NorCal Edition - Quick Update | Feb 11, 2010


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  • Film Opening:  Fri Feb 12.  Kelly Slater's new IMAX 3D film, Ultimate Wave Tahiti opens in NorCal ...Slater's in town this week for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am thru Feb 14.  Check his remaining tee times here.
  • Contest:  Mavs contest goes off Sat Feb 13 at 8am.
  • ArtMavericks-Everest of the Seas through Feb 28.

  • Film Benefit:  Feb 20's Ultimate Wave Surf Jam for Surfrider Monterey.  Slater's IMAX film, live music & more
  • Benefit for Dana Pifer:  Feb 28. Cancer fundraiser & silent auction in Pacifica.
  • Save Sloat Update - Send in your letters!
  • Phil Matthews Memorial:  Sat Feb 13. Phil Matthews Tribute & Wake at Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz  
  • Congrats to Eli Saddler, who won our ticket giveaway to the sold-out SF Ocean Film Fest screening of "Sea of Darkness."

A Little Cover-Up during the Uncle Dick's Contest | Pacifica, CA

Mavericks Contest is ON!  for this Saturday, Feb 13

As you've probably already heard, the Mavs contest is on with an 8am start.  According to Darren Brilhart, the contestants' liaison, the swell should peak in mid-morning and hold through the day....waves with 30- to 40-foot faces are expected to roll through the break. Check out the heats here.  Per Bruce Jenkins' SF Chronicle article on the event, it's likely to quite a heavy day at Mavericks.

Given the winter erosion and the area's eco-fragility, spectators are encouraged to watch webcast online at  or on Facebook

If you do go,  pack your bike in your car! 

ART SHOW:  Mavericks: Everest of the Sea  | thru Feb 28

While the reception kicked off the Mavs contest earlier (Thursday, Feb 11), you can still catch this exhibit showcasing the many moods of Mavericks' exhibit through February 28, 2010. 

Returning for its second year, head over to theCoastal Arts League Gallery in Half Moon Bay for this unique art exhibit featuring the fine work of local professional photographers who have devoted their lives to capturing the decisive moments of action at the legendary surf spot.  An additional attraction is a collection of beautifully crafted big wave guns.

The exhibit includes work by Don Montgomery, Ed Grant, Jeff Clark, Elizabeth Pepin, Grant Washburn, Tony Canadas, Eric Nelson, Ryan Seelbach, Bruce Jenkins, Fred Pompermeyer, and more.
Click here for more info.

Location Coastal Arts League Gallery & Museum, 300 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA
Hours:      Fri-Sunday, 12pm-5pm | Exhibit runs through February 28, 2010

FILM OPENING:  Kelly Slater's "Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D"  (IMAX)  |  Fri Feb 12

Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D features Kelly Slater and Raimana Van Bastolaer surfing Teahupo’o. The 45-minute film focuses on Tahiti and the volcanic islands of French Polynesia, home to the Polynesian seafaring culture and some of the world’s most challenging surfing, as well as astounding coral reef ecosystems.  It opens Fri Feb 12, 2010 at Monterey's Cannery Row IMAX theater and plays thru Fri Feb 11, 2011. (No word on future screenings at NorCal  theaters).  See below for Surfrider Monterey's "Ultimate Wave Surf Jam" benefit with this film.  Read more here.

SURFRIDER BENEFIT:  Ultimate Wave Surf Jam with Slater IMAX screening  |  Feb 20

On Saturday, February 20, get your surf on after dark at the “Ultimate Wave Surf Jam," a back-to-back film & music event to benefit the Monterey Chapter of Surfrider Foundation and Camp SEA Lab

o Watch the new Kelly Slater IMAX film, 
Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D at Cannery Row IMAX, 640 Wave St. in Monterey.  Doors open at 6:30pm; 7:00pm screening.  Tickets: $10 (includes 1 free raffle ticket).  The theater will donate $1 per ticket sold.

o Then join the fun at the after-party w/ live music from the Beach Cowboys and Mikey Silbecky at 8pm.  Don't miss the silent auction and raffle. At Blue Fin Cafe & Billiards, 685 Cannery Row in Monterey (across from the IMAX Theatre).  Tickets: $10.  All ages are welcome at the Blue Fin party til 9pm.  For more information, call 831.600.5497.

MEMORIAL TRIBUTE:  Phil Matthews |  Sat Feb 13

According to his wife K'lyn, this month's Valentine Massacre surf contest in Santa Cruz will be postponed in honor of Phil Matthews' passing.  A memorial celebration for Matthews will be held Saturday, February 13, at the Rio Theatre, 9:30am to 12 noon. A paddle-out will be scheduled later.  

Everyone is invited to join family and friends. Phil’s photographs include many local surfers, surf events, sunrises and sunsets. His never-ending passion and love for Santa Cruz and the ocean made him a familiar figure in the community. Slides of Phil and his works will be displayed, stories will be told, and the Santa of Santa Cruz will be fondly remembered. The paddle out will be announced later.  An Irish Wake follows after at The Point - Irish Wake.  His ashes will be scattered over Pleasure Point and the Rhode Island coast where he first learned to surf. 

As reported earlier, Pleasure Point surf icon Phil Matthews passed away January 12 from a pulmonary embolism; he was 57 years old. Matthews was instrumental in a resurgence of the Pleasure Point Night Fighters, and fought for decades to protect his beloved surf break with beach and graffiti clean-ups. He also helped organize local surf contests, such as the BigStick LogJam and the annual St. Valentine's Day Massacre. 
Read more about Phil here.

Pacifica Fundraiser for Dana Pifer

Friends are hosting a special fundraiser for Pacifica surfer and yoga instructor Dana Pifer at the Pedro Point Firehouse on Sunday Feb 28. This event will help offset Dana's living U medical expenses as she undergoes chemo and radiation for breast cancer. She should be able to surf again in the Fall. Dana will continue to teach yoga this month up to the start of her treatment.  Check out her classes here:

Sunday, February 28, 2010
1pm - 5pm at Pedro Point Firehouse,  1227 Danmann Ave, Pacifica
Entry fee is $20 per person (kids get in free).

Bring friends and enjoy great food by Pacifica surfer/chef Derek Burns (of the Surf Spot), beer, wine and live music by Mark Sessler & DJ Jeremiah.  Don't miss the great Silent Auction organized by Elizabeth Pepin, featuring generous donations from local artists and businesses including artwork, photography, surfboards, wetsuits, massage gift certificates, and more.

Dana is well-known in the Pacifica community for her dedication to improving the well-being of others through her yoga practice, dog-walking business and her love of the ocean.  (Note: Direct donations can also be made to Dana Pifer, P.O. Box 754, Pacifica, CA 94044. )

A special thank you goes out to the Pedro Point Community Association, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth, Derek, Sarah, Jenna, Sharon, Barbara, Camille, Lena and many others for making this happen.

UPDATE on SAVE SLOAT!  -  Write Letters...

Per Bill McLaughlin of SF Surfrider’s Erosion Committee, "the city’s DPW has begun placing huge boulders on the bluff at Sloat. The idea of using sand bags has been dismissed. Re-using existing rubble seems also to have been ruled out. A completely new rock revetment is going up.... It’s a tragic scene – and it’s not just the new project going in. Due to the recent erosion, there is more construction debris unearthed down there than ever before. With this additional section of boulders, we have essentially a complete armoring of the entire area - a wall of concrete, rubble and stone stretching all the way from 1st lot to the bluff."

"What you can do...Please continue to write letters to all parties involved. At the very least, in the near term, we should specifically call for the removal of old concrete debris as mitigation, a pull back of the road and parking lots, and restoration of natural dunes in the area."


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