Mavericks Invitational: the beast his behind you | Photo: Tony Canadas/Mavericks Invitational

The Mavericks Invitational 2013/2014 is on. Big wave surfers and staff are all starting to arrive at Half Moon Bay. The competition will run Friday, 24th January, at 8am.


A giant swell is heading towards the Californian coast. If wind, wave height and wave period conditions get aligned, the Mavericks Invitational 2013/2014 will be called on.

Remember that it is no longer possible to watch the event from the beach and bluffs. Surf fans are invited to the Mavericks Festival, where they can gather together, enjoy the weather, music, refreshments, and watch the action streaming live on the JumboTrons.

"This is going to be a powerful and memorable swell, and we are looking at waves upwards of 40 feet.", says Mavericks Invitational founder Jeff Clark.

Mavericks is a big wave spot located 20 minutes south of San Francisco, and half mile offshore from Pillar Point Harbor. Here, waves can easily reach up to 60 feet.

With strong currents, cold water and friendly sharks, Mavericks is one of the best big wave surf spots in the world.

In 1975, Jeff Clark watched the wave carefully, learned its finicky ways, and studied it so carefully that what he saw was more than a hazard, but a playground.
 
Clark tried to convince his friends to paddle out with him, with no success. In the winter of 1975 on a big and clean northwest swell, Clark decided to surf it, alone, riding the lefts at first as a natural goofy foot.

Soon, as he grew to understand the wave, he learned to surf switch foot and began riding the rights. He had Maverick's as his own playground for 15 years.

The Mavericks Invitational 2013/2014 is the fourth stop on the Big Wave World Tour. Follow all the action live.

Round 1 of the Mavericks Invitational 2013/2014

Heat 1
Jamie Sterling
Anthony Tashnick
Mark Healey
Ken Collins
Ryan Augenstein
Chris Bertish

Heat 2
Colin Dwyer
Grant Washburn
Dave Wassel
Tyler Fox
Ryan Seelbach
Peter Mel

Heat 3
Zach Wormhoudt
Nic Lamb
Ben Wilkinson
Shane Dorian
Greg Long
Carlos Burle

Heat 4
Rusty Long
Nathan Fletcher
Shawn Dollar
Kohl Christensen
Alex Martins
Grant Baker