Big Wave Updates
Jeff Clark will hold Mavericks event independant of big wave tour tour
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 February, 2014 - Less than a month after one of the most successful events in Maverick's big wave surf contest history, the event has been dropped from the Big Wave World Tour schedule.
The Association of Surfing Professionals, which purchased the Big Wave World Tour last spring, announced on Wednesday a lineup of six big wave surfing contests on the 2014-15 tour. It includes Todos Santos in Mexico as well as a new stop at Jaws in Hawaii. The Mavericks Invitational and the Seatka Pro at Nelscott Reef in Oregon, two current BWWT events that are within driving distance of Santa Cruz, are not on the list.
Dave Prodan, an ASP spokesman, said Mavericks Invitational organizers chose to withhold the contest from the tour.
"The ASP very much respects the Mavericks events and it is a very special spot. Unfortunately, event organizers were not interested in having the event participate in the ASP BWWT for the 2014/2015 season and results from next season's event will not count towards the ASP BWWT Champion at this time," Prodan wrote in an email to the Sentinel. "We hope that will change in (the) future and Mavericks joins the BWWT."
Clark, who has been organizing contests at the surf break near Half Moon Bay since 1999, can continue to hold the Mavericks contest independent of the tour.
The reluctance of Mavericks organizers to rejoin the BWWT, and thus sign on with ASP, isn't surprising. Clark, considered the face of the break and the contest, expressed skepticism about reaching a deal with the ASP back in October, when the opening ceremony for the Mavericks Invitational was held.
"As I've always said, Maverick's will take care of itself," Clark said, pointing to the hundreds of fans and children at the beach for the opening ceremony. "Maverick's for this community and Northern California is just the best big wave in the world to hold an event, and we have something really special here and we're going to continue to take care of it. The best surfers in the world come here to test their mettle. This is the test of tests.
"The ball's in their court," he added at that time of the ASP. "We've met with them and met with them and met with them. It's up to them at this point. We'll continue talking, that's all I can say."
Last May, the ASP added the BWWT to its extensive lineup of surfing championships, which most notably includes the lucrative World Championship Tour.