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Surf's up: Mavericks big wave contest a go

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.

HALF MOON BAY — Two dozen of the world's best surfers including 11-time world champion Kelly Slater will travel to a big wave break called Mavericks off the Northern California coast to compete.

Mavericks Invitational organizers said the contest will take place Sunday at the perilous, rocky break located a half-mile off the coast near Half Moon Bay. Two surfers have died at the infamous spot.

Each winter when large swells travel toward the Northern California coast, the surfers are put on notice.

Contest organizers wait for a perfect mixture of meteorological events, and give the watermen at least 24-hour notice.

This year, a storm off Japan has sent large swells toward California, with stories-high waves, light winds and sunny skies predicted for Sunday.

This would be the first Mavericks contest since 2010.

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