The days of watching the Mavericks surf competition from the beaches and bluffs of Half Moon Bay are sadly long gone. For public safety — with beaches underwater during high tide with a big swell and bluffs that are environmentally sensitive and can’t handle crowds — people will have to descend elsewhere to view the Body Glove Mavericks Invitational, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office who is urging the public to stay off the beaches and cliffs due to the high surf expected the day of the contest.
The streets and paths leading to Pillar Point and the beaches and bluffs around Mavericks will be closed anyway by law enforcement agencies, including the San Mateo County Sheriff, California Parks, CHP, and San Mateo County Harbor District.
So where can you go to view the contest on Friday, Jan. 24? Here are your options this year:
Princeton Harbor next to Mavericks
Pillar Point Harbor roads in Princeton will be closed to cars but there is designated parking ($20 at HMB Airport benefits Coastside Boys & Girls Club) nearby and people are encouraged to walk and ride their bikes. Once there, here's where you can go:
Mavericks Viewing Festival, 280 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay
Watch the big wave surf competition live at the Mavericks Viewing Festival with big screens, live music, food, beer and drinks and access to the Awards Ceremony. Gates open at 7:30 a.m., on the grounds of the Oceano Hotel & Spa.
Half Moon Bay Brewing
Company, 390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will have a special Mavericks Contest menu featuring their award winning Mavericks Beers & Ales all day long. All surf aficionados will be happy to view the contest on the big screens in the beach bar, in their restaurant and in Mavericks Beer Garden. After the contest, continue the party and rock out to the Big Dreamers starting at 7 p.m.
Old Princeton Landing, 460 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay
Watch the event live at the Princeton Landing all day long. Owner Brian Overfelt is planning to have live coverage airing on seven of their flatscreens inside and out in their beer garden with food service from Silver Star Grill.
Universal Sports Network will air the final heats of the Body Glove Mavericks Invitational on national television for the first time ever starting at 1:30 p.m. to watch the last heat of surfer compete for the winning slot. For Coastside residents, Universal Sports is available through DISH Network channel 402 and Universal Sports is available through DIRECTV channel 625. Universal Sports is currently unavailable through Comcast for Coastsiders. Enter your zip code and provider here to find out how to tune in to Universal Sports.
How do you plan on watching this year’s Mavericks Invitational? Tell your neighbors in the comments section below.