“I go in with humble expectations, because I really, really respect the power of the wave,” says Bianca Valenti, a Bay Area native and Mavericks regular. Bianca has been surfing at Mavericks for years, as well as clocking time during massive swells at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, and Puerto Escondido in Mexico.
Justine Dupont is no stranger to Maverick’s either, although she may have called herself that at the beginning of this season. During her acceptance speech for Female Performer of the Year at the Mavericks Surf Awards, she spoke to the immense amount of gratitude she has for those who have hosted her and made her feel welcome in the Half Moon Bay Community. “When I came to Mavericks, my goal was to put time in the water, improve on my skills, my equipment…my paddling in big waves.” Well, she’s done that and more, earning herself the Female Performer of the Year award for the time she’s put in – both paddling and towing – at Mavericks.
“Every big wave is like a person… you learn how to react to it and, man or woman, it’s not about the gender,” says Justine.