The Mavericks Awards went down last night at Old Princeton Landing in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The contest ran from November 1, 2021 to April 15, 2022 and was open to anyone capable of riding the dangerous wave. A digital video performance contest, the Mavericks Awards allowed surfers and videographers to submit their best surf content at Mavericks from the winter season.
The contest followed three basic rules. First, the surfer must make it all the way to the shoulder in order to be considered for an award. Second, only prone paddle waves were accepted. Lastly, waves had to be ridden during the contest time period.
The contest offered three categories for men and three for women, with equal prize money for all — 60 percent of winnings went to the surfer and 40 percent was paid to the photographer. Categories included Biggest Wave, Ride of the Year, and Performer of the Year with $30,000 in prize money on the line.