Alex Martin at Mavericks

HALF MOON BAY, CA (September 20, 2011) – A group of surfers, business owners and community leaders have united to bring peace back into the lineup at Mavericks and stability to the renowned big wave surfing event. The group, with Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark as Contest Director, is re-organizing the event as the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational.

“There’s been controversy over the years that cast a shadow over Mavericks and the big wave community,” Clark said. “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. Everything is where it should be now, and we can get back to a great event showcasing the world’s best big wave surfers.”

The group is presenting its plan to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to gain approval for the event permit. If approved, the window for the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational will run from December 1, 2011 through March 30, 2012.

In June 2011, two groups were vying for the permit to hold the contest. The groups joined forces in order to unite the community and create an entirely new event that will keep its focus on the athletes, community, environment and the sport of big wave surfing.

The company, Mavericks Invitational Inc., is led by a local five-member Board of Directors and has a team of logistics and operations personnel to manage the contest and Mavericks Surf Festival, a new venue for contest viewing, booths and the awards ceremony.

The San Mateo County Harbor District will consider the permit application at a public meeting on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco. Public comment is welcome.

Harbor Commission meeting is tomorrow at 7 p.m. in South San Francisco, 33 Arroyo Drive. Come out and support the crew.

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