• Mavericks Festival
Mavericks

One of the most famous waves on the planet

Mavericks is that rarest of things: not just a perfect wave and not just a giant wave but a perfect, giant wave. The peak lies a little less than a half-mile off of Pillar Point and is marked by a clump of Stonehenge-like boulders lining the inside. Massive swells looming out of the deep approach a shelf - made up of black, ungodly reef and boulders 20-feet beneath the surface - at breakneck speeds. From there, Maverick's becomes a 20-foot version of Stockton Avenue: a perfect, jacking AAA-frame breaking both ways, the right going long and the left a short-lived explosion of hell and spitfire.

source: Surfline.com

2022 Winners

Men’s Performer of the Year
Performer of the Year (Male)
Luca Padua
Videographers: Euan Rannachan, Kyle Hulse, Tucker Wooding, Drake Stanley, Dom Padua
Men’s Biggest Wave
Biggest Wave (Male)
Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker
Videographer: Dom Padua
Men’s Ride of the Year
Ride of the Year (Male)
Jamie Mitchell
Videographer: Dom Padua
Women’s Performer of the Year
Performer of the Year (Female)
Bianca Valenti
Videographers: Euan Rannachan and Tucker Wooding
Women’s Biggest Wave
Biggest Wave (Female)
Bianca Valenti
Videographer: Euan Rannachan
Women’s Ride of the Year
Ride of the Year (Female)
Bianca Valenti
Videographer: Tucker Wooding

A new way to celebrate Mavericks


The Mavericks Awards is a digital video performance contest where big wave surfers and videographers submit their best surf content of Mavericks each season. There are 3 categories for men and 3 categories for women with equal prize money for all. Categories include Biggest Wave, Ride of the Year, and Performer of the Year. 60% of the prize money is paid to the athlete and 40% is paid to the photographer. Winners are announced and celebrated at the Mavericks Awards, each May in Half Moon Bay.

The contest runs from October 1st 2022 - April 15th 2023. The basic rules are simple. First, the surfer must make the wave all the way to the shoulder to be considered for an award. Second, only prone paddle waves will be considered. Third, waves must be ridden in the event window laid out above.
Anyone can submit content for the Mavericks Awards. Be aware, Mavericks is extremely dangerous. You should not surf Mavericks unless you have extensive big wave experience and training. Minors (surfers under 18 years of age on date of wave ridden) must have the prior consent of their parent or legal guardian to enter a submission in consideration for an award.
We have put together a panel of world class big wave surfers - learn more about them here. The judges will evaluate the entries at the end of the season to determine the winners of each category. If the judges are not unanimous, the majority wins. You must make the wave all the way to the shoulder to enter.
Prize money for the 2023 season will be announced soon.
The Mavericks Festival is a community celebration to open the Mavericks Awards big wave season. The inaugural Festival was held October 1st, 2022 in Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay. An estimated 8,000 attendees enjoyed 3 bands, the Mavericks Surf Zone, short Mavericks films on the Jumbotron local seafood, and craft beer wine and cocktails. Our first Mavericks Festival raised $7,839 for Sea Hugger, our environmental partner that helps keep our oceans clean.
Our Mission is to celebrate Mavericks and brave men and women that surf it. Our values of respect, inclusion, equality, safety, community, and environmental stewardship guide all our decisions and how we operate the Mavericks Awards.
Details Coming Soon

Mavericks Festival

2023 dates to be announced soon. For sponsorship information, please email chris@maverickssurfawards.com

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Contacts

HQ: PO Box 2215, El Granada, CA, 94018
T: 415.425.3278
E: chris@maverickssurfawards.com

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