Mavericks on hold for right waves 

After canceling the previous Mavericks Surf Contest due to a major deficit of big waves from January to March, organizers opened the contest window two months early in case the right waves came in.

But 2009 proved a bust for surfing. Though a swell came in around Thanksgiving that initially looked promising, it didn’t last long enough for a contest. Since then, no waves have come in that are both large and enduring enough to activate the legendary contest and summon 24 of the world’s best surfers to the Half Moon Bay break.

However, Mavericks Surf Chief Executive Officer Keir Beadling has high hopes for 2010. This is an El Niño year, he explained, and El Niño years come with the promise of big waves.

“The ocean already looks dramatically different now than it did this time last year,” he said. “We feel very good about there being a contest in 2010, and maybe even in the next couple weeks.”

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