There are few phenomenons on the planet more powerful than Mavericks. One of the most dangerous big wave breaks in the world, the monster wave is rumored to produce some of the largest surf on record. Everything about Mavericks is scary – the jagged rocks, freezing water, powerful currents and great white sharks… The hazards are endless. Those that have survived her deadly exit are respected by the core big wave surfing world.
On January 20th, 2013, the Mavericks Invitational was given the green light. Surfers from around the world flew into Half Moon Bay in Northern California for battle. In an unselfish act before the final horn sounded, all six surfers joined hands in the water and agreed to split the prize money “as a brotherhood.” The Surf Channel got the full scoop on the details in an exclusive interview with the well-deserving champion, Quiksilver athlete Peter Mel:
- Peter Mel celebrates in front of a sold-out festival at the Oceano Hotel & Spa. Photo: Surf Channel/Metzger
- Like father, like son. John Mel won first place at his Surfing America Prime competition in Santa Cruz the day after the Mavericks contest. Surfing runs in the veins… Photo: Surf Channel/Shannon Q