Trail Mix for 1/23: Mavericks surfing contest set for Friday

The Fresno BeeJanuary 22, 2014 

Zach Wormhoudt competes during the third heat of the Mavericks Surf Competition in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


With a large Pacific storm pushing large waves toward California, organizers of the Mavericks surfing contest have told big-wave competitors to grab their boards and get ready.

Jeff Clark, director of the event, called the contest for Friday after forecasters determined that the right mixture of swell size and weather would make for waves with faces exceeding 40 feet. Initially, the contest was postponed until Sunday before being changed back to Friday.

Twenty-four of the world's best big-wave surfers now have until Friday to make their way to the break a half-mile off the coast near Half Moon Bay.

Mavericks is known as one of the world's most perilous surfing spots. Two seasoned watermen have died there, including legendary big-wave rider Mark Foo from Hawaii in 1994.

The contest will be televised live by the Universal Sports Network.

Heavenly Half less than 3 weeks out

The Heavenly Half Marathon, the first of the three half marathons in Sole 2 Soul's Soul Race series, is approaching quickly.

The Feb. 9 race features an almost all downhill course through Auberry and starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $85 and includes a long sleeve tech T-shirt, a finisher's medal and jacket, chip timing and hot breakfast at the finish.


Kastner NFL Dream Run 5K

** When: 7 a.m. Sunday (8 a.m. race start)

** Where: Mountain View shelter at Woodward Park

Runners are urged to wear their favorite NFL gear for the 5K run and 2-mile walk that benefits the Kastner Intermediate School parent club. The race also features a costume contest at 7:45 a.m. on race day. Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for all students and 2-mile walkers and includes a free T-shirt.

** Peeking into February, featured races include the Feb. 1 Rock N Roll 5K, Old Town Clovis' Race Judicata and the Run or Dye 5K both on Feb. 15. Details:

Sycamore Island volunteer cleanup

** When: 8-11 a.m. Saturday

Volunteers will gather to clean up Sycamore Island on the San Joaquin River. The 350-acre island opens for weekends and holidays starting Feb. 1 through Nov. 11 for fishing, hiking and picnicking.

** Details:

Bald eagle walk

** When: 8 a.m. Saturday

** Where: Millerton Lake (meet at River Center)

Every year, bald eagles migrate more than 1,600 miles from summer breeding grounds in Canada. The San Joaquin River Parkway will host a walk at Millerton Lake to view the birds. Guides will meet at River Center and the group will caravan from there.

** Registration:

Fine Gold Creek Hike

** When: 9 a.m. Saturday

** Where: Fine Gold Creek Preserve

The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will lead a moderate hike along Fine Gold Creek just above Millerton Lake. The hike follows a newly cut trail that runs streamside and onto gradual slopes, steeper inclines and rocky areas. The trail takes about 4 hours to complete, including a stop for lunch and the walk to the parking lot. Limited spots are available.

** Details:

Yoga Under the Oaks

** When: 10 a.m. Sunday

** Where: McKenzie Preserve picnic grounds

Linda Marie Hurst will host a 90-minute all-level Hatha yoga class that integrates principles of breathing, body awareness, core strength, and contemplation. The group will meet in the parking lot off Auberry Road before walking to the picnic grounds. Registration is $10 for non-members and $20 per group.

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