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Congratulations to Peter Mel this years Mavericks Invitational Big Wave Champion
Good things come to those who wait wasn’t the case for this years Mavericks Contest as they jumped the gun on this one.
We got word from many photographers for major surfing magazines around the world that they we’re left hanging dry and could not find any placement on a media boat of any kind. But wait, for $1,000.00 a spectator can be on the Mavericks Invitational boat (your choice of morning or afternoon) meaning not for the whole day. So instead of trying to supply access for the surfing media with front row seats to document the event you chose to sell $1,000.00 seats instead as if you weren’t already making enough money as is. We are understanding more and more why no surf brands have jumped on board with this event. As one of the surfers in the contest stated, “I have to be involved to be sure the contest director keeps his hand out of the cookie jar.”
10:30PST Update We have received confirmation that some of the surf forecast are downplaying the swell (thinking it will be bigger, but don’t want to call it bigger based on the fact if it is not as big as they want to forecast they will look “stupid”) for Mavericks rather they hyping it up. We have spoke to Peter Mel and Kenny Collins and they think the swell will be solid.
We will know more tomorrow morning once the swell hits Hawaii.
“The waves are going to be insane, the weather is going to be beautiful, and the level of surfing will break new ground,” said Mavericks Invitational Contest Director Jeff Clark.
This is the first time in three years that contest-worthy waves are headed to the
legendary surf break. Stormsurf forecaster Mark Sponsler stated, “This is looking like the best opportunity we’ve had in quite a few years with great conditions for running the contest.”
“This swell is going to offer huge waves and possibly perfect conditions. This is a very powerful swell, and we will have dramatic conditions that will push the competitors to their limits. Sunday is going to beautiful and very scary at times. I look forward to seeing plenty of glory rides,” said competitor and surfers’ representative Shawn Dollar.
For public safety, local authorities from San Mateo County Sheriff, California Parks,
CHP, San Mateo County Harbor District and other participating agencies will close off all roads to Pillar Point, including access to the beach and bluffs.
In order to get the full experience of the contest, officials have organized the Mavericks Invitational Festival, an outdoor event to will be held on the grounds of the Oceano Hotel & Spa at Princeton Harbor, located on the road to Mavericks and across from Jeff Clark’s legendary Mavericks Surf Shop.
The Mavericks Invitational Festival starts at 8 a.m. just as the first heat of the contest starts. The festival will run all day with a live steam of all the contest action. Festival goers will enjoy a day of music, live commentary, food, the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, Grind Out Hunger Skate Park, Mavericks Gallery of Photography, and an opportunity to mingle with competitors. As soon as the final heat is complete, all the action on the water will move to the Festival, where the surfers will gather for the Awards Ceremony. The event wraps up at sunset.
Tickets to the festival range from $10 for general admission, and go up to $1,000 for VIP passes. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on Sunday for $20, until the event is sold out. Fans can also watch the live webcast of the contest at www.MavericksInvitational.com.
Event parking is located at the Half Moon Bay Airport, within walking distance of the
Festival. Proceeds from the parking benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside.
Additionally, Bike Works Half Moon Bay is providing free bike valet. If you come to town for the day, parking along Highway 1 and in nearby neighborhoods will be closed. You can pay to park at the airport that day or buy your parking pass online.
On December 23, 1994, Foo died in a surfing accident at Mavericks, a big wave surf location in Half Moon Bay, Northern California. Surfer magazine wrote that Foo was sleep deprived after arriving in California on an overnight flight for the swell. During take-off on a wave estimated at 18–20 feet (Hawaiian scale), Foo experienced a seemingly innocuous wipeout which resulted in his drowning. The fateful wipeout was photographed from at least two angles, and shows him falling forward near the bottom of the wave. The most popular presumption is that Foo’s surf leash had become entangled on the rocks, with the rushing currents of a second wave passing overhead preventing him disengaging his ankle strap and getting to the surface. This theory was further validated when professional surfer Mike Parsons, who wiped out on the following wave, said that he came into contact with something, possibly Foo, as he was tumbled around underwater. His body was discovered still tied to the broken tail section of his board, inside the Pillar Point lagoon, over two hours after he’d gone down on that fateful wave. Foo’s death shook the big wave surfing community, as one of its famed riders had died. On December 30, over 700 people arrived at Waimea Bay in Hawaii for his funeral. Approximately 150 surfers paddled into the Bay and formed a large circle. One of the participants, who was carrying a container with Foo’s ashes, paddled into the center of the circle and placed the ashes into the ocean.