Kelly Slater: he loves Mavericks | Photo: Bielmann

Kelly Slater will face Shane Dorian, Grant Washburn, Alex Martins, Greg Long and Peter Mel in the opening round of the Mavericks Invitational 2011/2012, the biwave surf contest held at Half Moon Bay, California.


The random heat selection happened at the Mavericks Invitational opening ceremony party and everything is set for the call.

Surfing conditions have been great at Mavericks. In the first week of 2012, a large swell hit the Californian coast and brought the early big wave rides of the year. There were surfers flying from all over the world to enjoy the epic surf sessions.

Mavericks is considered one of the most dangerous waves in the world. You can go left, but the right-hander is the most famous big picture. The first Mavericks Surf Contest was held in 1999 and it was conquered by Darryl “Flea” Virostko. He did i again in 2000 and 2004.

The Mavericks Surf Contest 2010 was considered the biggest paddle-in contest ever held in the world and Chris Bertish, from South Africa, took top honours.

Mavericks Invitational 2011/2012 Heat Draw:

Heat #1
Carlos Burle
Shane Desmond
Tyler Smith
Ben Wilkinson
Chris Bertish
Ken “Skindog” Collins

Heat #2
Nathan Fletcher
Matt Ambrose
Grant “Twiggy” Baker
Mark Healy
Anthony Tashnick
Ryan Seelbach

Heat #3
Dave Wassel
Rusty Long
Shawn Dollar
Ryan Augenstein
Jamie Sterling
Zach Warmhoudt

Heat #4
Shane Dorian
Grant Washburn
Alex Martins
Kelly Slater
Greg Long
Peter Mel