tashnick said he told himself before dropping into the wave. "Just do it." Congrats Anthony, etnies is stoked!