Thursday, March 3, 2005
Mavericks Surf Contest Crowns New Champion
Half Moon Bay, CAThe 2004/2005 Mavericks Surf Contest was held yesterday, with 20-year-old Santa Cruz resident Anthony Tashnick crowned as the new champion, walking away $25,000 richer. Tashnick and his fellow competitors faced waves cresting over 40 feet at times, amidst a flotilla of spectatorboats and a slew of helicopters swarming overhead. "Today was a great day for Mavericks, a great day for surfing, and one we won't soon forget," commented Contest Director Jeff Clark.
Police officials' estimates suggested as many as 50,000 spectators flocked to Half Moon Bay to mingle on the beach and get a glimpse of "the most dangerous wave in the world." A last minute injury-related withdrawl by three-time champion Darryl "Flea" Virostko opened the door for the rest of the field, with the talented Tashnick pulling away from an all-star group while surviving pummeling surf. Tashnick added from the awards stage, "It was a dream come true and worth the beating I took to be out there surfing with my heroes."
The podium and Balance Vector prize purse was shared by Greg Long (2nd), Tyler Smith (3rd), Zack Wormhoudt (4th), Shane Desmond (5th), Matt Ambrose (6th), and Brock Little and Shawn Rhodes (equal 7th). Matt Ambrose received the prestigious Jay Moriarity award, and Ryan Augustine received the Reactor Watches Heavy Water Award. NBC Sports will broadcast the contest on April 24th at 4pm ET. Further information is available at the official website, www.maverickssurf.com, powered by Bolt Media. Sponsors of this year's $75,000 Mavericks Surf Contest? include Coca-Cola, Verizon Wireless, Balance Vector, Jeep, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Cabo Wabo Tequila, Reactor Watches, Plantronics, Clif Bar and Surfer Magazine.
About The Mavericks Surf Contest? and Mavericks Surf Ventures, LLC:
Mavericks Surf Ventures, LLC is a partnership between surfing legend 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 other licensed merchandise 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.