Published on January 20th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Mavericks Invitational 2013 – Hawaii – Surf
The Mavericks Invitational surf contest got some discouraging news today when three of the top big-wave surfers in the world, including 11-time pro tour champion Kelly Slater, withdrew from the event.
Shane Dorian, widely considered to be the contemporary master of giant surf, pulled out due to a shoulder injury recently suffered at Nazare, a big-wave venue in Portugal. Carlos Burle, a finalist in the 2010 Mavericks contest, is also out with a shoulder injury after taking a nasty wipeout at Peahi, or “Jaws,” on Maui.
The issue of Slater’s absence is murky, and not entirely satisfying to digest. It’s unclear why this issue would suddenly surface at the last minute, but Slater faces a conflict with the Association of Surfing Professionals, governing body of the professional tour. Mavericks is not an ASP-sanctioned event, and as such, Slater could face being fined, losing points (in the tour standings) or having his seeding changed in ASP events if he competed at Mavericks.
Mavericks is one of several events on the Big Wave World Tour. Gary Linden, head of the BWWT and the head judge for the Mavericks contest, says he has attempted for months to get all of his events sanctioned by the ASP, but that he’s hit a roadblock due to recent executive changes at the ASP’s top level. Slater has been able to compete at the prestigious Eddie Aikau event in Hawaii — winning that event in January of 2002 — because it is an ASP-sanctioned event.
Slater has not responded all week to the Chronicle’s request for an interview. At the Jeff Clark shop today, I spoke with someone who had been in contact with Slater. The person said Slater is disappointed about not being able to compete, envious of those being able to surf Mavericks in such glorious weather (as forecast for tomorrow), and relieved that whomever replaces him will be a dedicated Mavericks surfer — which certainly isn’t the case with Slater, who has surfed the break only a handful of times over the years.
The three lucky alternates are Tyler Fox and Josh Loya, both longtime Mavericks veterans from Santa Cruz, and up-and-coming Pacifica surfer Colin Dwyer. Should another surfer pull out, the No. 4 alternate is Santa Cruz’ Nic Lamb, one of the most impressive Mavericks surfers in the season to date.
The contest begins this morning with the first heat at 8 a.m.
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