Heat Draw For 2007 Mavericks Surf Contest Announced At Opening Ceremony

Packed Heat Selection Chosen and Official Mavericks Wetsuits Presented to Surfers

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., Jan. 9, 2007 — On Saturday, January 6, The 2007 Mavericks Surf Contest® waiting period was officially launched with a ceremonial paddle-out and prayer circle at the famed Mavericks surf break followed by a celebration. Greeted by sunny skies, Contest Director and surf legend, Jeff Clark welcomed the surfers and spectators, reminding the crowd of the great bond and respect competitors have for one another in the water. Surfer and Mavericks ambassador Grant Washburn spoke, echoing this sentiment, and prompted the Contest invitees, some family members, head judge Gary Linden, and a few alternates to paddle-out together and join hands in a prayer circle to ask for a safe and successful upcoming event.

The celebration then moved to the Harbor House Convention Center where competitors were greeted with a charming party which included locally designed eucalyptus leis and conch shell awards presented to past Contest winners. After dinner, the impressive $75,000 prize purse was announced and the highly anticipated draw for the heat selections was conducted by master of ceremonies Jeff Clark. Unlike other big wave events where the heat selection is pre-seeded, The Mavericks Surf Contest® allows the athletes to draw numbered golf balls which determine who they will surf against in the first round. This process, requested by the surfers, reflects their feelings about the Mavericks wave itself; you never know what you’ll get.

Prize Purse
The Contest prize purse for 2007 is worth a total of $75,000. The purse breakdown awards $30,000 for first place, $12,000 for second place, $7,500 for third place, $3,500 for fourth place, $2,500 for fifth place, $1,500 for sixth place and $1,000 for seventh through 24th place.

Random Draw for Heat Selections
The random draw generated packed heats matching local superstars, past winners and newcomers in first rounds that promise intense competition.

Heat One: Grant “Twiggy Baker, Kenny “Skindog Collins, Brock Little, Garrett McNamara, Peter Mel, John Whittle
Heat Two: Matt Ambrose, Shane Desmond, Josh Loya, Shawn Rhodes, Ryan Seelbach, Zach Wormhoudt
Heat Three: Ion Banner, Randy Cone, Danilo Couto, Evan Slater, Russell Smith, Darryl “Flea Virostko
Heat Four: Ross Clarke-Jones, Greg Long, Tyler Smith, Jamie Sterling, Anthony Tashnick, Grant Washburn

Hotline Wetsuits Presented to Surfers
Official sponsor Hotline Wetsuits was on hand to unveil a limited-edition, contestant model of the soon-to-be launched, “Official Mavericks Wetsuit, a specially developed, co-branded version of Hotline’s Phoenix model. The hooded, 4/3 mm neoprene suit, which features Hotline’s pioneering front-zip entry and exclusive Metalitape seams, was presented to each of “The 24 surfers. Athlete sponsor of competitors Daryl “Flea Virostko and Zach Wormhoudt, Hotline’s one-of-a-kind wetsuits also feature a Mavericks wave graphic on the front and back of the suits. Additionally, Hotline will co-present a one-of-a-kind “Gold Contest Champion Mavericks Wetsuit to the 2007 Contest winner.

About Mavericks Surf Ventures
Mavericks Surf Ventures, LLC is a partnership between legendary surfer and board-shaper Jeff Clark and San Francisco-based sports management and marketing firm Evolve Sports, LLC. Mavericks Surf Ventures produces The Mavericks Surf Contest® and offers apparel and a new signature wetsuit under the Mavericks"¢ brand. Coined as “the wave beyond,” Mavericks"¢ inspires hardcore athletes to face the unpredictably raw power of Mother Nature, and stirs the souls of those who aspire to challenge their own limits. On a date to be determined on 24-hours notice during the winter season of 2007, 24 invited surfers will challenge themselves and the extremes of Mother Nature to compete for the esteemed title of The Mavericks Surf Contest®. Official sponsors of The 2007 Mavericks Surrf Contest® presented by Ask.com® also include Clif Bar & Co., Surfer Magazine, Hotline Wetsuits and Capture Technologies.

Hotline Wetsuits USA
Hotline Wetsuits designs and manufactures high-quality, performance-driven wetsuits and a wide variety of technical surf accessories, from neoprene booties and gloves to thermal layers and hand-tied leashes. Known internationally for unsurpassed durability, comfort, and fit, Hotline products are rider-tested and developed in R&D locations known for powerful waves, including Mavericks, Steamer Lane, and Kauai’s North Shore. Hotline has more than 25 years of wetsuit manufacturing experience and was founded in 1979 in Santa Cruz, California by Brenda Scott Rogers, a women’s big-wave surfing pioneer. For more information and to learn about Hotline’s custom wetsuit programs, please visit www.hotlineonline.com

Hotline is the official supplier of the “Official Mavericks Wetsuit, the one-of-a-kind “Gold Contest Champion Mavericks Wetsuit, and the “Official Rashguard of Mavericks.