Maverick: new event organizers

The Half Moon Bay Surf Group has been granted the right to run the legendary Mavericks surfing contest. The San Mateo County Harbor District voted 3-0 to give beach and parking access to the new group.

The contest was held, since 2003, by the Mavericks Surf Ventures, a professional company. The new group of surfers wants to share the contest earnings with local youth groups and local charities, like the Boys & Girls Club.

The premiere big-wave contest off the Half Moon Bay coast will be sponsored by Barracuda Networks.

The group lead by Grant Washburn is working closely with the Sheriff in order to erect fencing during the contest to block access to eroding bluffs.

Last year, spectators were swept off their feet by strong breakers. Also, the organization is going to set up large screens outside the competition area, so that the crowd can watch the event safely.

The event will run between December 1st and February 28th.