The Jay At Mavericks: go for it, dude

The Jay At Maverick's Big Wave Invitational 2010-2011 will have the Maverick's beach and surrounding bluff areas closed to the public, as a safety measure after last year's rogue wave that washed the beach and injured several surf fans. Also, access to Pillar Point and 199 acres of surrounding open space and environmentally sensitive habitat will be closed.

There will not be any free parking available in the surrounding areas and contest organizers are not providing parking shuttles. But, everyone will have the opportunity to watch the big wave surf show. A full state-of-the-art live HD Webcast will be made available on The Jay at Maverick’s Web site, ITV360 and on the Roku device for subscribers. In addition, all local Princeton-by-the-Sea area bars and restaurants are being offered a free license to broadcast a live feed or to rebroadcast the Webcast.

The Fox Theatre in Redwood City will be the premiere viewing location for The Jay at Maverick’s. The theatre can host more than 1,500 spectators who will view a live-feed of the contest on one massive 20-by-40-foot stage size screen, giving them a prime vantage point for all of the surf action. The Wipeout Bar and Grill located at Pier 39 in San Francisco, will also run a live feed of the contest to spectators and bar patrons throughout the day of the contest.

On the other hand, waves are not seen, in big size, for a long time. This winter, the big wave spot near Half Moon Bay has had only four swells. The contest window closes on the 28th February, so the tension is in the air.

The lack of XXL waves is due to the La Niña weather pattern that reverses the trade winds in the tropical Pacific Ocean, resulting in fewer storms. The Jay At Mavericks will be looking for the fifth big swell, in order to get surfers out in the water. Check the Wave Height Forecast for Half Moon Bay.

Mark Visser: the Night Rider

Big wave rider Mark Visser has entered the History of Surfing. The pro surfer has surfed 30-40 foot waves in a night ride off the shore of Maui, Hawaii. It's not the apocalypse, it's surfing breaking its own frontiers.

The 28-year old Australian used a special surfboard with built-in LED lights, engineered by NASA for submarine lighting. The red light ensured that the helicopters and jet skiers were able to spot where Visser was riding each wave.

This is the first time a surfer tries to ride big waves in the dark. Mark prepared this project for two years. "It is the most exciting thing I have ever done. It wasn't until I saw the pictures I realized how big it was," said the intrepid surfer.

Mark has hit the waters at 2am, in complete gloomy conditions. Watch how he surfed his night waves. It looks like he's a surfer from the future, with jet-powered fins. How crazy is that?

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The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau: not as big as Eddie would like

After several morning on-hold calls, the contest director of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau has wisely decided to call it a "no-go" competition day. Yes, waves were pretty good, big but still with constant lulls.

George Downing confirmed 20-25 foot waves, but the consistency was insufficient to run the two rounds. "What we see in conditions like this is just one or two true 'Eddie' size waves in the period of a heat," said Downing. "With seven surfers in the water per heat that is not the kind of playing field we need for quality, fair competition", said Downing.

Patience is a virtue and the decision was tough. "It's very easy to get caught up in the excitement when those huge waves come through, and after all of the efforts of the crew and the spectators to get ready for this day. But what keeps this event the greatest big wave event in the world is never relaxing those standards. Eddie never did." Watch the waves kicking in Waimea Bay.

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