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Mavericks Invitational Festival
Mavericks Invitation Festival
Last year's Mavericks Invitational Festival takes place on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 8am-5pm (festival doors open at 7:45am). The first Mavericks Invitation Festival was held on March 31, 2012 (the last day of the season). The outdoor festival is held at the Oceana Hotel & Spa at Harbor Village in Princeton Harbor, Half Moon Bay (located down the road from Mavericks and across from Jeff Clark's legendary Mavericks Surf Shop).
8am (when the surf contest begins) until sunset. Surfing fans can watch (and listen to) all the action on a big-screen JumboTron. The festival includes live entertainment, a variety of food trucks, Mavericks merchandise, an awards ceremony... and a chance to meet the surfers who are taking part in the contest. Law Enforcement, Fire and Harbor Officials will also be on hand to provide crowd control.
NO Beach Access
In the past, spectators arrived early to climb the steep cliffs, bluffs and embankments to get a better view of the surfers as they competed — rogue waves injured 15 spectators on the beach during the 2010 Mavericks Surf Contest, causing serious injuries involving broken bones. To avoid a repeat of 2010's spectator injuries, there will be NO Beach Access any more.
Event producers will direct crowds to purchase tickets to the new Mavericks Invitational Festival. If you do go, be prepared to pay for parking
and the Festival ($25-$40). Note: You'll probably get a better view if you watch the competition
via LIVE webcast on your computer screen.
If Contest Does NOT Take Place
If the contest doesn't take place due to poor surf conditions, the tickets are nonrefundable but can be used at a Special Festival with the surfers that will be held on March 31, 2013 (the last day of the season).
The first-ever Mavericks Awards were held in 2012. The end-of-season awards ceremony are for the men and women who surf Mavericks and the fans who love to watch them
Mavericks Festival Parking
Parking will be limited, so arrive early.
Parking is available at the Half Moon Bay Airport, along Hwy 1 or at select local areas. Walk-in or take a shuttle (if available). Free Bike Valet.
Half Moon Bay Airport Parking