Last week Mavericks was the best it’s been in years — way better than the Super Bowl, which was the only reason the Titans of Mavericks didn’t get the green light. But the titans charged regardless, and here’s the footage to prove it: epic waves, epic surfing, epic everything apart from the regrettable choice of music. Cue a 7-minute long game of “Identify the Big Wave Nutcase”. Incidentally, the Titans of Mavericks has now been reconvened for this coming Friday, when the same swell currently en route to Waimea for the Eddie is due to reach California. A big week for big wave surfing.
Wondering what the Titans of Mavs is all about? The website explains in exemplary prose:
“Titans of Mavericks is the most coveted event in big wave surfing. Mavericks has a rich history among the annals of surfing lore. Being touted as the one of the most hazardous events in the world, and having 24 of the best conditioned big wave surfing professionals compete against each other to win this prestigious competition makes Titans of Mavericks the greatest show on earth. The 24 who compete possess fearless character and endless passion that give them these unique set of skills to challenge Mavericks each and every year. Each winter season the nation turns its focus on the quiet, yet historical coastal town of Half Moon Bay, California. Sports fans and thrill seekers bear witness and watch these Titans of great strength, mental toughness and dedication in challenging themselves. Each athlete that has been part of the history of Mavericks has shaped this event in one way or another and has given us a unique perspective in how we look at this phenomenon. Titans of Mavericks is the marquee big wave surfing contest in the world, and 24 of the world’s best in the sport vie for the opportunity to win, make a name and be etched into history.”