November 22, 2004. Half Moon Bay, California. Building on a triumphant return last February, The Mavericks Surf Contest„¢ beckons the greatest big-wave surfers to compete on “the most dangerous wave in the world” again this winter season.
After a three-year hiatus, the Contest returned with a vengeance to Half Moon Bay on February 27, 2004. Heralded as “the Super Bowl of big-wave surfing” by Sports Illustrated and the “Holy of Holies” by the San Francisco Chronicle, two million television broadcast viewers and 15,000 spectators witnessed the crowning of champion Darryl “Flea” Virostko. Mavericks and Contest Director Jeff Clark were also featured on ABC News Nightline and in Stacy Peralta’s Sundance Film Festival-opening “Riding Giants,” distributed in theatres world-wide by Sony Pictures Classics this past Summer.
This season, event organizers have set a December 1 through March 31 Waiting Period and summoned a coveted list of competitors including the dominant “Flea,” 2003/2004 runner-up and Surfing Magazine editor Evan Slater, and big-wave legend Peter Mel, among other stand-outs.
Commented Contest Director Jeff Clark, “After our success last season in bringing back this world-famous contest, we’re looking to go even bigger this year. I think we’ll see some enormous waves roll through this season, and we’re ready to go—now we just wait for Mother Nature!”
Ross Clarke Jones