The ASP has released the revamped schedule for the upcoming Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) season. New additions to the Tour include lineups like Jaws in Maui and Dungeons in South Africa. However, Mavericks, along with the Nelscott Reef event in Oregon, will not be a part of this year's action.
Last May, the ASP, under the new leadership of ZoSea, announced that they had acquired the Big Wave World Tour and would bring it under the ASP's umbrella. With the purchase, the Tour was able to up the prize money to $50,000 for each event (the World Tour holds prize purses up to $400,000 per event) and had found a three-year title sponsor in the form of Body Glove.
In what will hopefully draw new attention to the BWWT, some big names from the World Tour are now able to compete in BWWT events. In the past, ASP surfers like Slater and John John faced penalties for surfing in non-sanctioned contests, but because of the acquisition, there's a good chance we see them in future big-wave event draws. However, the loss of Mavericks hasn't come without some regret from surfers, fans, and the ASP.
“The ASP very much respects the Mavericks events and it is a very special spot. Unfortunately, event organizers were not interested in having the event participate in the ASP BWWT for the 2014/2015 season, and results from next season’s event will not count towards the ASP BWWT Champion at this time,” the ASP's Dave Prodan told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. “We hope that will change in [the] future and Mavericks joins the BWWT.”
In the same story, Jeff Clark, who heads up the Mavs contest, was quoted as saying that "Mavericks will take care of itself..." To his point, when the Mavs Invitational most recently ran, it proved to be one of the most successful events in the contest's history. So it will continue to run, just not under the control of the ASP.
Despite losing Mavericks, you can rest assured that all the big names in big-wave surfing are chomping at the bit for what lies ahead in 2014. “I would have loved to have had the Mavericks event on the schedule for this year’s Big Wave Tour, but unfortunately there’s still some distance between the contest organizers and the ASP,” said Greg Long. “I’m really looking forward to them coming to terms and working together to include this event on the Tour in the future. I strongly encourage them to keep talking. But I’m really excited about the new events we have, especially Jaws. That wave is so intimidating and so heavy. It really separates itself from every other event because it’s just so challenging. It’s such a heavy wave. To win there, you’ll have to really want it.”
The BWWT 2014/15 Schedule:
Southern Hemisphere (April 15, 2014 through August 31, 2014):
– Punta de Lobos, Chile
– Pico Alto, Peru
– Dungeons, South Africa
Northern Hemisphere (October 15, 2014 to February 28, 2015):
– Todos Santos, Mexico
– Punta Galea, Basque Country Spain
– Pe’ahi (Jaws), Maui