How exactly do they know when to call the event on? It’s not just a giant swell on the horizon that gets Mavericks Invitational surf forecaster, Mark Sponsler’s attention. Tide, wind direction, and timing amongst other things, all play vital roles when it comes to giving competitors the “Green Light.”
As a part of the Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour, the Body Glove Mavericks Invitational presented by GoPro requires a minimum of 30 ft wave faces to call the event on, and the conditions have to be just right to avoid the most dangerous situations for both competitors and the surrounding boats. Watch the video below to listen to Sponsler break down the perfect conditions needed for an epic session at Mavericks.
The Body Glove Mavericks Invitational 2013-2014 was given the green light on Wednesday, January 22nd, for an event start of 8am this Friday, January 24th. Follow The Surf Channel on Facebook for live updates straight from Half Moon Bay as the action unfolds throughout the day!