Professional big wave surfers from across the globe will travel great distances to take part in the most risk-oriented event in North America. The only way into the event is to be selected by the Committee 7 and earn a spot to battle it out – heat after heat – and eventually beating every other TITANS for the win. Each potential selectee will have to put his or her time in the water at Maverick’s. If you prove to the Committee 7 members you’re capable, and have what it takes, you will have equal consideration among any of the possible competitors.
This season TITANS OF MAVERICKS will be introducing a new Wildcard format. As usual, 22 of the 24 TITANS will be announced before the Opening Ceremony leaving 2 spots open for potential Wildcard selections.
This year we will be announcing 8 Alternates and 8 Wildcards into the mix who will be in the running to fill the 2 Wildcard positions available for the event each season. The Alternates will have equal opportunity to potentially fill the 2 open slots in which the 8 Wildcards are vying for. Both the Alternates and Wildcards will be able to perform throughout the pre-season and during the season’s official window. The Committee 5 will be reviewing and noting performances of these athletes on both lists. Their free-surf performance at Maverick’s during the fall and winter season will be reviewed, calculated and then awarded by Committee 7. If no performances are noted during the pre-season prior to the event run, the Committee 7 will use historical observations and past season performances to use when voting the selectees. The Committee 7 will announce this decision live on titansofmavericks.com within days before the event.
The first round of 56 names will be released in September. That list then narrows down to 38 names by October. Each selected competitor will be publicly released in random order, and at the timely discretion of TITANS OF MAVERICKS. Each season the TITANS will be announced exclusively through our social media platforms before the Opening Ceremony in Half Moon Bay, CA. All 22 Titans will be announced along side 8 Alternates and 8 Wildcards prior to the Opening Ceremony event.
Our traditional Opening Ceremony will be held on October 21st, 2016. The public is welcome to come celebrate our athletes, and the community as whole. 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 Maverick’s. It is an opportunity for the surfers and community to gather and celebrate the upcoming season. We encourage families and beach enthusiasts of all kinds to attend and take part in this long cherished tradition.
The annual TITANS OF MAVERICKS Party is held in Half Moon Bay, honoring the spirit of the athletes and the rich history of Maverick’s. This special night is to celebrate the chosen TITANS, with special announcements and contributing speakers throughout the decorated evening.
Once the season opens on November 1, the watching and waiting begins. The “call” is a perfect blend of art, science and experience: tracking the waves, the wind, the tides, the swell direction and duration, understanding the ideal weather conditions and making the call. The most sophisticated weather reports will never replace experience and knowledge of the Committee 7. When all the factors are right, the Committee 7 will make the call and give notice that the TITANS OF MAVERICKS is on!