Mavericks Surf Contest: dress your best formal suit and paddle for the giants

On the heels of perhaps the greatest big-wave surfing contest in history last February, Mavericks is back and bigger than ever. Preparations are underway for the 8th annual Mavericks Surf Contest showcasing 24 of the world’s finest big-wave surfers battling for the largest prize purse in big-wave surfing.

The 2010/2011 Contest is poised to return to Half Moon Bay, California later this year and will include a number of enhancements to bring Mavericks to an even broader audience, while continuing to honor the spot, the riders, and the local community.

The Contest Is Back
Mavericks Surf Ventures is very proud to make this first announcement laying the groundwork for the 2010/2011 Mavericks Surf Contest®, picking up right where last season left off. The dedicated team has been very busy in the off-season and has just completed a fundraising round that will greatly benefit this year's event, the riders, the coastside community, and the future of Mavericks and big-wave surfing for years to come. “Our goal is to keep the focus on the soul of the event and respect for the spot, giving the power to the surfers to make ‘the call’ and helping to bring the Mavericks’ ocean phenomenon to a broader global audience,” said Mavericks CEO Keir J. Beadling.

The Mavericks Mystique
For the past decade, some of the world's most extreme athletes have traveled to Mavericks to take on the massive walls of waves and challenging conditions in a quest for the ultimate big-wave surfing experience. The Mavericks Surf Contest® encapsulates that spirit and every year selects the world’s best to challenge themselves in giant optimal surfing conditions between November and March. Once announced, an elite group of surfers from around the globe will have only 24 hours to arrive in Half Moon Bay to face the raw power of Mother Nature using only their skill and strength to paddle into the giant waves that break off Pillar Point Harbor. This is the purest of form in big-wave surfing and the athletes that enter the waters here on contest day have triggered a wave of inspiration around the world. This season, Mavericks will launch a new program giving fans an unprecedented view into the lives of these big-wave heroes. A team of Mavericks riders will capture and share their day-to-day experiences to provide an intimate portrait of their adventures during the Winter Waiting Period.

Doc Paskowitz Returns
Fans can expect a number of other exciting announcements about the Contest in the coming months. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, patriarch of the world renowned Paskowitz surf family, will again this year lead the sacred Opening Ceremonies in Half Moon Bay. “Nowadays there is a brotherhood of peaceful heroes less known to the general public who are making their mark in history; men whose odyssey is only for seconds—mighty moments in the heart of a great wave where time seems to stop but life looms large,” said Doc. “These are the men of Mavericks. I am honored to share my love and respect for these men and their actionsat the upcoming 2010/2011Mavericks Surf Contest. The men of Mavericks are a great inspiration for people around the world. At 89 yrs of age, I still feel like akid in their presence. The Mavericks season of big-waves is coming again!"

Record Prize Purse on Offer
Last season’s Contest delivered the largest prize purse in big-wave surfing history. And even though this year's Mavericks big-wave season is still a few months off, Mavericks is throwing down the gauntlet right now and announcing that this season riders will compete for another groundbreaking $150,000 purse. While these amazing athletes surf out of pure love for the sport, Mavericks is proud to be able to again offer a prize purse that attracts and honors the world’s best talent on contest day. Guen and Sutherland of MVision—prize purse benefactors last season—will again be supporting the event and its big-wave legends. “Mavericks is truly unique,” Moose commented. “Jane and I were so impressed by the event last year, the high quality of the competition and the inspiring feats of the competitors. We want to continue our support with this next season because the world needs to experience all that Mavericks has to offer from the challenges of the event, to the amazing power of the waves, to the jaw-dropping courage of the surfers.” Added Beadling, “We are honored and grateful to welcome back a number of our past sponsors, and we hope that others will come join us for what promises to be another spectacular season at Mavericks.”

The Big Wave World Tour
The 2010/2011 Mavericks Surf Contest® is also proud once again to participate in this year’s Big Wave World Tour. The Tour features the best big-wave riders and local standouts in the world, and creates a ranking system linking international big-wave events to crown a Big-Wave World Champion each year. Commented Tour Founder and big-wave icon Gary Linden, “The eventual Mavs Contest winner last season, the talented Chris Bertish from South Africa, was able to stop Brazilian hellman Carlos Burle among others in the six man final. But Carlos persevered and was ultimately crowned the first-ever Champion of the Big Wave World Tour at the season’s end. Sitting in the middle of the Tour calendar and known to provide the supreme challenge big-wave wise, we expect that Mavericks will once again be the pivotal event in determining the next World Champion.”

Source: Mavericks Surf Contest

William Woo: surfer and politician

William Woo is Brazilian surfer and a federal deputy in his country.

He has been surfing for 25 years, but with his new political responsibilities there's not much time to hit the waves.

Also, he lives in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, and that is a long way to the coast. Woo started surfing in Bertioga, in the "Paulista" coast, and founded Overline Surfboards, a surfboard company.

The surfer-politician is trying to create new laws that can make a surfer's life easier, such as a new policy for traveling with boards in planes.

William Woo is also working closely with Ibrasurf, the Brazilian Surfing Institute.

Luke Davis: only 17

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME US Open of Surfing presented by Hurley and Nike 6.0 saw its first glimpse of action today with veteran campaigners mixing with young talent to march through the event’s trials while top seeds hit the water in ASP Grade-2 Pro Junior action.

Surfers competing in the ASP PRIME US Open of Surfing are out to establish themselves as the globe’s finest talent on the ASP World Ranking while ASP Pro Junior competitors are looking to find their way atop their regional ratings to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour.

Luke Davis (Capistrano Beach, CA), 17, put in an impressive performance today to advance into the US Open of Surfing main event after taking out his Round of 32 ASP Pro Junior heat. The young Californian defeated former ASP Dream Tour surfer Ben Bourgeois (Wrightsville Beach, NC), 31, and progressive standout Clay Marzo (Maui, HI), 21, in the trials to advance through to the Round of 128 of the men’s main event.

“I feel really good,” Davis said. “It was a long day and that last heat was really hard. I’m just stoked that those waves came through at the end and I won my Pro Junior heat as well, so it’s been a pretty good day.”

Davis, who is a constant standout on the ASP Pro Junior rankings, is hungry to capitalize on the priceless ratings points on offer at this year’s ASP PRIME event to help his ASP World Ranking.

“I did one major event last year, but didn’t do well so hopefully I can do well out here,” Davis said. “Getting into this event is definitely good for me. I want to start doing more events to help my World Ranking, especially next year.”

Ola Eleogram (Hana, HI), 24, was another standout in today’s US Open Trials. The talented regular-footer honed into the peaky lefthanders breaking into South Huntington Beach Pier to take out three consecutive heat victories to advance into the main event.

“I felt really good out there and I just stuck to the lefts all day,” Eleogram said. “I’m stoked to be in the main event. I had a bad start to the year and only did a couple of events. I fell short of making it into the main event, but I’m stoked that I got into the trials and had the chance to make it through.”

Mike Losness (San Clemente, CA), 29, who finished 3rd at the US Open in 2006, stylishly pushed into the main event with massive fins-out maneuvers and hopes he can continue to tear through the rounds.

“This is the one event that I’ve wanted to win since I was a kid,” Losness said. “I finished in the Semifinals back in 2006 and I don’t know if that was the best I’ll ever do in this event, maybe this year is a second chance. I don’t know.”

Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 16, started strong in his Round of 32 ASP Grade-2 US Open Junior Pro heat by smashing one of the highest single wave scores of the day with a variety of carves and tail drifting turns to the tune of an 8.33 out of 10 to take out his stacked opening round heat over current ASP North America Pro Junior Series ratings leader Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), 16, who advanced behind Andino in second.

“I saw that I had Evan (Geiselman) in my heat and I was kind of worried because he’s been ripping and he’s been beating me lately too,” Andino said. “People say that we’re rivals, but we’re actually best friends too. I just wanted to get a really quick start because I was really nervous. I got one and started getting it going so that was nice.”

Andino, who is currently sitting in the No. 3 position on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, is in a comfortable position to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour with his combined effort on the ASP Men’s World Ranking and feels his solid standing has relieved a great deal of pressure entering the US Open Junior Pro.

“I’m pretty comfortable with where I’m sitting in the ratings, so I’m feeling pretty confident,” Andino said. “I’m not worried about making World’s like some of the other kids because this is the last event. Being comfortable and being calm is a huge thing, so I feel good. Also, I have two new boards that work amazing so I’m stoked.”

Granger Larsen (Lahaina, HI), 20, marched to an impressive come-from-behind win by finding his way into a crucial wave in the dying seconds of his heat on the way to clinching the highest heat total of the men’s ASP Pro Junior competition, 14.76 out of 20, to advance through to the Quarterfinals.

“In the beginning of the heat I had nothing the whole time,” Larsen said. “I was freaked out, but no one had big scores so I knew I was still in it. I had that one towards the pier and got a 7.5 and paddled back out and got another 7 in the last 20 seconds and ended up winning the heat. It was a good heat, I was psyched.”

The Maui native topped international threat Alejo Muniz (Santa Catarina, BRA), 20, who advanced in second, in form local Quinn McCrystal (Huntington Beach, CA), 20, and current ASP North America Pro Junior No. 2 Keanu Asing (Ewa Beach, HI), 17, and knows the that navigating through the talented global draw in this year’s US Open Junior Pro will continue to be a serious project.

“Alejo (Muniz) was ripping,” Larsen said. “The Brazilians here (Huntington) are gnarly. I’ve surfed against Alejo a million times and we’re always beating each other. I’m stoked to get him back again. He beat me at World Juniors (ASP World Junior Championships) in the Quarterfinals, so I’m stoked to beat him again.”

Finalists were decided today as well for the women’s ASP Grade-2 US Open Junior Pro with reigning ASP World Junior Champion Laura Enever (AUS), 18, current ASP Women’s World Tour campaigner Coco Ho (North Shore, HI), 19, defending event champion Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), 16, and Californian Sage Erickson (Ventura, CA), 19, all earning the right to battle for this year’s title.

Tomorrow’s action will see the ASP 6-Star Women’s US Open of Surfing take to the water at 7:30am local time.

US Open of Surfing Trials Round of 132 Results:
Heat 1: Ola Eleogram (HAW) 9.63, Luke Davis (USA) 7.43, Richard Christie (NZL) 4.60, Jason Shibata (HAW) 3.10
Heat 2: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 15.84, Mike Losness (USA) 10.93, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 10.47, Kyle Knox (USA) 4.50

US Open of Surfing Trials Round of 140 Results:
Heat 1: Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 12.50, Richard Christie (NZL) 11.66, Sterling Spencer (USA) 6.00, Matt Pagan (USA) 5.73
Heat 2: Luke Davis (USA) 12.36, Jason Shibata (HAW) 8.90, Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 7.20, Clay Marzo (HAW) 1.56
Heat 3: Kyle Knox (USA) 16.33, Mike Losness (USA) 14.10, Hank Gaskell (HAW) 10.07, Anthony Petruso (USA) 10.04
Heat 4: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 11.40, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 10.66, Jano Belo (BRA) 9.56, Dylan Southworth (MEX) 6.90

US Open of Surfing Trials Round of 156:
Heat 1: Sterling Spencer (USA) 11.17, Clay Marzo (HAW) 9.43, Gustavo Fernandez (BRA) 7.43, Jay Davies (AUS) 7.24
Heat 2: Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 13.87, Luke Davis (USA) 11.73, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 11.66, Ryah Arthur (USA) 9.17
Heat 3: Jason Shbata (HAW) 10.50, Matt Pagan (USA) 8.86, Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 8.27, Chad Compton (USA) 6.80
Heat 4: Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 11.10, Richard Christie (NZL) 9.64, Jesse Heilman (USA) 8.47, Angelo Lozano (MEX) 7.60
Heat 5: Kyle Knox (USA) 12.16, Jano Balo (BRA) 11.06, Jason Harris (USA) 10.66, Gavin Gillette (HAW) 4.27
Heat 6: Mike Losness (USA) 12.83, Dylan Southworth (MEX) 10.74, Casey Brown (HAW) 9.56, Bruno Rodrigues (BRA) 5.94
Heat 7: Ricky Whitlock (USA) 11.26, Anthony Petruso (USA) 10.20, Teppei Tajima (JPN) 9.27, Andrew Doheny (USA) 8.84
Heat 8: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.00, Hank Gaskell (HAW) 11.67, Brent Reilly (USA) 6.77, Darrell Goodrum (USA) 6.73

US Open Junior Pro Round of 32 Results:
Heat 1: Nat Young (USA) 12.37, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 10.67, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 10.43, Alex Smith (HAW) 8.20
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.83, Evan Geiselman (USA) 9.93, Kealamakia Naihe (HAW) 5.87, Taylor Clark (USA) 2.50
Heat 3: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 11.50, John John Florence (HAW) 7.84, Brent Reilly (USA) 7.60, Klye McGeary (USA) 5.13
Heat 4: Andrew Doheny (USA) 12.33, Ian Crane (USA) 9.40, Colton Larson (USA) 9.07, Dege O’Connell (HAW) 8.83
Heat 5: Granger Larsen (HAW) 14.76, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.33, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 13.76, Keanu Asing (HAW) 4.00
Heat 6: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.34, Fisher Heverly (USA) 11.13, Michael Dunphy (USA) 7.93, Conner Coffin (USA) 7.10
Heat 7: Jacob Halstead (USA) 11.76, Evan Thompson (USA) 10.50, Albee Layer (HAW) 8.87, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 5.00
Heat 8: Luke Davis (USA) 14.34, Chase Wilson (USA) 13.40, Victor Done (USA) 8.43, Taylor Brothers (USA) 5.90

US Open Junior Pro Women’s Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.00, Sage Erickson (USA) 10.43, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10.43, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 3.44
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.10, Laura Enever (AUS) 14.70, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.73, Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.10