Maverick Surfer’s Competition Welcomes Women Competitors For The First Time

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The famed Maverick’s Surf Competition tests the best of the best with Half Moon Bay’s killer swells — this year, 6 women enter and one could win the $30,000 dollars.

“Women have never competed in the 15-year history of the event, although several women regularly surf where the competition is held off Pillar Point” KQED tells us, the competition, born in 1999, has seen the likes of various male athletes in the month’s of March and November. Due to the inconsistency in the weather, the event is not held every year.

San Francisco surfer Bianca Valenti told Surfer Mag that this announcement came earlier than expected, since organizers had originally said they would be having the first women’s heat in the 2017 / 18 season. "I wasn’t expecting this. But I think it’s awesome. I’m just excited to see the women’s side of the sport strengthen. It felt weird always asking for them to let us women in. So it feels great knowing they know want us to be apart of this rad big-wave community.”

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Nic Lamb, a 28-year-old surfer who grew up in Santa Cruz was 2016′s big winner snatching himself a grand total of $120,000. He bested 23 elite competitors in his rank and didn’t wipe out a single time.

We’re excited to see some girl power take over the competition, the big-wave surfing event, officially known as Titans of Mavericks, announced the first time ever Women’s heat in a tweet last week.


Written by Anthony Rogers, photograph by Bradley Hook — Need more Bay Area culture? Subscribe to our newsletter to be in the know.