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Mavericks

Photo courtesy of Frank Quirarte, MavSurfer.com
Pillar Point Harbor     Half Moon Bay, CA



Want to have a bird's eye view of the surfers at Mavericks? Well, here's your chance!

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We are the owners of the Queen of Hearts, a 50 foot sportfishing vessel which operates out of our own shop at Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle, located right at the docks just a few minutes boat ride south of Mavericks. The Queen of Hearts is a Coast Guard inspected, certified and fully insured vessel and operation. We are one of the premier boats in the Bay Area, have an exceptional reputation, and have owned and operated the Queen of Hearts out of Pillar Point for over 20 years.

The way the waves come through at Mavericks, experienced boats can safely sit just outside the areas where the surfers sit and the waves start breaking. Always staying at a safe distance, we are still able to be right next to the surfers at times. From the boat, viewers can look right down the tube and get some awesome views of surfers shooting the curl. Folks onboard get to experience the roar of the ocean and at times feel the breeze hitting their face as the tube crashes, closes and spits. Just keep in mind, though, that being onboard a boat is not for everyone. Even though we are not shooting 30 foot plus waves like the surfers just yards away, we are riding the large swells that come through. Once the boat leaves the dock, it does not return until it's scheduled return time except for emergencies, and normal seasickness is not an emergency!

Captain Bob Ingles, owner/operator of the Queen of Hearts, will be running the boat to view the surfers. Capt. Bob has operated charter boats out of the harbor for over 25 years, longer than anyone else currently running, and operated or decked on boats for over 35 years. He is also well accustomed to shooting the breakers: he grew up on boards and boats in Southern California, fished for striped bass by backing 50 and 60 foot boats in the breakers along the beaches between San Francisco and Pacifica back in the 70s and 80s, and makes his living now primarily fishing shallow water along the San Mateo coastline.

The trip is not cheap. But there is absolutely no better way to check out the action short of being in the water. Those that say otherwise don't have a clue.

Photo by Capt. Bob onboard the Queen of Hearts

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CONTEST DAY INFORMATION:

The Contest will be held at a date and time decided by the Contest promoters during the contest waiting period which typically begins sometime in November through the end of March. The Queen of Hearts will give notification of the Contest to those on our email list as soon as possible once the call is made that the contest is on, but it is very possible that notification might not be received until as little as 24 hours prior to the Contest.

There is no way to know exactly when the contest will take place. There is no exact date. There is no exact time. The only thing we know is that the horn will blow and the contest will go off if conditions are right sometime after daybreak early morning one day and one day only sometime during the contest waiting period. The organizers watch the weather forecasts and when things look right, they give it the green light. Notices will be blasted out as soon as possible no later than the day before the event. For a previous contest, word started circulating early in the morning that the contest was on for the next day. Sometimes, though, we can get a feel for things and know when there's a possibility that it may happen and also when it's not a few days in advance. There may be outrageous Mavericks days when the surfers go at it, but there is only one contest day.

Photo courtesy Erik Simonson www.h2oshots.com Photo to right courtesy of Erik Simonson at www.h2oshots.com

CONTEST DAY RESERVATIONS:

So, if you'd like to grab a spot or two or three, here's the scoop:

We offer two trips, just as we have done the past several contests, giving each trip as much equal time on the water to view the contest as possible. The first trip will depart no later than one-half hour before the time the contest is scheduled to begin and will return sometime around the end of the third heat. The second trip will depart in time to view as much of the two semi-finals heats as possible as well as the final heat. The charge is $250 per person per trip plus a $10 per seat non-refundable booking fee. Unfortunately, for those who would like to join us for both trips, we are no longer able to offer a discounted "both trips" price due to the extreme demand for this very limited event.

If you'd prefer to pay by cash, cashiers check or money order, give us a call at 510-581-2628 and we'll see what we can do to accommodate you. Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received.

Once you make a reservation with us for the contest, your reservation applies to the entire contest waiting period and not to a particular date until the actual date for the contest is called. Reservations cannot be cancelled once confirmed and are non-refundable, unless, however, the Queen of Hearts is unable to provide the trip on the date of the Contest due to unsafe ocean conditions or any other circumstance which may prevent the Queen of Hearts from operating on the Contest date. The tickets are, however, transferrable, provided you speak with us and make arrangements to let us know who will be taking your place prior to the date of the contest. In the event the Contest does not take place, all prepaid reservations will be promptly refunded at the end of the contest waiting period less the non-refundable $10 per seat booking fee.

Additional information will be emailed to you prior to the contest with as much detail as possible about the trip, directions, what to bring, etc.

There is no other way to offer reservations than the "first come first serve" method. The first people with deposits will have confirmed reservations and the rest will be put on standby. Since no one knows what day the contest will take place during the contest window, there's always the possibility that one of those with reservations might not be able to make it when the day of the contest is announced. So standbys have a good chance of making it onboard. If you're interested in being put on the list for spot(s) that might open up, e-mail us and let us know.

You may hear about others who will try to offer trips. Just keep in mind -- you get what you pay for! The 50' Queen of Hearts is one of the best maintained boats in the Bay Area. She is clean and one of the most stable boats in her class. Her captain (my husband) is Bob Ingles. Bob has run more trips out of Half Moon Bay over the past 25 years than anyone else currently running and noone knows the San Mateo coastline and reefs better. He is one of the few captains in the Bay Area and the only captain currently running out of Half Moon Bay who ran striped bass trips along the beach where they back the boats into the surfline, closer to shore than the surfers themselves, and shoot the breakers, backing down or gunning ahead to meet the oncoming waves properly. Shooting the breakers at Mavericks on a boat requires almost as much skill as it does on a board. The right equipment and experience can make all the difference, and we offer both onboard the Queen of Hearts. Last but not least, we operate out of Pillar Point Harbor, conveniently located just a stone's throw next to Mavericks, so customers simply board our boat right at our dock and have a short boat ride to get to the contest viewing area.

Click here to send us an email to add your name to our Mavericks e-mail group for Queen of Hearts Mavericks-related updates!

Non-contest days: We will offer three hour trips for $80 per person. The trips will more than likely be scheduled for 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon departure depending on demand, but it may vary depending on swells, tides, etc. We'll watch the reports and keep our ears open for news, and when it sounds good for surfing, we'll run a trip. We'll try to get an e-mail out as soon as possible, hopefully a couple of days beforehand. At that point, we'll take reservations on a first-come, first serve basis.

A lot of you have better contacts in the surfing world than I do, so any news you can pass on will be greatly appreciated. If you hear of any plans or see a good swell on the horizon, please let me know.

Click here to send us an email to add your name to our Mavericks e-mail group for Queen of Hearts Mavericks-related updates!

Private charters: If anyone's interested in a private charter for your own group FOR A NON-CONTEST DAY, just let us know. All we require is a 12 person minimum at $80 per person and the boat is yours for three hours (sorry, offer NOT valid on contest days). If you have more than 12, just add $80 for each additional person. The Queen of Hearts is licensed for up to 39 passengers.



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Queen of Hearts
Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle
Half Moon Bay, California
Phone 510.581.2628
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