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When the Mavericks Challenge brings world class big wave surfers to Half Moon Bay, everyone wants to know how to catch the action. It's not as simple as heading out to the beach, though, so read on to find out the best places to watch.

The most important thing to know is that you cannot go out to the point or bluff to see the Mavericks Challenge. This is an environmentally sensitive habitat and there will be Sheriff Deputies on hand to prevent the public from approaching the bluffs or beach. This is for your safety and the safety of this environmentally sensitive area. 

There are numerous local venues where you can watch the contest live via video, and those are the places you want to be!

Below, we've listed all of the locations where people will be gathering to watch the live feed of the contest (venues are listed in order of their location, starting in the south in Half Moon Bay and continuing north to Pacifica).

Half Moon Bay

  • Cameron’s Restaurant and Pub
    1410 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay
    650 726 7505
  • Sacrilege Brewery
    730 Main St, Half Moon Bay
    650 276 7029
  • It's Italia
    401 Main St, Half Moon Bay
    650 726 4444
  • Senior Coastsiders
    925 Main St, Half Moon Bay
    650 726 9056
  • Alifano Technologies
    225 Main St Half Moon Bay
    650 504 4400
  • HMB Boardshop
    3032 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay
    650 726 1476

Pillar Point Harbor

  • Ketch JoAnne Restaurant/Harbor Bar
    17 Johnson Pier, El Granada
    650 728 3747
  • Mavericks Surf Shop
    25 Johnson Pier, El Granada (set up in parking lot in front of shop)
    650 560 8088
  • Oceano Hotel and Spa
    280 Capistrano Rd, El Granada 
    650 726 5400
  • Half Moon Bay Brewery
    390 Capistrano Rd, El Granada 
    650 728 2739
  • Old Princeton Landing Public House & Grill
    460 Capistrano Rd, El Granada 
    650 728 7098


  • La Playa Mexican Cantina
    5460 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacifica
    650 738 2247
  • NorCal Surf Shop
    5440 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacifica
    650 738 9283
  • Longboard Margarita Bar
    180 Eureka Square, Pacifica
    650 738 5905
  • Winters Tavern
    1522 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica
    650 355 6162

Please be safe and gather with others in one of these viewing locations (or visit a few!) and help us make things easy for law enforcement by staying away from the restricted areas around the Mavericks Challenge. Enjoy the show!

Kevin Henney is a web developer and photographer who can often be found behind the scenes of He's a sixth-generation resident of the Coastside, but never fails to find something new to experience in our little seaside towns.