South Africa’s Chris Bertish Wins The Mavericks Surf Contest

2010 Mavericks Surf Contest Champion Chris Bertish from South Africa. Photo: jackenglish.com

2010 Mavericks Surf Contest Champion Chris Bertish from South Africa. Photo: jackenglish.com

Dave Wassel won the "Jay Moriarity Award" which is given to the surfer who bet exemplifies the spirit of the late Mavericks charger. Photo: jackenglish.com

Dave Wassel won the "Jay Moriarity Award" which is given to the surfer who bet exemplifies the spirit of the late Mavericks charger. Photo: jackenglish.com

Peter Mel gets ready to paddle while fellow contestant Nathan Fletcher susses out the scene from atop the boat. Photo: jackenglish.com

Peter Mel gets ready to paddle while fellow contestant Nathan Fletcher susses out the scene from atop the boat. Photo: jackenglish.com

After this big roll in that looks suitable to tow-in to, Anthony Tashnik won the "Gnarliest Drop Award" for an even bigger and sketchier drop. Photo: jackenglish.com

After this big roll in that looks suitable to tow-in to, Anthony Tashnik won the "Gnarliest Drop Award" for an even bigger and sketchier drop. Photo: jackenglish.com

The calm in between the storm... Photo: jackenglish.com

The calm in between the storm... Photo: jackenglish.com

South Africa's Grant "Twiggy" Baker. Photo: jackenglish.com

South Africa's Grant "Twiggy" Baker. Photo: jackenglish.com

We're not sure why they call Grant Baker "Twiggy". But if it's anything in the realm of  Jay "Bottle" Thompson then he may not be too stoked on the nickname... Photo: jackenglish.com

We're not sure why they call Grant Baker "Twiggy". But if it's anything in the realm of Jay "Bottle" Thompson then he may not be too stoked on the nickname... Photo: jackenglish.com

No takers on this beast... Photo: jackenglish.com

No takers on this beast... Photo: jackenglish.com

Sporting his preferred rehab center sticker, Flea gets ready to rip nice and sober. Photo: jackenglish.com

Sporting his preferred rehab center sticker, Flea gets ready to rip nice and sober. Photo: jackenglish.com

Darryl "Flea" Virostko. Photo: jackenglish.com

Darryl "Flea" Virostko. Photo: jackenglish.com

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Never one to let a big swell go by unridden, Shane Dorian made the trip over from the Big Island to sample some mainland juice. Photo: jackenglish.com

Never one to let a big swell go by unridden, Shane Dorian made the trip over from the Big Island to sample some mainland juice, only to get nearly killed after a two wave hold down. Photo: jackenglish.com

Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark with Grant Washburn. No longer affiliated with the event, Clark is reportedly involved in a lawsuit with the Mavericks Surf Contest organizers. Any chance to settle it in the water the old fashioned way? Photo: jackenglish.com

Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark with Grant Washburn. No longer affiliated with the event, Clark is reportedly involved in a lawsuit with the Mavericks Surf Contest organizers. Any chance to settle it in the water the old fashioned way? Photo: jackenglish.com

Peter Mel. Photo: jackenglish.com

Peter Mel. Photo: jackenglish.com

Brazilian madman Carlos Burle. Photo: jackenglish.com

Brazilian madman Carlos Burle. Photo: jackenglish.com

3rd place finisher Anthony Tashnik. Photo: jackenglish.com

3rd place finisher Anthony Tashnik. Photo: jackenglish.com

Flea Virostko. Photo: jackenglish.com

Flea Virostko. Photo: jackenglish.com

Shane Dorian teams up with Billabong's NorCal guy Adam Replogle for a quick check of the massive conditions.

Shane Dorian teams up with Billabong's NorCal guy Adam Replogle for a quick check of the massive conditions. Photo: jackenglish.com

Shouldering the role of water safety, Garrett "Big Mac" McNamara brings all the gear and then some. Photo: jackenglish.com

Shouldering the role of water safety, Garrett "Big Mac" McNamara brings all the gear and then some. Photo: jackenglish.com

Twiggy shows zero fear as he pulls into set wave that would later smash into the cliff injuring 15 spectators. Photo: jackenglish.com

Twiggy shows zero fear as he pulls into set wave that would later smash into the cliff injuring 15 spectators. Photo: jackenglish.com

Not everyone made it through the day unscathed... Photo: jackenglish.com

Not everyone made it through the day unscathed... Photo: jackenglish.com

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A big set cleaned up this photographer pretty good before taking it's wrath out onto the spectators lining the cliff at Mavericks. Photo: jackenglish.com

A big set cleaned up this photographer pretty good before taking it's wrath out onto the spectators lining the cliff at Mavericks. Photo: jackenglish.com

Underground NorCal charger Ian Bonner. Photo: jackenglish.com

Renowned Mavericks charger Zach Wormhoudt. Photo: jackenglish.com

Carlos Burle. Photo: jackenglish.com

Carlos Burle. Photo: jackenglish.com

The big wave bro fraternity in full affect... Photo: jackenglish.com

The big wave bro fraternity in full affect... Photo: jackenglish.com

The Mavericks Surf Contest finalists from left: Anthony Tashnik (3rd), Ken "Skindog" Collins (6th), Dave Wassel (4th), Carlos Burle (5th), Shane Desmond (2nd), Chris Bertish (1st). Photo: jackenglish.com

The Mavericks Surf Contest finalists from left: Anthony Tashnik (3rd), Ken "Skindog" Collins (6th), Dave Wassel (4th), Carlos Burle (5th), Shane Desmond (2nd), Chris Bertish (1st). Photo: jackenglish.com

$50,000 will go a long way in Chris Bertish's native South Africa... Photo: jackenglish.com

$50,000 will go a long way in Chris Bertish's native South Africa... Photo: jackenglish.com