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January Events California 2008


  Saturday, January 12, 2008


Featured Event: Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Competition

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MAVERICKS - Half Moon Bay - An elite group of the world's top surfers drop what they're doing and rush to Mavericks for this once-in-a-lifetime surfing competition. It's huge, it's wild and only 24 men will get to try it out in 2008.  The waves are ranging in the 30 feet category, according to reports. That's a little less than they like, but they don't want to miss the chance, so they're going for it today. Time: approx. 8:30 - 3:30 (final heat in afternoon). Viewing is difficult. Hotels sold out, etc. 50,000 or more attend. Held by invitation only, this event was broadcast on


2008 Winners of Mavericks


Mavericks 2008 champs

    Greg Long      Grant Baker     Jamie Sterling     Tyler Smith   Grant Washburn   Evan Slater


Results were left to right in photos abovee:

1- Greg Long San Clemente 27.4 (wore an orange jersey)
2 - Grant Twiggy Baker South Africa 26.6  - yellow jersey
3 Jamie Sterling - Home town is Santa Cruz  - red
4 Tyler Smith of Santa Cruz - blue
5 Grant Washburn - Half Moon Bay  - white
6 Evan Slater - San Clemente/Vista - green

 Slater is editor of Surfer Mag. had been out of surfing with a back injury and had just returned to surfing. His hometown is San Clemente, but he has lived for several years in Vista with his wife and family.

Sponsors included: Save the Wave, Surfer Magazine, Myspace
Clifbar Green Room best tube of the day - environmental efforts, barrel or closest to barrel Grant Twiggy Baker $500/ $500 save the waves. Greg Long took his $30,000 winnings and combined it with the earnings of the other 6 finalists, which they split equally for a take home of $9500/each.

Greg Long: Wow! This has been one of the biggest things since I started surfing. Guys in water have been idols of mine. These guys are the best watermen in the world. I am very humbled. It was an amazing day. The first 10 minutes, we were getting antsy. It's not about the money, but the love it. It was anybody's game out there. Thanks for making me feel so welcome every time I come back up here. - end


BERKELEY - Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Band. Concert includes music representative of what you'll find at the annual jazz festival held each September in Monterey, California. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA. Phone: 510-642-9988.


DEL MAR - Gem Faire. Classes, demos, and gems to adore in this popular event where you can even find jewelry repair while you wait! Time: FRI: 12pm-7pm, Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 10am-5pm. General Admission $5 Weekend Pass; Children 11 and under Free.  Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA. Call: (858) 755-1161. or


IRVINE - Holiday on Ice. Ice skating seasonal rink at Irvine Spectrum shopping mall. Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Cost: $12/adult; $10/child; $4/skate rental. Location: 71 Fortune Dr., Irvine, CA. Call: (949) 748-8280.


LOS ANGELES - Downtown on Ice. Seasonal outdoor ice rink at Pershing Square offers winter fun in the California sun. Runs through Jan. 21, 2008. Cost: $6/skate session, plus $2 skate rental. Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Pershing Square, 532 South Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013Call: (888) 527-2757.


MURPHYS - Murphys Art Walk. 2nd Saturday of each month seven galleries open their doors with art, wine, food, and fun. Call: (209) 728-8640.


SAN JOSE  - 2008 Silicon Valley International Auto Show. See the new model and design cars for 2008 and beyond. Family Day is Sunday, January 13! All children 12 & under admitted free on Family Day when accompanied by a paying adult. College Two-fer - Students with valid university ID can purchase one student admission ticket and receive a free student admission ticket, valid Thursday only. (not valid with any other offer or discount). Time: 10 am - 10 pm. Cost: Adults (13 & over) $9; Senior (62 & over) $6; Military (with valid ID) $7; Student (with valid student ID) $7; Child (7 - 12) $5; Children (6 & under) FREE. Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 408 South Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA (Between Almaden Boulevard and Market Street). Call: 408.277.5277.

SAN JOSE - Downtown Ice skating rink is open through 1/13/08 in the stately-palm court and features over 8,000 square feet of ice in an arena and circular outer rink. Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights; Noon to Midnight on weekends; Special holiday hours, subject to to confirm. Cost: $12-$14. Skate all you want first-come, first-serve. No in and out privileges.  Admission includes ice time and rental skates with skate sizes ranging from toddler 8 to men's 13. Location: Circle of Palms, 170 S. Market St., San Jose, California. Call: (408) 279-1775 ext. 45.


SAN LUIS OBISPO -  Music at the Mission. Event features violinist Kathleen Lenski with San Luis Obispo Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Mission San Luis Obispo De Tolosa 751 Palm St., San Luis Obispo CA. Call: (805) 543-3533.


SANTA BARBARA - Paper Cut - Artists Reception for Art From Scrap Exhibit that runs till Feb. 16, 2008. Artists include Bob Debris, Noah Erenberg, Julia Ford, Penelope Gottlieb and many more. Time: 5 - 7 p.m. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara, CA. Cost: Free admission. Call: (805) 884-0459 X15


SANTA BARBARA - Percussion Festival Kick-Off. First Annual Percussion Festival features Dancing Drum Community Ensemble. The show is followed by a drum circle. Festival runs through January 20.  Time: 3 pm. Location: Casa de la Guerra, 15 E. De la Guerra, Santa Barbara, CA. Cost: Free.


SEAL BEACH - Red Car Museum is open. Noon to 3 p.m. Visit the past with a look at this historic rail car that used to drive between Los Angeles and Seal Beach daily. Transformed into a museum with videos, pictures and a great collection of memorabilia, it is well worth a stop and look. Open 2nd & 4th Saturdays, the museum provides the most comprehensive look into the history of Seal Beach. Donations are accepted. Location: Electric Avenue near Main St., next to Mary Wilson Library.  Call: (562) 683-1874.


STOCKTON - Ice on the Delta Seasonal Ice Skating. Skate along the banks of the San Joaquin Delta for a seasonal holiday sport that the family can enjoy through Jan. 14, 2008. Cost: $5 hour, including skates. Location: Dean De Carli Waterfront Square, 221 N. Center St., Cost:  Stockton, CA. Call: (209) 937-8309.


TEMECULA - Carlos Mencia Comedy.  Mind of Mencia star Carlos Mencia is a master of comedy.  Time: 6 and 9 p.m. Cost:$60-80. Location: Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592. Call 877-711-2946 and press #2.


TUSTIN - Orange County Wedding & Event Center Expo. You and your fiancé can meet the most professional vendors Orange County, Southern California has to offer! Wedding Shows in beautiful locations include a giveaways--one Wedding Dress and one Honeymoon Cruise at each show! These are FREE Wedding Shows sponsored by vendors. You need to register, in person, at each show and must be present to win. Location: Tustin Banquet Center, 721 West First Street, Tustin CA 92780. Time: 12 pm. to 4 pm. Event organization: (949) 223-3999.

WALNUT CREEK - Walnut Creek on Ice. Ice Skating Holiday Rink Nov. 8 - Jan. 21, 2008

Location: Civic Park-Civic Dr. & N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA. Cost: $11-15/person. Call: (925) 935-7669.



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