Wipeout for Mavericks contest? 

Big-wave riders and their fans can expect an announcement today about the Mavericks Surf Contest and a possible extension of the competition window.

The big-wave contest is typically held during the winter storm season, January through March, but with Mother Nature not cooperating and not generating the swells, the popular contest could be canceled due to the weather.

For the contest, surfers around the world are given 24-hour notice when conditions are prime to arrive in Half Moon Bay and take on the 30- to 50-foot waves that rise up out of the ocean one-half mile off Pillar Point.

Followers of the contest, which has gained in popularity in recent years, can expect an announcement today about the contest and a possible extension of the window through April 15, said Keir Beadling, managing partner and co-founder of event organizer Mavericks Surf Ventures.

dsmith@examiner.com

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