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:
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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, Stormsurf.com, 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.”
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 www.maverickssurf.com.