An immense, low-pressure system is steamrolling its way out of the Aleutian Islands and drawing straight into the swell window of Northern California's most infamous reef, Mavericks. Mavericks is known for its massive waves but is also notorious for the dangers that can occur. Big wave pros, Mark Foo and Sion Milosky, have lost their lives to Mavs. The Mavericks season always begins with a traditional opening ceremony honoring those who surf and have surfed at Mavericks. A circle in prayer forms past the breakers off the beach. A symbol of unity, this time honored tradition is of Hawaiian ancestry dating back to the surf contest between kings. On a 48 hour call, the invited surfers prepare for what the season is set to bring. Much of the big wave endeavor is mental. Conflicts between mind, body, and equipment are overcome by mental discipline and close attention to detail. Garrett McNamara and Francisco Porcella realize they forgot a key component, surf wax, and call on friend Ken Collins who offers to share his. The waves break but the swell direction is producing huge but unrideable waves. The crowded lineup becomes a free for all but surfers pay the price with severe wipeouts. Conditions become ideal as the tide drops, surfers, especially Francisco and Garrett gain their rhythm and ride some solid waves. Thanks to dedication, a respect for the ocean, and an exercise of the human spirit, the surfers are able to experience a Maverick moment.