Surf gods are a chattering, as it looks like the highly anticipated Mavericks Invitational is a go!
The Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest is on for Sunday. Several news organizations and individuals familiar with the decision all reported the call on Wednesday, but the likelihood of a weekend date had been an open secret since the beginning of the week.
The contest brings 24 of the biggest names in big-wave surfing to the inimitable spot off the coast from Pillar Point. The field features past winners like Chris Bertish and Grant “Twiggy” Baker as well as the iconic Kelly Slater. Citing a text message from organizers, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that the contest is slated to begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
This is the first contest since 2010, when a wave washed ashore and took out much of the contest infrastructure and some of the spectators. Since then, the contest has changed hands, changed names a couple of times and changed the way it deals with thousands of spectators who have traditionally been drawn to the world-class affair.
This year, spectators are being asked to purchase tickets for an accompanying festival on the grounds of the Ocean Hotel and Spa in Princeton. General admission tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door and parking is $15 at the Half Moon Bay Airport. If general admission just isn’t enough there are silver, gold and even a platinum package of benefits on sale for $1,000. Go tomavericksinvitational.com for details.
Organizers say they will do their best to keep spectators away from the bluffs overlooking the event. Much of the land is environmentally sensitive and several people have been seriously injured in years past while clamoring for the best vantage point.