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Mavs to kick off big-wave season with ceremony

Zach Wormhoudt & Peter Mel (white jersey) © Mavericks Invitational

Mavericks Invitational
Presented by GoPro

Big Wave World Tour
Mavericks, Half Moon Bay California
1 November 2013 - 31 March 2014

Live Coverage | Results/Photos/Videos etc

Traditional Ceremonial Paddle Out to Take Place Friday, October 25

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 October, 2013 : - - The official contest window for the Body Glove Mavericks Invitational presented by GoPro is set to open on November 1 and run through Mach 31, 2014. With as little as 24 hours notice, the international roster of invited big wave surfers are called to action when the giant waves and conditions are just right to hold the day-long contest.
 
To celebrate the opening of this new season, the big wave surf community will gather for the traditional Opening Ceremony and Paddle Out at the beach at Mavericks on Friday, October 25, at 2 p.m. While this is not the official contest day, it is an opportunity for the surfers and community to gather and celebrate the upcoming season.
 
"The Opening Ceremony is our annual ‘gathering of the tribe’ – a chance to get together before the season opens,” said Contest Director and Mavericks Pioneer Jeff Clark. "It’s a more relaxed atmosphere than contest day and gives the fans, surfers and local kids a chance to meet the competitors and join them for the ceremonial paddle out."
 
The Opening Ceremony is a ritual unlike any other, and with a high surf warning this week brings added excitement for the winter season. The ceremony takes place on the beach with family, friends and the community. In the long-honored Hawaiian tradition, surfers then paddle out to the water and form a prayer circle to commemorate the event, show respect to fellow surfers and their safety, and pay tribute to those who have died.
 
Looking Ahead: Contest Day
 
When the wave and atmospheric conditions are just right, the contest will be called with as little as 24 hours notice sometime during the contest window. Organizers, county and local agencies, the competitors and fans step into high gear to make it to the small town of Princeton for this world-class event. San Mateo County Sheriff and other agencies coordinate to ease traffic and close access to the beach and the environmentally-sensitive and dangerous cliffs at Mavericks.
 
To give the public a place to party and watch the action, the Mavericks Viewing Festival will be the epicenter for the contest, and will be held on the grounds of the Oceano Hotel & Spa in Princeton Harbor, Half Moon Bay. Organizers will also have a free live webcast for viewers across the globe.
 
The Mavericks Viewing Festival will start at 8 a.m. just as the first heat of the contest starts. The festival will run all day long with a live steam of the contest action on jumbo screens. Ticket holders will enjoy live contest coverage and contest updates, interviews, music, giveaways, food and refreshments and a chance to meet the surfers as they come in from the water. The event culminates with the awards ceremony on stage and the crowning of the 2013-14 champion. 

2013-14 Mavericks Invitational Competitors:

Alex Martins  (Brazil)
Anthony Tashnick  (Santa Cruz, CA)
Ben Wilkinson  (Australia)
Carlos Burle  (Brazil)
Chris Bertish  (South Africa)
Colin Dwyer  (Pacifica, CA)
Dave Wassell  (Hawaii)
Grant Baker  (South Africa)
Grant Washburn  (San Francisco, CA)
Greg Long  (San Clemente, CA)
Jamie Sterling  (Hawaii)
Ken Collins  (Santa Cruz, CA)
Kohl Christensen  (Hawaii)
Mark Healey (Hawaii)
Nathan Fletcher  (San Clemente, CA)
Nic Lamb  (Santa Cruz, CA)
Peter Mel  (Santa Cruz, CA)
Rusty Long  (San Clemente, CA)
Ryan Augenstein  (Santa Cruz, CA)
Ryan Seelbach  (San Francisco, CA)
Shane Dorian  (Hawaii)
Shawn Dollar  (Santa Cruz, CA)
Tyler Fox  (Aptos, CA) 
Zach Wormhoudt  (Santa Cruz, CA)
 
2013-14 Mavericks Invitational Alternates:

1. Shane Desmond (Santa Cruz, CA)
2. Danilo Couto (Brazil)
3. Derek Dunfee (San Diego, CA)
4. Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL)
5. Tyler Smith (Santa Cruz, CA)
6. Frank Solomon (South Africa)
 
www.mavericksinvitational.com

Source: Mavericks

Author: Jessica Banks, Kenna Meistrell

Tags: Mavericks, Peter Mel, Big Wave World Tour, GoPro

Big Wave: Surfersvillage

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