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    Mavericks Competition Marred by High Surf and Spectator Injuries
    Saturday, 13 February 2010


    photo courtesy: Scott Anderson

    HALF MOON BAY, Calif (KCBS/AP) -- The winner has been crowned in the 2010 Mavericks Surf competition, an event marred by record waves, high surf, and spectator injuries. Surfer Chris Bertish took first place, followed by Shane Desmond at second. Third place saw a four-way tie between: Anthony Tashnick, Dave Wassell, Carlos Burle and Kenny Collins.

    15 people were injured early in the day at the Mavericks surf competition, because of the massive waves crashing on the beach. Three were taken to Seton Medical Center and were listed in stable condition.
    KCBS' Tim Ryan reports
    Watch Video of Rogue Wave that Injured Spectators

    The tide calmed a bit in the afternoon, but Mavericks officials asked that spectators should not come down to the competition area. Instead, anyone wishing to view the competition could watch it at AT&T Park.

    Just after nine o’clock this morning, two massive waves came in, knocking over some of the risers and hitting a portion of the densely packed crowd, injuring at least seven. Some may have broken bones.

    Competition officials then worked to move people back from the waves and get ambulances in to treat the injured. The beach was also closed off to spectators.

    The leader board and speakers were lost to the surf, and people have also lost cameras and backpacks. The video screen remained up and running. But, there was no audio to announce which surfer is on the waves.

    A high surf advisory was in effect Saturday for that region.

    Some of the world’s top surfers converged on the waters near Half Moon Bay to take part in the Mavericks Surf competition.

    The competition got underway at eight o’clock this morning, and hundreds converged on the beaches and hillsides, hoping to catch a glimpse of the surfers as they attempted to ride the massive waves.

    The contest has been cancelled two of the last three years, due to unsuitable conditions, including unseasonably calm seas last winter. This year, the seas were anything but calm. The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring the area, to ensure surfers and spectators remain safe.

    The weather was not the only problem on the horizon: Surf legend Jeff Clark, the founder of the celebrated event, is embroiled in a nasty legal dispute with the company that now runs it.

    Clark, who is credited with discovering this surfing zone _ a rocky break one-half mile offshore _ will not be a part of the contest for the first time in its 11-year-history.

    He accuses Mavericks Surf Ventures Inc. of selling out the contest for commercial gain.

    Mavericks chief executive Keir Beadling counters that the allegations in his lawsuit are "completely false."

    The event begins when the first six or 24 world-class surfers are ferried by jet ski to the surf spot. Each heat of six surfers competes for 45 minutes, with each competitor allowed to catch up to 10 waves. Surfers are judged on their best two waves, and the top three scorers in each heat advance to the semifinals.

    The contest is not held every year and is called only when conditions are prime. In the past, Clark made the decision when the event would he held and gave competitors 48 hours warning. This year the competitors voted.
    Now all eyes are on radar maps, the skies and the waves.

    The waves are expected to be huge and the sun to be out. But forecasters say there is a chance for south winds in the morning. Surfers say that could make for choppier waves than if the winds were out of the northwest, which is expected in later afternoon rounds.

    The dispute has fiercely divided loyalties in the insular world of surfing, with some defending Clark as the soul of the contest and others criticizing him for committing the original sin by publicizing a once-secret surf spot.

    "This is a dispute between Jeff Clark, a passionate and respected member of the international surfing community, and a series of corporations and persons with no interest in surfing other than as a source of corporate and personal profit," stated the lawsuit filed last month.

    Clark, who owns a surf shop in Half Moon Bay that sells his own line of Maverick's clothing and surf gear, declined to comment through his attorney.

    In 2003, Clark went into business with Beadling, a Bay Area sports entrepreneur, and launched the company now at the heart of his lawsuit. Clark's lawsuit complains that the company failed to pay promised salary and unfairly used his name and image in promotions after he was fired.
    Beadling declined to further comment on the suit, saying he wanted "to stay positive" and promote a contest that he predicts will attract 50,000 spectators to this tiny harbor town 25 miles south of San Francisco along Highway 1.

    Beadling said the Mavericks company is nearing profitability for the first time. It unveiled a clothing line several months ago that he said is environmentally sensitive.

    Meanwhile, the company has lined up Sony Ericsson, Barracuda Networks Inc. and several smaller companies such as the whiskey maker Jim Beam and the brewery Sierra Nevada and is offering $150,000 purse, twice the amount in 2008 when the last contest was held. It is the most lucrative big-wave contest in the world.

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    South African Chris Bertish wins bloody Mavericks Surf Contest

    By Mark Conley mconley[at]mercurynews.com
    Posted: 02/13/2010 0740 PM PST
    Updated: 02/13/2010 0741 PM PST


    PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA -- They crowned a survivor as much as a victor at the Mavericks Surf Contest on Saturday.
    Shattered boards, bleeding lungs and heads scuffed over the jagged sea shelf below were all part of a tough day's work for the 24 invited guests.

    On a day where agony-of-defeat wipeouts outnumbered thrill-of-victory successes, Chris Bertish of South Africa was the last man standing -- and, miraculously, all of them were still breathing.
    Bertish, who snagged a $50,000 first-place paycheck, was the contestant with the most difficult path to the Bay Area, hopping a string of flights that totaled some 30-plus hours on Thursday.

    He may have regretted the decision during his first heat. After riding a wave successfully, he got caught inside and took three giant waves on the head. Somehow he had scored well enough on his previous two waves to advance to the semis. There he wowed the judges with a hotdog maneuver, attempting to pull into the barrel --a feat rarely attempted, or possible, at Mavericks.

    When they made the difficult call to hold the contest on what would be a treacherous swell because of its straight westerly direction and the short distance it traveled, the surfers knew they were getting big waves.

    Instead they got gargantuan waves.

    Contestants flung themselves down thick, angry 45- to 50-foot beasts like neoprene-clad stuntmen -- and often ended up taking the form of skipping stones as a result.


    Many suffered the consequences.Half Moon Bay's Ion Banner set the tone with a dramatic air drop in heat one. He dropped down into the wave's trough while his board flew backwards in the air. As 25 feet of whitewater barreled down on top of him, Banner's trusty big-wave gun snapped in half and he surfaced coughing up blood.

    Tim West of Half Moon Bay did his best skipping rock impression in heat two. The wave's energy sucked him to the bottom where his head met the rock reef.

    Santa Cruz's Peter Mel, a sentimental favorite among his peers, surfed brilliantly in his first heat, but couldn't seem to find a good wave in his semifinal heat. His fellow Santa Cruzan, Darryl "Flea" Virostko, a three-time Mavericks champion, did manage to get a good one but couldn't find another solid score to pair it with.

    One of the most surprising developments of the day came in heat three when reigning champion Greg Long, among the most devoted full-time big-wave surfers in the world, failed to advance. Beyond that, he took one of the day's most violent wipeouts, one that drove him all the to the bottom upon impact.

    In another noted upset, 2006 champ Grant "Twiggy" Baker of South Africa fell in the same semifinal heat despite earning the first perfect score of the contest. The judges felt his second scoring wave didn't stack up to those turned in by another former champ -- Santa Cruz's Anthony Tashnick -- along with Hawaii's Dave Wassell and Santa Cruzan Shane Desmond.

    Ken "Skindog" Collins, yet another Santa Cruzan, advanced through the second semifinal heat to give Surf City three of the six finalists. Along with Wassell, Brazilian Carlos Burle and Bertish were charged with keeping the fifth title in seven years from going to a Santa Cruz surfer.


    Instead Bertish took home another win for South Africa.

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    ^^ Cool video man!

    Probably one of the only things I really miss living in Thailand, being able to head down to the beach and have a good surf!

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