Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Spectators cheer on Nathan Fletcher, left, and Rusty Long as they compete during a semifinal heat at the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

Peter Mel competes during the first heat of the Mavericks Invitational surf competition in Half Moon Bay.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Ken "Skindog" Collins watches Rusty Long lose footing during Round 1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Karl Mondon / Contra Costa Times

Ken "Skindog" Collins catches a ride.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Alex Martins has a wave all to himself.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Peter Mel competes during the first heat. Mel won the competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Zach Wormhoudt stays ahead of the break.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

Rusty Long competes during Heat 1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

Pictures in the News | Jan. 28, 2015

In Wednesday's Pictures in the News, a Kurdish fighter and his son walk down a street in the Syrian town of Kobane, a strategic prize on the Turkish border that Kurdish forces...   View Post»

   

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

Reader photos: Best of Southern California moments for November 2013

November brings fun photos from Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Costume images often have a surreal feel, and we start off with two of those, showing first a...   View Post»

   

2013 West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

2013 West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Every year on All Hallows Eve, tens of thousands of revelers flock to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood for the city’s Halloween Carnaval, billed as one of the...   View Post»

   

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

Pictures in the News | Oct. 10, 2013

In Thursday's Pictures in the News, John Lennon fans gather at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star to celebrate his 73rd birthday on Wednesday. Los Angeles: Members of the USC...   View Post»

   

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

Pictures in the News | September 13, 2013

Friday's Pictures in the News begins in Long Beach, where the final Boeing C-17 cargo jet for the U.S. Air Force takes off as observers look on during a ceremony. Delivery of...   View Post»

   

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

Pictures in the News | June 15, 2012

In Friday's Pictures in the News, Egyptians gather to protest in Tahir Square after Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the Islamist-led parliament must be...   View Post»

   

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

Pictures in the News | April 25, 2012

Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in Indonesia, where a zookeeper bathes an orangutan  under the temporary care of a team sent to improve conditions at a zoo where,...   View Post»

   

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

Pictures in the News | April 17, 2012

In today's Pictures in the News, Moscow as seen at night from the international space station at an altitude of approximately 240 miles; the Dalai Lama jokes with Hawaiian canoe...   View Post»

   

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

Pictures in the News | April 2, 2012

Monday's Pictures in the News begins in Mayanmar, where pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves at her supporters from her car as she leaves the headquarters of her National...   View Post»

   

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

The Week in Pictures | Oct. 10-16, 2011

This week we witnessed a mass killing in Seal Beach,   View Post»

Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest

Mother Nature saved the best for last, with some of the largest swells of the day arriving during the final heat of Sunday’s Mavericks Invitational big wave surfing contest as thousands of spectators invaded a quaint coastal town known more for its annual pumpkin festival than for its surf.

The waves weren’t the largest ever seen at the famed Northern California Mavericks surf break a half-mile offshore of Half Moon Bay – the biggest faces reached 25 to 30 feet – but surfing fans still got their fill of steep drops, wipeouts and powerful, booming surf.

In the end, Peter Mel of Santa Cruz took home the crown. He decided to split the $50,000 pot with his six competitors, a symbol of good faith that has become a Mavericks Invitational tradition.

“We as a brotherhood decided to split the money,” Mel said, saying the group agreed to the split upon paddling out for the last heat.

“When you start a final like that, it takes the pressure off … and that’s when the waves started to come too,” he said.

– Associated Press

No comments yet

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published