Posts Tagged ‘Sean Penn’

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!

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.

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.

The Famous Harvey Milk Kite is Back in Civic Center Airspace

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Now I say famous because, apparently, I’m the last person in town to see this thing. (And actually, I thought it was a Barack Obama kite at first, so oh well.)

Irregardless, it was an arresting sight.

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And here’s the pilot in front of City Hall, right where they filmed that Sean Penn movie:

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Sail on Harvey, sail on…

The Castro Theatre and Our Huge Gay Pride Flag – Together at Last

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

These two icons of San Francisco’s Castro District can appear to be close together if you stand in the right place. The Castro Theatre is in great shape and the giant Gay Pride Flag at the corner of Market and Castro looks a lot spiffier these days compared to the past. Check out the history of all those colors here. An older version from the filming of the Sean Penn movie Milk

hot pink: sexuality
red: life
orange: healing
yellow: sunlight
green: nature
turquoise: magic/art
indigo: serenity/harmony
violet: spirit

…and the current. From Corona Heights, click to expand:

And here’s the theatre without the flag, as seen during the filming of Academy Award-winning Milk 

There’s Only Just One More Week Left for the MILK Run at the Castro Theatre

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Oh noes! The historic run of Milk at the Castro Theatre is about to end. You’ve got just one more week.

What’s nice about the Castro is that it doesn’t give you all those annoying ads, the way they do at the Metreon and such. Maybe that’s why the big screen at this neighborhood theater is the second busiest in the land (coming second only to the one showing Bolt at the El Capitan in L.A.)  

The Castro Theatre draped with a gigantic Sean Penn banner, as seen from Twin Peaks. Click to expand:

See you there!

San Francisco’s Castro Theatre Begins MILK Run Today

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Check the sked – can you see Sean Penn’s face filling up the entire calendar? It’s ALL MILK, ALL THE TIME starting this very moment at the Castro Theatre. Harvey Milk’s story is the talk of the nation today.

The film is highly thought of, with a very high 92% positive score on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatomater.

If you go, you can see all your friends as extras. And the theater itself was practically a co-star:

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So get your Milk on as soon as you can. Obtain your tickets online, why don’t you?

Showtimes Nov 26-Dec 9
(10am), 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 10pm

via mrido’s Photostream

See you there!

Some in San Francisco are Tired of Antiwar Messages

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Carole Migden’s antiwar message is proving irksome to some in San Francisco these days. Can you imagine? Senator Migden, first runner-up in the Bay Area’s recent District 3 election (that means she came in second place, contrary to what you’ve been told, dear reader), still carries on with her antiwar message.

And now Street View shows it seems she has support of Google as well. Oh noes!

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Hundreds of San Franciscans at City Hall Today to Help Produce Milk

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

The people at MilkMarch.com issued the call and many responded. Were you gay for a day as they were at Dreamlogic.net?

Milk should be coming soon enough to a theatre near you.

Sean Penn as Harvey Milk

‘Period-correct 8-color flag

The 1970’s look