Half Moon Bay swells pounding boats as surfers ride waves

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) -- On the way out aboard the Queen of Hearts, we got a taste of why the boats couldn't go out on Monday.

RELATED: 100 scary seconds: What it's like to wipe out on a 50-foot wave at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay

Big swells in the Channel rocked our boat, sending one little boy flying. He and his brother asked Santa to see the big waves.

The first wave we saw was a 20' face. Then came Long lulls between sets, and suddenly, the pack of surfers scrambled-- lining up to see who is going to go.

One boat had a close call, getting rocked by a big wave.

RELATED: Pro surfer describes what it's like to wipe out on 50 foot wave at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay

As the day wore on, the tide dropped-- the waves getting bigger, throwing out over the shallow reef.
Copyright © 2019 KGO-TV. All Rights Reserved.