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Mavericks' giant waves and surfers who ride them profiled in Half Moon Bay art exhibit

February 17, 2009 | 10:33 am


Visitors to Half Moon Bay, beginning Saturday, will be able to experience the many moods of Mavericks, which is the notorious big-wave surfing venue beyond nearby Pillar Point.

A unique art exhibit titled "Mavericks, Everest of the Seas" features the work of local professional photographers who have captured Mavericks during its biggest, most beautiful and most tempestuous moments.

Ed Grant, Coastal Arts League member and Mavericks photographer, has assembled the most spectacular images from photojournalists who risk their own safety to document the intense man-against-sea drama that occurs during enormous winter swells at the thunderous offshore break.

Shooters and many Mavericks regulars will be present during the opening reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coastal Arts League Gallery, 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay.

The exhibit, which is free to the public, will remain on display through March 9.

Featured photographers: Frank Quirarte, Doug Acton and Don Montgomery.

--Pete Thomas