Mavericks Challenge big-wave event holding period to begin in January

There will be 24 men and 6 women tackling Mavericks for the first time under the guise of the WSL's Big Wave Tour.

The World Surf League’s Big Wave Tour has received final approval and permits from the California Coastal Commission for the upcoming Mavericks Challenge big-wave event. With that last hurdle, they have announced the waiting period will run from Jan. 3, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2018.

The Big Wave Tour’s latest addition, a field of 24 men and 6 women will take on California’s premier big-wave spot for a $130,000 purse after the WSL purchased the rights to the Titans of Mavericks event earlier this year due to the holding company’s bankruptcy. This will be the first time the WSL has operated the long-running event at Mavericks.

“The addition of Mavericks on this year's Big Wave Tour will ensure that the tour has the three most challenging big waves on the planet with Peahi, Nazaré and now Mavericks,” said WSL BWT Commissioner Mike Parsons in a press release. “Mavericks is the most challenging big wave on the West Coast and is unique in how intense and steep the takeoff is. The event will undoubtedly challenge the world’s best men and female surfers like no other wave.”

2005 Mavericks event winner and Santa Cruz local Anthony Tashnik will be a local wildcard. Photo: Courtesy of Briano/World Surf League

Last year’s event that was canceled due to the bankruptcy of Titans of Mavericks and Cartel Management was supposed to include the first-ever women’s heats at Mavericks. While it was unfortunate, the women will get their redemption this year.

“Having the addition of the Mavericks event on the Big Wave Tour is a huge thing for the men and women,” said 2016 Women's Big Wave champion Paige Alms in a press release. “It’s going to be an amazing opportunity to see another big-wave spot, one of the best in the world, and have an empty lineup with the best surfers, best conditions and the best waves. Mavericks is a really perfect wave and one of the most powerful big waves in the world.”

2017/18 BWT Men's Mavericks Challenge Competitors

WSL Big Wave Tour Top Ten Seeds
– Grant Baker
– Pedro Calado
– Greg Long
– Jamie Mitchell
– Billy Kemper
– Nic Lamb
– Will Skudin
– João De Macedo
– Cristian Merello
– Kai Lenny

Injury Wildcard
– Makuakai Rothman

BWA Performer of the Year Qualifiers
– Lucas Chianca
– Francisco Porcella
– Tom Lowe
– Peter Mel

Mavericks Event Invitees
– Travis Payne
– Tyler Fox
– Anthony Tashnick
– Ben Andrews
– Jason Stark
– Pat Shaughnessy

WSL Big Wave Tour Invitees
Three to be selected on Green Light

BWA Performer of the Year Invitee Alternates
– Nathan Florence
– Alex Botelho
– Jojo Roper

Mavericks Event Invitee Alternates
– Ben Wilkinson
– Nathan Fletcher
– Ryan Seelbach
– Matt Becker
– Colin Dwyer
– Luca Padua

2017/18 BWT Women's Mavericks Challenge Competitors

Invitees
– Paige Alms
– Keala Kennelly
– Justine Dupont
– Bianca Valenti
– Sarah Gerhardt
– Emily Erickson

Alternates
– Jamilah Star
– Andrea Moller
– Wrenna Delgado

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