The Mavericks Surf Contest 2006 photos are now online. I shot the 2006 running of the Mavericks Surf Contest, held February 7, 2006 at Half Moon Bay, California. The event went off very well, with great organization, beautiful weather and near perfect waves. The Mavericks Surf Contest is about big wave paddle-in surfing, in which contestants are required to paddle in to huge, thick waves under their own power (jetskies are on hand only for safety purposes, no tow-in surfing is allowed during the contest). 24 of the world’s most skilled big wave experts were invited to compete, and surfed four heats, two semifinals and one final from 8am until 2pm. South African Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, who had a nearly flawless day winning his heat, his semifinal and the finals, was crowned champion and took home $30,000 and a gold watch. Tyler Smith of Santa Cruz took second and Brock Little of Hawaii third. Thousands watched the event from the shore, many scrambling up the cliffs of Pillar Point, while hundreds boated and jetskied out to the break to watch from the water. Mavericks Surf Ventures presented the contest live over the internet on streaming video, and NBC was on hand to capture the contest for broadcast on May 13 at 2pm EST. We selected 71 photos of the contest to place among our stock photos, here are just a few, click any one to see it larger:
Mother and newborn pup Northern elephant seals, Mirounga angustirostris, central California coast. This newborn pup had just been born minutes before this photo was taken. Placental material, seen in the background, has attracted sea gulls who will consume it. The pup will be weaned surprisingly fast, in as little 2-3 weeks. Until that time the pup will consume its mother’s rich milk and build up a thick layer of blubber, which it will live off of for another 1-2 months before it ventures into the sea to forage and hunt for itself.
Sandy beach near Piedras Blancas lighthouse, central California.
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