WSL postpone Mavericks Challenge despite huge waves
Though much of the surfing world's attention is focussed on the North Shore, the northern Califonian coast is being hit by a series of significant northwest swells. Justin Housman from Surfer magazine is calling today's conditions the largest he's seen in ten years of living in northern California.
Despite the size, the WSL has put the kybosh on the Maverick's Challenge. The league started applying the handbrake last week, when, instead of relishing the forthcoming swells, they issued a statement tentatively postponing it. An unusual move from five days out.
Yesterday they made good on that call when the following statement from Big Wave Tour Commissioner Mike Parsons was posted on WSL.com:
"We will not be running the Mavericks Challenge this week and will wait for more optimum conditions. The wind is good and conditions will be clean, but the swell will be dropping through the day on Thursday and we won't have the consistency we need to run an excellent event. With three months left in the waiting period, we are confident that we'll have better opportunities to run this event this season. January is typically the best month for Mavericks so we'll be watching things closely and hoping for a great finish to the season."
Here are some photos from the less-than-ideal conditions at Mavericks this morning.
(All photos @azhiaziam)
Kai Lenny (1)
Kai Lenny (2)