Titans of Mavericks Invitational Big Wave Surf Contest

Nic Lamb
of Santa Cruz, CA

February 12, 2016

Watch Broadcast replay online:


The prize pool was $125,000 this year.

Lamb, 27, described Mavericks as, "Mount Everest meets Niagara Falls."

The weather was perfect and waves were between 35-40 high.

This was the second time Lamb has competed in the prestigious event.

Santa Cruz surfer Ken Collins, nicknamed "Skindog," blew out his left ear drum in a wipe out in round one and nearly drowned when the wave pinned him to the bottom for over two minutes.  Luckily he was wearing his inflatable vest and when he pulled the cord, it shot him to the surface.

...This photo is from Friday's competition...

Other photos from the event...

If you don't know what the Maverick's Surf Contest is, here is the description as put by their website:


TITANS OF MAVERICKS is the world’s premiere, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event. This one-day, invitation-only surfing competition is held at the legendary Mavericks surf break located near Half Moon Bay. The 24 Titans will attempt to compete at the highest level of skill, risk and athleticism to stand out and effortlessly challenge these the massive swells on the biggest and best day of the winter season.  For the 2015/16 season it’s expected that the surf could be among the biggest ever due to unusually high sea temperatures caused by El Nino.

This year's purse is worth $125,000.00


2015-16 Mavericks Competitors

Subject to change

  • Ken Collins – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Mark Healey – Haleiwa, HI
  • Shane Dorian – Kona, HI
  • Greg Long – San Clemente, CA
  • Anthony Tashnick – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Chris Bertish – Cape Town, South Africa
  • Alex Martins – Recife, Brasil
  • Ben Wilkinson – Narabeen, New South Wales
  • Colin Dwyer – Pacifica, CA
  • Dave Wassel – Kailua, HI
  • Derek Dunfee – La Jolla, CA
  • Grant Washburn – San Francisco, CA
  • Jamie Mitchell – Currumbin, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Carlos Burle – Recife, Brasil
  • Kohl Christensen – Haleiwa, HI
  • Nathan Fletcher – San Clemente, CA
  • Nic Lamb – Santa Cruz, CA - Winner
  • Rusty Long – San Clemente, CA
  • Ryan Augenstein – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Ryan Seelbach – San Francisco, CA
  • Shane Desmond – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Tyler Fox – Aptos, CA
  • Zach Wormhoudt – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Jamie Sterling – Sunset Beach, HI

2015-16 Alternatives:

  • Travis Payne – Pacifica, CA
  • Danilo Couto – Salvador, Bahia
  • Frank Solomon – Cape Town, South Africa

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Planning on making the trip to Pillar Point Harbor?

Due to safety concerns resulting from extreme high surf and cliff erosion, there is no access to the beach and bluffs at Pillar Point to watch the contest from land. Local law enforcement will restrict access to the roads entering Pillar Point, and beachgoers there will be turned back. Many restaurants and bars in the area – and throughout the Bay Area – will host viewing parties with the live webcast so you can catch all the action with other fans.


If you come to Half Moon Bay expecting to watch the contest from land, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Expect heavy traffic. Your best bet to come enjoy the local scenery and businesses is to park at one of the State Parks along Highway 1 and walk or bike the coastal trail. Spectacular ocean views and access to the local restaurants and businesses make the coastal trail a great way to enjoy the area. Businesses at Pillar Point Harbor will be open, and there will be a bike valet to help secure your bicycles. Several local restaurants and bars will be airing the contest live.
  • The streets into Princeton and near Mavericks will be open to local residents only. Due to high surf and cliff erosion, there are no contest viewing areas for the public.
  • For those wanting to get up close to the action, there are several boat charters not affiliated with Titans of Mavericks selling spaces for morning and afternoon trips.
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