Traditional Ceremonial Paddle Out to Take Place Friday, October 25
The official contest window for the Body Glove Mavericks Invitational presented by GoPro is set to open on November 1 and run through Mach 31, 2014. With as little as 24 hours notice, the international roster of invited big wave surfers are called to action when the giant waves and conditions are just right to hold the day-long contest.
To celebrate the opening of this new season, the big wave surf community will gather for the traditional Opening Ceremony and Paddle Out at the beach at Mavericks on Friday, October 25, at 2 p.m. While this is not the official contest day, it is an opportunity for the surfers and community to gather and celebrate the upcoming season.
"The Opening Ceremony is our annual ‘gathering of the tribe’ – a chance to get together before the season opens,” said Contest Director and Mavericks Pioneer Jeff Clark. "It’s a more relaxed atmosphere than contest day and gives the fans, surfers and local kids a chance to meet the competitors and join them for the ceremonial paddle out."
The Opening Ceremony is a ritual unlike any other, and with a high surf warning this week brings added excitement for the winter season. The ceremony takes place on the beach with family, friends and the community. In the long-honored Hawaiian tradition, surfers then paddle out to the water and form a prayer circle to commemorate the event, show respect to fellow surfers and their safety, and pay tribute to those who have died.
Looking Ahead: Contest Day
When the wave and atmospheric conditions are just right, the contest will be called with as little as 24 hours notice sometime during the contest window. Organizers, county and local agencies, the competitors and fans step into high gear to make it to the small town of Princeton for this world-class event. San Mateo County Sheriff and other agencies coordinate to ease traffic and close access to the beach and the environmentally-sensitive and dangerous cliffs at Mavericks......
2013-14 Mavericks Invitational Competitors:
Alex Martins (Brazil)
Anthony Tashnick (Santa Cruz, CA)
Ben Wilkinson (Australia)
Carlos Burle (Brazil)
Chris Bertish (South Africa)
Colin Dwyer (Pacifica, CA)
Dave Wassell (Hawaii)
Grant Baker (South Africa)
Grant Washburn (San Francisco, CA)
Greg Long (San Clemente, CA)
Jamie Sterling (Hawaii)
Ken Collins (Santa Cruz, CA)
Kohl Christensen (Hawaii)
Mark Healey (Hawaii)
Nathan Fletcher (San Clemente, CA)
Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz, CA)
Peter Mel (Santa Cruz, CA)
Rusty Long (San Clemente, CA)
Ryan Augenstein (Santa Cruz, CA)
Ryan Seelbach (San Francisco, CA)
Shane Dorian (Hawaii)
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA)
Tyler Fox (Aptos, CA)
Zach Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz, CA)
2013-14 Mavericks Invitational Alternates:
1. Shane Desmond (Santa Cruz, CA)
2. Danilo Couto (Brazil)
3. Derek Dunfee (San Diego, CA)
4. Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL)
5. Tyler Smith (Santa Cruz, CA)
6. Frank Solomon (South Africa)