Both surfing and photographing the wave is extremely difficult due to the logistical complications that exist. Most waves break a few hundred feet from shore. Paddling out is short, and photographing surfers from shore is practical with a 70-200mm lens. Mavericks breaks a few miles off the coast in deeper waters.
The closet shoreline to Mavericks is closed to the general public. It's part of Pillar Point Air Force Station, and not even the media is allowed on the premises. It's a mile line of sight from the closet publicly accessible portion of the beach, but the waves are so big that the white water blocks any view of the wave.