Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Surfing in the Bay Area?

I don't surf, and I don't really watch people surf, but if you're not from around here, you may not have heard about an annual surfing contest called Maverick's. The contest first started in 1999, and is held once a year. When conditions are right to create the huge (up to 50 feet) swells, the word goes out, and participants have about 24 hours to get here and get their game on. If you're a surfing geek and kind of interested in what is so unique about this area that creates such huge waves, read all about it on SFGate. By the way, if you're NOT from here, the waves often suck, so don't make a special trip or anything.


Jessica said...

Hi there - thanks for stopping by my blog. I was justin San Fran not long ago (shoot!).

Oh, and for the record, I miss Bill Clinton, too!

Anonymous said...

Good Christ! Those waves are huge!


Piece of Work said...

Remember when that really well known surfer died at Mavericks a few years ago? It still bothers me that they have footage of the wave that killed him. My husband surfs, and we used to live in S.F., but fortunately he is neither crazy nor particularly athletically gifted, so I don't have to worry about him charging Mavericks one day. Shew!

J said...

I do remember that...the amazing thing, to me, is that he's the only person so far who has died. Seems a lot more dangerous than that. Then again, it's only been since '99, which isn't that long ago. So I'm sure, sadly, that more will die eventually.