Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mavericks Fans' Painful Wipeout News Even to Many Spectators

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Despite requests on the surf competition's Web site, massive crowds poured into Half Moon Bay Saturday to witness 24 top surfers take on enormous waves at the Mavericks Surf Competition. Spectators happily hoofed a mile-and-a-half to the hills clustered above the surf spot, with dogs, children, and even babies in strollers. The view of the waves was spectacular, but even with binoculars, the surfers looked like so many specks of driftwood floating around in the massive surf.

The big news of the weekend, however, was that some people attempted to gain better vantage points on the beach, and got closer to the action than they wanted, as evidenced in the video above. And yet, news that a massive wave drenched and injured a number of fans was something that many in the crowd were blissfully unaware of.

Once you've gotten your fill of mayhem in the video above, click on the link for more fans' point-of-view shots: 

click to enlarge start_of_the_trek.jpg
For most, the trek started on a car-clogged road.
click to enlarge lined_up_on_the_hill.jpg
Even from a distance the crowds were evident on top of the hill. Rows of porta-potties lined the road.
click to enlarge barracuda.jpg
These guys were trying to make things more festive by blasting techno. Somehow it wasn't working.
click to enlarge surfcrowd.jpg
Spectators blanketed the terrain.
click to enlarge surfcrowd2.jpg
Later, Googling at home, these people would learn some of their fellow event-goers spent the rest of the day in the hospital. But for now -- surf's up!

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

About The Author

Andy Wright


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"