Three-time Mavericks champion retires from big-wave surfing

SANTA CRUZ — Darryl Virostko knows the perfect thrill of air dropping down the face of a 30-foot wave from deep in the bowl at Mavericks. He also knows the feeling of being held down, trapped under the weight of the ocean, a drug called meth, and the expectations of the big wave surfing world.

Over his 20-year professional surf career, the legendary Santa Cruz surfer has chased glory and tamed liquid mountains while doing battle with an under-the-surface monster called “addiction.” This year, in conjunction with the Mavericks Invitational Opening Ceremony held Friday, Virostko announced his retirement from professional big wave surfing.

It’s been a wild ride. Read full article

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