Committee for equity in women's surFing


It’s time women athletes had an opportunity to showcase their talent at Mavericks surf break near Half Moon Bay in Northern California and beyond.

Mavericks Milestones

  • In 1994, bodyboarder Sarah Lucas broke the Mavericks gender barrier.
  • Feb 17, 1999, the first surf competition was held at Mavericks. The inaugural event was named “Men Who Ride Mountains.”
  • Feb 26, 1999, Sarah Gerhardt became the first woman to ride the enormous wave at Mavericks standing on a surfboard. 
  • Nov 2015, San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan asked the California Coastal Commission to require a women’s heat as a condition of the Coastal Development Permit. In a 7-4 vote to approve, Commissioner Mark Vargas added a condition to the permit requiring a plan for encouraging equal opportunity for women at future events.
  • Feb 2016, Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, and Bianca Valenti co-founded the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing (CEWS).
  • Nov 2016 and Dec 2017, CEWS and their attorney Karen Tynan affirmed the request for a women’s heat. The Coastal Commission voted unanimously in support at both hearings.
  • Women will compete for the first time in the Mavericks Challenge.

We Are The New Future of big wave surfing

This summer, the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing will provide a proposal to the World Surf League for a multi-heat women’s division in the 2018/2019 Mavericks Challenge. It will be good for women, for the Maverick’s legacy, and it will ensure fair and equal access to coastal waters. The next time the Maverick’s event is held it will be about women versus women. Increasing the number of events and the number of awards for women, as well as offering equal prize money, is the only way to achieve meaningful equity in competitive surfing.