Earlier this week we reported that the 2015 Titans of Mavericks begins its waiting period on January the 1st and told how the 24 Titans who will be competing, have to show commitment throughout the year by surfing Mavericks on every big swell they can. It just so happens that on the 20th of December a huge swell slammed into Half Moon Bay and many of the Titans were there to get some last minute training under the belts.
It seems that every man and his dog also showed up and the lineup was pretty crowded. It is bad enough when I turn up at my local and see a crowd when it is 2-3ft but to see four times overhead Mavericks churning with around forty people in, scares me to my bones! Surfers and Paddleboarders battled to try and catch the best wave of the day, and there were plenty of thrills and spills.
The wipeout at 3 minutes and 52 seconds is a particular favourite of mine in the clip that you can see below, filmed and edited by Paul Topp. Surfers featured include Shawn Dollar, Shane Dorian, Tyler Fox and Ken “Skindog” Collins and their heroics mixed with the Ride of the Valkyries track is a perfect recipe of visual and audio delight. Enjoy the video below and let us know what you think about the huge crowds now turning up at breaks like Mavericks? Is big wave surfing becoming dangerous purely because of the huge numbers of people there now?