x

Mavericks Invitational Kicks-Off

by on Tuesday 13th November, 2012   3622 Views

The contestants gather for a talk by Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark © 2014 Brian Overfelt

Mavericks Invitational presented by GoPro Kicks off winter season waiting period with an inspirational Opening Ceremony and paddle out from the beach at Mavericks.

“The opening ceremony and paddle out is more special than any big day of surfing,” said Danilo Couto, Brazilian big wave surfer on the list of alternates for this year’s competition. “It just reminds us how lucky we are to be here year after and year. Mavericks is the most intense big wave around. It keeps me on my toes every day of my life, knowing I have to be ready.  It keeps me healthy, keeps me young, and keeps me doing the right thing.”

Nearly all of the 24 invited competitors and 17 alternates attended the ceremony, along with the local high school and junior high school surf teams, fans and the local surf community.

“The surfers look forward to the ceremony to reconnect with each other and with Mavericks,” said contest director Jeff Clark, who introduced the surfers and led the group in a prayer. “It’s the coming together of the family and the brotherhood that goes way deeper than surfing. It helps us remember that it is a power much greater than us that allows us to challenge one of the greatest forces of nature.”

© 2014 Brian Overfelt

The heat draw is where competitors pull out a numbered ping pong ball which places them in their respective heat was as follows:

Heat #1 
Peter Mel    
Dave Wassel
Mark Healey
Kelly Slater
Ken Collins
Rusty Long

Heat #2
Chris Bertish
Jamie Sterling
Grant Washburn
Shawn Dollar
Nathan Fletcher
Matt Ambrose

Heat #3
Tyler Smith
Ryan Augenstein
Zach Wormhoudt
Shane Dorian
Greg Long
Ryan Seelbach

Heat #4
Alex Martins
Anthony Tashnick
Grant Baker
Ben Wilkinson
Carlos Burle
Shane Desmond

The ceremony also marks the opening of the Mavericks Invitational contest window, which starts on November 9, 2012, and runs though March 31, 2013. When wave height and weather conditions are perfect, organizers make “the call” to hold the contest with 24-hour notice.

This year’s event is presented by GoPro, with supporting sponsors Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and 1st to Know. To receive up to date news and alerts about the contest, fans can sign up for free text alerts at www.mavericksinvitational.com.

© 2014 Brian Overfelt

About Mavericks Invitational

Mavericks Invitational is the world’s premier, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event, and is now part of the Big Wave World Tour. The association with BWWT allows those surfers who are part of the tour to use their performance at Mavericks as part of their overall scoring for the season. 

The contest is a one-day, invitation-only surfing competition is held at the legendary Mavericks surf break located ½ mile offshore at Pillar Point Harbor, just 20 minutes south of San Francisco. The 24 most daring big-wave surfers in the world attempt to tame the massive swells on the biggest and best day of the 2012 winter season.  For additional details, tickets or sign up to be a volunteer, visit www.mavericksinvitational.com.

Comments
Average rating of 3.6 from 0 votes

3622 Visits -

Feature Bottle Says, Confidence is Key at Bells
5786

Bottle Says, Confidence is Key at Bells

With two events already down the “Dream Tour” is well underway for 2014.

Video Ferg's Quiver, Episode 5 of Growing
4373

Ferg's Quiver, Episode 5 of Growing

Ferg talks about his eclectic quiver of surfboards before putting them through their paces in some of the best waves the North Atlantic has to offer

News Kepa Acero at Approaching Lines
1521

Kepa Acero at Approaching Lines

Internationally renowned filmmaker Kepa Acero comes to Cornwall to host a very special event as part of the Approaching Lines Festival.

Video Dusty Payne in Mexico, Happy Not to be on Tour
5054

Dusty Payne in Mexico, Happy Not to be on Tour

Sandy barrels beat the grind hands-down but the heartbeat of competition never stops pulsing.

Video This and Nothing Else: Peter Conroy
7337

This and Nothing Else: Peter Conroy

A Dublin fire fighter and his obsession with Ireland’s biggest and deadliest wave.

Video Return of the East Coast Kegs
17432

Return of the East Coast Kegs

Does your East Coast look like this?