Experience the Mavericks Invitational with friends, family, surfers, musicians, some great food and drink, music and that epic awards ceremony when we crown the 2012-2013 winner of the Mavericks Invitational. Your ticket gets you into the best viewing area to see all the live action on Jumbo screens, see and hear exclusive commentary from our announcers and the surfers as they finish their heats, and celebrate with the surfers at the awards ceremony.
FOR A COMPLETE BREAKDOWN OF THE FESTIVAL, INCLUDING FREQUETLY ASKED QUESTIONS, GO TO OUR FESTIVAL PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE.
THE CONTEST HAS BEEN GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT AND IS SET FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013.
When is the Mavericks Festival?
The Festival happens at the same time as the contest on January 20, beginning at 8 am.
Does my ticket allow access to the beach and bluffs?
No. The giant waves of Mavericks generate surges that leave the small beach at Mavericks underwater, with no beach to stand on. The nearby bluffs are environmentally sensitive areas that cannot handle the crowds of thousands of people. For public safety, local authorities from San Mateo County Sheriff, California Parks, CHP, San Mateo County Harbor District and other participating agencies will close off all roads to Pillar Point, including access to the beach and bluffs. By purchasing your ticket, you are agreeing and consenting to the rules of the event and that you will not go to the beach or bluffs at Pillar Point.
What time does it start?
The Mavericks Festival starts at 8 a.m. just as the first heat of the contest starts, and wraps up at sunset.
Can I leave and re-enter the Festival?
Where do I park?
Parking is located at the Half Moon Bay Airport. You can plan to come to town for the day and simply park there, or you can buy your package that includes tickets to the festival and parking. Proceeds from the parking benefit the Coastside Boys & Girls Club.
Are the tickets refundable?
No, tickets are non-refundable.
How are the funds used?
Proceeds from ticket sales are used to reimburse law enforcement, emergency personnel and water response teams assisting with the contest. Proceeds from parking benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside.
MORE QUESTIONS? See below.
Can I ride my bike there?
Yes, we will have a free Bike Valet available courtesy of Bike Works of Half Moon Bay.
Is there ADA accessible parking?
Yes, there is ADA accessible parking at the Festival and in the parking lot at the Airport. The CHP and Sheriff will be able to direct you to available parking.
Can my kids attend?
Yes, this is a family-friendly event. Kids under the age of 5 enter for free.
Can I bring my dog?
Due to safety reasons, we cannot allow pets into the festival. Service Animals are an exception to this rule.
Why can’t I go to the beach or bluffs?
During epic swells that are a part of contest day, the small beach known as Mavericks is pretty much under water, and sits beneath towering and dangerous cliffs. And with the giant waves of Mavericks located ½ mile offshore at Pillar Point, it is virtually impossible to see the action on the water. For public safety, local authorities from San Mateo County Sheriff, California Parks, CHP, San Mateo County Harbor District and other participating agencies will close off all roads to Pillar Point, including access to the beach and bluffs.
The nearby bluffs are environmentally sensitive areas that cannot handle the crowds of people on their crumbling cliffs. We want to help protect our fans and our environment, and still give you the best seat in the house. The Festival viewing area will show all the live action on Jumbo screens and give you exclusive commentary from our announcers and the surfers as they finish their heats.
What to bring:
Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are recommended as we expect sunny skies!
Blanket or towel
Water in sealed bottle
Stroller and kids items
Medium Size Backpack: A medium backpack should be no bigger than 20" tall, 15" wide and 9" thick packed. Bags will have to fit into a box of that size similar to the system used at Airports. If your bag doesn't fit in the box it won't be able to go inside the venue.
Skateboards are allowed for use at the Skate Park (not on event grounds)
Bicycle - a free Bike Valet service is provided for those who ride to the event
What not to bring:
Glass containers of any kind
Cigarettes / lighters inside the venue
Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, knives, slingshots
Fireworks or explosives
Chains or Chain Wallets
Fireworks or explosives
Drugs/ drug paraphernalia
Illegal substances of any kind
Squirt Guns or Water Balloons
Pets (Guide/ working dogs excepted)
Any cooking equipment
NOTE: Unsanctioned vending of any kind is not allowed inside or outside of the event gates
Food trucks and beverages
Lost & Found
When & Where
Mavericks Invitational 2013-2014
Mavericks Invitational is the world's premier big wave contest, bringing together 24 of the top big wave surfers with just 24-hour notice. Maverick's is located 1/2 mile off shore of Half Moon Bay, California, just 20 minutes south of San Francsico, and is recognized as one of the biggest and most dangerous big waves in the world.