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Surf Poem: The Maleficent Curl


A former family therapist, Mark is an author, poet, and short-story writer who appreciates the work of John and Yoko.


The Maverick's

The Maverick’s are some of the most treacherous waves in the world, and they have ended the careers of many talented surfers in the world. The waves can crest as high as 60-feet.

The Maverick is located in northern California in a little village called Princeton-by-the-Sea, north of Half Moon Bay. When there is a strong winter storm on the Pacific Ocean, it increases Maverick wave size drastically, attracting some of the most famous surfing risk-takers in the world.

The Maverick can be deadly. Brilliant surfers such as Mark Foo and Sion Milosky have lost their lives there.

Enjoy my ode to the great and scary Maverick's.

Poem: The Maleficent Curl

I am the biggest devil you ever saw,

said the cresting Maverick with a left-handed curl.

I’m maleficent, a shark-infested storm,

sixty-feet tall as I thunder ashore.

I’m arrogant, treacherous as I roll,

cutting close to the jagged rocks,

a kaleidoscope of swirling winds,

demons crossed at each break and curve.

I laugh when those half-crazed cowboys

attempt to ride my back on a board.

They haven’t a chance to harness my power

as I drag them below the water’s surface, forever.

I’ll ruin a poor man’s dreams and hopes,

even the most courageous won’t survive

from a dreadful fate; their lifeless souls

fished out by the Maverick water patrol.

I grunt and swallow, hiss and spray

with the strength of a monster whale.

I’m a tidal wave,

long and high and land-sliding,

as evil as the breath of a dragon’s snarl.


Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on April 05, 2020:

Thank you, Genna. Love the ocean but respect it.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 05, 2020:

Wow...the imagery is superb, Mark. I love the ocean, but understand it as well.

One of my favorite lines....

"I’m arrogant, treacherous as I roll,

cutting close to the jagged rocks..."

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on March 30, 2020:

You certainly have a lot more courage than us mere mortals, Kyler. I would look silly out there with my 11 foot paddle board trying to navigate that monster. Enjoyed your comment. Hope you still find the time to surf.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on March 30, 2020:

Thank you, Umesh.

Kyler J Falk from California on March 30, 2020:

What a wonderful little poem here, and as someone who used to charge the beasts at Maverick's I can really appreciate this on a deeper level. It was always daunting going out there, the barrels almost always close out immediately and you take a huge risk trying to get that quick in-and-out.

This really brought back memories for me.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 07, 2020:

Nice write up. Well presented. Thanks.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on March 02, 2020:

Most waves in California are tame enough to have fun. It’s really a beautiful sport and a wonderful way to stay in shape, to develop balance and agility.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 01, 2020:


This is an excellent write.

I personally have not tried, nor have I ever witnessed this in person.

I always thought it might be fun, but now I think I will just steer clear. Sounds like the tidal wave is going to win.

Thanks for the share.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on March 01, 2020:

Sounds like a good parallel, Diane. Appreciate nature enough to recognize its awesome power.

Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on March 01, 2020:

I love the Ocean and it's power -great description of the ocean's fury. It's like a Maverick wild horse. I have been in 2 hurricanes and it feels like angry demons are slamming the shore line with large waves flooding every building and street on the coast. You can't play in it, you must run from it. Evacuate

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on March 01, 2020:

I admire the surfers too, Ruby.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 01, 2020:

Your poem is daring, I have always been afraid to surf, but I admire those who ride the waves. I love your word usage.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on March 01, 2020:

Thank you, Bushra. There’s nothing more powerful than water

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 01, 2020:

Nice! Captures the raw power of the wave.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on March 01, 2020:

Yes, or they thrive on dangerous challenges. Some people don’t have fear, while I’m certainly not one of them. Thanks, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 29, 2020:

What deadly waves. I’m glad you explained in advance what they are. Surfafers who attempt them must have a secret death wish.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on February 29, 2020:

Thank you, John. Surfers have a different mindset than most of us. Some seem to welcome a dangerous challenge.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on February 29, 2020:

Thanks Lorna. Me either. I prefer to paddle board in calm waters.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 29, 2020:

I don’t know if surfers who try t ride these waves are brave or crazy, but I do know this is a wonderful poem that expresses the power and terror posed by ‘The Maverick.” Great work. I loved the reading.

Lorna Lamon on February 29, 2020:

You have created a sense of excitement and dread in this wonderful Ode Mark. I learned to surf in Australia, however, I would not be crazy enough to attempt this thrilling ride. An aptly named poem - beautiful photo.

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