From the spirit of Jay Moriarity to women’s surfing to the powerful presence of Greg Noll, surfing fans are in for a treat June 17-20 when the first annual Half Moon Bay Big-Wave Surfing Film Festival takes place at the Oceano Hotel in Half Moon Bay, CA. The Oceano Hotel is a stone’s throw away from the Big Wave Surfing Mecca known as Maverick’s. The Bull (Greg Noll), the legendary big-wave pioneer, will be on the red carpet Wednesday night and introducing his film, Search For Surf. Greg teamed up with storied filmmaker Bruce Brown to document their experiences in California and Hawaii during the early years of the sport.
“What a great way to open an event like this, with one of the sport’s most legendary and inspirational icons. Greg is everyone’s hero, and a classic character,” said Grant Washburn, Maverick’s Surfer and Event Organizer.
The following night will be a tribute to the late Jay Moriarity, who died on a free-diving expedition off the coast of India in 2001. Moriarity was one of the best surfers ever to ride Maverick’s, and is held close to the hearts of the surfing community. The featured films that Thursday night will be Whipped and Ride On, each produced by Eric Nelson and Curt Myers of Powerlines Productions.
“We’re beyond excited to host an event that features Big-Wave Surfing, the filmmakers and the surfers themselves”, said Katherine Clark, Event Organizer. “This is just the beginning of what will become a great tradition in the Big-Wave off season.”
Seldom, if ever, have so many highly regarded surf films been on display over such a short time. The event will be held inside the new Harbor Villages shopping center at Princeton, in the shadow of Maverick’s, and visitors are likely to see a number of big-wave superstars in attendance.
In addition to the films, a photo-and-surfboard gallery will be on display throughout the festival at the Oceano Hotel. Photos include some of the best work from Frank Quirarte, Doug Acton, Don Montgomery, Ed Grant, Seth Midgall, and others who have shot Maverick’s over the years.