Big Wave Surf Contest 2016-2017
This is a one-day invitation-only event where the world’s top 24 big-wave surfers tackle some of the biggest and most dangerous waves on earth. Some waves have been seen as high as 60 feet (a 6-story building) and their crashing impact can be recorded on the Richter scale.
The one-day event will be held sometime between 11/1/16-3/31/17 on 24-hour notice which will be given once the organizers determine exactly when the waves will be at their biggest & best. One place to keep current on the precise date once selected and is on the Titans of Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest website. We’ll also let you know on our hiddenSF events page when the news arrives that first heats are scheduled.
This 24-hour notice gives the 24 contestants time to fly in from around the world to compete at Mavericks near Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton by the Sea. The location is a few miles north of Half Moon Bay and about 30 minutes south of San Francisco and 30 minutes east of San Mateo (both assuming no traffic which can get jammed, especially on weekends). See map below.
Due to safety and environmental concerns spectators are no longer able to personally observe the contest (note: I prefer live online for a close-in view anyway since the competition is 1/2 mile off shore and difficult to see even with binoculars). However, to get the flavor attend the Mavericks Festival in nearby Princeton Harbor where you can see the live action on big screens and mingle with other surfer dudes including contestants themselves. Be aware that the Festival usually sells out and parking is difficult. If you can’t make it to the crowded Festival check out the contest which will be live on the Internet.
During off season you can see Mavericks from the Pillar Point Bluff Trails. For the real skinny on local surfing visit Jeff Clark’s Mavericks Surf Shop on Pillar Point Harbor. Jeff Clark is the original pioneer who “discovered” Mavericks for big wave surfing as a teenager and who named it after his dog, Maverick. The waves were so scary that no one else would try it so for 15 years he had it all to himself.