Posts Tagged ‘seawall’

Ocean Beach Tableau: Dutch Windmill, Beach Chalet, Smiley Face, HEAVY METAL, Weird Al and Delorean Motor Cars EVERYWHERE

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

(Optional soundtrack whilst reading: Don Felder – Taking a Ride)

Let’s pay off on the headline right here:

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And look at all them Deloreans – these silv’ry rides were as good as gold back in the day:

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That’s Wolfgang, Klaus, and Andre on their Delorean World Tour:

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And that’s your Ocean Beach Tableau…

D2 Update: Jerry Hearts Janet – Attorney General Jerry Brown Endorses Janet Reilly for District Two Supervisor

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I was thinking that there might be a Clinton or Obama in the mix at this point, but, no matter, District Two candidate Janet Reilly has just scored Yet Another Endorsement.

Check it:

“Dear Friends,

Wow! We just received some very exciting news!
Today, Jerry Brown – CA Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate – announced his endorsement of Janet Reilly for District 2 Supervisor of San Francisco. A native San Franciscan and former District 2 resident, Brown cited Reilly’s proven track record of effective leadership and ability to work as a consensus builder. With just over two weeks left until Election Day, Brown’s endorsement comes at a crucial time for both candidates who are vying to win their respective seats.

“District 2 has a history of electing serious, qualified candidates who watch the city budget and promote responsible public policies,” said Attorney General Brown in his endorsement of Reilly. “Janet is exactly type of leader the city needs at this pivotal time, and she is the only candidate in the race who can point to a long list of real achievements that have bettered the lives of San Franciscans in direct and tangible ways.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Attorney General Brown,” said Janet Reilly. “Jerry has been a steadfast public servant for 40 years as Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and as Mayor of Oakland. It is a thrill to have his support in my campaign for Supervisor. The city and state are both at a crossroads. We must use this opportunity to elect proven, experienced candidates like Jerry Brown if we’re to successfully confront the challenges we face.”
With only two weeks left, the finish line to Election Day is drawing near. To make it over successfully, we’re going to need you.

Please sign up to get involved. Walk with Janet; phonebank; or take a window sign.
We are so thankful to have your support – let’s finish strong!
Patrick Collum
Campaign Manager
Janet Reilly for District 2 Supervisor”

Janet’s Endorsements webpage is running out of space:

Elected Officials

  • U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
  • California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton
  • San Francisco Democratic Party Chairman Aaron Peskin
  • U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui
  • California State Senator Mark Leno
  • California State Senator Leland Yee
  • San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris
  • California Assembly Member Fiona Ma
  • California Assembly Member Tom Ammiano
  • California State Controller John Chiang
  • Former SF Supervisor and City Attorney Louise Renne
  • Art Agnos, former Mayor, San Francisco
  • Frank Jordan, former Mayor, San Francisco
  • David Chiu, President, Board of Supervisors, San Francisco
  • Bevan Dufty, Board of Supervisors, San Francisco
  • Carmen Chu, Board of Supervisors, San Francisco
  • Jose Cisneros, Treasurer, San Francisco
  • Milton Marks, President, City College of SF Board of Trustees
  • Angela Alioto, Former President, SF Board of Supervisors
  • Leslie Katz, former Supervisor and SF Democratic Party Chair
  • Betty Yee, First District Member, State Board of Equalization


  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • San Francisco Labor Council
  • San Francisco Firefighters, Local 798
  • San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Teachers Union, United Educators of San Francisco
  • BOMA SF – Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Women’s Political Committee
  • San Francisco Young Democrats
  • Laborers’ Union, Local 261
  • Teamsters Union, Local 350
  • Carpenters Union, Local 22
  • Professional & Technical Engineers IFPTE, Local 21
  • Engineers & Scientists of CA IFPTE, Local 20
  • SEIU, Local 87
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
  • The Sierra Club
  • City Democratic Club of San Francisco
  • San Francisco for Democracy
  • San Francisco Tomorrow
  • BWOPA – Black Women Organizing for Political Action
  • San Francisco Irish-American Democratic Club
  • The Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club
  • The Westside Chinese Democratic Club
  • Filipino American Democratic Club

Say What You Will About the Tennis Courts at Seawall Lot 351/8 Washington, They’re Gorgeous. Take a Look

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010


Anyway, today, Philip Ferrato is all over the lastest NIMBY battle regarding the Yelp-rated Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club.


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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


Public Not Invited to Mavericks Surf Contest Public Safety Meeting in Moss Beach

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is going to hold a “critical incident debrief” this morning down in Moss Beach – organizers of the 2010 Mavericks Surf Contest have been invited to discuss the 2009-2010 season. The public and the media are specifically not invited. Well, that doesn’t sit well with some down Coastsigh-eeeeede way. Oh well.

Here’s Critical Incident Exhibit A from the 2010 contest on February 13th, 2010, when an unlucky 13 got hammered by the waves:  

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Now check out the new piece from Katie Worth, and then decide if you agree with this:

Mavericks Surf Ventures passes the buck to San Mateo County, County Counsel Michael Murphy passes the buck to Harbor District Manager Peter Grenell who passes the buck to Vandenberg Air Force Base who promptly pass the buck  to Army Corps of Engineers and then  the buck circles back to Mavericks Surf Ventures.”

And leave us travel back to 2006, during another Mavericks contest with crowd injuries. That was the year that Diana Rivers of Redwood City filed a lawsuit after being injured when the crowd on the bluff apparently dislodged some rocks sending them on down towards the beach. Check out this quote in a bit about the 2006 rock slide victims:

“We feel for the Rivers family and it was a terrible accident. But we’ve always regarded safety issues with the utmost importance. All managers have taken and will be taking all measures necessary to provide a safe contest for surfers and visitors.”

IMO, the post-injury palliative cliches from 2006 don’t square with the post-injury palliative cliches from 2010.


To Be Continued…

Photos – Mavericks Surf Ventures Claims Biggest Waves Ever Surfed In A Contest

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Our recent 2009-2010 Mavericks Surf Contest had the “Biggest Waves Ever Surfed In A Contest,” according to organizer Mavericks Surf Ventures. That’s what they’re claiming today, February 17th, 2010.

What do you think?

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Take a look for yourself.

“What the surfers are saying about it… 

“It was an honor just to be here today and paddle out with these other guys. I flew 36 hours to be here, and this has been a dream come true.” – Chris Bertish, 09/10 Champion
“The entire book of big wave surfing was re-written today.” – Greg Long
“These were definitely the biggest waves I have ever paddled into.” – Shane Desmond
“No excuses on a day like today, it was perfect. Whatever you wanted, you could take.” – Anthony Tashnick
“It was undoubtedly the largest surf any paddle-in contest has ever seen.” – Dave Wassel
“There is such a brotherhood in the lineup.  These people are my family.” – Carlos Burle
“Today took big-wave surfing to another notch.” – Gary Linden, Head Judge”

Of course the event was not without controversy. Perhaps MSV will address that at some point?

Regardless, It was an epic day.

The Reason Why Mavericks Surf Ventures is Dead Wrong about Injury-Causing Rogue Waves

Monday, February 15th, 2010

First of all, let’s acknowledge the fine performances of all the competitors at our recent Mavericks Surf Contest 2009-2010 and especially that of Chris Bertish. As it turned out, his victory was overshadowed somewhat by discussion of the giant “rogue” sneaker waves* that injured a dozen or so spectators.

Mad props:

Having said that, let’s take a look at higher-def footage of the problem, ably shot by KRON VJ (video jockey) Haaziq Madyun. And here’s the reverse angle. And ganderize your eyes on this bird’s-eye view of the scene. If this were the Olympics, this would be the Olympic Village:

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O.K. then. Comes now MSV’s Matriarch and area Realtor Katherine Clark to say:

And let’s hear from MSV CEO and former lawyer Kier Beidling:

Bringing common sense is a must for anyone who shows up to watch from the beach.”

Fair enough, but isn’t this your temporary awards stand getting demolished by a tiny tsunami? Was “common sense” used to place it there?

And wasn’t this formerly-underwater piece of sound equipment placed exactly where you wanted it to be?

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So please let’s go easy on any more nagging, patronizing Respect The Ocean talk coming from MSV, considering that MSV and its sponsors appeared to be just as unaware as some of the spectators.

In other words, if this unsecured P.A. loudspeaker ended up killing a fan, all the DANGER: HEAVY SURF signs in all Christendom wouldn’t save your hides from a dead-bang, seven-figure wrongful death lawsuit. (If you think you see a bunch of people people in the water around the speaker in the video, your guess is correct.)

So that is exactly “how on Earth we [MSV] could be responsible for people willfully going to the ocean.”

(Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly!)

In other words, from the 2/16/10 Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“The Maverick’s contest organizers probably realize that, in retrospect, it was unwise to put scaffolding and platforms in an exposed area and then allow spectators too close to the high tide line and a seawall along the Pillar Point coastline.”

You see? That’s why the party line of having MSV reps repeatedly bleating about how spectators just need some common sense doesn’t wash.

Now do I think that this fellow (people never seem to let go of their cameras or their beer, huh?) and others who got banged up by the surf on their own will win any possible lawsuits their shysters file? No.

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But do I suppose that things could be handled differently by Mavericks Surf Ventures the next go around?


(Contrary to what you might have heard, no post mortem meetings with county (or other) authoritahs are scheduled this week. But they’ll be coming soon.)

*Or surge or whatever. It’d be nice to have one descriptive term to cover all these different words…

Rogue Waves at 2010 Mavericks Surf Contest – Video Showing What Happened

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

[UPDATE: Even more better vids have turned up today, links right here. Still hunting for 1080p High Def…]

Here’s some video from creilly94010* showing a giant rogue wave that injured spectators at the 2009-2010 Mavericks Surf Contest in Princeton-by-the-Sea / Half Moon Bay today. The video only has two YouTube views now but nevertheless it, so far, does the best job of showing what went wrong.

From the bluff, with people on the rocky seawall getting inundated by the wave:

Those are temporary structures temporarily in the water.

Here’s view from the seawall during the 2005 Contest, looking up at the bluff – nice and dry that year. Click to expand:

UPDATE: Comes now KRON Channel 4 FTW. Their video shows the same wave as the one shown above crashing through the seawall like it was nothing. The beach here has more than its fair share of random boulders, hence the danger:

And here’s a first person report from reporter Beth Spotswood. And here’s a discussion of just what, in fact, constitutes a wave’s rogue-ness.

(Waves going rogue at Mavericks– there’ll be a Sarah Palin joke to make once everybody’s recovered 100%.) 

This kind of incident hasn’t happened at prior contests – it’ll be interesting to see what changes, if any, are made at future events…

* Of Burlingame, this is not San Francisco’s famous C. Reilly

The Lazy Sunbathers of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

The Lazy Sunbathers of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.


Religions fall
Children shelled
“…Children shelled ? That’s all
Very well
, but would you
Please keep the noise
Down low ?
Because you’re waking
The lazy sunbathers …”