Mavericks Viewing Festival
Friday, January 24, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)
Half Moon Bay, CA
Experience the fierce competition of Mavericks Invitational with friends, family, surfers, great food and drink, music and an epic awards ceremony to crown the 2013-2014 winner. Your ticket gives you access to the best party in town, with jumbo screens to watch the action while listening to exclusive commentary from our announcers and the surfers as they finish their heats, and celebrate with the surfers at the awards ceremony. We’ve made vast improvements this year, with an army of food trucks, an expanded beer garden thanks to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, water stations and activities for kids of all ages.
WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL?
The Festival takes place on the date of the contest. BREAKING NEWS!!! The event has the GREEN LIGHT.... it's a GO for Friday, January 24, 2014.
Why can’t I go to the beach or bluffs?
During giant swells that are a part of contest day, the small beach known as Maverick’s is affected by the high tide and surges, and it sits beneath towering and dangerous cliffs that are too unstable for large crowds of people. And with the competition happening more than ½ mile offshore, it is virtually impossible to see the action from the beach. 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. Your ticket provides you access to the Mavericks Viewing Festival located on the grounds of the Oceano Hotel & Spa in Princeton Harbor, just up the road from Maverick's.
What if I can’t go on the day the contest is called?
Your ticket is transferable. If you are concerned about the dates, you can also purchase tickets after the call is made or take a chance to buy tickets at the gate – but tickets do sell fast! The event was sold out within a few hours last year.Does my ticket allow access to the beach and bluffs?No. The giant waves of Maverick’s generate surges that leave the small beach at Maverick’s 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 tickets online in advance. 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.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 Oceano Hotel grounds 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.
What to bring:
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are recommended as we expect sunny skies!
- Blanket or beach chair
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- First Aid
- Lost & Found
- Merchandise Sales
- Bike Valet
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.