California Surfing Photos - Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Contest

Pictured above are posters hanging on the walls of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company in Princeton by the Sea. Home to Mavericks and the self-proclaimed Mavericks big wave contests restaurant, a brewery on site has created a signature beer, Mavericks, in honor of Big Wave surfing. 

Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll and Jeff Clark, featured in the movie, Riding Giants, are big wave surfers who've participated in the contest held each year just off the shore of this restaurant. Waves measuring up to 60 feet are monitored each winter and within a 72 hour period the contestants are notified that the event will occur. Amazingly, within that time over 40,000 people show up to watch what they can see of the event.

The movie, Riding Giants, is shown often at the restaurant and bar. When visiting Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County, you may not time it to see this world class surfing, but you can visit the restaurant, and also catch great surfing at Surfers Beach.


About the California surfing craze:  This growing industry provides a natural sport that allows youth and adults to enjoy the natural environment much as skiers love the snow. The boards, the fins, body suits and gear have changed and progressed in a similar fashion to the snow ski industry, making the sport not just a thrilling challenge but also a fashion statement. Groms or surfing youth grow into competitive surfers who seek sponsors to sport their names on products and promotions. Surfing is a difficult sport to turn into a career choice and many professional surfers look on the horizon to other career activities to support them through their lives as surfing may sustain an individual only for a limited time. As a pleasure sport, tourists can enjoy surf camps for the kids, surfing lessons for the family and individual surf lessons to learn the basics and be out surfing in one session. Many of these classes provide beginners with a board and wetsuit for a minimal investment to determine if you really like the sport. For photographs, surfing is not only an art form, it provides sporting photography challenges and gives a very local flavor to travel pictures.  California Beaches & Cities - has included a few of our hundreds of surfing and surfer photos for you to look at.  Do you need surfing lessons?  You can purchase them online for San Diego surfing.


California enjoys not one but at least three surfing museums. The surfing museum locations include San Diego County's Oceanside, Orange County's Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz County's Santa Cruz. In Santa Cruz County, surfing is the game for thousands of sports enthusiasts who enjoy the waves at places such as Capitola and Privates.  By the numbers, San Diego garners perhaps the greatest number of surfers. Local neighborhood surfing spots include Ocean Beach and Tourmaline Beach, home to surfing legend Skeeter Malcolm.  Surfers from throughout California and even around the globe go "down the coast" to San Diego to surf.  Swami's, named for the Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat Center next to the surfing beach, is a favorite surfing spot. There's a small parking lot which usually overflows onto the roadside parking on Coast Highway which is recognized as an historic route in that neck of the woods. Surfers and beach-goers must go down a set of wooden stairs to gain access to the beach.


Next there's a close tie between Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Redondo Beach enjoys a surfing tradition recognizing local hero George Freeth as the first surfer in the United States. Nearby Hermosa Beach is not to be outdone. They have a statue commemorating a hero of their own, Tim Kelley. Huntington Beach claims that they are the mainland surfing capitol, though 500 surfing destinations along the California coast will beg to differ. The marketing ploy seems to expand like a wave.  If surfing is truly your game, you know that surfing is best where the waves are.