Mavericks: Everest of the Seas – Longboard Vineyards


    Come late October Sonoma County will not only welcome a new crop of
    world class wines, but the award winning photography of some of Action
    Sports best lensmen. “ Mavericks – Everest of the Seas” comes alive
    again just in time to set the stage for another epic Big Wave Season.

    Sept 14th 2009
    Half Moon Bay, Ca
    Mix two of Northern California’s finest institutions – big wave
    surfing and the wine country – and you have what promises to be an
    amazing weekend at the Longboard Vineyards Tasting Room in Healdsburg
    October 23 – 25.

    Relive heroic battles between man and wave as seen through the eyes of
    the cutting-edge photojournalists who risk life and limb to document
    the wave’s intense man-against-the-sea drama and obsessive lifestyle
    of Maverick’s elite riders.

    Oded Shakked, a longtime surfer who founded Longboard Vineyards, will
    be unveiling his latest release, The Peter Mel/Mavericks Cabernet
    Sauvignon. This signature wine will be blended by not only Shakked but
    guest vintner, Peter Mel.

    Mel, one of the most respected names in Big Wave Surfing is known as
    perhaps the most skillful surfer ever to ride Mavericks. The famed
    spot off the Half Moon Bay. In October of 1998 he was whipped into to
    what is now considered the biggest wave ever ridden… Mel along with
    the featured photographers, surfboard shapers and wine makers will be
    on hand for the Friday night reception. The reception will begin at
    5pm and run until roughly 9pm.

    (after party tbd)

    Longboard Vineyard has always had a soft spot for surfers. It’s a
    place where you can hangout at a redwood-surfboard bar, or sample one
    of its award winning wines while kicking back on a comfortable sofa
    watching surf movies. For this harvest weekend event Shakked has
    enlisted “Mavericks: Everest of the Seas,” the heralded collection of
    Mavericks surf photography from Frank Quirarte, Doug Acton, Seth
    Migdail and Ed Grant.

    “Everest of the Seas” first made its debut recently at the Coastal
    Arts League Gallery in Half Moon Bay, drawing large crowds and an
    enthusiastic response. It just finished a one-month highly successful
    run at San Francisco’s world class Museum and Gallery, SFMOMA.

    “Everyone who sees the exhibit is just blown away,” said Grant, the
    curator of the Coastal Arts League Gallery. “Both surfers and non-
    surfers can’t help but get caught up in the energy and stoke that
    surrounds Maverick’s, the surfers and photographers who put it on the
    line every time they go out there.”

    The event also represents a high point in the career of Oded Shakked,
    who was born in Israel and grew up near a beach just north of Tel
    Aviv. Immersed in surfing from the start, he made several trips around
    Europe’s Atlantic coast while discovering, to his delight, that “it
    was easier, cheaper and safer to drink good red wine than bottled
    water.” His twin loves of surfing and wine brought him to California,
    where he studied winemaking at UC Davis and became enamored with the
    people, climate and rich soil of Sonoma County. He founded Longboard
    Vineyards with the motto “Wine, waves and soul,” making it a highly
    unique fixture in wine country.

    The October 23-25 weekend will also feature the sale of surfboards and
    memorabilia, along with Acton’s acclaimed book, “Inside Maverick’s.”
    Admission is free.

    Opening reception sponsored by Maverick Events and Longboard Vineyards

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