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Time runs out for the 2012 Mavericks Invitational...

San Francisco's Alex Martins © Frank Quirarte


Mavericks Invitational

Mavericks, Half Moon Bay California
1 January - 31 March 2011 

Mavericks Invitational Contest Window Closes Saturday

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 March, 2012 : - - The Mavericks Invitational holding period closes this week, and though there is a current storm system in place, the likelihood of contest worthy conditions hitting the break by the 31st is very slim. Though this year's La Nina winter did not produce the waves needed to hold the infamous big wave surf contest, Mavericks Invitational Inc., will not be deferred from celebrating the power of Mavericks and those who surf the giant liquid mountains.

The group is hosting the first annual Mavericks Festival, being held outdoors on the grounds of the Oceana Hotel & Spa in Princeton Harbor, Half Moon Bay, on March 31, the final day of the contest window.

Contest Director, Jeff Clark stated, "There's a slight possibility we will get a swell with the current storm that is hitting the coast, but realistically there are no significant conditions on the horizon before the contest window closes." Clark continued, "We are stoked to have the opportunity to share the Mavericks season and honor the surfers who challenged the waves at the Mavericks Festival on the 31st."

The Mavericks Festival will be emceed by the Bay Area's own, Eric Byrnes, who's MLB career began with the Oakland As, and currently has a nightly show on KNBR from 7pm - 10pm. The festival will also have a full line-up of bands, surfing video presentations on the JumboTron, local food vendors, giveaways, Mavericks Invitational gear, and some very special tributes and presentations.

Festivalgoers will also be treated to live performances by the bands: Dank Jenkins, Bar Fight, and The Expendables. Additional information can be found at:

The highlight of the day will be the inaugural Mavericks Awards. The concept behind the awards is that every year the sport of big wave surfing witnesses a push of progress, raising the level of performance in one of the world's most extreme sports. This progress does not always happen on the contest day. Some of the greatest achievements in big wave history go unnoticed or can even be overshadowed by the contest itself.

Mavericks Invitational Inc.'s goal is to showcase the power of Mavericks beyond a one-day event, to recognize achievements that take place all season long. The group also wants to acknowledge and award those who challenge Mavericks and their contributions to the sport of big wave surfing.

Mavericks Awards Categories Include:

* Mavericks Barrel of the Year
* Mavericks Bomb of the Year
* Mavericks Photo of the Year
* Mavericks Female Performer,of the Year
* Mavericks Performance of the Year
* 5150 Award (for the most insane wave of the year at Mavericks)

The judging panel for the Mavericks Awards include: Jeff Clark, Bruce Jenkins, Matt Ambrose, Grant Washburn, and Dick Keating, who looked over hours upon hours of video footage and hundreds of still photos taken during the 2011 - 2012 season at Mavericks. The group unanimously agreed on all the on the top award candidates and winners.

Clark commented, "The Mavericks Awards is a great way to honor and pay tribute to the magnitude of Mavericks and award the talented men and women who conquer and challenge the wave".

Tickets to the Mavericks Festival are available at Mavericks Surf Shop, 25 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, or online at: General admission tickets are $25, and parking will be available for $10 at the Half Moon Bay Airport, and all proceeds benefit the Coastside Boys & Girls Club.

Mavericks Festival sponsors include: The Oceano Hotel & Spa, Mavericks Surf Shop, GoPro, Red Bull, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Green Planet Water, Recology of the Coast, PowerBar, Sam's Chowder Mobile, Nesquik, Kinesys Performance Sunscreen, Crab Landing, Coastside Net and EZ-ATM.

2011 - 2012 Invitees
Matt Ambrose (Pacifica) Ryan Augenstein (Santa Cruz) Grant ?Twiggy? Baker (South Africa) Chris Bertish (South Africa) Carlos Burle (Brazil) Ken "Skindog" Collins (Santa Cruz) Shane Desmond (Santa Cruz) Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz) Shane Dorian (Hawaii) Nathan Fletcher (San Clemente) Mark Healey (Hawaii) Rusty Long (San Clemente) Greg Long (San Clemente) Alex Martins (Brazil) Peter Mel (Santa Cruz) Ryan Seelbach (San Francisco) Kelly Slater (Florida) Tyler Smith (Santa Cruz) Jamie Sterling (Hawaii) Anthony Tashnick (Santa Cruz) Grant Washburn (San Francisco) Dave Wassel (Hawaii) Ben Wilkinson (Australia) Zach Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz)

2011 - 2012 Alternates
Tyler Fox (Santa Cruz) Josh Loya (Santa Cruz) Colin Dwyer (Pacifica) Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz) Danilo Couto (Brazil) Derek Dunfee (San Diego) Ben Andrews (San Francisco) Andrew Marr (South Africa) Travis Payne (Pacifica) Ion Banner (Half Moon Bay) Kohl Christensen (Hawaii) Shawn Rhodes (Pacifica) Mike Gerhardt (Santa Cruz) Garret McNamara (Hawaii) Russel Smith (Santa Cruz) Jamie Mitchel (Australia) Frank Solomon (South Africa)

Mavericks Invitational is the world's premier, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event. This one-day, invitation-only surfing competition is held at the legendary Mavericks surf break located ½ mile offshore at Pillar Point Harbor, just 20 minutes south of San Francisco. The 24 most daring big-wave surfers in the world will attempt to tame the massive swells on the biggest and best day of the 2011 / 2012 winter season.


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Source: Mavericks Invitational

Author: Jessica Banks

Tags: Mavericks, Big Wave, Half Moon Bay, Mavericks Invitational

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