Slumbering Maverick's Erupts

Jason Lock

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Updated 818d ago

Meanwhile, over at Mavericks, the season opening session launched on Friday with a solid 14ft@17 secs WNW swell pulsing into the West Coast.

On hand to wrangle with those conditions were some of your favourite protagonists including Jamie Mitchell, Pete Mel, Bianca Valenti, Pat Shaughnessy, Nathan Florence and many more.

The pulse that set Mavs off, from a few days before this session went down. With a swell peaking at 14ft@17 secs, it was always going to draw a crowd.

The pulse that set Mavs off, from a few days before this session went down. With a swell peaking at 14ft@17 secs, it was always going to draw a crowd.

“Always good to see all the boys in the lineup and blow the cobwebs out," writes Mr Mitchell. "Once again it reminded me how heavy this wave is and why I love it.”

Jamie Mitchell competed at Puerto Escondido with a broken sternum, is there anyone more fitting to the term charger?

Jamie Mitchell competed at Puerto Escondido with a broken sternum, is there anyone more fitting to the term charger?

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"Friday’s opening swell for the Mavericks season brought surfers from around the globe; Jamie Mitchell in from Portugal, Will Skudin from New York, Nathan Florence and Nathan Fletcher, from Hawaii," says our lens in the channel, Audrey Lambidakis.

"There were a few wide swinging waves, and a seven hour lull during higher tide. The lulls were brutal. For those that were patient the lower tide and thinned crowd made for a fun sunset session with mostly locals enjoying the wave.

Nathan Florence sticks the drop.

Nathan Florence sticks the drop.

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"Our boat was nearly caught out by one of those wide swingers. I was catapulted into the air as our boat punched through the wave. Jamie Mitchell pulled me down, midair, keeping me from flying off the boat. An adrenaline kick for sure."

Regular Mavs charger, Bianca Valenti, said: “Fills my heart with so much joy when the Northern Pacific comes to life for the winter. What a pleasure surfing opening day at Mavericks with Sarah Gerhardt, the first woman to pioneer the heavy water spot, she is such a heroine and true inspiration. So much stoke.”

Nathan Florence.

Nathan Florence.

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Pulling out some futurology here and the forecast is looking interesting over the next few days, thanks to Typhoon Lan, which is currently tracking east of Japan. If the current path hold, it's looking like that'll steam right into the West Coast of the States, delivering swell to Hawaii on the way. Could we see the WSL's Jaws event green-lit? What about Mavs? Either way, looks like we're about to be spoiled for choice.

Pat Shaughnessy

Pat Shaughnessy

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Clint Kimmins

Clint Kimmins

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Ex-Big Wave Tour commissioner, The Condor, Pete Mel.

Ex-Big Wave Tour commissioner, The Condor, Pete Mel.

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Jade Morgan escapes thanks to a life by Curt Myers on water patrol.

Jade Morgan escapes thanks to a life by Curt Myers on water patrol.

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Bianca Valenti has put in the hours at Mavs.

Bianca Valenti has put in the hours at Mavs.

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Kyle Thiermann

Kyle Thiermann

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