The Operators Of The Titans Of Mavericks Are Being Sued For Cyber Bullying
Fake emails, impersonation and $250k being sought out to compensate for the damage.
For as frigid as the Northern California ocean can be, organisers of the annual Mavericks big-wave contest are in hot water.
Filed in San Mateo County Superior Court last week, a new lawsuit is going after Cartel Management, operators of the Titans of Mavericks event, for false impersonation, defamation, and cyber bullying.
The suit was filed on behalf of Half Moon Bay resident John Ullom, who is seeking $250,000 in punitive damages from Cartel Management, Titans of Mavericks, and Cartel bosses Griffin Guess and Brian Waters. According to court documents, the suit alleges Cartel created a fake Gmail email address and WordPress website “exclusively to impersonate and intimidate Mr Ullom and to serve as retaliation for insuring that Cartel followed the law in the permitting process for the Mavericks contest.”
“Numerous untrue, derogatory, and defamatory statements were made about Mr Ullom’s character. Included in these untrue statements was a false charge of a misdemeanour conviction in Contra Costa County. The actions of Cartel clearly violated several sections of California’s Penal Code, and the defamation charge violated CA Civil Code,” reads a press release announcing the suit.
The investigation into the matter involves the tracing of a Gmail account that was purportedly sending emails from an IP address in office space used by Cartel.
“When the account holder for the Gmail account was sent an email observing that the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney had been notified both accounts were deleted within 40 minutes,” continues the press statement. “Law enforcement was able to track the termination of the Gmail account to a private residence in Capitola. Law enforcement conducted several in-person interviews and confirmed that the family living at the residence had a relationship with Cartel Principal Griffin Guess, and the family acknowledged that Brian Waters, Cartel’s Chief Operations Officer had previously been a guest at their home.”
This isn’t the first time Cartel has found themselves simmering in scandal. Last year former sponsor Body Glove filed suit against them for breach of contract. Former Mavericks champ Grant “Twiggy” Baker was banned from the event for speaking his mind, WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner Peter Mel has also had issues with the group, and there are a number of other surfers and water safety personnel that have taken exception to the manor in which the Titans of Mavericks contest is run.
“Mr Ullom has been damaged by the cyber-bullying and retaliatory actions of the Cartel and Titans of Mavericks, and thus seeks compensatory damages as a result,” surmises the statement.
How To Watch The Vans Pipe Masters
With less than 24 hours to go, we've put together a complete list of rules…
Watch: Stab’s Best Wetsuits of 2023
Our quest to objectively establish the best men's suit, women's suit, and booties out of…
Eithan Osborne Belongs On The 2003 World Tour
But he's gotten an invite to the 2022 Vans Pipe Masters, so we caught up…
“I Could Do Reels And Surf Two Foot Beachies And Hoard Cash But That’s Moral Suicide”
Noa Deane’s thoughts on money, media, airs in glassy waves and more.
Watch: Torrey Meister’s Gunslinging SEOTY Entry
"Bull-riding is such a great warmup for surfing big waves."
Guess Who Else Just Got Invited To The Vans Pipe Masters
3 more withdrawals, and 3 more exciting replacements.
‘Buying Double Cheeseburgers, Acting Like He’s Hit Some Sections Today’
RAGE 400 drops ft Noz, Chun, Creed, Vinny, Jel, Wado + others!
What’s Happening To Orange County’s Sand, And Is It Worsening The Waves At Lowers?
Read this to upgrade your understanding of your local beach break and coastal environment.
Here Are The 15 People Who Qualified For The 2023 CT
After seven events and much groveling, 10 men and 5 women will officially be CT…
An Ode To Aussie Chick Pros From The Nineties
A celebration of stoicism, resilience, grit, core lordship, and unconditional love.
Update: John John Flushes Everyone Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl
And the CT qualifications for 2023 are set.
Riaru Ito Is Cooler Than His Cucumber Garden
Meet our passion pick for the Vans Pipe Masters.
Unlocked: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’
Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…
How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 4
The energy drinks are here. They’ve got millions of dollars, and they want your head.