Organizers of the Maverick’s Surf Contest are meeting this week to discuss what happened at Saturday’s event when a dozen spectators were knocked over by massive waves as they watched the epic surfing contest event.
Nobody was seriously injured, but as many as three people were taken to the hospital. Others were treated for scrapes and bruises at the beach, organizers said.
Other than that, it was nothing more that some lost flips flops and wet clothing, said Katherine Clark, co-director of the event.
“We handled it quickly and efficiently,” Clark said, adding that there were plenty of emergency crews on site.
Clark said they had warned people about the strong waves, and advised spectators to watch the surfing contest online so they would not be in harm’s way.
“It was the absolute most incredible surfing event ever taken place. It’s unfortunate that the focus has been on people not knowing to be aware of the ocean around them,” Clark said. “I don’t see how on Earth we could be responsible for people willfully going to the ocean.”
The annual surfing event draws thousands of spectators to Half Moon Bay to watch the world’s elite surfers ride the waves. The contest was cancelled last year due to lack of waves.