Watch the 2014 Body Glove Mavericks Invitational big wave surf competition on Red Bull Signature Series aired by NBC this Saturday, August 16 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PST. (http://win.gs/1qRvwhw)
Talk about wet ’n’ wild; it’s all about enormous waves, steep drops and gnarly wipeouts during the 2014 Body Glove Mavericks Invitational presented by GoPro. This big-wave surf competition is often considered the crown jewel on the Big Wave World Tour (BWWT). Located in the Northern Pacific Ocean about half a mile from the Pillar Point harbor along the Northern Coast of California is the Mavericks break. The area was first surfed in 1975, and the first competition was held in 1999. This 50 foot wave is not for the faint of heart.
Today, 24 of the world’s best big-wave surfers are invited to compete in the Mavericks Invitational. Surfers are towed off shore with intentions of riding one of the most dangerous big waves on the planet for an exhilarating experience and to muster the highest score of the day. The athletes and event crew are on-call for a several-month period awaiting the massive swell. Once weather forecasters and satellites identify when the largest wave will hit Mavericks, a decision is made giving 24 hours notice before the competition begins.
The event draws an extraordinary amount of attention from the mainstream because of the unique intersection of extreme big-wave surfing and laid back Cali surf culture. That’s where MSI steps in. “It’s one of the most difficult events I’ve produced due to the long window of possible dates and extremely short notice of when it will actually happen,” reflected Seth Delorey, MSI’s Project Lead, “Our primary role was production of the Festival and support of all operation on the ground.”
For two years, a small crew of MSI ninjas manage the Mavericks Festival. “A brilliant venue to enjoy the contest, the Mavericks Festival was held just beyond the bluff of Mavs. It would have been the ultimate challenge to not have fun,” described a Redbull.com contributor. It’s essentially a massive party for the fans complete with music, refreshments, sponsor activations, and jumbo HD screens where approximately eight thousand festival goers could watch the action streaming live. Speaking of watching the action, Red Bull Signature Series on NBC is airing a feature of the 2014 Body Glove Mavericks Invitational on Saturday, August 16 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PST. (http://win.gs/1qRvwhw)
Stay connected during the show by using the hashtag: #MavsInvOnNBC and @rbsigseries @bodyglove.
* Photos by Dave Nelson / @nellysmagicmoments