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UPDATE: Jeff Clark to Return as Mavericks Surf Contest Director

Contest organizing group announces 5-member leadership board from Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz surf community.

Update 9/21: The San Mateo County Harbor Commission approved Mavericks Invitational's contest permit application tonight at its regular meeting in South San Francisco.

Mavericks Invitational board members Jeff Clark, Cassandra Clark, Ken Collins and Rocky Raynor all spoke out in regards to the permit fee being raised by $10,000 in the last two months.

The Commission voted 3-1 to approve the permit with a cost of $30,000 to the contest organizers. Pietro Parravano was the lone dissenter of the group, saying that he felt the $30,000 permit cost was too high. 

Come back to read the full story on Half Moon Bay Patch on Sept. 22.

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In advance of the 2011-2012 Mavericks surf season, a newly-unified group of surfers organizing this year's contest announced today that Jeff Clark would return as contest director.

Named by last year's contest organizers as "," the new group — who are calling themselves Mavericks Invitational Inc. — has named the 2011-2012 contest "The Mavericks Big Wave Invitational."

Clark, a Half Moon Bay native and big-wave surfer known to have founded the Mavericks surf break located less than a mile from Pillar Point Harbor, is also part of Mavericks Invitational's five-member board of directors.

The group will present its 2011-2012 contest plan to the on Wednesday to secure a permit from the commission to run the world-class surfing contest.

The application represents a unified bid for the contest from both parties who dueled at the agency's , when Clark and ex-wife Katherine Kelly Clark both spoke to harbor commissioners about their respective company's interest in receiving the contest permit.

Kelly Clark's group had already applied for a permit to run the contest and was ready to go in front of the harbor commission for their approval when Jeff Clark said he only found out about the application just a few days before the meeting.

After that meeting, the groups reported that they had worked out their differences and would be presenting a to the commission.

“There’s been controversy over the years that cast a shadow over Mavericks and the big wave community,” Clark said. Years of conflict enveloped the surf community when former contest organizer Mavericks Surf Ventures ousted Clark from his position as contest director in 2009 and failed to honor contracts with Clark and company shareholders.

“But this is a new day and new group that is united and ready to present a world-class event. We’re doing this right, for the right reasons and for the long term," Clark said.

In July, Clark he filed against Mavericks Surf Ventures for damages related to the company's business conduct with Clark, including breached contracts, self-dealing and a failure to honor their original agreements with him.

"Everything is where it should be now, and we can get back to a great event showcasing the world’s best big wave surfers,” Clark said.

The group says it has a team of logistics and operations personnel ready to manage the contest along with a Mavericks Surf Festival, along with a new venue for contest viewing.

The Board of Directors of Mavericks Invitational, Inc. includes four members from  Half Moon Bay, and one from Santa Cruz.

The group's Board of Directors are as follows (descriptions provided by Mavericks Invitational, Inc.):

Jeff Clark (Half Moon Bay, Calif.): Big wave legend and Mavericks pioneer, surfboard shaper and owner of located in Pillar Point Harbor, overlooking Mavericks.  

Ken “Skindog” Collins (Santa Cruz, Calif.): Longtime Mavericks surfer and competitor in the contest, with more than 20 years of experience in the big wave community including honors as the Billabong XXL Award for Ride of the Year and Monster Tube. He is the Northern California Sales Representative for Volcom and in 2011 launched a website called ChasingMonsters.com that is dedicated to the art of big-wave riding.

Rocky Raynor (Half Moon Bay, Calif.): President and CEO of Ultra-Flex Inc., since 1982, with a strong commitment to the Half Moon Bay community. Rocky is currently the volunteer Vice President of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside and Head Coach of the Half Moon Bay Surf Club.

Cassandra Clark (Half Moon Bay, Calif.):  President of Mavericks Surf Company, which operates Mavericks Surf Shop, and Communications Director for Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, with extensive experience in event management, business management and leadership. Former instructor at California State University East Bay, past president and board member of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Overfelt (Half Moon Bay, Calif.):  Manager and working owner of Old Princeton Landing and co-owner of Princeton Yarns, event photographer for the Big Wave World Tour, long-time Mavericks photographer and community leader. Brian led a successful effort that led to $5 million funding and work by the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Pillar Point Harbor and nourish local beaches.

If their contest permit is approved, the group plans to open the Mavericks contest window between the dates of December 1, 2011 and March 30, 2012.

 

The San Mateo Harbor Commission will consider the permit application at a public meeting on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m. at the South San Francisco Municipal Services Building (33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco). The public is invited to provide comments.

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Leif K September 21, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Whatever happens, I hope the future of the Mavericks contest is sorted out quickly and for the best. After the 2010 contest, I was inspired to purchase pre-paid (and expensive) boat tickets for the 2011 contest (from MSV). With the change in contest ownership (and cancellation of the event), my repeated requests for a refund have been consistently met with a request for patience. I hope once 2012 (and beyond) are sorted out, I too can leave the debacle of the 2011 contest behind.
Claire S September 22, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Congratulations to Jeff and his lovely wife Cassandra for keeping Maverick's local and building a strong team to lead this wonderful event into the future. Let the Waves Come!
Duke October 01, 2011 at 11:07 PM
I think it's AWESOME that the Mav's contest is the hands of Jeff Clark & respected locals, but hugely disappointed by the continuing the exclusionary tactics - that reek of localism - regarding NOT allowing the public to view contest from the bluffs, plus rendering it impossible to park anywhere nearby. (and really pathetic blaming on commisions, Mateo County, etc, when it's coming from contest organizers) So, once again - since HMB is running the show, unless you have big bucks for the charter boat view, or are able settle for a webcast, the "new world order" for the Mavs contest is a stinker for the public ( unlike in the past when "the bad guys" ran the contest).Can you imagine if Hawaii acted like that with surfing contests?! Of course not, Hawaiians have it down and are not into shutting the public out; they got aloha! Just seems like new Mavs contest organizers are anxious with wanting public attention and revenue - but just don't come to your beach, it's only for you! Very un-Jay like and lacks aloha; just saying.
Duke October 01, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Very interesting! Sure appreciate that info & will keep that in mind if I consider buying boat tickets. Am wondering if "the no-contest curse" continues again this year ( a curse I believe came down when they started banning public from bluffs during contest) will you have to wait yet another year for a refund?

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