PHOTO-ESSAY. Thanks to Coastal local, Rob Cala, for the amazing photos in really tough lighting conditions on Mavericks Big Days January 9th and 10th, 2021.
You may find him in uniform as Ranger Rob for San Mateo County Parks at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
Statement From Fly Over Las Vegas
“In January 2021, Fly Over Las Vegas secured all required permits, as we initiated a carefully planned shoot at Half Moon Bay’s Mavericks. The shoot, which included on site water safety experts, was in adherence with safety regulations and protocols.
Led by an experienced action adventure film crew, the shoot is part of a larger initiative to develop a flight ride film anticipated to open in Las Vegas later this year.”
Statement from Michael Byrne, Assistant Airport Manager, San Mateo County Airports
” “Fly Over Las Vegas” had an agreement with the Half Moon Bay airport to use space for a commercial shoot off the coast of Half Moon Bay in January. From my understanding, the company is making a ride in Las Vegas very similar to “Soaring over California” in the Disneyland park. From talking with the crews, they are on a 8 month tour hitting all of the “wonders” of the United States.
At Half Moon Bay, they supposedly hired a few of the top surfers to surf the waves as they filmed it. I am not familiar with who they hired Brian Overfelt said they hired ex Surfing.com editor, Taylor Paul).
Regarding the legal nature of the flight, this was not part of our contract and we were not made privy to their flight operations once leaving our property, like all other aircraft. That being said, the FAA does not set minimum operating altitudes for helicopters like they do for fixed wing aircraft because of the operating characteristics. They must be able to make an emergency landing without undo hazard to persons or property on the surface.”