Big Wave Updates
Cartel Management is the fifth organizer for the event since it began
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 August, 2015 - The Maverick’s big wave surf contest seems to have changed hands more times than there are presidential candidates.
But the San Mateo County Harbor District commission may have put at least a temporary end to that spin cycle Wednesday night when it voted to grant Cartel Management a five-year permit to host the contest. In a 3-0 vote, with commissioner Sabrina Brennan abstaining, the board agreed to allow Cartel’s Titans of Mavericks event to be held off the reef break near Princeton-by-the-Sea through 2020-21, conditions permitting.
“It’s just a relief knowing that we have this, that we have the permit for the five years, that we have met and exceeded the requirements around making preparations to develop the best event possible,” said Brian Waters, the chief operations officer for Titans of Mavericks.
Cartel acquired the Mavericks Invitational last summer, becoming the fourth Maverick’s contest organizer in the past six years and the fifth since the first contest was planned for the treacherous reef break in 1998-99. At the time, Cartel president and Capitola resident Griffin Guess committed to producing the iconic big wave contest for at least five years.