Ben Margot/2008 AP file photoThe Body Glove Mavericks Invitational is happening this weekend.

Mavericks surf contest to start Jan. 1 at the earliest

The world-famous surf contest at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay will begin on Jan. 1 at the earliest, contest organizers announced Wednesday.

Citing the lack of big waves, the Mavericks Invitational surfing contest window was moved and will now run from Jan. through March 31. The contest window was originally scheduled to open Thursday.

“By this time of year, we usually have the chance to get out there and surf, get the cobwebs off so to speak,” contest director Jeff Clark said in a news release. “But there hasn’t been any decent swell and now we’re getting into the holidays, which is always a black-out period for the contest.”

The contest, which is back under the control of founder Clark after a legal battle, invites 24 surfers from around the world to surf the world-famous break that is located a half-mile off the coast at Pillar Point Harbor.

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