Mavericks included in the 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour

October 10, 2017 | Surfing
Mavericks: the iconic big wave surfing break in back in the Big Wave Tour | Photo: Jacobovs/Creative Commons

It's official. The Mavericks big wave surfing competition is officially part of the World Surf League (WSL).

The WSL confirmed reached an agreement with Cartel Management, and the iconic Northern California surf break will be included in the current 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour (BWT) season.

"The WSL has always held a high amount of respect for the both venue and its community as one of the pillars of big wave surfing. We intend to continue to run the Mavericks event and celebrate the stories of those who steward and surf it through the Big Wave Tour," noted Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO of WSL.

The Titans of Mavericks was last run in 2016, and Nic Lamb was its champion. Now, big wave surfers will have the chance to taste its raw power under the WSL supervision.

"After discussion with the athletes and the senior management team, including it in this year's season was a no-brainer. We're all thrilled at the opportunity to run an event there," added Mike Parsons, the BWT commissioner.

The organization also confirmed that female surfers will have the opportunity to put their skills to test at Mavericks, bringing an end to a multi-year controversy.

The 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour is already underway, with one event completed - the Puerto Escondido Challenge - and won by Kai Lenny. The upcoming events are the Peahi Challenge, the Nazaré Challenge, and the Mavericks contest.