Posts Tagged ‘big wave’

Mavericks Surfers Vote to Delay Contest Once Again, Despite Recent Big Waves

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The Bay Area’s  Mavericks Surf Contest 2009-2010 should be coming again soon, but the selected surfers just voted thumbs down to going out over the next few days.

Still, the surf looked pretty big yesterday. Confidence remains high that we’ll end up with a great day over the next couple of months.  

As it appeared yesterday, January 10, 2010:

Seth Migdail

Cross your toes when you hang ten and the contest will be here before you know…

OMG! The Mavericks Surf Contest 2009/2010 Window Opens This Sunday – It’s On!

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

[Update: The long wait ended today, February 11, 2010. The 2009-2010 Contest will be held on Saturday(!), February 13th.]

Boy, oh boy, there are a lot of changes to the Mavericks Surf Contest this go around.

The El Nino

The expanded Contest Window

The new if they say ‘go,’ we go” method of deciding when to hold La Competencia

Don’t miss the big wave action, baby!


Click to expand

All the deets, after the jump.

See you there in San Mateo County!


OMG! The Half Moon Bay Big-Wave Surfing Film Festival is Coming! June 17-20

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Here’s your chance to head on down to Half Moon Bay to check out the First Annual Half Moon Bay Big-Wave Surfing Film Festival. It’s too bad we didn’t get to see the Mavericks Surf Contest earlier in the year, but this should help ease the pain.  


First Annual Big Wave Surfing Film Festival
Presented by the Oceano Hotel and Spa, Sams Chowder House, and the Old Princeton Landing

From the spirit of Jay Moriarity, to women’s surfing, to the powerful presence of Greg Noll, surfing fans are in for a treat June 17-20 when the first annual Half Moon Bay Big-Wave Surfing Film Festival takes place at the Oceano Hotel in Princeton Harbor.

The Bull himself (Greg Noll), legendary for his pioneering performances in Hawaii, will be present on the red carpet opening Wednesday night for his film, “Search For Surf,” in which he teamed with storied filmmaker Bruce Brown to recall their experiences in California and Hawaii. “What better way to open an event like this than to have one of the sport’s most legendary and inspirational icons on hand,” said Grant Washburn, Mavericks surfer and event organizer.

The following night will be a tribute to the late Jay Moriarity, who died on a free-diving expedition off the coast of India in 2001. Moriarity was one of the best surfers ever to ride Mavericks, and is held close to the hearts of the Mavericks and Big Wave Community.


Thursday night’s featured films will be “Whipped” and “Ride On,” each produced by Eric Nelson and Curt Myers of Powerlines Productions. “We’re beyond excited to host an event that features Big Wave Surfing, the filmmakers and the surfers themselves”, said Mavericks’ Matriarch Katherine Clark. “This is just the beginning of what will become a great tradition in the Big Wave off-season.” Seldom, if ever, have so many highly regarded surf films been on display over such a short time. The event will be held inside the new Harbor Villages shopping center at Princeton, in the shadow of Mavericks, and visitors are likely to see a number of big-wave superstars in attendance.

In addition to the films, a photo and surfboard gallery will be on display throughout the festival at the Oceano Hotel, inside Harbor Village. Photos include some of the best work from Frank Quirarte, Doug Acton, Don Montgomery, Ed Grant, Seth Midgall, and others who have shot Mavericks over the years.

The complete schedule, after the jump.

See you there!


Mavericks Surf Contest Holds Closing Ceremony for Inchoate 2009 Season

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Well, the 2009 season of the Mavericks Surf Contest didn’t come together as planned, but they had the closing ceremony anyway last night at the Oceano Hotel down in Half Moon Bay. 

All the competitors can do is plan for the next season, which will hopefully have a chance of getting started as early as November 1, 2009, if the stars align.

Last night they washed their CLIF bars down with Bullitt (nee Bourbon) County’s finest whiskey, from sponsor Jim Beam:

Click to expand

Soon enough, they’ll be back for one of the biggest surf competitions in the world.

Mavericks Holds Closing Ceremony for 2009 Season

The contest season for the 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest® Presented by Sony Ericsson came to an official close tonight, as several of the world’s best big wave surfers, as well as their friends, family, and members of the media joined to bid farewell to the 2009 season.  “Tonight was a special night for everyone who is associated with Mavericks,” said Mavericks CEO Keir J. Beadling.  “It gave us a chance to thank everyone who has worked to make this contest possible.  We would like to thank the surfers, who have been as as patient as they are courageous.  We are also grateful to our sponsors for all they have done to support this event.”  Sponsors of the 2009 contest were Sony Ericsson, Jim Beam® Bourbon, Moose Guen and Jane Sutherland of MVision, Barracuda Networks Inc., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., FLO TV, FUEL TV, myspace action sports, Oceano Hotel and Spa, CLIF BAR & Co., the Bay Club, The Corporate Law Group, Rickshaw Bagworks, Vertical Response, Surfer Magazine, Sam’s Chowder House,, Airship Ventures, Capture Technologies, Doc’s ProPlugs, Jeff Clark Surfboards and Mavericks Surf Shop.

As the gatherers said goodbye to the 2009 contest season, they also cast a collective eye towards the future, in anticipation of the 2010 contest.  Their spirits were lifted by the news that the record-breaking $150,000 prize purse will again be available in 2010. “We would like to thank Moose Guen and Jane Sutherland of MVision, as well as Barracuda Networks for ensuring that these incredible athletes will once again be competing for a prize purse that pays tribute to their talent and bravery,” added Beadling.

Beadling also stated that one of the company’s main goals is to lengthen the 2010 contest window by opening the window on November 1st.  “We recognize the importance of having the contest window open at the start of November, and we are currently working very hard to make this happen.”  Commenting on the value of opening the contest window on the first of November, Contest Director Jeff Clark stated, “It’s nearly impossible to overstate the significance of opening the contest window on the 1st of November.  If we’d had the support to do so in previous years, we would almost certainly have been able to put on a contest every year.  If we are able to do so for the 2010 contest, we will be ready for whatever Mother Nature offers us.”

About Mavericks™
Coined as “the wave beyond,” the Mavericks™ brand inspires hardcore athletes to face the unpredictably raw power of Mother Nature, and stirs the souls of those who aspire to challenge their own limits. Mavericks remains true to its core: a cold, mysterious and foreboding place that demands respect from everyone who goes there and inspires them to attempt the extraordinary. For more information, including photos, surf conditions, a newly-launched Official Mavericks™ apparel line, and contest highlights, visit Mavericks online at

Concern Over Wildlife Means No Mavericks Surf Contest for 2009

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Upon further review, it turns out that the Mavericks Surf Contest waiting period will not get extended, so that means no competition this year. But that will make the 2010 affair all the more special, right? And they’ll see about getting future waiting periods pushed forward into Autumn, so that’ll be nice.

See you next year! Deets below.

This is what some of the 2008 contest looked like:


“Extending the waiting period beyond March this season would pose a unique set of challenges on this front.  Said Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS), Superintendent Maria Brown, “The sanctuary had already extended the exemption for the contest period through March.  But the presence of listed and vulnerable species, newly-born harbor seal pups, migrating whales, and nesting birds make April a particularly sensitive time for wildlife in the Sanctuary.”

Full deets after the jump


Time Window for Mavericks Surf Contest 2009 Just Extended to April 8th

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Mavericks Surf Contest organizers just extended the season into next week, so if the tasty waves come in by Wednesday, April 8th, then it’ll be on.

That’s good.

How it looked last year. Click to expand.

Tink happy toughts.

The 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest Could Happen Any Day

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

That’s what they’re saying down in Half Moon Bay, cause the 2009 season window is officially open for the Mavericks Surf Contest until March 31. They’re searching for tasty waves right now, so all you can do is sign up for MAVERICKS MAIL to make sure you stay hepped to the happenings and keep informed about when the surf’s up enough to start the contest.

How will you watch – standard or high def?

This is what is looked like last year on a smaller wave. Click to expand:

Will Team Zissou arrive to help out? We can only hope.


All the deets after the jump.