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Time is running out for the Mavericks big-wave surf contest, and it’s looking almost certain the event won’t happen this year.
March 31 is the end date for the window in which the event can be held, meaning the contest would have to start this weekend.
Friday morning, Surfline reported the break a half-mile off shore from Pillar Point near Half Moon Bay was flat.
“It is unlikely that we will have another swell before the season closes, but we will continue to monitor the conditions through March 31, the final day of the waiting period,” World Surf League Big Wave Tour Commissioner Mike Parsons told KGO Wednesday.
Mavericks offers premier big-surfing waves when the right conditions coalesce. First, the swell has to be big, but not too big.
“At a certain size, Mavericks becomes very difficult to catch with one’s own two hands and instead surfers have to rely on a jet ski for assistance in getting into the waves,” Jake Tellkamp, 26, of San Francisco who surfs Mavericks, told SFGATE in December 2018.
Also, the tide has to be low at the time the big breakers hit and the wind needs to be light. A strong southerly wind, for example, can create choppy conditions and make the waves impossible to surf.
The contest was last held in 2016. The window for this season’s event opened on Nov. 1, 2018 and runs through March 31, 2019.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mavericks-2019-contest-window-surf-big-wave-13726457.php.