Mavericks surf contest a go for this season — if waves cooperate

HALF MOON BAY — The big-wave surf contest at Mavericks is a go for the upcoming winter season and it’s going to include women for the first time.

The World Surf League announced Monday it has added the popular contest as the fourth event on its Big Wave Tour calendar for the 2017-18 season.

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The first event in Mexico already has been held. A waiting period for upcoming contests in Hawaii and Portugal begins Sunday and run through Dec. 31.

Traditionally, the waiting period for the one-day Mavericks tournament is from mid-November to March when big swells pound the Central Coast. The tournament is held only when organizers determine conditions are good enough for a big-wave event.

As previously reported, the World Surf League took over control of Mavericks for $525,000, according to court records filed in late August in U.S. bankruptcy court in Los Angeles. A news release attached to the filing then said the event would be added to this season.

But it wasn’t official until Monday when WLS executives announced the contest will be part of the Big Wave Tour through 2021.

The latest announcement didn’t describe how many participants will be included or what the format will be for the men and women riders. Women were hoping to make their debut this year before the previous organizer Griffin Guess of Titans of Mavericks and Cartel Management canceled the event because of financial issues.

The last contest at Princeton-by-the-Sea was held in …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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