Posts Tagged ‘‘Frosty’’

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

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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!

The SF Recreation and Park Department Picks a Cold December Day to Confiscate This Communal Tent in GGP

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I’ll tell you, it’s just 59 degrees up near the ceiling of my living room this chilly AM, but I think I’m getting used to our current cold snap. People who might feel differently would be those who were making this big-ass tent their home in Golden Gate Park as recently as Thursday night.

Man, that was a big-ass tent:

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Do hippies really try to pitch tents within a couple hundred yards of the Conservatory of Flowers? Hippies do. Apparently. I guess it makes for an easy commute to Upper Haight or wherever.

Anyway, here’s the scene about an hour later, with this woman yelling, incredulous, saying, “The tent’s gone? They took the fucking tent?” And dude up the hill was all, ” I tried to stop them.”

I know that RPD staffers get irked by homeless people living in GGP but the 415 is experiencing a pretty epic cold snap these days and Golden Gate Park has the coldest places in the city, like four or five degrees colder than what gets officially reported for San Francisco.

So I think I’d probably let the hippies be until things warm up a bit, just saying.

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…

Sean Penn is Out: Gerard Butler to Star as Rick “Frosty” Hesson in “Mavericks” Surf Film

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Appears as if Sean Penn is out and Gerard Butler is in to star as Rick “Frosty” Hesson in Mavericks.

Check it:

“We first reported on the film about a year ago when we learned that Hanson was developing a movie based on the late legendary surfer Jay Moriarty and that Sean Penn was considering the Hesson role.  According to Variety, the story will center on Moriarty’s “quest to ride the iconic Northern California break known as Mavericks, where winter swells bring in treacherous waves the size of five-story buildings.”

O. K. then.

There’s Snow at City Hall for Christmas – Life-sized Rudolph Freaks Out Passersby – Open House on December 12th

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Not exactly sure how long this snow on Polk Street will stick around, but you should be able to see it today, anyway.

This was the scene last night, with a Rudolph straight from the bottom of the uncanny valley:

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“Is it real?”

Yep.

Anyway:

Mayor Newsom Welcomes San Francisco Residents & Families To City Hall Holiday Open House

San Francisco to Open City Hall Doors to Public on Sunday, December 12th from 2 – 5 p.m. with Holiday Snow Park, Mobile Zoo & Other Family Activities in Civic Center Plaza

Mayor Gavin Newsom and First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom today announced that City Hall will open its doors and offices to the public for the first-ever City Hall Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 12 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Civic Center Plaza will also host family activities this Sunday, including a first-ever children’s snow park and a mobile zoo.

“The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather in celebration of all we have to be thankful for and the new year ahead,” said Mayor Newsom. “This Sunday, Jennifer and I want to invite families from across the City to join us at City Hall in honor of the season at our Holiday Open House.”

This event is free and open to the public and will provide guests with an opportunity to meet the Mayor, tour City Hall and connect with many of the City’s elected officials and departments’ staff. Many Supervisors and other elected officials will also be opening their offices to the public. Guests will be treated to holiday cookies, hot cocoa and entertainment by Magik Magik Orchestra.

Also, Mayor Newsom is asking guests to support the San Francisco Food Bank’s Holiday Food Drive by bringing nonperishable food items to the open house. No one should go hungry over the holidays or any time of the year.

The snow park will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Civic Center’s Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza. It will include a snow run for young children and a snow play area for babies. There will also be jumpy houses and holiday music. A mobile zoo for children will also be onsite from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sean Penn to Act in Film About Santa Cruz Surfing Legend Jay Moriarty?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

From Jessica Greene of NBCBayArea comes news about Sean Penn performing in a biopic of famed Santa Cruz surfer Jay Moriarty.

Penn would play “Rick ‘Frosty’ Hesson, an ex-lifeguard, champion swimmer and mentor to the tragic Moriarty.”

That’s pretty much all the detail that’s out there right now. They’re still just talking about it.

A 16-year-old Jay Moriarty vs. Mavericks, where he had an insane wipeout, back in the 90′s.