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.
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.
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