Jeff Clark Out as Contest Director for Maverick’s Contest

On June 19, 2009, Mavericks Surf Ventures issued a press release (see below), announcing that the 2009/10 Maverick’s big wave season will be in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Jeff Clark pioneering the break. The press release also announces that Jeff Clark will no longer be the Contest Director for the Maverick’s Contest.

Jeff Clark offers his perspective of the “35th Anniversary Celebration” and the Contest Director position in the Half Moon Bay Review and on his own blog.

The following is the text of the press release from Mavericks Surf Ventures:

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., June 19, 2009 – Mavericks Surf Ventures, Inc. (Mavericks) announced today that the upcoming 2009/2010 big-wave season at Mavericks will honor and celebrate the 35th anniversary of Jeff Clark’s first session at the now world-famous break. In the winter of 1975, then-17 year-old Clark first paddled out to the nautical hazard named after a white haired German Shepherd. In a remarkable personal odyssey, Clark then surfed Mavericks completely alone for 15 years before the news media began reporting on the 50-foot waves, house-sized rocks, and bone chilling waters that characterize this treacherous locale.

From those solitary beginnings, Mavericks has become an international phenomenon. The annual Mavericks Surf Contest® brings the world’s preeminent big-wave surfers together on 24 hours’ notice, along with tens of thousands of spectators and millions more who watch the action via television broadcast and webcast. Adding to the drama, the contest is completely dependent on the whim of Mother Nature delivering contest-worthy surf conditions. Some years – as happened this past season – she holds back, as if to give the surfers another year to reconsider their perilous intent. Over the years, the Mavericks prize purse has grown to $150,000, the largest in the history of big-wave surfing competition. In the 2009/2010 season, the invitees will be competing for this record prize purse, thanks to the support of Moose Guen and Jane Sutherland of MVision Private Equity Advisors, and Barracuda Networks.

Coincident with the 35th anniversary celebration, Mavericks will inaugurate a new Contest Director. Said Mavericks CEO Keir J. Beadling, “Mavericks truly belongs to everyone, so we’re looking forward to democratizing the contest direction process. Studying the seasonal swell patterns, and determining if and when to call the surfers is no small responsibility. We’re excited to pass the torch to the next generation of Mavericks enthusiasts to assure the contest’s continued success.” Beadling then summed up the feelings of everyone in the Mavericks family, saying, “We have all been inspired by the passion and bravery that Jeff has displayed, and will remain in awe of his accomplishments. Jeff’s legacy is forever etched in the history Mavericks.” Meanwhile, Clark continues to serve on Mavericks’ Board of Directors.

Additional details regarding The 2009/2010 Mavericks Surf Contest® season will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Mavericks™ and The Mavericks Surf Contest®

Every winter season, Mother Nature offers up the ocean’s harshest conditions and the giant, unpredictable waves that characterize Mavericks and the annual Mavericks Surf Contest®. Frigid waters, dangerous currents, jagged rocks and the ever-present threat of the great white shark. Mix these with perfect weather conditions, and 24 chosen surfers will get the contest call. When they do, they will have only 24 hours to arrive in Half Moon Bay to face the extreme conditions, thunderous waves and each other. Coined as “the wave beyond,” the Mavericks™ brand 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. Mavericks remains true to its core: a cold, mysterious and foreboding place that demands respect from everyone who goes there and inspires them to attempt the extraordinary. For more information, including photos, surf conditions Official Mavericks™ gear, and contest highlights, visit Mavericks online at www.maverickssurf.com.

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