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Shot of Nic Von Rupp in California November 2018
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NIC VON RUPP: XXL NOMINEE ON GOING LEFT AT MAVERICKS

Mar 202019

“A day for my books, a day I will remember forever”- Nic Von Rupp

The legendary wave at Mavericks is a notorious beast, where some of the most famous rides in history have been claimed off the Northern Californian coast. Heading to tame the infamous wave, Nic Von Rupp lined up a trip of his dreams and along the way managed to pull of a historical feat that few before him have conquered.

Mavericks is a raging A-frame wave with a chunky lip that is challenging and fast, even for the world’s best big wave surfers. Famously a left, the cold-water spot can produce a rare left and it was this challenge that Nic set his sights:

“On my way to Mavericks, the only thing I could think of was going left out there.. that wave has so much potential, probably the meanest, biggest paddle approachable slab around. After 3 sessions out there, I quickly saw my dream of slipping into one of these beasts diminishing. So much risk involved.. you gotta be under it, dodging 20ft sets.. seems like all the energy of the right bends into the left and dumps into edge of the ledge. You get pounded, you go to deep dark places, scraping for your life. What about trying to knife a 9.9 into a steep ledge like this. But that’s what makes it special.”- Nic Von Rupp

The wave goes down in the history books and has been lined up by the Billabong XXL awards as a potential winner for the Ride of the Year award for the 2019 WSL Big Wave Awards.

 

Stay tuned to @WSL @NicVonRupp and @Monsterenergy for the updates!

Photo by @Derekdunfee

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