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Butterfly Beach

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Butterfly Beach, Montecito, Santa Barbara, California

Butterfly Beach is a long, sandy stretch of shore that Santa Barbara locals love. It is quiet and clean, and perfect for walking and playing in the water. Dogs are allowed off leash here, which makes it a spacious playground. Rocks and greenery line the cliffs and border the railed walkways just above the beach. Bring sandwiches from any of the local eateries and enjoy the open scenery and warm sun. A west-facing beach, Butterfly is an optimal venue for watching the sunset.

Butterfly Beach Tips

  • Parking: There is parking along the street in front of the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel. You can also park by the Santa Barbara waterfront and take the bike path to Butterfly Beach.
  • Butterfly Beach has no restroom facilities on the premises. Prepare in advance.
  • The offshore oil fields surrounding Santa Barbara cause tar to wash up on most Santa Barbara beaches. You will most likely leave the beach with tar stuck to the bottoms of your feet. Wearing inexpensive sandals or shoes that you don’t mind throwing away will help you avoid having to scrub. Cooking oil (like olive oil) is a great tool to help remove the tar from your feet and/or shoes.
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Venice Beach

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Venice Beach, Venice, California

For those craving a more interactive beach excursion, consider a trip to Venice Beach, located in warm Southern California. There is a three-mile stretch of clean beach and activities to satisfy your summer-time agenda. The community of Venice accommodates visitors with easy-to-rent surf, skim and body boards, as well as several volleyball nets to use at your leisure. Besides a beautiful panoramic of the Pacific, the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk makes this destination unforgettable. Street performers, restaurants, art vendors and novelty shops decorate this diverse tourist attraction. Other hot spots include the 16,000 sq. foot Venice Skatepark located on the beach, and the Muscle Beach Gym, former training arena for body builders Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno.

Venice Beach Tips

Parking: There is a lot at the end of Venice Boulevard that charges $3 to $10 daily. There are other lots within walking distance that provide free shuttle service. Private lots charge up to $25 per day. Your best bet to find convenient parking is to arrive at the beach early.

Practice standard beach safety and adhere to warning signs. Respect the ocean, marine life, surfers and other patrons. Lifeguards are on duty to address any concerns.

There is no admission fee to walk along the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

The street performers and artists are there to entertain, and hopefully gain a little profit for their craft. If you stay and watch a performer’s entire show or admire an artist’s work, it is customary to tip with $1 bills.

Manresa State Beach and Sunset State Beach, South Santa Cruz County, California

Following Highway 1 South, there is a lovely expanse of quiet, spacious beaches just past Aptos, California. About 20 minutes removed from the often impacted beaches in Santa Cruz, Manresa and Sunset State Beaches possess everything you’d expect from a fulfilling beach visit, minus the crowd. The unobstructed miles of sand are perfect for long walks and running. These beaches are excellent destinations for families, as there is usually always room to comfortably spread out. There is plenty of sand from the tree- lined bluff to the shoreline. Make your trip an overnighter and stay at the Sunset State Beach wooded campgrounds. There is also camping offered at Manresa Uplands Campgrounds, just one mile south of Manresa State Beach. Both campgrounds feature restrooms and showers and are located near to shopping centers. Both beaches are great venues for surfing, water play, recreation and fishing.

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Manresa State Beach and Sunset Beach

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Manresa State Beach and Sunset State Beach, South Santa Cruz County, California

Following Highway 1 South, there is a lovely expanse of quiet, spacious beaches just past Aptos, California. About 20 minutes removed from the often impacted beaches in Santa Cruz, Manresa and Sunset State Beaches possess everything you’d expect from a fulfilling beach visit, minus the crowd. The unobstructed miles of sand are perfect for long walks and running. These beaches are excellent destinations for families, as there is usually always room to comfortably spread out. There is plenty of sand from the tree- lined bluff to the shoreline. Make your trip an overnighter and stay at the Sunset State Beach wooded campgrounds. There is also camping offered at Manresa Uplands Campgrounds, just one mile south of Manresa State Beach. Both campgrounds feature restrooms and showers and are located near to shopping centers. Both beaches are great venues for surfing, water play, recreation and fishing.

Tips for Manresa Beach

  • Bring layered clothing, as the weather conditions vary and the breeze can come up, even when it’s sunny. It is typical for the fog to roll in during the late afternoon and early evening.
  • Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on Sunset State Beach. They are allowed in the Sunset Beach campgrounds, on leash. Dogs are allowed on Manresa Beach, on leash only.
  • Pay parking lots are available at both destinations.
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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve – Favorite California Beach

The staff at Boardshorts.com loves to get outside and enjoy the weather. We asked our staff to come up with their favorite California beaches. We narrowed it down to 5 and in subsequent blog posts we will be featuring our favorite California beaches along with beach tips to help you navigate the beach like a pro!

Point Lobos State Reserve
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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Monterey, California

Visitors to this central coast destination might be better off trading their sandals and trunks for a windbreaker and a pair of hiking shoes. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a long stretch of magnificently arranged rock formations lining the Monterey coast of California. Imagine a theme park of rocks, where nearly every boulder and cliff is free for you to roam. Visitors can walk, climb, jump and admire the millions of years of geological history that artfully marks the surface of the terrain. The massive rocks serve as natural protectors of coves, where you can explore tide pools that shelter hundreds of tiny marine residents. The sounds of the ocean are spectacular from such an intimate proximity, from the crashing waves to the miniature crabs clicking along the rocks (and there are many of them!) Point Lobos offers amenities for a lovely afternoon, for families, couples, group outings or a serene solo retreat. There is a pleasant, raised pathway that runs parallel to the coastline and offers a generous walk or bike ride. Across the road, you can enjoy lunch in the picnic area, where you will also find parking and clean restrooms. This is an excellent beach for kids! Just be sure to keep a close eye on them, as there are few railings, and the rocks are very accessible.

Tips for Point Lobos Beach

  • There are maps of the reserve available at the entrance that will provide you with interesting information about plant and animal species in the area, as well as hiking trails. This is great material for a scavenger hunt! If you are a diver, call or visit the website to learn about accessible areas and regulations.
  • September is an optimal time of year to visit if you want less fog, more sun and mild temperatures.
  • There is an entrance fee to park inside of the reserve, but you can find a place to park on the outside if you don’t mind the walk.
  • Avoid crowds by visiting during the week; this place gets busy on the weekends. You will also have a better of chance of parking right along the coastline.
  • Dress in layers and bring water, a hat, snacks and a camera. Binoculars are also helpful for spotting birds and migrating whales.
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Top 5 Small Beach Towns on Florida’s Gulf Coast

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Florida’s Gulf Coast has been long known for its Spring Break crowds, more specifically Panama City Beach, but over the past few years, the area has put forth much effort to rebrand what was once mostly referred to as the “Redneck Riviera” as the more alluring “Emerald Coast.” Today, millions of tourists flock to the Panhandle beaches because they are convenient to many of the southeast states, but more so because of the breathtaking beaches of the Gulf Coast. It is not an exaggeration when you hear that the waters are emerald green and the sand sugary white.

So, you’re sold. But now lies the question of which beach is which and what Florida Panhandle destination beach is the best for your next vacay.

Seaside

After Panama City Beach and Destin, probably the most well-known Panhandle beach is Seaside, movie set of the 90s film the Truman Show starring Jim Carrey. Recognizable by its quaint and colorful beachy cottages, the architecture of Seaside, Florida is what typically first draws people in with its revival style that is reminiscent of the architectural designs of Charleston, Antebellum, and Victorian periods. While the architectural influence on the roof lines and materials used in Seaside construction may bring visitors to the area, it’s what lies deeper that keeps people coming back. This sleepy little laidback town is the realization of a vision that saw a small town similar to an old-world European village where walking is the favorite pastime of the populace. No need for a car here. While some people seek out excitement and adventure in other Panhandle destinations, those who come to Seaside find the peace and quiet that they’ve longed for.

As for the beach, it is peppered with nine distinct pavilions that guard the entrances to the serene and immense calm of the turquoise waters that is Seaside. This beach town is best saved for families and sightseers, as there’s no wild strip going through the middle of town or crazy nightclubs that stay open until dawn. What you see is what you get in Seaside—breathtaking landscapes, beautiful architecture, and people as warm as the sun.

Grayton Beach

If you enjoy a more artsy community, Grayton Beach has funk and character like no other beach town in the Panhandle. Crushed oyster shells pave the streets lined with Hemingway-esque wooden houses that invoke that feeling that someone was here before. The old-town Florida beaches of yesteryear are in the air, as you encounter some live jazz music and local color at Red Bar, a longstanding institution of Grayton Beach. The beaches are pristine and full of wonder. Visit the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park where you will discover the rare and beautiful sea lakes that are scattered along the rolling dunes.

Blue Mountain Beach

Somewhere between Seaside and Destin lies Blue Mountain Beach, Florida, a beautiful residential area featuring private beach homes available for rent to anyone who wishes to embark upon this magical place. This is the beach for the naturalist, as there is little to no commercial presence, except a couple of gourmet grocery and health food stores. Throw on your favorite pair of board shorts and take a bike ride down the paved 19-mile, scenic Timpoochee Trail that lines the picturesque County Road 30A. Locals say that Blue Mountain Beach gets its name from a blue hue on the dunes that is cast by the lupine native wildflower. Sit back and relax on the powdery sand or float the day away upon sapphire waters and make Blue Mountain Beach your paradise.

Rosemary Beach

If you’ve never been to a new-millennium beach town in Florida, then you really haven’t lived. Uber-small towns like Rosemary and neighboring Seacrest are the new trend for families and singles alike looking for an alternative to the fast and sometimes sordid crowds of Panama City Beach. Here you will find the best restaurants, shops, and beaches in the Panhandle without ever having to start your car. Instead, park your bike at the end of the scenic boardwalk lined with beautiful beach homes and walk down to the picturesque beach sand until your bare feet meet the shoreline of the crystal clear surf.

Sandestin

Nestled within the hot spot of Destin, Florida, Sandestin is a town within a resort. If all the previous recommendations sounded just a bit too slow for your tastes, you will likely feel more comfortable in Sandestin, which has more to offer in terms of activities, restaurants, shopping, and night life. If spending your entire vacation in the emerald waters of the Gulf appeals to you, Sandestin offers all the latest in watersports like wind surfing, kite boarding, jet skiing, skim boarding, parasailing, snorkeling, water skiing, and more. You can also charter a fishing boat or spend the day or week on the golf course, as Sandestin is essentially a premier Destin golf resort.

Uber Destin Florida

Uber is now available in Destin, Florida. You can compare Lyft and Uber fare estimates which are much cheaper than taxi cabs and have service in all of the beach towns listed above.

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Interview: Eco Surfer and Surf Reporter Pat Zabrocki

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Back in December, we ran a contest with Solspot to give away a pair of boardshorts to one of their lucky readers. The winner, Pat Zabrocki, turned out to be an awesome guy from San Diego with deep roots in the SD surfing community, through both his prolific surf reporting and passion for clean beaches. He was generous enough to answer some of our questions about all of the cool stuff he’s up to. The full interview is below!
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Boardshorts.com: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? How did you land in San Diego?

Patrick: I was raised a Navy brat. I was born in Bethesda, Maryland but moved a few times back in forth between Washington D.C. and San Diego before my dad retired and settled in San Diego and I have lived here for 23 years straight.

BS.com: How long have you been surfing?

P: I hadn’t started surfing until I was about 15 years old but caught on quick and was competing within a year. Doing the math that makes 21 years of surfing but now that I have a boys, aged 5 and a 1 year, my water time has slowed down but should pick up soon as my 5 year old is getting into the lineup with me.

BS.com: For our readers who aren’t familiar, could you briefly describe the world of surf reporting and how surfers use surf reports?

P: In the past, it used to be if you wanted to surf, you went to the beach to check it out in person. Now, surfers collect lots and lots of meteorological and marine monitoring data online to use in deciding when and where to surf. We have gotten much more scientific and refined about surfing because we now have the ability to predict when and where the best surf is going to be.

There are basically two types of reporting: Current Reports and Forecasting Reports. The first tells you what the surf is like right now and, of course, the other will tell you what it will be like in the future. Most reporting sources and websites combine the two reports however, because of the overwhelming amount of information I decided to simplify things and just focus on what the surf is like right now. So when you wake up in the morning you can check out Surf Your Earth and get my personal description of the surf, the important data summarized, and a few pictures to provide a complete overview to help you decide whether to paddle out or not. It’s as simple as you can get because surfing really is not that complicated and reporting shouldn’t be either.

BS.com: What’s something that most people don’t know about surf reporting?

P: Most people don’t realize how many layers of data surfers use to consider where and when to paddle out. Swell size, swell direction, swell interval (or intensity), tide height, whether the tide is rising or falling, water temp, wind direction, etc. Then we have to consider how those things are going to change in the two hours we are in the water. I get the impression the general public think of surfers as the stereotypical beach bum dude but really every surfer is a fairly skilled meteorologist.

One thing most surfers don’t realize is that when looking at the buoy data, the size of the swell on the buoys don’t directly tell you the size of the waves in the lineup. What matters the most is the interval of the swell. Take the size reading from the buoy and factor in the interval and you can get a good idea of the wave height and shape as well (or you could just go to Surf Your Earth and I will tell you right there).

BS.com: We know you’ve been a big supporter of the Surfrider Foundation and you’re a huge proponent of eco-surfing and living green. What are your top 3 environmental tips for people who care about living low impact and keeping beaches clean?

P: Here goes:

  1. Realize that everywhere inland washes out to the beaches. All of our storm drains, rivers, and streams dump out into the lineup we surf in and when it rains it is like a conveyor belt of trash and pollutants. So please don’t litter, pick up trash everywhere you see it, fix oil leaks on your car, and if you smoke PLEASE throw your butts in the trash.
  2. Reduce your use of disposable items, especially of plastic bags and water bottles. There is a HUGE problem with plastic entering our ocean, so much so that many cities are banning the use of them all together. The impact on our earth associated with making THINGS is so huge and to just use something once and then throw it away it the biggest waste. Here is how to start making better choices.
  3. Reduce Your Carbon. It is sad to think that our beaches could all be underwater but that is exactly what is happening as the sea level rises due to climate change. It is a huge problem so it is difficult to think one person’s emissions matter but it is the ONLY way it will happen. Don’t think you can’t make a difference because you can. Team up with Surfrider and START HERE.

BS.com: I know that I could improve with my plastic Outside of San Diego, what is your favorite beach?

P: That is tough question… If I had to pick one it would be Trestles up in San Clemente. It is one of the most rippable waves in the world however it is under threat from development so I would recommend helping to protect it. It’s easy. But this is a trick question because there are a million breaks around the world that I have not been to…

BS.com: If you were stuck on a desert island and you could only bring 3 things with you, what would you bring?

P: My surfboard (hoping there are waves on this island), a snorkel to explore the reefs, and assuming I couldn’t bring people with me a picture of my wife and kids.

BS.com: Rest assured Patrick, we wouldn’t torture you by sending you to a desert island with no surf. Thanks so much for answering our questions, keep up the good work!

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3 Ways to Wear Boardshorts in Winter

Chicago WinterAs some of you may know, it gets cold out here in the Midwest.  Not all of us have the pleasure of kicking it in the California sun and basking in 80 degree weather in the heart of the winter. We’re certainly not chilling on the warm sand and drinking pineapple Mai Tai’s like those of you in Maui.  Some of us are staring down at least 2 more months of drab, cold, dismal winter.  Rad.  So how can we get use out of our boardshorts during this dreary winter lull?  Are your trunks are shoved to the back of the bottom drawer, hidden away behind your tank tops, waiting to be exhumed upon the first glimmer of respite from winter’s relentless grasp? Probably. But why wait ? Here, I’ll explore 3 ways to bust out those boardies and bring summer to you.

Workout/Exercise

Take these shorts for a runAthletic shorts, Basketball shorts, Soccer shorts, Lacrosse shorts, whatever, seem to be the standard work out shorts for men.  Unless you’re a hard core runner or something similar, chances are you wear some sort of basketball or soccer style shorts for working out.  These are okay I guess, but I find boardshorts to be better.  Basketball shorts can be bulky, sweaty, and the polyester-y nylon-y fabric can get awfully stinky over time. And while not all boardies are immune to unique smells when worn often, many of them don’t share this particular odiferous trait.  Light weight, 4-Way Stretch boardshorts offer supreme comfort and functionality, not to mention that they offer a splash of color and uniqueness in a sea of sweaty blandness. Plus, you can swim in boardshorts!  Hit the gym, then hit the hot tub.  Boom!  Women usually opt for spandex or work out pants, but a pair of ladies boardies can be super functional and perfect for beach volleyball or yoga.

Go for a Swim!

Swim training 20Along with workout-related reasons for wearing trunks in the winter, swimming is a great low impact, full body workout.  If you don’t usually consider yourself to be the swimmer type, I highly recommend taking the proverbial plunge and trying a few laps to get comfortable.  It’s an amazing and often overlooked way to round out your health routine, and you’ll end up being sore where you didn’t even think you could be sore.  If you’re new to the sport, chances are you wont be wearing a Speedo right away, so take those boadshorts and hit the pool.  Find one near you!

Throw a Party!

Beach PartyWhat could be more fun than a beach themed party in the dead of winter?  I seriously don’t know. I’m not going to get into reasons to have a party, there are just too many.  But if you do, crank up the heat to 80 degrees, bust out the tank tops and boardshorts, mix up the summertime drinks with little umbrellas, and rock out like its summer.  Sure you can do other theme parties, but they often require lots of preparation and gathering of costume accouterments which can be tiresome and annoying.  All you need for a beach theme are some boardshorts, a Hawaiian shirt, and a desire to pretend its not 8 degrees outside.  Have fun, and hang loose, bro!

Now there are WAY more 3 reasons to wear trunks in the winter.  So tell us!  How do you do boarshorts in the Winter?  We’d love to hear all about it!

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Q&A: What types of boardshorts make me look cool?

Our latest installment in our Q&A series, where our favorite Californian-turned-Midwesterner, Danny Robertson, helps us answer common questions on how best to wear your boardshorts, and how NOT to wear them. See his last Q&A here or check out his Mavericks Invitational recap here.
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Question: What types of boardshorts make me look cool?

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Answer: If you want to blend in, skip loud tropical floral prints and choose stripes or solids instead

Unless you are an irony-chasing hipster, we suggest throwing out those two-tone tropical style hibiscus floral print shorts. You know the ones, big white tropical flower print blasted all over the place. This print was super cool in the 90’s, just like puka shell necklaces, but nowadays not so much.  Trust us.  If you want to be stylish on the beach, ditch the flowers and step into something fresh.

Stripes are in these days and it’s a style that has lasted through the ages. You cant go wrong with these gems by Quicksilver, or a more plain stripe look like these Rusty Kombi shorts. If you’re not into the whole stripe thing, I suggest trying a pair of plain solid boardies. O’Neill makes a pretty solid standard short here. I know it might be hard, but it’s time to toss that old floral print and get into some new trunks that bring you back to the future.

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Super Bowl Boardshorts: Would you sport them?

quiksilver nfl boardshorts 49ers ravens superbowlWith all the hype building up to the Super Bowl, loyal and fair weather fans alike are running to their nearest team store to bag some swag for the game this Sunday. Obviously we’re partial to a certain set of swimwear bottoms, so when it comes to picking up new gear, we like to invest in things of the boardshort variety. Fortunately for us, Quiksilver has a line of NFL boardshorts to meet our superfan needs [note: our offices are located in San Francisco and we’re native bay area dwellers, so you can take a wild guess at where our allegiances lie.]

For those seeking truly sexy swimwear, our fellow 49er fans should look no further than these beautiful red and gold trunks. If by chance you happen to be rooting for that other team down in NOLA, then I guess you’d be looking for these purple, gold, and black numbers.

For those of you looking for in-depth analysis on the comparison between the Super Bowl’s contenders’ cities, we highly recommend these competing analyses by The Baltimore Sun and The San Francisco Chronicle. Both are pretty biased, so we’ll let you be the judge.

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Mavericks Recap: Congrats Peter Mel!

Mavericks Surf ContestWhile the annual Maverick’s Invitational contest has laid dormant for the past two winters, last Sunday the famed break off Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, CA erupted with some of the best big wave surfers from all over the world. After a two year hiatus from the big wave surfing scene, the prospect of this year’s competition had us psyched, super psyched.

Mavericks Invitational 101

For those who aren’t already familiar, the annual Mavericks Invitational is one of the most prestigious big wave events on the planet, maybe second only to the Eddie Aikau Invitational at Waimea.  And being held at such an iconic spot for big wave surfing, it’s no wonder the contest draws the best big wave surfers from all over the globe.  Aside from South African ripper Chris Bertish coming out of nowhere with a borrowed board and a giant smile to win it all, much of the 2010 Mav’s contest in was shrouded in controversy.  Between the ocean mowing down people, media towers, pretty much anything in its way, and the organizer’s corporate battling behind the scenes, 2010 was a mess.  This year, things are different.  Much of the nonsense behind the scene has since settled.  Spectators are now off limits along the shores and cliffs in order to avoid mother nature’s unrelenting wrath.  Contest decisions are now in the hands of a small panel that include the Godfather of the Wave, Jeff Clark, and Maverick’s virtuoso Derryl “Flea” Virostko.  This panel of Big Wave maestros took the reins to ensure that this year’s contest was one of the best.

The Swell

No more than a few days before the contest, a ferocious storm was whipping around the northwest part of the Pacific Ocean, and those who know what to look for, got pumped.  Contest organizers who tracked the storm and the resulting swell gave the go ahead for the big dance to go on. Though the storm may not have produced the biggest swells ever, the fact that the swell originates farther west in the Pacific and has to travel a longer distance creates a unique and less conspicuous quality. Surfers get stoked when they see wave periods around 10-15 seconds, which means that the waves that are breaking aren’t just sloppy wind swell and will have better size and shape to them.  The Wave period of this swell when it careens into the shelf at pillar point is going to be 18+ seconds.  This means big, clean, and powerful ground swell waves that leaves everyone as stoked as they are weary.  Couple that with partly sunny skies, 62 degrees temps, and light NE winds, well the elements, they have come together.

The Contenders

The invite-only contest has been gaining reputation and popularity since the event was first held in 1999.  Like summiting Mt. Everest, or winning the Super Bowl, finishing atop Maverick’s long list of heroic water warriors is an epic milestone that Big Wave surfers would love to check off their list.  It’s the kind of event that can catapult a relatively unknown surfer into the grand spotlight of Big Wave Madness.  The roster of 24 is chosen by their peers and everyone on the list works very hard to get there.  You can’t just walk into an office somewhere, smile, shake some hands, and get an invitation.  Years of preparation, decades of experience, and extraordinary physical and mental toughness must be gained, fought for, and nurtured in order to even be looked at as an invitee.  Those who put in the time, and who gained the respect, are only then afforded the privilege to ride with the best.  With every surfer on the list worthy of praise, we’ve chosen to highlight just a few:

Shane Dorian

Regarded as one of the best big wave surfers today, Shane has accumulated quite a bounty of big wave accolades.  Having a Billabong XXL award or two under his belt, he’s fully capable of paddling into 60 foot BOMB’s.  Funny thing though, he’s a rookie.  This is Shane’s first go at surfing’s big dance and is definitely one to look out for.

Kelly Slater

When this 11-time world champion shows up to a contest, he’s always a threat. Even amongst big wave contenders at Mav’s.  With a 2nd place finish at the Invitational in 2000 and only sporadic appearances since, he’ll be looking to keep his reputation as the best in the world.  With his superstar status, he’s going to get a lot of looks from cameras and judges alike.

Grant “Twiggy” Baker

Baker caught a ridiculous wave in the 2010 contest that made up for the fact that he came up short on the podium. From that appearance, it was clear that he digs what Mav’s has to offer up. It garnered him a cool $50,000 and a Billabong XXL Ride of the Year award.  That, and the fact that he has been on several surfing expeditions to ride some of the biggest waves ever seen, are just a couple reasons why he is another contender to keep an eye out for.

Shawn Dollar

Santa Cruz local and all around ripper gained notoriety when he was credited for paddling into the biggest wave ever ridden, which the Guinness book topped out at 57 feet.  That monster was caught at Jaws in 2011 and he’s probably still riding that high till this day.  When the guy who caught the biggest wave ever is in the lineup, he’s probably a threat to win.

But in the end, all of these dudes got beat out by Santa Cruz local Peter Mel. Surf Channel got an exclusive on the play-by-play of how things went down:

For the consummate pros, this contest is a big one.  For the guys who have made themselves famous at the hands of the mighty, this isn’t just another contest. It’s THE contest.  The last stand between those who are good, and those who are great.  A veritable clash of gladiators and gods in the grandest arena of the sport.  All our best to Peter, you earned it!

And just because we couldn’t resist, here’s Mel’s GoPro POV on how he did it:

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