Mark Healey squeezed his eyes shut and reached into the bucket holding several numbered golf balls. "Not my heat. Not my heat. Not my heat," he repeated over and over.
Healey, a big wave surfer from Hawaii, isn't scared of the three- and four-story waves that thunder through the Maverick's surf break. However, he'd received the dubious honor Monday of picking which heat 10-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater would start in for the inaugural Jay at Maverick's Big Wave Invitational, and that apparently had him concerned.