Maverick’s surf competition looking at a wipeout due to lack of swell 

The world famous surf competition Maverick’s in Half Moon Bay is all but off, according to contest organizers.

With only five days until the window on the Jay at Maverick’s Big Wave Invitational will close, it’s looking less and less likely.

The La Nina weather pattern has failed to give the contest the 15- to 20-foot waves necessary.

“Chances are very slim,” said Kylie Heintz, spokeswoman for the competition. “The lack of swell would be the reason.”

The contest invites 24 surfers to participate in the one-day competition.

Though a storm is expected to hit the Bay Area beginning Thursday, it will bring more precipitation than swell, according to the National Weather Service.

Insufficient waves kept the competition from happening in 2007 and ’09. In 2010, organizers increased the contest window to call the competition by four weeks to allow for a higher chance of happening.

The winner would have taken $150,000 and the right to say they conquered the massive waves.

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