Marvelous Mavericks

Tucked away between Half Moon Bay State Beach and Gray Whale Cove State Beach, and amazing event is taking place this weekend… Mavericks Invitational surf contest.


Photo (c) Julianne Bradford

The surf will be prime for this world-famous big wave contest taking place Sunday, January 20 at Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay. This is the first time in three years that the waves have been big enough to hold the contest, so excitement is high for this year’s showdown.

Although you can no longer watch the contest from the beach or bluffs for safety reasons, you can head down to the Mavericks Invitational Festival, an outdoor event to will be held on the grounds of the Oceano Hotel & Spa at Princeton Harbor, located on the road to Mavericks and across from Jeff Clark’s legendary Mavericks Surf Shop.

The contest and festival start at 8 a.m.. Traffic will surely be crazy and there will be no parking along Highway 1 or in the local neighborhoods. Consider parking at the Half Moon Bay Airport, which is within walking distance of the Festival.

If you can’t make it to Half Moon Bay, watch a free, live webcast at The fact that GoPro is sponsoring means there’s bound to be some awesome footage from the water.

May the best surfer win!

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