If surfing is for you, then you should consider visiting Half Moon Bay. This coastal town is home to many wonderful and beautiful beaches that offer waves perfect for surfing. With a great community of surfers coming together most mornings before work, talking and enjoying these waves together before they pack up, get dressed and head out to work. However, it is not the small beaches that are the most impressive in this community.
In 2011 and 2012, Half Moon Bay welcomed the world famous Gerard Butler as he and a film crew ran up and down the coast to film the movie Chasing Mavericks.
The movie tells the true story of a Santa Cruz man, Jay Moriarity, who is trying to find the legendary waves that were rumored to be hundreds of feet high. And, as those of us on the coast know, those legends are true and each year, hundreds of people a year flock to see the enormous waves. Surfers have come to test their skills on these massive waves during the Maverick's Invitational Surf Competition.
Friday October 25, marked the annual Opening Ceremony to kick off this new competition season. The ceremony is complete with the official Opening and a paddle-out with both the competitors and fans can paddle out to share the experience of the powerful ocean and to share the joy that this area that warmly embraces big wave surfing.
As soon as November 1st comes, the season officially begins and the competition will hold for the perfect conditions for the biggest waves. With crews tracking the tides, the duration and direction of the waves, the wind, and weather conditions the Maverick's crew will give “the call” that gives a 24-hour notice to the 24 best and bravest competitors that the Maverick's Invitational Competition is about to begin! The competition can be called at any moment between November 1 and March 31.
The contest offers a free webcast perfect from viewing from home or in the office during the day. For the public's and the environment's safety, watching the competition from the bluffs or on the beach is prohibited to the public during the day of the event.
Remember to stop by Jeff Clark's Maverick's Surf Shop on the way home as well! Maverick's Surf Shop is located in the Pillar Point Harbor and offers surfing gear and some great clothing to remember the trip by. Jeff Clark has been in the water since he was a child and has rode the magnificent waves of Maverick's himself. He now owns the shop and has his own line of surfboards for sale! Be sure to check him out in the Harbor.
For tickets or more information about the contest visit: http://mavericksinvitational.com/contest/
For more information about Maverick's Surf Shop visit: http://jeffclarkmavericks.com/