It's a somber beginning to the Maverick's Surf Contest Season as one of the local legends of Big Wave surfing drowned at a nearby surf spot last Tuesday.

Peter Davi was among the best of the big wave pioneers and according to a witness, the wave he took off on was upwards of 60 feet. He was a husband and a father, but his love and passion for surfing unthinkable waves brought him back to the high seas, cold water, jagged rocks and sharks every year.

I would recommend to even non-surfing enthusiasts to keep an eye out for the Maverick's contest this year because the swells have been big and there should be some emphasis on surfing in Davi's memory.

If you want to check out more - go to www.maverickssurf.com. The season began Friday and lasts until March 31, 2008 in hopes of that "perfect swell." Once it arrives (that's determined by contest Godfather Jeff Clark) surfers will have 24 hours to report to the lineup... then the run is ON.

I will dutifully alert all of you when I see that the Green Light has been given!