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Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest 

Surfers, families and fans were joined by Oracle Team USA members Jimmy Spithill and Shannon Falcone as they gathered on the beach at Mavericks for the traditional opening ceremonies and paddle out marking the unofficial start of the Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest.
The official contest window for the Mavericks Invitational surf contest is set to open on November 1 and run through March 31, 2014. Surfers are given as little as 24 hours notice when waves and conditions are just right to hold the event.
In celebration, the surf community gathered for the traditional Opening Ceremony and Paddle Out at the beach at Mavericks on Friday, October 25, at 2 p.m. Not an official contest day, rather an opportunity for the surfers and community to gather and celebrate the upcoming season.
“The Opening Ceremony is our annual ‘gathering of the tribe’ – a chance to get together before the season opens,” said Contest Director and Mavericks Pioneer Jeff Clark. “It’s a more relaxed atmosphere than contest day and gives the fans, surfers and local kids a chance to meet the competitors and join them for the ceremonial paddle out.”
The Opening Ceremony takes place on the beach where surfers gather to mingle, meet fans and then paddle out to the water and form a prayer circle to commemorate the event, showing respect to fellow surfers and their safety, and acknowledge those who came before them.
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