New swell ignites the 2012 Mavericks Invitational

February 6, 2012 | Surfing
Mavericks: good, not great | Photo: Jeff Clark

Anxiety is building at Half Moon Bay. A medium-sized NW swell is hitting the shores of California and the 2012 Mavericks Invitational may be called on, in the next days, if all weather conditions meet properly - wave face, tide, wind and wave period.

The best 24 big wave surfers in the world are ready to answer the call and fly to the San Francisco coast, in 24 hours.

Wave conditions are expected to kick the adrenaline, in what is considered to be the best big wave challenge in the world.

The best day may, however, not come. Since 1999, the Mavericks surf contest was only contested seven times. Jeff Clark wants a classic and perfect Mavericks day, in order to blow everyone's mind. Swells are being tracked every day, every hour.

The 2012 Mavericks Invitational carries the title of ultimate big wave surfing event. Danger is part of the game and when waves break half a mile offshore Half Moon Bay, there's a good chance they'll only be suited to surfers with decades of experience.

Until the 31st March, all eyes are on the semaphores. Green is the color of hope and it confirms the magnitude of the wave, a giant amount of water that will transform dreams into the most thrilling images of the extreme sports world.

2012 Mavericks Invitational | List of Competitors

Matt Ambrose
Ryan Augenstein
Grant “Twiggy” Baker
Chris Bertish
Carlos Burle
Ken “Skindog” Collins
Shane Desmond
Shawn Dollar
Shane Dorian
Nathan Fletcher
Mark Healey
Rusty Long
Greg Long
Alex Martins
Peter Mel
Ryan Seelbach
Kelly Slater
Tyler Smith
Jamie Sterling
Anthony Tashnick
Grant Washburn
Dave Wassel
Ben Wilkinson
Zach Wormhoudt