The big day is finally here. After months of preparation, training and closely following swell graphs and weather data, a green light shines the path to Half Moon Bay in Northern California where all eyes are on Mavericks. Scary even just to say the name, Mavericks will be producing solid WNW long period swell for a classic show of big wave surfing talent. While the Big Wave World Tour has their selection of top athletes competing, local Mavericks surfers also selected a handful of the remaining Invitees that have proven themselves on the beast of a wave.
Professional big wave competitor local to Santa Cruz, Nic Lamb, took the time to describe what its like to surf Mavericks and told The Surf Channel about his biggest fears. As one of the youngest athletes to ever surf Mavericks at only 14-years-old, Lamb knows exactly what is on the line when deciding to drop in on a giant beast at Mavericks. The young Santa Cruz local has plenty of years ahead of him in the big wave surfing arena, and will be standing by as an alternate for today’s competition.
The Surf Channel met up with Nic for an exclusive interview as he mentally prepared and tried to stay calm despite all the commotion:
Heats start at 8:00am and the event will be streamed LIVE at MavericksInvitational.com. The cliffs will be closed to spectators this year. Fans can watch a live stream online or on the big screen at the Mavericks Invitational Festival. Make sure to arrive early to the festival, held in the parking lot of Oceano Hotel and Spa, 280 Capistrano Road, Princeton by the Sea. Proceeds from the parking benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside. Additionally, Bike Works Half Moon Bay is providing free bike valet. Click here to purchase tickets and for more info.
A stacked lineup of brave, big wave chargers are on their way to Half Moon Bay. Photo: Mavericks Invitational
Want to learn more about Mavericks? Watch Josh Pomer‘s “Discovering Mavericks” trailer, his new documentary film launching in February.