Mavericks Surf Contest set for Saturday
HALF MOON BAY – Massive waves are headed for the West Coast, making conditions ripe for the Mavericks Surf Contest this weekend.
Twenty-four of the world’s best big wave surfers have been summoned to California’s Central Coast to compete Saturday.
The contest will take place off the coast of Half Moon Bay at a break known as Mavericks.
In previous years, the contest has been called by organizers, who decided if the conditions are right then put the surfers on 24-hour notice. The last Mavericks contest took place in January 2008.
But this year, for the first time, the contest’s participants, who are scattered around the globe were allowed to vote on whether to hold the contest.
Jeff Clark, the founder of the event, made all the previous calls in years past. But a bitter dispute over management of the event led to Clark’s severing ties with contest last year. Clark in January sued Mavericks Surf Ventures, which organizes the surf contest, and its top two executives, Keir Beadling and Doug Epstein, accusing them of failing to pay his salary and improperly using his name after he left the event.
The current organizers deny Clark’s allegations and chalk up the dispute to the pressures of starting a new company. A court date has been set for June 25 in San Francisco Superior Court.
At least three of Hawaii’s best competitive surfers will be at Half Moon Bay this weekend to compete in the Mavericks Surf Contest.
Waves as high as 50 feet could greet them and more than 20 other big-wave surfers on Saturday. In addition, organizers say the wave hoppers will face extremely strong currents, dangerous rocks, shallow reefs and bone-chilling water temperatures.
The North Shore’s Dave Wassel, Brock Little and Jamie Sterling are expected to compete.
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