SURFING PAPER - John Stacey III History/Environmental...

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John Stacey III History/Environmental Studies 103S Neushul/Westwick Due: June 3, 2009 Maverick's: A Historical and Environmental Overview Progression of the Surrounding Enviroment In a world that has found a synthetic substitute for almost every facet of life, natural power has been overshadowed and placed in the bin of “has beens” right in between the 8-track tape and the typewriter. Jeff Clark's discovery of Maverick's in 1975, however, shed light on the epitome of natural power, and provided society with one of the purest examples of mother natures true potential. For any member of society who has become consumed by the power of contemporary super computers or luxury sports cars, a simple photograph of Maverick's is enough to bring them back to their roots and remind them that there has been and always will be natural occurrences that are far more powerful than our species. Once a spot that was surfed solo for almost 15 years, Maverick's is now one of the premier big wave breaks in the world, but has had to survive through the turmoil and turbulence that come with such popularity. The surrounding environment, town, and population has endured the growing pains that come with a waves transformation into one of surfing's elite breaks, and serves as a perfect example of the effects and byproducts that are produced with the growth of a natural and cultural phenomenon. The beach and surrounding environment that encompasses the Maverick's surf break has a long and rich history that has been meticulously kept by the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (1). Moss beach and the surrounding city of Half Moon Bay are home to the famous Maverick's surf break, and have stood long before the giant wave was being ridden by epoxy guns and avid big wave challengers. Animal fossils and human artifacts are not uncommon finds on the breaks shore. The earliest inhabitants of the area surrounding Maverick's were thought to be Ohlone Indians, however, this piece of history has recently been challenged by an archaeological discovery. During an excavation at the reserve in 1994, scientist found a crescent of stone that is believed to have been used by early Native Americans. Mark Hylkema, archaeologist, dug the tool out of the soil at the reserves cypress forest (8). The rock is about 5700 years old and predates both other artifacts previously discovered in San Mateo County and the Ohlone Indians, a coastal Native American tribe formerly believed to be the lands earliest inhabitants. The Ohlones first lived in the region about 4000 years ago (1). Maverick's and its surrounding region had long been vacated by the Native American's when a German immigrant by the name of Juergen F. Weinke purchased and transformed the scenic beach into
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a vacation attraction and health spa for city dwellers in San Francisco (1). As a German immigrant who left his job as a farmer and mining engineer in Germany to pursue a better future in America, Weinke saw the area surrounding Maverick's, Moss Beach, as a perfect business opportunity due to its
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