Pete Mel Wins Maverick’s Invitational Surf Contest
Today was not death-defying Maverick’s. There were no multiple-wave hold-downs. No dramatic rescues. No one swept off the jetty. Only one broken board. (Rusty Long, heat one.) It was so lully, in fact, that the second (50-minute) heat of the day only saw about three waves ridden. There were moments bobbing around out in the bright, blue, warm Pacific where you’d have been forgiven for not even knowing a surf contest was happening. Lake Havasu comes to NorCal, minus the frat boys and girls gone wild.
Until a set came, that is. At which point it became at least a little death-defying — in a beautiful, glassy, peeling kind of way. It was the kind of day one might
decide to borrow someone’s nine-footer and paddle out and try catch a few.
Congratulations to Peter Mel. Pete has been surfing Maverick’s since the early 90’s yet has never won this contest, until yesterday. Alex Martins of San Francisco also made it into the final.
1. Peter Mel (Santa Cruz)
2. Zach Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz)
3. Greg Long (San Clemente)
4. Alex Martins (San Francisco)
5. Mark Healey (Oahu, Hawaii)
6. Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz)