Years of Half Moon Bay Review coverage from one of the world’s great big-wave surfing spots.

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Mavericks Invitational surf contest officials have set opening ceremonies for Friday and are eagerly awaiting contest-worthy waves.

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Local surf legend Jeff Clark reclaimed the helm of the area's world-famous surf contest with a San Mateo County Harbor Commission vote Wednesd…

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Francesco Luciani, left, and Lukas Kelly share a wave while body boarding at Open Ocean surfing camp on July 28.

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Winter is only a few flips of the calendar away, and the changing season brings the gnarly waves surfers need.

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Heather Gananian of Half Moon Bay leaves the surf for a team meeting during the Junior Lifeguards camp at Dunes Beach on Thursday, August 11.

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August Howell hustles into the surf during water development time a Junior Lifeguards on Thursday.

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The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is exploring the possibility of creating a volunteer search and rescue team to patrol the Coastside on p…

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Last week the local surf community announced its intent to join together in hopes of hosting this year's Mavericks surf contest. The once anta…

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Formerly fractured, the local surfing community appears to be forming a united front to approach the San Mateo County Harbor District tonight …

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Harry Andrews of Belmot catches a wave body boarding during a class at Dave Alexander's Open Ocean Surfing camp.

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Barracuda Networks -which withdrew its sponsorship of the Mavericks surf contest earlier this year - may be writing checks to support the comp…

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Mavericks legend Jeff Clark moved Wednesday night to take back the surf competition he founded in the 1990s. Long quiet on the issue, Clark sp…

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It's far from the winter big wave surfing months, but those planning for next year's contest are busy trying to secure a necessary permit to h…

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A Luau for the Wave Riders takes place Saturday, raising money for the Half Moon Bay Surf Club.

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Darryl “Flea” Virostko and Onawa Dawn Foster-Tannheimer share a moment together during a gathering at It’s Italia on Thursday. Virostko, a leg…

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August will be a big month for three-time Mavericks winner Darryl Virostko. Known as "Flea" in the big wave surf community, Virostko will comm…

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The guy who signs our legal tender dipped into the water in Montara not long ago to do a little surfing. Celebrity sightings are not that unus…

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Coastside surf instructor Dave Alexander doesn't usually have Secret Service protection when he is out on the water, but he doesn't usually ha…

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From left, U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Coastside surf instructor Dave Alexander and an unidentified man pose after a quick afternoon…

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The wave of anticipation over this year's Mavericks big-wave contest came crashing down Monday when the three-month contest window expired. Wa…

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Helen Fisher, a seventh-grade student at Cunha Intermediate School, placed in two events for the Half Moon Bay High School surf team at Sunday…

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A long-standing fissure between the local surfing community and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association was partially bridged Thursday at…

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Waves as high as 20 feet could be heading to the coast this evening, according to a high-surf advisory announced by the National Weather Servi…

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A long-standing fissure between the local surfing community and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association took a new turn Thursday morning …

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Jacob Trette, the most famous surfer few had ever heard of before last week, sat military-straight and staring into the "Today" show cameras o…

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Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries are holding a meeting of their advisory councils in which the agencies are…

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With no large storm systems on the horizon, an inaugural 2011 "The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational" is beginning to look unlikely.

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Along the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean while waiting for the first big Mavericks set, stood most of big-wave surfing's elite, having a…

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The fact that a Jet Skier helped save Jacob Trette, the surfer who nearly drowned at Mavericks last weekend, provokes a long-standing debate a…

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After an unsuccessful day at Mavericks on Friday, Jacob Trette was out in the water again on Saturday morning, ready to face the wave. He woul…

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From a competitive standpoint, Sunday was not Michael Joshua's best day.

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A Southern Californian who nearly drowned at Mavericks Saturday morning is making strides toward recovery, according to an official with The J…

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A Southern Californian who nearly drowned at Mavericks Saturday morning is making strides toward recovery, according to an official with The J…

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A Southern Callifornian was rescued from the famed Mavericks surf break Saturday morning. He was flown to Stanford Medical Center after losing…

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Mavericks site closed to spectators

From a competitive standpoint, Sunday was not Michael Joshua’s best day.

Public safety agencies and surf contest producers met Thursday night to discuss their plans for “The Jay at Maverick’s Big Wave Invitational” …

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As big-wave surfers and contest organizers move deeper into the contest window (Dec. 1 to Feb. 28), San Mateo County officials, joined by loca…

The HMB Surf Group Inc., said Thursday it had finalized logistics for The Jay at Maverick's Big Wave Invitational. The Mavericks surf contest’…

The winter rainy season is once again taking its toll on local beaches, increasing bacteria counts and causing San Mateo County to erect signs…

Mia Cordes remembers going to a surf spot in Santa Cruz with her “Opa,” the legendary Bob Dakan. Everyone told her he had been a great surfer.

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Thursday marked the official opening of the contest window for The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational. The near-annual contest has become …

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Public safety officials will meet on Thursday to discuss plans for this year’s The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational. The San Mateo Count…

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Alex Martins breathes deeply in … then out …. The pro surfer-gone-yoga instructor’s pliancy gives him a competitive edge out in the water. Wit…

Jeff Clark is widely regarded as the father of Mavericks. He was riding the point’s menacing waves well before others had the nerve, and in 19…

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Contest invitees determined their place in this year’s The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational on Monday night as they reached inside a buc…

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Jeff Clark has traditionally opened the contest window with a few words to the competitors. Review file photo

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In preparation for the “The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational,” surf contest organizers are kicking off the season with an opening ceremony.

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Surfing legend Jeff Clark, right, announced earlier this week that he had been welcomed back into the Mavericks fold. He plans to participate …

As contest organizers prepare for “The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational” this winter, another group is plugging away at a large-scale pr…

Michael Joshua knows how to read a wave. And when it’s a good one, he rides it for as long as possible.

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The HMB Surf Group recently announced the Mavericks contest lineup including Kelly Slater, shown here in the middle of the bottom row, among o…

For one of the rare times in his life, Chester Newling admits he was nervous prior to a surfing contest.

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Bystanders from out of state rescued a drowning 40-year-old woman from the waters off Poplar Beach on Monday morning.

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The election results are in for "The Jay at Maverick's Big Wave Invitational" including Kelly Slater who is among 24 surfers receiving primary…

Cassandra Clark has a system. Color-coded sticky notes and slabs of paper outlining the construction schedule are pasted to the southern wall …

A group of surfing enthusiasts now known as the Half Moon Bay Surf Group will run Mavericks surf contest, which can occur any time between Dec…

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Harbor Commissioner Sally Campbell frowns while listening to Mavericks Surf Ventures CEO Keir Beadling on Wednesday at a meeting where the dec…

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Travis Payne and Colin Dwyer of Pacifica walk past a memorial stone for Jay Moriarity before heading out for his first session of their 4th se…

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The Jay group, reformed with Katherine Kelly Clark as the spokesperson, was granted the permit for this winter's Mavericks surf contest at a m…

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The Jay group, reformed with Katherine Kelly Clark as the spokesperson, was granted the permit for this winter's Mavericks surf contest at a m…

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Who would make the Mavericks surf contest an even bigger event than it already is? Kelly Slater, that’s who.

News traveled fast at GoPro’s headquarters when someone posted to Facebook that one of the Half Moon Bay company’s mountable high-definition c…

A group of big-wave fans now known as the Half Moon Bay Surfers Group appears to have taken control of the Mavericks surf contest. The San Mat…

For the past three years, Norman Payne has been the director of a golf and surfing tournament benefiting charities.

A permitting snafu has delayed the projected opening of the Mavericks surf contest window. Originally expected to open Nov. 1, the contest won…

It was a roller-coaster week for the two surf groups vying for a single permit to run the Coastside’s world-famous surf contest this winter. I…

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Prize-winners from last season'€™s Mavericks Surf Contest pose for photos after a memorable day on the water. A renegade group claims slow pay…

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A newly formed group hoping to put on the next surf contest at Mavericks said Thursday it has unanimous support from last year's competitors a…

The San Mateo County Harbor District has decided to postpone deciding which surf group gets the permit to host Mavericks surf contest this win…

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UPDATED: The general manager of the San Mateo County Harbor District said Thursday he is “leaning” toward recommending officials renew the Mav…

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Surfing legend Jeff Clark is moving his iconic surf shop to a space at the end of the Pillar Point Harbor retail strip. He says it'€™s the per…

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Sasha Takata, left, and Kyla Kemp discuss the finer points of surfing while waiting for a wave at Surfer'€™s Beach Friday. The two are among a…

Nerves in the stomach can be a challenge. Sometimes, the are so intense that the butterflies become eagles or crows.

Ivan Buey came from Madrid, Spain, to spend a week working 12-hour days in an empty lot in Princeton. But he came on a wave of enthusiasm. He …

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UPDATED — A new organization — including some of the most notable names in Mavericks surfing — is submitting an application with the San Mateo…

A new organization — including some of the most notable names in Mavericks surfing — planned to submit an application with the San Mateo Count…

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A somewhat forgotten pohaku memorial at Pillar Point in memory of big wave surfers Jay Moriarity, Peter Davi, and Mark Foo has crumbled and fa…

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Mavericks surfing legend Jeff Clark and his wife, Cassandra, were eating lunch at Crab Landing one day last July when they looked down over th…

A hearing held Monday evening to garner public opinion about safety at the Mavericks Surf Contest drew as many members of the media as it did …

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Hatch first-graders examine plastic crabs with National Marine Sanctuary education specialist Christy Walker.

Coastsiders are invited to share their views on public safety at the Mavericks Surf Contest at a meeting coming up Monday.

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California State Parks volunteer Suzanne Black assists students from Hatch Elementary School as they look at a snowy plover at Half Moon Bay S…

On a sunny Friday morning at Hatch Elementary School, 20-plus first-graders sprawl on a classroom floor, clustered in groups around little pla…

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Students from Hatch Elementary School take turns getting a peek at a snowy plover under the watchful eye of California State Parks volunteer S…

Coastsiders are invited to share their views on public safety at the Mavericks Surf Contest at a meeting coming up next week, according to a p…

Michael Joshua prefers to surf on a shortboard. That’s what he surfed on when he grew up, riding the jetty.

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Michael Joshua, riding a wave on a shortboard, won the longboard competition Saturday. He was third in shortboard.

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Representatives from 13 public safety agencies and private organizations convened Monday morning in Moss Beach in the first of many meetings, …

One week after the excitement and danger at Mavericks, the Half Moon Bay High School surfing team participated in a meet at Manresa State Beac…

Thirteen public safety agencies and private organizations met Monday morning in what the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office termed a "debriefin…

Renowned as a milestone in paddle-in big-wave surfing, the 2010 Mavericks Surf Contest is being overshadowed in the minds of many by a moment …

Face it. Not everyone has the nerve to hop on a surfboard and paddle out face to face with a wall of water flying toward them.

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Chris Bertish'€™s victory Saturday in the Mavericks Surf Contest is also a victory for concerted efforts to expand big-wave surfing worldwide.…

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Back row from left, Anthony Tashnick, Carlos Burle, Kenny Collins, Jeff Clark, and Shane Desmond join, at bottom, Chris Bertish and Dave Wasse…

Public safety at the Mavericks Surf Contest was the hot topic at a day-long meeting Thursday in Half Moon Bay. Representatives from the Gulf o…

A full report on the rationale behind the claim that Mavericks is worth $24 million a year – a lesson in what some environmental economists ca…

Authorities responsible for supervising public safety at the Mavericks Surf Contest say they’ll meet in the next couple weeks to discuss acces…

UPDATED: South African surfer Chris Bertish emerged on top Saturday, following a big day at Mavericks that left competitors and spectators ali…

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Boaters, both private and commercial, flock to the site of the 2007 Mavericks Surf Contest. This year, PWCs are banned except for official wat…

Big-wave surfers, extreme sports fans and Coastside business owners rejoice: the Mavericks Surf Contest is set for this weekend. All other inh…

Long-standing animosity between Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark and his former business partners at Mavericks Surf Ventures, the company that org…

Mavericks fans surfing the Internet last week paddled into the prospect of the big-wave surf contest coming together today. But anticipation d…

Jacob Erickson admits that sometimes, it’s hard to get up that early. But more often than not, he falls out of bed, gets dressed and heads ove…

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Athletes are dumb and surfers are dumbest of all, right? Of course not. In fact, the discipline and healthy lifestyle required to compete on a…

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Derek Dunfee of La Jolla trades surf stories with Jensen Hassett of Oahu on Thursday afternoon after the first day of big wave surfing at Mave…

In one of the first efforts ever to quantify the worth of a wave, a group of academics, surfers and environmentalists have put a price on Mave…

The 24 big-wave surfers invited to compete in this year’s Mavericks Surf Contest shouldered their boards and marched out to the famous surf sp…

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Dorian "Doc" Poskowitz speaks to Mavericks surfers during Friday's opening ceremonies for the Mavericks Surf Contest. The contest could happen…

Fewer than 48 hours before the season officially opens for the Mavericks Surf Contest, all but a few of the 24 hailed big-wave surfers invited…

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Jensen Hassett of Oahu takes one last look at the waves on his way back to his car, elated after his first time surfing Mavericks on Thursday …

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Jensen Hassett of Oahu, Hawaii, takes one last look at the waves on his way back to his car after surfing Mavericks for the first time last we…

Head honchos of the Mavericks Surf Contest feel supremely confident that a swell worthy of the Mavericks name will roll into the Coastside dur…

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The various bodies responsible for public safety at the Mavericks Surf Contest are convening for their annual discussion of traffic and other …

The waves of hype that build at the famed Mavericks surf spot off Pillar Point land far inland, and aim to attract a far wider demographic tha…

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Three contestants share one wave for a moment before they each, in turn, surf off the shoulder.

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Mavericks simply won’t succumb to words. Photos begin to do it justice, and they are the closest most of us will ever get to the fury of the w…

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Things got off to a slow start for many big-wave contest spectators on Sunday.

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If the Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest lacked big waves Sunday morning, it can brag about a tsunami of surfing fans.

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Peter Mel was a popular winner of Sunday’s Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest, and it was clear the Santa Cruz surfer was elated to take the …

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Peter Mel tries to outrun the whitewater in the first heat of the competition. Mel, who has been a competitor in each of the eight Mavericks s…

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Ken Collins, of Santa Cruz, has a solid run during the first heat of the Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest on Sunday morning.

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Some event goers waited in traffic for more than 90 minutes to enter the festival parking area.

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The contest is on for Sunday at 8 a.m. Details on contestants, alternates, interviews with Ben Wilkinson and Carlos Burle, venue info can be f…

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Tens of thousands of people may soon flock to Pillar Point for the acclaimed Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest, and some of them may see a d…

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Is this the weekend? Is this the weekend that the men of Mavericks paddle out to prove that it is only the rest of us who are mere mortals and…

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Rumors that Sunday’s Mavericks-sized swell may have fizzled over the Pacific Ocean have been greatly exaggerated, according to one of the area…

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The Mavericks Invitational got underway at about 8:10 a.m. Sunday morning under bright, sunny skies. Traffic was building on highways 1 and 92…

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Crowds were building around Pillar Point Harbor Sunday morning as the Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest got underway shortly after 8 a.m.

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The surfers are in the water at Mavericks Sunday morning and fans are crowding the harbor area. Traffic is backing up all around Capistrano Ro…

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Crowds of surf fans were making their way to the Mavericks Invitational Surf Festival on Sunday morning. Organizers closed the event to all bu…

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Surf fans were making their way to Pillar Point on Sunday as the Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest got underway. Mark Noack / Review

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Surf fans were having a great time at the Mavericks Invitational Surf Festival on Sunday. Thousands came just to be near the famed surf contes…

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If the Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest lacked big waves Sunday morning, it can brag of attracting big waves of surfing fans. Traffic was b…

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Thin slices of wood gently curl up beneath a long blade that Floyd Smith holds between two hands. They’re peeled away and dusted to the ground…

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Floyd Smith shapes a balsa wood surfboard by hand at the Mavericks Invitational Festival in Half Moon Bay. Sara Hayden / Review, via Instagram

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Legend Richard “Frosty” Hesson, who has surfed in northern California since the 1960s, came from his Santa Cruz home to Half Moon Bay on Jan. …

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Richard "Frosty" Hesson and  Robin Janiszeufski-Hesson distribute copies of his "Making Mavericks" memoir at the Mavericks Invitational Festiv…

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Final Heat results are: 1st Peter Mel, 2nd Alex Martins, 3rd Greg Long, 4th Zach Wormhoudt, 5th Mark Healey, 6th Shawn Dollar. Congratulations…

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