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Catch a wave at the Mavericks Surf Competition and Festival in Half Moon Bay

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Well, “watch” top surfers from around the world “catch” a wave at this major surfing event.

This year's event features surfers from Hawaii, Santa Cruz, Pacifica, San Francisco, San Clemente South Africa, Brazil and Australia all competing for the $50,000 grand winning.

Access to the beach may be limited due to the potential danger of being near the big unpredictable waves.

Fans and all other interested can consider checking out the viewing party and more information is available by clicking here.

At this party there will be music, food, beer and other drinks, activities, booths, skate park, surfboard shaping exhibit, water station, Mavericks photography exhibit, bike valet, the awards ceremony stage, and a chance to meet the sponsors, the surfers, and other fans. According to this site, festivities have begun early in the morning, with the first heat being at 8 a.m. and the finals will start at 1:30 p.m.

Driving up to this event, expect about an hour drive if you're coming from San Jose and you can expect a fair amount of traffic as this event draws a huge following, not to mention Half Moon Bay is a small town and the road narrows to a one-lane highway.

Happy wave-catching!

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