Mon 4 Nov 2013 unconfirmed

Mavericks Surf Contest

  • By Bas Nieuwenhuizen and 1 other
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • Half Moon Bay, California Republic, United States

The Maverick Surf Contest returns with 24 of the world's greatest big wave surfers at Pillar Point Harbor, just 20 minutes south of San Francisco and nearby the town Half Moon Bay.

The location, also known as Maverick's, is famous for its big waves caused by an unusual rock formation on the sea floor. The waves can crest at more than 8 metres and rise as high as 24 metres at times. Several surfers have died riding the big waves.

The contest was first held in 1999, but called off for several years recently because of unfavourable weather and water conditions. The official title of the contest is now "Mavericks Invitational".

This is due to the fact that the organizers set the whole period between nov 1 till march 31 as the possible date for organizing the event. When the predictions for favourable conditions are in, contestants and fans will be invited to come and enjoy the special race.

2013 has a kick-off festival on nov 1.

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