Santa Cruz's Peter Mel finally won at his home break Sunday, taking the Mavericks Invitational big-wave surf event just north of Half Moon Bay.
Mel, 43, won for the first time after competing in all eight of the contests since the debut in 1999. He's one of the famed big-wave riders to help put the Bay Area on the surfing map.
Fellow Santa Cruz veteran Zach Wormhoudt took second, and Santa Cruz rookie Shawn Dollar was sixth.
Mel surfed strong in smaller-than-hoped waves that dissipated before reaching the Northern California coastline over the weekend.
"I was a little reluctant with the conditions because we don't want it to be an event where there are no waves being ridden," Mel said. "But when they came, they were awesome."
Surfers estimated the biggest sets offered faces up to 25 feet high.
Aaron Cochran, a 6-foot-8, 350-pound offensive tackle from Buhach Colony in Atwater, has orally committed to Cal. Cochran is rated as a three-star (out of five) prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com. He chose Cal over Oklahoma and also had offers from Nebraska and Arizona.
Cochran's older brother Matt will compete for Cal's starting center position this spring.
Cal also got a commit from Jack Austin, a 6-3, 205-pound wide receiver, who originally planned to attend Boise State. Austin, from Chino Hills
Austin is the fourth wide receiver expected to sign with new coach Sonny Dykes' program Feb. 6. The Bears have 25 commitments.
Harrison, a 6-8, 315-pound sophomore, was named first-team All-America by the JC Athletic Bureau for the 2012 season.
Cal redshirt junior Gennifer Brandon was named the espnW national player of the week and the Pac-12 player of the week.
Brandon had 23 points and a school-record 26 rebounds in a victory over USC and followed it up with 12 points and 14 rebounds in Cal's win over UCLA.
Foster averaged 27.5 points per game in two Broncos road wins last week, shooting 62.5 percent (20 of 32) from the field and 57.1 percent on 3-pointers (12 of 21).
Staff writer Jeff Faraudo and wire services contributed to this report.