High surf predicted, but no word yet on Mavericks

The National Weather Service issued a high surf warning Thursday afternoon and evening, with swells of up to 15 feet along the Peninsula coast and breaking waves as high as 20 feet on local beaches.

The high waves fueled speculation the Mavericks Invitational surf contest might happen soon. The Half Moon Bay competition could occur anytime within a three-month window that began this month, with surfers given 24 hours of notice.

However, contest director Jeff Clark said heavy fog would put a damper on any surfing.

“We were out in the water today checking out conditions,” he said. “It was pretty much too dangerous.”

Clark said the contest’s organizers generally predict good waves based on conditions farther out to sea, but it was too soon to say when the competition might occur.

“Stay tuned,” he said. “Surfers are the eternal optimists.”

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service was predicting a pleasant weekend. Although wind speeds might reach 15 mph today, the temperature will be around 60 degrees. The mild weather was expected through Sunday.

“It’s going to be nice,” said forecaster Diana Henderson.

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