These three events are International Invitation only events. 12-24 of the World’s Best Invitees, for each event only.
- Mavericks Big Wave Invitational-Half Moon Bay, Northern California
- Nelscott Big Wave Paddle Invitational-Orgeon-USA
- SUP World Champs-Makaha-Oahu-Hawaii
All these three events are International Invitation only events. 12-24 of the worlds best Invitees for each event only.
- Mavericks Big Wave Invitational
Half Moon Bay, Northern California (Nov-Feb)
Live streaming- http://www.maverickssurf.com
Mavericks is a world-renowned big wave break located one-half mile off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California.
Since the early 1990s, when the local spot was introduced to the world, Mavericks has moved into the foreground of modern big-wave surfing, attracting the most elite riders to test its limits each time it breaks. These riders are presented with waves as high as 50 feet, remarkably strong currents, dangerous rocks, shallow reefs, and frigid water temperatures. In summary, Mavericks is like no other place on the planet.
Each winter, during a waiting period typically set for sometime between December and March– when conditions are just right and giant swells roll in from far across the Pacific–The Mavericks Surf Contest® comes to Half Moon Bay. On just 24 hours’ notice, 24 of the world’s best big wave surfers will gather together to test themselves against the bone-chilling cold, ever-present dangers, and giant waves of Mavericks . The Mavericks Surf Contest always promises to be an amazing display of courage and surfing skill, set on a wave considered by many to be the most dangerous in the world.
- Nelscott Big Wave Paddle Invitational
Orgeon-USA (Oct-Dec 31st)
History of Nelscott Reef
After watching the perfect big wave a half mile offshore since ’89 and knowing there was no way of paddling a conventional big wave gun through the huge beachbreak to get to it, in 1995 Nelscott Reef pioneer John Forse took an underpowered zodiac out in the 17 feet at 20 second swell and after several tries was able to penetrate the Siletz rivermouth and got outside. Feeling insignificant and vulnerable floating around in the huge open ocean swells he was able to work his way to the channel on the north side of the reef, unpack his gun and paddle to where he thought the take off zone was. With no bearings or landmarks with which to triangulate the wide ranging take off zone he was lucky enough to be in the spot and paddle for his life for the set wave headed his way. The speed of the wave combined with the wind keeping him on the peak prevented him from getting down the face and felt like the “Jay Moriarty stuck in the lip at Mavericks” famous wipeout and got blown out the back only to find the wave’s “big brother” bearing down on him. Scrambling for his life he was able to claw up and over the north shoulder and get out of the impact zone. After that “up close and personal” experience John realizes that this was a different kind of wave and was tailor made for towsurfing.
After failing to get any locals to join him on the reef, in 2003 he recruited Santa Cruz Tow Maestros Peter Mel and Adam Replogle to come up and help him “crack the reef” in all it’s glory. With faces in the 25 feet to 35 feet range John was finally able to realize his dream and get his wave and Adam and Peter rode the best high performance big wave in the world like it was 4′ Malibu and the seed was planted for the inaugural “Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic” which was held December 11, 2005 & now for the first time in 2009, the Nelscott Reef Paddle In Classic.
- SUP World Champs
(Nov 15th & 16th)
Home to the sport of Stand Up Paddling and a globally recognized capital of the Waterman culture, ocean sports legends such as Brian Keaulana, Melvin Pu’u and Duane Desoto all hail from this beautiful beach town. Famous for the picture of Greg Noll standing, board in hand, about to paddle out in one of the largest swells on record, Makaha has long been a proving ground for all forms of Ocean Sports and at every level.
The Stand Up World Tour main event will be held on the legendary shores of Hawaii. A prestigious occasion and will ensure the gathering of Ocean Sports greatest legends for a showdown like no other. Beyond the people and the significance of the location, Makaha boasts some of the most spectacular conditions for Stand Up Paddling and will provide a complete display of high performance riding on its groomed and powerful waves.
The Stand Up World Tour will consist of a prestigious 32 man fleet made up of the following: An elite Top 16 athletes (decided on by the Committee listed below) An additional 8 athletes selected from an alternate list (again the decision finalized by the Committee) A final 8 athletes made up of 4 local trial entrants in each location and 4 wild cards
The Key Players:
Ikaika Kalama, Hawaii; Chuck Patterson, US; Kalani Vierra, Hawaii; Chris Bertish, South Africa; Bonga Perkins, Hawaii; Duane Desoto, Hawaii; Garrett McNamara, Hawaii; Kealii Mamala, Hawaii; Kai Lenny, US; Raimana Van Bastolear, Tahiti; Kamu Auwae, Hawaii; Kainoa McGee, Hawaii; Antoine Delpero, France; Kainoa Beaupre, Hawaii; Ekolu Kalama, Hawaii; Luke Egan, Australia.