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Titans of Mavericks is a big wave surfing action sports event that takes place south of San Francisco, at the surfing site of Mavericks, California. It was founded by Griffin Guess in 2014. Thirty athletes compete annually in conditions that can reach up 60 feet in wave height.

The 2017 contest was cancelled after the company filed for bankruptcy and a deal was made with World Surf League to take over the event.[1]



The first surfing contest at Mavericks, now known as Titans of Mavericks,[2] was held in 1999, and has been held nine times through 2014. The organizers invite 24 big wave surfers annually to compete in the one-day event, but it is only held if wave conditions are favorable during the competition season.[citation needed]

Darryl Virostko ("Flea") won the initial contest in 1999, while Richard Schmidt, Ross Clarke-Jones and Peter Mel took second, third and fourth places, respectively. The following year put Virostko, Kelly Slater, Tony Ray, Peter Mel, Zach Wormhoudt, and Matt Ambrose in first through sixth places. In 2004, Virostko, Ambrose, Evan Slater, Anthony Tashnick, Mel and Grant Washburn placed in spots first through sixth. Tashnick came first in 2005. In 2006, Grant Baker, from South Africa, won first place, with Tyler Smith and Brock Little in second and third. The 2007 contest was called off because unusually mild weather resulted in no days with suitable waves by the end of March, the usual cutoff time for holding the competition. In 2008, Greg Long was crowned Mavericks Champion, Baker won second and Jamie Sterling won third place, followed by Smith in fourth, Washburn in fifth and Evan Slater in sixth. The contest was canceled again in 2009.[3] In 2010 South Africa's Chris Bertish took first place; winning a surfing prize purse of US$150 000, sponsored by Moose Guen, Jane Sunderland and Barracuda Networks.

In the fall of 2010 a group of surfers, community leaders and contest organizers formed the Half Moon Bay Surf Group, Inc., with the aim of controlling the contest. In October, the San Mateo Harbor Commission granted them the permit and official planning of the inaugural “The Jay at Maverick’s Big Wave Invitational" (as it was then called)[4] began.[5] Invited competitors included 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater and 23 others.[6] However, the contest was not held due to lack of waves in 2011 and 2012. The most recent contests were held in 2013 (won by Peter Mel) and 2014 (won by Grant Baker).[2] The newly branded "Titans of Mavericks" contest is now governed by five prestigious Mavericks riders known as the "Committee 5" [1][2]. The most recent Mavericks Surf contest was held on February 12, 2016.

AT&T Park in San Francisco hosts live broadcasts of the event on its giant (110 foot wide) video display.[7]

In October 2006, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary proposed banning personal watercraft from Mavericks, which led to disputes within the sport.[8]

Mavericks contest resultsEdit

The following is a list of past Mavericks invitational competitions and winners.

Season(s) Date Held[9] Champion 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place 6th Place
1998-1999 February 17, 1999   Darryl Virostko   Richard Schmidt   Ross Clarke-Jones   Peter Mel
1999-2000 March 3, 2000   Darryl Virostko   Kelly Slater   Tony Ray   Peter Mel   Zach Wormhoudt   Matt Ambrose
2000-2003 No contest held
2003-2004 February 7, 2004   Darryl Virostko   Matt Ambrose   Evan Slater   Anthony Tashnick   Peter Mel   Grant Washburn
2004-2005 March 2, 2005   Anthony Tashnick   Greg Long   Tyler Smith   Zach Wormhoudt   Shane Desmond   Matt Ambrose
2005-2006 February 8, 2006   Grant Baker   Tyler Smith   Brock Little   Matt Ambrose   Grant Washburn   Evan Slater
2006-2007 No contest held
2007-2008 January 12, 2008   Greg Long   Grant Baker   Jamie Sterling   Tyler Smith   Grant Washburn   Evan Slater
2008-2009 No contest held
2009-2010 February 13, 2010   Chris Bertish   Shane Desmond   Anthony Tashnick   Dave Wessel   Carlos Brule   Kenny Collins
2010-2012 No contest held
2012-2013 January 20, 2013   Peter Mel   Zach Wormhoudt   Greg Long   Alex Martins   Mark Healey   Shawn Dollar
2013-2014 January 24, 2014   Grant Baker   Shane Dorian   Ryan Augenstein   Tyler Fox   Greg Long   Anthony Tashnick
2014-2015 No contest held
2015-2016 February 12, 2016   Nic Lamb   Travis Payne   Greg Long   Tyler Fox   Jaime Mitchell   Carlos Brule


  1. ^ Stech, Katy (August 24, 2017). "World Surf League to Take Over Titans of Mavericks Contest". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Titans of Mavericks - History". Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  3. ^ "The 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest is canceled due to lack of waves". October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "Barracuda Networks". Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  5. ^ Julia Scott (October 21, 2010). "Newcomer ousts longtime Mavericks surf event promoter". San Jose Mercury News.
  6. ^ Mark Conley (November 5, 2010). "Mavericks surf contest adds Kelly Slater's name back to list". San Jose Mercury News.
  7. ^ "Mavericks Surf". Mavericks Surf. December 3, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Ashley Powers (November 25, 2006). "Proposal could have surfers cooling their jets". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "Mavericks Surf Winners".

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