Crowds were building around Pillar Point Harbor Sunday morning as the Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest got underway shortly after 8 a.m.
The first heat got began beneath bright sunshine. The tide was relatively high and that was holding waves below the expected 30 feet. Waves were expected to build toward the noon hour, when lower tides will push the waves higher.
Traffic on highways 1 and 92 was building steadily. Capistrano Road in Princeton is closed to all but official traffic. Cars were being funneled into parking at Half Moon Bay Airport.
Fans are being kept away from the bluffs and asked to watch the event from a big screen at the Mavericks Festival outside Oceano Hotel and Spa. There was some grumbling among spectators who complained about the $20 tickets on the day of the event. The big screen set up to show the surfing suffered from a technical glitch in the morning, though it was still possible to see the show on the monitor.
It appeared surfer Mark Healey had the best wave of the first heat.