Posts Tagged ‘24’

A Brief History of the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

“I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.”

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man festival? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

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I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Friday, January 24th, 2014.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This big green thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater?”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued, due to what they called a “sneaker wave,” but really it was just kind of a regular wave

Via dwan.mac click to expand

And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Friday, January 23rd, 2014:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

Area Man Drives Wheelchair Around As If It Were A Car – Presenting the Palmer Twosome Model 24

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

You think this guy is sitting around waiting for MUNI?

Screw that:

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Man, That Mavericks Surf Contest Aint What It Used To Be, Man – (Just as with Burning Man!) – A Brief History of Mavs

Friday, January 18th, 2013

I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

Click to expand

I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area, Pacific Coast beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Sunday, January 20th, 2013.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued:

Via dwan.mac click to expand

And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Sunday* January 20th, 2013:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

*Boy, isn’t that a sponsor-friendly day of the week? How convenient! Let’s hope the waves show up in addition to all the sponsors and advertisers…

When Werewolves Attack: Wacky Japanese “Real Escape Game” Comes to Japantown March 23-25 – Escape From Werewolf Village

Friday, February 24th, 2012

All the deets below. Get your tickets here.

“JAPANESE LIVE GAME SENSATION “THE REAL ESCAPE GAME” COMES TO THE BAY AREA FOR SPECIAL SESSIONS AT NEW PEOPLE

Join Other Players At The Bay Area’s J-Pop Culture Venue To Solve Puzzles And Collect Clues To Escape A Mysterious Village Before Werewolves Attack!

San Francisco, CA – NEW PEOPLE, the dynamic San Francisco entertainment destination showcasing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture, brings the newest Japanese live game sensation to the United States for the first time ever with a special installment of “The Real Escape Game: The Escape From The Werewolf Village,” beginning Friday, March 23rd thru Sunday March, 25th.

“The Real Escape Game” is an inventive live game event that requires players to cooperate and use their detective skills to solve multiple mysteries to locate a hidden key in order to escape from a locked room within a limited time. The U.S. edition, “The Escape From The Werewolf Village,” will be staged inside the venue’s spacious 3rd Floor SUPERFROG Gallery at NEW PEOPLE, which will be remade as a mysterious village where werewolves have been known to attack people by night. As villagers disappear one by one, players must work together and use their deductive skills and gather clues to escape before the werewolves attack! The game setting will be accentuated with the use of actors, music, sound effects and lighting elements to add ambiance and immerse players in the environment.

NEW PEOPLE Game Times For “The Real Escape Game”

Friday, March 23rd: 6pm, 9pm
Saturday, March 24th: 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sunday, March 25th: 11am, 2pm, 5pm

Advanced tickets are now available for $20.00; Tickets at the door are $25.00. Each game session lasts about 90 minutes. Advance tickets and complete game details are available at: http://www.newpeopleworld.com/2012/01/18/come-play-real-escape-game//

**Note: The Game puzzles require no special skills or knowledge to solve; all puzzles can be solved with use of intuitive logic and deductive reasoning. All aspects of The Game will be conducted in English.

“The Real Escape Game” was first played in Tokyo in 2007 and since then, more than 100,000 participants have played in multiple cities across Japan, China, and Singapore. “The Real Escape Game” was the brainchild of Takao Kato, the founder of the Kyoto-based publishing company, SCRAP. Over 2,300 sessions have been staged to-date with as many as 10,000 participants taking part simultaneously. The Game was recently played by several hundred participants at massive arena venues including the Tokyo Dome and the city’s Jingu Baseball Stadium. The San Francisco session at NEW PEOPLE will be the first time “The Real Escape Game,” has been played in the United States.

“The Real Escape Game has become a big sensation in Japan and is a fun way for people to meet and work together to solve ingenious puzzles,” says Seiji Horibuchi, president and founder of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. “The Real Escape Game is often staged in eclectic settings ranging from small theatres to large sporting arenas to cathedrals. NEW PEOPLE will be transformed into a foreboding village beset with werewolves and ingenious hidden puzzles that players must solve in order to escape! Come meet new friends and try out the latest live game phenomenon from Japan with this fun event happening in March!

About NEW PEOPLE, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, California, NEW PEOPLE, Inc. (http://www.newpeopleworld.com/) offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selective Japanese films. NEW PEOPLE Entertainment (www.newpeopleent.com), a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the “Kingdom of Pop” for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America. Some titles include DEATH NOTE, GANTZ, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, and THE TASTE OF TEA.

OMG, It’s Time for San Francisco Carnaval this Weekend! Big Parade is Sunday, May 29th

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Once again, it’s time for Carnaval down in the Mission District, our “Sunshine Belt” in the 415.

This year’s is the 75th running, so won’t you come and join the fun?

All right, grab your gourd cozy…

Clique para expandir. Via David Yu

…and then fly on up to see Carnaval:

Once again, via David Yu

You know, a lot of people travel great distances to see the Carnaval, so why not you too?

“The Carnaval San Francisco Parade is always the 4th Sunday in May on Memorial Day Weekend – May 29, 2011 – Begins at Bryant & 24th at 10AM and heads up the Mission Street to 17th…”

All right, see you there!

And here are a few shots from Carnavals past:

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Rei e Rainha do Carnaval 2009? Well they certainly looked the part, anyway.

¡Irmandade! Sisters doing it for themselves:

Capoeira, as seen on Meet the Fockers

She has the rare Blood Type “C”:

Samba com criança:

Mack Daddy:

I Dream of Jeannie, or 48 Jeannies on 24th Street, or something:

Sadly, these Jeannies weren’t followed by phalanx of Major Nelsons

Mi Chevy y tu Chevy. “SICKT FO” = 1964:

Puertas de tijera – ahora mas que nunca. Will scissors doors work on my heretofore bLand Cruiser? If so, I’ll take four, plus another one on the tailgate – why not?

You’d think Zorro would have a Nissan Z-car but he makes do with his Celica and some tape.

NorCal Waste Systems, aka Golden Gate Scavenger, is now Recology:

Cão + cão = dois cães, mais ou menos

And There You Have It.

Steady Rain in the Forecast for the First Sunday Streets Tenderloin – October 24th From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, “Rain or Shine”

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

[UPDATE: The Tricycle Music Fest West, you know, for kids, is starting later and heading indoors – the new time is just after noon and the new place is downstairs at our Main Library in Civic Center (across the street from the Burger King at 8th and Market). It’ll go ’til 3:30 PM today.}

The forecast for tomorrow’s Sunday Streets Civic Center, Tendeloin is nicht gut right now (not showers, not light rain, it’s simply regular “rain” ) but that’s not going to change anything ’cause they’re saying this joint will go off “rain or shine.”

See?

It’d be nice if San Francisco had a backup plan, you know, a Plan B, for the precipitation that everybody knows is probably coming, but oh well. (It’d be nice if San Francisco were a place where planning events weren’t so involved and weren’t so expensive, but oh well, again.)

Stay dry. Here’s the sked:

October 24 – Civic Center, Tenderloin

Programs subject to change

Civic Center Plaza (Carleton B Goodlett Place, across from City Hall)
Main Sunday Streets Activity Hub

• Sunday Streets Info Booth and Volunteer Check In
• Sunday Streets Sponsor booths
• Community information tables
• Sunday Streets merchandise for sale- sponsored by Walk SF
• Free basic bike maintenance by REI, Lombardi Sports and Bike Kitchen
• Free bike rentals by Bike & Roll and Blazing Saddles
• Free test rides on PUBLIC Bikes
• STAR 101 FM Radio music broadcast and free samples of healthy snacks
• Science demonstrations by Climate Change Education

Civic Center North Lawn; (Carleton B Goodlett near McAllister)
• StreetSmARTS Mobile Free Wall Project presented by Department of Public Works and SF Arts Commission: Open to artists of all ages and abilities, materials provided
• 11 and 12:30 PM: demonstrations and intro classes by Capoera Brasil SF
• Live music by: Two Zmooth, YMCA Youth band

Pet Programs (Civic Center South Lawn; Carleton B Goodlett near Grove)
Presented by Happy Hounds Massage
• Pawsitive Tails dog training
• Northern Family Dog Rescue
• Hearing Dog Program

Bike programs (Grove between Larkin and Carleton B Goodlett)
Presented by the SF Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA Bike Program
• Freedom from Training Wheels presented by the SF Bicycle Coalition
• Kid’s Bike Safety Rodeo presented by Presidio YMCA Bike Program
• How to load a bike on the bus, by MTA Sustainable Streets Program
• Free basic bike maintenance by REI, Lombardi Sports and Bike Kitchen (Civic Center)
• Free bike rentals by Bike & Roll and Blazing Saddles (Civic Center)

Tricycle Music Fest West (Main Library steps, Larkin near Grove)
Presented by the San Francisco Public Library & Friends of the Public Library
• 11:00 The Devil-Ettes and Pip Squeak A Go Go
• 11:30 Frances England
• 12:30 The Time Outs
• 1:30 The Sippy Cups
• Bookmobile (Northeast corner of Grove and Larkin)

Children’s Activities (Civic Center south playground, near Grove and Larkin)
Presented by Shih Yu- Lang YMCA
• Kid’s Games, Hula Hoops,
• Playworks
• Girl Scouts
• Head Start
• It’s Yoga Kids!
• Activities for teens and tweens with La Casa de Las Madres

Fulton Skate area (Fulton between Larkin and Hyde)
Skating Presented by the Calif. Outdoor Rollersports Assoc.
• 10 – 2:30: Free roller rink, skating lessons & skates
• 12:30 & 2:30: Slumdog Millionaire skate dance
• 12:45 & 2:45: Thriller skate dance
• RollerSoccer mini exhibition games presented by RollerSoccer International Federation
• Skateboard information with Downtown Streets Skate Shop

Grove Street & UN Plaza (Grove between Larkin, Hyde and Market)
• Eco games, info, composting demos by Department of the Environment (Grove near Larkin)
• Farmer’s Market (Market near 8th Street and Hyde)

O’Farrell Street (Polk to Jones)
Music, Activities and Family Entertainment
• Chalk drawing, kid’s activities and live music presented by the Great American Music Hall (O’Farrell /Polk)
• Chair massage, presented by California Pacific Medical Center (mini park O’Farrell / Larkin)
• Free bike safety gear and info, photo contest, presented by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Association (O’Farrell between Leavenworth and Jones)
• Hyde Street Band (631 O’Farrell near Leavenworth)

Boeddeker Park (Jones and Eddy)
Presented by Friends of Boeddeker Park
• Tai Chi with Chris Sequeira 11 am to Noon
• Live Jazz Band with Melvin and the Mellotones at 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.
• Games for kids all day in the park

Ellis Street (Polk to Leavenworth)
Sponsored by SF Recreation & Parks
• Tenderloin Recreation Center (570 Ellis near Larkin)
• Tenderloin National Forrest (Cohen Alley, off Ellis near Leavenworth)
• Tribute to the Black Hawk Jazz Club – music and performances presented by SF Recovery Theatre

Mavericks Surf Ventures vs. The Jay – Annual Big Wave Surfing Contest Drama Continues – San Mateo County’s Biggest Soap Opera

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Remember back in the day, when Mavericks Surf Ventures sponsored the Mavericks Surf Contest?

It looked like this:  

Darryl “Flea” Virostko takes a swim in 2008 – click to expand

Well, now it looks like this:

It’s the Jay, named for a surfer who passed away in 2001. (You’ll learn more about Jay when Sean Penn gets around to making a movie about him.)

This is all news to me.

But don’t think that this is “the last word” on this matter or anything:

Keir Beadling, the chief executive of Mavericks Surf Ventures, said the permit decision was disappointing but was not the last word on this season’s contest.”The reality,” he said, “is that no one else could attempt to produce a contest at Mavericks without running afoul of MSV’s rights associated with the company’s intellectual property, and with its relationships with sponsors, vendor partners and various agencies.”

Ooh, sounds scary. Srsly.

To Be Continued…

Truth and Reconciliation Comes to Crappy Octavia Boulevard – SFCTA Hosts Public Workshops Tonight

Monday, September 27th, 2010

OMG, it looks as if somebody is trying to Fix Octavia. Get the deets about today’s workshops and open house, below.

IOW, hated Octavia Boulevard will be getting a little attention in the near future.

(Personally, I’d start by getting rid of all the parking spaces and all the medians – I’d de-boulevard the boulevard.)

Notice the color of the traffic lights?

Anyway, here’s the info. It’s as close as you’ll get to an admission from the Powers That Are that maybe, just maybe, Octavia isn’t just the most perfect thing ever.

See you there!

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, Sept. 27:
SFCTA Hearing Room, 100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor
OPEN HOUSE: 12:00–2:00pm
PUBLIC WORKSHOP: 5:30–7:30pm

Persons requiring translation services should contact the Transportation Authority at 415-522-4800

Background

The Market-Octavia neighborhood has seen several transformative efforts recently, most notably the opening of the Octavia Boulevard/Central Freeway project in 2005 and the adoption in 2008 of the Market and Octavia Better Neighborhood Plan. Octavia Boulevard is the first facility of its kind in the United States in 80 years, redefining traffic engineering practice through context-sensitive solutions. The Octavia Boulevard project has delivered a transportation facility that provides neighborhood access to a regional freeway while providing an attractive public space. A timeline of key Octavia Boulevard events is shown below.

This Circulation Study will quantify and evaluate the performance of the transportation system in the Market-Octavia area and recommend changes for improving travel options and traffic distribution in the area. The study will focus on multimodal and system-level perspectives. These multimodal transportation issues include:

  • Transit routing and reliability, and connectivity to regional transit
  • Automobile traffic circulation
  • Pedestrian crossings and facilities
  • Bicycle access
  • General wayfinding
  • Travel demand management strategies

The study will help support and advance key priorities of the 2008 Market and Octavia Better Neighborhood Plan including improved pedestrian circulation and transit facilities, as well as conversion of streets from one-way to two-way operation.

 

As the study area is both an active local neighborhood and a critical element of the transportation system for regional traffic coming to, from or through the area, the proposed solutions will need to address local, citywide and regional needs. This map of the general local area is consistent with the Market-Octavia Neighborhood Plan. Click here to see the study area map.

Study Objectives

The objectives of the Study are to:

  • Document existing conditions of the transportation system
  • Identify a multimodal package of transportation improvements through technical review and public input
  • Develop cost estimates for these top-priority projects
  • Establish a funding and implementation strategy that considers appropriate levels of contributions from public and private sources.

The Central Freeway and Octavia Boulevard Circulation Study will serve as a vehicle for discussion and coordination among local and regional stakeholders, while providing policy guidance for ensuring integration with the larger regional and long-term needs.

Potential Project List

As area needs are studied and possible solutions prioritized, information on potential projects will be posted here.

Study Products and Schedule

Preliminary Draft Existing Conditions Report. Includes Origin-Destination Survey from October 2009. Completed. 

Public and Stakeholder Outreach. Engagement with key stakeholders and community groups. Ongoing.  Key events planned for September 2010 and November 2010.

Technical Analysis and Project Development. Based on existing conditions and needs assessment, and stakeholder input, an evaluation framework will be developed for potential solutions, resulting in project screening and the selection of up to three potential projects. Conceptual designs will be developed for these three potential projects. September/October 2010.

Funding and Implementation Plan. Funding plan, including fair-share contributions, and implementation roles, steps, and issues. December 2010.

Final Report. Culmination of all recommendations and designs. January 2011.

For More Information

Send an email to Margaret Cortes or call 415.522.4826.

Related Links

Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan (led by SF Planning Department)

This Aging Lexus SC400 Coupe in the Western Addition has been Revivified with 24-Inch Wheels

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I’ll tell you, there was never anything too much wrong with the Clinton-era Lexus SC400 / Toyota Soarer. The 1UZ-FE engine inside these rigs was built to last so there’s nothing stopping these vehicles from rolling into the future, excepting for the small stock wheels they came with.

The owner of this ride is saved from that embarrassment by a set of aftermarket wheels, 24 inchers if I had to guess.

See? You can’t say these wheels are too small, that’s for sure.

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This car is totally ready for the twenty tens, certainly.

(But don’t go crazy and try to use 26 inch wheels. You want to make sure your car still can turn of course.)

8th Annual Mavericks Surf Contest Wave Watch Window Starts November 1, 2010 – All the Deets

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Believe it or not, Mavericks, or at least the waiting period for Mavericks, will start up again in just three short months.

(And guess what, I haven’t seen any self-rightous falderal burbling up from San Mateo County lately – that that can only be a good thing.)

As promised, all the deets, below.

Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz at Opening Ceremonies 2009 – ISI Photos, click to expand

Mavericks Gears Up for the 8th Annual Mavericks Surf Contest®

$150,000 Prize Purse Offered for 2nd Year; Initial Sponsors On Board; Enhancements to Epic Contest to be Unveiled in Coming Months

Half Moon Bay, CA/San Francisco, CA – August 3, 2010 – On the heels of perhaps the greatest big-wave surfing contest in history last February, Mavericks is back and bigger than ever. Preparations are underway for the 8th annual Mavericks Surf Contest® showcasing 24 of the world’s finest big-wave surfers battling for the largest prize purse in big-wave surfing.  The 2010/2011 Contest is poised to return to Half Moon Bay, California later this year and will include a number of enhancements to bring Mavericks to an even broader audience, while continuing to honor the spot, the riders, and the local community. 

The Contest Is Back.  Mavericks Surf Ventures is very proud to make this first announcement laying the groundwork for the 2010/2011 Mavericks Surf Contest®, picking up right where last season left off.  The dedicated team has been very busy in the off-season and has just completed a fundraising round that will greatly benefit this year’s event, the riders, the coastside community, and the future of Mavericks and big-wave surfing for years to come. “Our goal is to keep the focus on the soul of the event and respect for the spot, giving the power to the surfers to make ‘the call’ and helping to bring the Mavericks’ ocean phenomenon to a broader global audience,” said Mavericks CEO Keir J. Beadling.

Convergance vs. divergance. See?

Ever more deets, after the jump

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