The Committee 5 will vote 22 competitors and 5 alternates each year throughout the pre-season, leaving 2 critical slots open for WILD CARD considerations. These Wild Card positions will go to the committed athletes that cast the strongest impression between October 1st through Jan 1st, and who commit to showing a level of excellence that is undeniable by charging only the biggest waves in that period. These 2 Wild Card slots can go to any skilled big wave surfer putting their time in at Mavericks. All alternates are also in consideration for being a Wild Card Selectee. It is anyone’s game, at anytime. The Wild Card criteria is based on two main characteristics; (1) commitment to Mavericks over time and (2) the days in the water put in and how big you charge during those pre-season days.
The first Wild Card was announced January 3, 2015. The second and final Wild Card slot was fulfilled by the Committee 5.
Each selected competitor will be publicly released in random order, and at the timely discretion of Titans of Mavericks. Each Titan will be announced exclusively through our social media platforms before the opening ceremony of each year.
The first round of 56 names was released on September 26th, 2014. That list then was narrowed down to 38 names and released on October 6th, 2014. After that second round is published; the company at random released each selected Titan and alternate(s) throughout the month of October. All Titans were selected before the opening ceremony on October 24th, 2014 in Half Moon Bay, CA.