The Mavericks is a world famous surfing location and home to the annual Mavericks Surf Contest. It is located about a mile off shore in Princeton-by-the Sea.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • Named for a surfer's white German Shepherd, Mavericks didn't achieve notoriety until 1994, when Hawaiian surfer Mark Foo drowned here. Record wave height is reported at 100 feet during a 2001 storm.
  • The best viewing spot is on the cliffs next to Pillar Point's satellite station. Bring binoculars.
  • Winter is Mavericks' world-class season. When you're finished drooling over the superhero surfers, head to one of Half Moon Bay's less dangerous spots to test your skills.
Mavericks is one of the most revered and feared surfing spots in the world, a place where the sport's greatest big-wave surfers have conquered or been conquered by 50-foot swells. Only top athletes—or the certifiably insane—surf here; everyone else can watch for vicarious thrills.

Half Moon Bay, California

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (415) 462-6200
Fax: (208) 692-4246
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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