Mavericks waves huge, but no surf contest

While you were polishing off that third serving of mashed potatoes, surfers were hanging ten on some of the biggest waves of this year so far.

But despite the mammoth swell that’s hitting California right now, a Mavericks Surf spokesman said it’s unlikely the annual surf contest at Mavericks near Half Moon Bay will be held right now.

“Traditionally, Thanksgiving has been blacked out for the contest, so people can enjoy the holiday with their family,” said Joao DeMacedo, Mavericks Surf Ventures eco-manager.

That’s not to say most surfers were bypassing the year’s biggest waves in favor of pumpkin pie. Dozens donned their wet suit and dropped into some of the biggest waves of the year yesterday, and will likely continue to do so until the swell subsides Saturday evening, as forecasted by the National Weather Service.

Mavericks is one of the world’s most competitive big-wave contests and is announced just more than a day in advance. The contest was cancelled last year because months of relatively calm ocean conditions never provided for a swell big enough for the contest.

kworth@sfexaminer.com

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