A local surfer and surf photographer discuss the industry, the Mavericks experience and the careful measure of risk and reward they perform when they enter the ocean.
After a two-year hiatus, the Mavericks Invitational surf contest captivated Half Moon Bay residents Sunday. The contest attracts surfers from across the globe who compete for $50,000.
Today in Half Moon Bay, an opening ceremony, known as the paddle out, marked the beginning of Mavericks Invitational surf contest season. View photos and video.
Big-wave surfers who compete in the Mavericks Invitational get only 24-hours notice when the event will occur. They have to be prepared to drop everything and travel, often halfway around the world, to Half Moon Bay.
Half Moon Bay’s elite surfing contest, Mavericks, could take place anytime between now and March 31, depending on weather conditions. Event organizers held opening ceremonies yesterday.
A group of surfers and surf photographers convinced the San Mateo County Harbor Commission to grant them the permit for the Mavericks big-wave surf competition in Half Moon Bay.
Charismatic surfer Grant Washburn, local fixture in Half Moon Bay, is part of the group of surf enthusiasts taking over management of the Mavericks competition. Related Story: Surfers to run Mavericks surf competition