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BIG WAVE COLLAPSE – UPPERCUT / SHADOWBOX MVMNT

Charging Mountains. Four Big Wave Surfers taking on the Paddle towards Mavericks. (Image: Creative Commons)

BIG WAVE COLLAPSE – UPPERCUT / SHADOWBOX MVMNT

Article by Steve Moran – Shadowboxer / Journalist

The Mavericks surfing competition, one of the best in big wave surfing contests in the world, has been cancelled this year…..Held off the coast of Half Moon Bay, Ca., the one day Titans of Mavericks competition which features the top 24 big wave surfers is no longer for 2017……Such an injustice for those that enter the competition but such a disappointment to those surf fans that marvel at what these surfers can actually do…..To see a surfer drop in on a 60 foot wave with the balance, grace, and skill that they do is breathtaking…..Knowing that there is only a select few that would even a attempt to do what these surfers do just adds to the level of respect that fans have for these folklores..

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The respect and love that surfers have for the ocean is something that I have always admired….As Duke Kahanmoku put it, “without the ocean, I am nothing”…..The ocean is their sacred space where these brave watermen go to express and at the same time free themselves….The ocean is their safe haven where no outside entities can distract them from doing what they love…… No cell phones, internet, TV, traffic jams, or any other outside influences to divert them from doing what they have such a deep devotion towards…..All it takes is a good swell and their trusty companion of a surfboard…..Surfing is one of those sports where a surfer can genuinely hold hands with mother nature…

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How a competition like mavericks can be cancelled is discouraging but isn’t surprising since the two things that destroy most anything reared its ugly head once again….and those two things are: Greed and money….Red Bull, which is the only broadcaster and sponsor for the competition, filed a lawsuit against the event’s promotional and management groups, Cartel Management and Titans of Mavericks, for breach of contract, seeking $400,000. In its bankruptcy filings, Cartel faces claims of about $1.9 million and Titans of Mavericks faces more than $776,335, according to court records filed recently…I understand that there is contractual side to the competition and companies are in it to get paid….But this competition has gone through way too much of this over the years and its the surfers and fans who suffer…..More importantly, Mavericks was never founded or built on the precipice of competition or money…..It’s not about big corporations or commercialization…Big wave surfers have a deep devotion to what they do and the many challenges that it provides…..Surfing is about the ocean and riding whatever wave nature provides…..Moving forward I sure hope the powers that be can get together and squash whatever it is that inhibits this competition from happening…As Laird Hamilton said, ” surfing’s one of the few sports that you look ahead to see what’s behind.”….Because as we all know that the next time there is a massive swell at mavericks all the best big wave riders will be out there…competition or not.

BIG WAVE COLLAPSE – UPPERCUT / SHADOWBOX MVMNT

Article by Steve Moran – Shadowboxer / Journalist


Also published on Medium.