Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mavericks follow-up

Half Moon Bay Review/Clay Lambert, 1/25/12. "Mavericks hits the harbor."  

On the water
Awesome daring and skill
Peter Mel
Peter Mel catches a big wave, wins contest
"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 wave itself.

That is true even for the 2013 Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest, which played out under blinding sunshine off Pillar Point on Sunday. By the contest’s other-worldly standards, it was rather tame on the water. Waves were in the 20-foot range and came in inconsistent sets. This time, there was no rogue to wash away spectators.  This year’s contest was defined as much by what occurred on land as what happened at sea. The accompanying festival brought 15,000 paying fans to Princeton and uncounted others to the region at large. Last year’s first-ever festival was hampered by poor weather and the lack of an attendant surf contest. This one had no such trouble.

Waiting game
 ....When it was over, Santa Cruz’s Peter Mel was declared the champion. As has become the norm, he and other top finishers agreed to divvy up the lion’s share of the $50,000 purse. To the surfers themselves, money appears to be an afterthought at Mavericks."   Read more.    

Note:  photographs  from the article, (18 viewable). 

Related Fix Pacifica reprinted article - Mavericks, 2013.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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