The world-famous Mavericks in Northern California will be joining the 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour through 2021. Monitoring swell systems and weather patterns throughout the season, the Big Wave Tour only runs events when the surf reaches 30 foot-plus. With Mavericks being such an iconic big wave location, top big wave surfers across the globe will have a chance to showcase their talent.
"Every big wave surfer and fan on the planet knows that Mavericks holds a special place within this community," Mike Parsons, WSL Big Wave Commissioner, said. "It's one of the best big wave locations in the world and the opportunity to put it alongside Puerto Escondido, Nazaré and Pe'ahi is massive for the Big Wave Tour.
Mavericks will be an addition to the Big Wave Tour, which already includes famous stops such as Puerto Escondido in Mexico, Nazaré in Portugal and Pe'ahi in Maui. Due to an agreement reached with Titans of Mavericks and Cartel Management, the court approved permit acquisition, allowing Mavericks to be added to the roster. Surfing competitions have run under various structures at Mavericks since 1999.
"We're very pleased with this opportunity to work with the big wave community in bringing the Mavericks event to life on the international stage," Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. "The League has always held a high amount of respect for the both venue and its community as one of the pillars of big wave surfing. The WSL intends to continue to run the Mavericks event and celebrate the stories of those who steward and surf it through the Big Wave Tour. This is a huge moment for both the organization and the sport of surfing."
Both men and women big wave surfers will have the opportunity to compete this upcoming season at Mavericks. The first event of the season was completed with Kai Lenny winning the Puerto Escondido Challenge back in July.