About Frank Quirarte
by frank on Apr.22, 2002, under Frank Quirarte, Mavsurfer@Mavericks
is a mainstay at Mavericks
the legendary Big Wave spot located just North of Half Moon Bay.
He works double duty shooting photos as Surfing Magazines Senior Photographer and also uses his PWC to pluck out surfers who have run into trouble.
uses a PWC
(Jetski type watercraft) to get close to the giant waves that tower seventy to eighty feet.
was a perfect choice, stated Bill Sharp Odyssey Organizer.
We need people who can survive in these extreme conditions.
There are only a couple of people in the world with the training and experience to pull this off and Quirarte
has proven this year after year in giant surf out at Mavericks
I cant believe I was picked, said Quirarte
This is an experience of a lifetime.
With the level of talent that have been selected to surf and the destinations we will visit, I believe the hundred foot wave might be ridden.
and the Odyssey team have already been to the giant waves of the Oregon/Washington coast, Todos Santos Mexico, France, Spain and are on there way to Tahiti and Australia.
The three-year expedition is being filmed by ArenaPlex a Hollywood film crew and is scheduled for release after its completion.
Quirartes photos have been on the covers of many major publications worldwide including Time Magazine
, ESPN Magazine
, The LA Times
, SF Chronicle
and the Surfers Journal
He is on staff at fifteen surfing publications worldwide.
has also made quite a name for himself as the creator/publisher of Mavsurfer.com
a website dedicated to big wave surfing that is visited by millions of people every year.
is also credited with two popular Mavericks films that he
directed, Year of the Drag-In and Return of the Drag-In.
Quirarte was born in San Francisco and grew up in Pacifica California.
Left for the Air force after high school and ended up deploying to Operation Desert Storm.
unit was called into the San Francisco earthquake zone to fight the fires and he
flew with Operation Just Cause over Panama.
He has worked as a lifeguard/rescue boat operator/Instructor for the last seven years on the PWC Pro racing circuit (IJSBA), numerous triathlon and endurance events as well as Mavericks.
has ended up back home to live and surf on the coastside he
knew so well.
Stay stoked, Frank