December saw the opening day of the much anticipated sleeping giant. As most official sporting events have been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel, it was important to awaken to the morning of December 8th, 2020 and know the Mavericks Surf Awards were on ‘Go’ status.
Mavericks Surf Awards: Virtual Format
The Mavericks Surf Awards , launched by Jeff Clark and Chris Cuvelier is a big wave surfing event filling the space left open after the WSL dropped Mavericks from its Big Wave Tour. In a non-traditional format, the Mavericks Surf Awards doesn’t run on a specific day as in traditional surf contests. Instead, the MSA event spans the full range of the big wave season – this year, from December 1st, 2020 through April 15th, 2021. Surfers and videographers have a 6-month time frame to submit their best entries of surf video performances. Winners – including both surfers and their videographers – receive cash purses across five categories.
Significant cash prizes will be be divided across five categories with 80% of the prize going to the surfer and 20% to the videographer.
1. Male Performance of the Year
2. Female Performance of the Year (with equal prize money)
3. Mavericks Ride of the Year
4. Biggest Wave
5. Best Barrel
All the big names of big wave surfing came together with the world’s best photographers for opening day at Mavericks. Here, @huntray284 is getting it done under the lip. Photo by: @fred_pompermayer
Opening Day at Mav’s: Big Names & Huge Surf
On December 8th, virtual audiences watched the action out in the lineup as Jeff Clark broadcast live from the channel throughout the day. This live experience gave viewers from around the world the chance to witness the powerful swell and cast of characters from the biggest names in surf up close on Mavericks Surf Awards’ Instagram and Facebook pages. It was quite an education.
Jeff Clark narrated these live broadcasts and even answered questions from viewers, all while navigating tricky currents and dodging white water at one of the most notorious big wave breaks on the planet. The thunder of crashing waves sounded like gunshots going off and the excitement in the channel was palpable. Everyone was on board to make opening day of the Mavericks Surf Awards a successful event as the world’s greatest big wave surfers and photographers came together to capture Mav’s massive swell.
Stand outs from the day included Twiggy Baker, Peter Mel and Kai Lenny. Ian Walsh also was on hand to catch a few solid swells as well. Local heavy hitters showed Matt Becker, Luca Padua, and John Mel (Peter’s son) dominating the lineup. Bianca Valenti gave a great showing for the females and caught excellent waves as well.
More To Come: Stay Tuned for the Next Big Swell
The ocean will provide. More surf is expected and the energy is high surrounding this newly formatted event which includes bragging rights to facing off against one of the most fierce waves on the planet. Clark and Cuvelier anticipate an excellent season as entries begin to roll in.
To participate surfers and videographers upload their entries at: https://www.maverickssurfawards.com/
where they are then evaluated and scored by a team of judges.
The awards ceremony for this year’s Mavericks Surf Awards will take place at the end of the season in April or May 2021 in a small gathering. The staff is planning a digital ceremony to broadcast throughout the world this ultimate celebration of the brave men and women who surf Mavericks.