Mark Healy goes crazy on a Mavericks left. Photo: Ryan Craig. Transworld Surf

Story by August Howell, Half Moon Bay Surf Club team

 The 2012/2013 Mavericks Invitational was a contest to remember. It was definitely not the biggest surf ever, but with Peter Mel winning it after many years riding Mavericks, it will be one for the ages.

 After three years of political turmoil and few takers for sponsorship of the event, GoPro stepped up and did an amazing job. The 11 time world champion Kelly Slater was unable to compete in the event, because of a conflict with the Association of Surfing Professionals. The Mavericks Invitational is not an ASP sponsored event, and Kelly would have been fined possibly thousands of dollars for competing. Go figure. Big wave legend Shane Dorian was also out of the contest because of a shoulder injury sustained while surfing in Nazare, Portugal, the site of the biggest wave ever surfed. Carlos Burle was also out due to injury. Taking their places were the top three alternates Josh Loya, Tyler Fox, and Colin Dwyer.
 The weather was ideal for the contest, hardly a cloud in the sky and extremely warm. New for this year, the beach area and the cliffs looking out to Mavericks were closed to the public due to safety concerns about the eroding cliffs and rouge waves coming up to the beach. Instead, there was a massive festival outside the Oceano Hotel, where everybody could walk around and enjoy all the food, games and entertainment that Half Moon Bay could offer, including a large screen with a live feed of the contest. It was very removed from the original Mavericks spectator site, and as Mr. Harden (Sacred Heart Prep religious studies teacher), who was at the festival, put it, "It feels like I could be anywhere, not even at the site of the competition...I feel like that I definitely prefer being able to watch the event in person without the crutch of a television. But it's really fun to see the spirit of the event."
However, closed beaches were not a problem for me. I simply showed my press pass to the police who had closed off the entrance to the beach. I walked along the deserted beach and lonely cliffs. The only other people there were press photographers. I saw a large pile of dirt crumble away from the cliff. Definitely not safe.
 As Mavericks waves go, the surf was pretty small, the biggest reaching about twenty-five feet on the faces. According to Darryl "Flea" Virostko, one of the original pioneers at Mavericks, and winner of the first three Mavericks contests "The conditions were slow, but there were still some big waves, just long waits. There were really good rides today, but we know what Mavericks can do, so its hard to see it like this for a contest, but we're happy with what happened. Mel won and that's sick."
Sacred Heart Prep students Nick Oliver '16 and Nick Becker '16 were able to get onto a boat and watch part of the contest from the sideline. "We left the house at 6am and got there around 7." said Becker. "We got to see the first two heats. It was probably like 20-30ft. The weather was really nice. We were expecting it to be really cold but it was really sunny." Nick Oliver said, "We stayed out there for about two and a half hours...We were there at high tide, so it wasn't the biggest time of the day. It's was big, but for Mavericks it wasn't super big, but it was still pretty big."
Skingdog - Long
Ken "Skindog" Collins (left) and Rusty Long (right); classic Mavericks take off. Photo: Ryan Craig. Transworld Surf
Derek Dunfee, a big wave rider, photographer, surf journalist, and an alternate for the contest said "The conditions were perfect. It was about as clean and beautiful and sunny and nice as Mavericks can get. The waves weren't huge but there were enough really good waves to keep the contest fun and exciting." GoPro did an amazing job of sponsoring the event, and got some fantastic shots of Mark Healy, Ben Wilkinson and Peter Mel. "Its cool how they linked up with the big wave surfers and used all the different angels." said Dunfee. Indeed, Anthony Tashnick put his GoPro facing backwards on his helmet to how people what a Mavericks peak will do to you if you get hit.
Peter Mel
Peter Mel (red) on a signature steep drop. Photo: Frank Quirarte. Surfing Magazine
At last, the event came down to the final heat, which provided some of the best and biggest waves of the event. The final 6 surfers were all superstars, some of them as well known as celebrities, while others were lesser known underground chargers:
Peter Mel, a long time stand out at Mavericks; Zach Wormhoudlt, a very active big wave surfer from Santa Cruz; Greg Long, a big wave superstar from San Clemente; Alex Martins, a Brazilian who lives at Ocean Beach and respected local at Mavericks; Mark Healy, overall madman/waterman who surfs the formidable Mavericks left with a unique skill; Shawn Dollar, who has paddled into one of the biggest waves ever ridden at Mavericks.
It wasn't announced until the award ceremony, that Peter Mel was the winner of the 2012/13 Mavericks Invitational. Mel told the cheering crowd that all the finalists would split the prize purse of $50,000 dollars between them, showing true camaraderie and brotherhood. To watch more of this memorable event, go to or
Mavs Podium
The finalists celebrate Peter Mel announcing the prize money will be split. Photo: Jenna Merrilees


HMB High Surf Team/Competition Practice @ Kelly Weds (Jan-30) 3:30 pm

01/30/2013 3:30 pm
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HMB High Surf Team/Competition Practice @ Kelly Weds (Jan-30) 3:30 pm

Winds are finally supposed to mellow out tomorrow before flipping offshore again, with the seas settling back down into the ride-able range. Kelly could still be a little raw, however, so this may just be appropriate for the high school team.

Junior high surfers and any Club chargers may wish to check Dunes or the Jetty to have a more relaxing session.

We will make the final call tomorrow before practice and confirm with an update.

See ya somewhere tomorrow, fingers crossed, after the search..
Your coaches

Surf Team Schedule Update

Surf Team Schedule Update:

Our Club calendar has been updated to reflect recent changes in the team contest schedule for both the middle and high schools. This has also just been changed on the SC SSL website as well:

In short, there are no comps next weekend. These have been moved to the weekend of Feb 23-24, while the comps on Mar 9-10 have been swapped. The middle school will compete at the Hook for their remaining contests, while the high school will compete at the Point in Feb and the Lane in Mar.

*In addition, thanks to all who attended and donated to the Maverick's Photo Exhibit and raffle - we raised an additional $640 for the Club!

**Thanks go to Oliver for updating the website banner to reflect our new logo, colors and cool attitude! Hope you like it.

Your Coaches

Never winter...

HMB Surf Club to practice at the Jetty Sunday 1/26 @ 9am

01/27/2013 9:00 am
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HMB Surf Club practice at the Jetty - be there and suited up at 9am sharp.

See you in the morning-

The coaches

Maverick's: Everest of the Seas Team Fundraiser Saturday Night

01/26/2013 5:08 pm
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Maverick's: Everest of the Seas - Fundraiser for the HMB Surf Club

All Club families are welcome to attend and support the exhibit at Saturday night's reception, Jan-26th, from 5-8 p.m. at the Coastal Arts League at 300 Main Street.

There will be an army of Mav's photographers and journalists on hand and likely a couple competitors with whom to hobnob. Raffle items will include a surfboard, wetsuit and other goodies, along with superb photos for sale. Raffle and Club garment proceeds go to the Surf Club.

Come on down and support your team!

Your Coaches

HMB Surf Team/Competition Practice @ Jetty Weds (Jan-23) 3:30 pm

01/23/2013 3:30 pm
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HMB Surf Team/Competition Practice @ Jetty Weds (Jan-23) 3:30 pm

We will get another shot of long-period swell on Weds, along with a dose of south winds and low tide in the afternoon. That will likely shut down everything but the Jetty, so let's hope the wind retains a little east in it.

Don't stress if you can't make it, since we'll have to get lucky to pull it off and there's 100% chance of rain in the afternoon.

See ya there, or not...
Your Coaches

HMB High School Free Surf Kelly Ave Tuesday 1/22/13 at 6:30am.

01/22/2013 6:30 am
01/22/2013 8:30 am
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Oliver and Marty will be at Kelly Ave. to check conditions. Please.. only experienced surfers shouild go out. We are still expecting solid 6 foot plus sets with a lot of current. Depending on conditions we may cancel or move to a different location.

The coaches

Mavericks Invitational will happen this Sunday 1/20/13 - volunteers needed... Read on->

01/20/2013 8:00 am
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Contest organizers have decided to run the Mavericks Invitational contest this coming Sunday 1/20/13. The Festival will open at 8am on Sunday...

Contest organizers are asking Surf Club Parents who wish to Volunteer an hour or so of their time, in exchange for entrance to the Festival to report to the Volunteers tent on the festival grounds (the Back Lot of the Oceano Hotel & Spa) or you can send an email to the volunteers coordinator at (Michele D).

Volunteers are needed to help with:

  • parking
  • drink service at the festival
  • perimeter monitors to keep crowds off the bluffs and help monitor festival grounds.

Please come out and support this festival some of the proceeds from the festival will go back into supporting the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside.

Cheers and see you on Sunday

The Coaches

ps- As a side note we will not be holding practice this coming Sunday

HMB Surf Team/Competition Practice @ Kelly Weds (Jan-16) 3:30 pm

01/16/2013 3:30 pm
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HMB Surf Team/Competition Practice @ Kelly Weds (Jan-16) 3:30 pm

Winds are forecast to stay offshore and the swell is supposed to pick up modestly as the tide drops back in the afternoon. Let's try to get in a comp practice and split up on a couple different peaks if we can find them tomorrow.

See ya there,

Your Coaches

HMB High School Free Surf Kelly Ave Tuesday 1/14/13 at 6:30am.

01/15/2013 6:30 am
01/15/2013 8:30 am
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Free Surf at Kelly tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 6:30. Should be clean but small...

Congratulations HMB Middle School Surf Team on a fun & beautiful (if somewaht cold) day at Manresa!


Kalea Johnson took 1st in Girls Longboard
Nicky Sorfleet took 6th in Girls Longboard (First time in the finals!)

Kalea Johnson took 4st in Girls Shortboard

HMB fell to New Brighton 71 to 55

Conditions were sublimely groomed in the morning, with light offshores and waist to shoulder high peeling mostly left-breaking waves at high tide and rights as the tide drained towards low. Towards the end of the day onshore winds picked up.

***Most of the Midde School Surfers received their SC SSL T-Shirts. Rocky will have them available for the rest of the team at the next couple of practices.

Fantastic job HMB!
The Coaches

...and just for good measure some video shot by the guys at on this beautiful day!

Congratulations HMB High Surf Team on Dual meet win over Harbor!

Congratulations HMB High Surf Team on Dual meet win over Harbor!

HMB prevailed by 83 to 26 over Harbor High

HMB's deeper bench of surfers really stepped it up at Manresa, despite missing a couple veteran team members against Harbor's leaner, rebuilding program. Once again we had at least 1 individual finalist in every category and 2 finalists in 3 events. HMB is now 3 for 3 wins so far this season with 2 events left to go at Pleasure Point and The Lane.

Conditions were sublimely groomed in the morning, with light offshores and shoulder-to-head-high peeling mostly left-breaking waves at high tide, favoring our heavily goofy-foot biased team. Tide plunged over the course of day and the left turned into a mosh-pit of sectioning close-outs, forcing many of our finalists to switch to their backhand on the right-breaking sandbar. HMB made the adjustment with style to spare.



Special mention goes out for several "firsts" and highlights. Freshman Thomas Lundgard made his first final in shortboard with some very consistent and smart rail-to-rail heat surfing. Junior Konrad Wallace notched his first victory in longboard finals with combination of stylish cross-stepping, fades and cutbacks. Sophomore Luke Eveslage made a strong statement with his first longboard final. Freshman Kaira Wallace was the only double-finalist in women's shortboard and longboard in a test of will and stamina. Freshmen Hunter Murison and Malcolm Feix both made body board finals, keeping our streak alive.

Body Board: Malcolm Feix 3rd, Hunter Murison 4th
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace 2nd
Men's Longboard: Konrad Wallace 1st, Luke Eveslage 5th
Women's Shortboard: Kaira Wallace 2nd, Hannah Tonnessen 6th
Men's Shortboard: Thomas Lundgard 6th

***Finalists have all received their SC SSL T-Shirts. I will have them available for the rest of the team at the next couple practices or you can contact me directly.

Fantastic job HMB!
Coach Mike

Ross's Beach Cleanup 1/13/13 - 12pm - if you are in town - lend a hand if you can!

01/13/2013 12:00 pm
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Eoin Bloomer & Tim West have asked for help with a beach cleanup effort of Ross's Cove tomorrow 1/13/13 at noon. They are looking to get as many people as possible to help haul up the remainder of the debris from the boat wreck that is littering the beach. The Bloomer family has donated the use of a debris trailer and the fees for hauling and dumping the waste.

They would like our help in rallying friends of the beach and the HMBSC to come out and help cleanup the mess. Obviously the Middle School surfers that are competing at Manresa, in Santa Cruz, will not be able to make it ... but if you won't be going and have the time- please meet at the parking lot below Ross's Cove at noon tomorrow.

Tim, Eoin and a group they're bringing will be coordinating the Clean up!

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