Feb 112010

The wait is over.  This afternoon, the organizers of the Maverick’s Surf Competition announced that they’ll be holding the competition this Saturday, February 13th.  Last year, mother nature provided a no show, but this year, its looking very promising.  Waves on the western shores have been pretty large with all of the storm actuivity that we’ve recently been having.  For those of us who have been waiting for a chance to photograph this event, Saturday is one of the worst possible days in terms of crowds.  So what is Mavericks and whats the big deal?

Maverick’s is a big wave surf competition held at Mavericks located  about one-half mile from the shore of Pilar Point Harbor just north of Half Moon Bay at the village of Princeton-By-The-Sea.  Waves originate from the Gulf of Alaska and crest from 25 feet to over 50+ feet due to winter storms.  The break is caused by an underwater rock formation located off the coast.  The first big wave competition held at Mavericks was in 1999 when Darryl Virostko(“Flea”) won first place.  Earlier in th 90s, a film entitled Waves of Adventure in the Red Triangle wa sproduced by filmmaker Gary Mederios.

Mavericks today is a by invitation only competition in which 24 of the worlds best big wave surfers are invited.  The 24 invitees decided collectively on whether or not to call the competition once an appropriate swell is on the horizon.  The waiting period, or period of time during which it is determined that the competition can be held, was extended this year to start earlier since in 2009, no contest was held.  This years waiting period started on November 1, 2009 and was scheduled to end March 31, 2010.

This year, the organizers of the committee have provided four venues from which to view the competition.

Live Webcast
Flo TV
AT&T Park
Chartered boat tour

Of course, for those of you who are local, you can try to get to Pillar Point to view the contest from shore (bring binoculars or a long zoom lense).  Unfortunately, this year, I will not be able to attend the competition…

 Posted by at 9:09 pm

  4 Responses to “Maverick’s Surfing Competition”

  1. I like this place! I love the idea and wish there was a place like this in Astoria, Queens. I am a surfer and found a “real surfer bar” in Point Break NYC. I am kinda jealous ;0PIts filled with surfers, people who like surfers, people who like the beach and people who don’t want to live close to town. I really like this place. You know what they have these real Proctor and Channel One surfboards on the wall. It’s nice for coming any day of the week and eating a late brunch. The food was outstanding. The brunch and sides were prefect and tasty. It is a perfect “escape” from city living. It is probably one of the only places where you can get a nice frozen pina colada or margarita. The service was on hit. They came up and checked on us so many times and made sure everything was up to par. It gets very active and the bartenders keep everybody having a good time. The bartender was very accommodating. He was nice enough to make a drink, that wasn’t on the menu, for me :0) Did I mention the bartenders are nice eye candy. It was amazing to see their “das boot” which is shaped like a boot filled with beer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not drunk…it’s an actual boot shaped beer container ready to be emptied. Try it ..You will love it!! Oh. How can I forget, they even have a wheel o’ shots where you just have to spin it and have to drink whatever shot it lands on!! Now call that bar creativity at its best!!! And when I spill a tray full of shots on myself, the bartender so kindly remakes them for me? Good music, too, and the decor helped us weather an otherwise overcast and rainy day. You know that old song “Brandy”? It goes, “Brandy, you’re a fine girl, what a good wife you would be. But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea.” I believe Brandy works here. No reason, I just do. And that song happens to be a guilty pleasure of mine, so that’s a plus in my book. You can simply waltz over to this colorful and warm establishment, enjoy some drinks with friends, and walk home. The bar is right at the center, so you can walk to either side for drinks, and the bartenders are friendly and at your service. There is a variety of seating, good music, and friendly neighborhood people to make your time more enjoyable. Not pretentious, very cozy, I think Point Break is a fabulous place to spend some time with friends.

  2. Competition looks rad dude

  3. Great info, thanks for useful post. I’m waiting for more

  4. Great info, thanks for useful post. I’m waiting for more

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