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January 16, 2013
Mavericks big wave surf contest set for Sunday

The three-year wait appears over - the Mavericks Invitational is a go.

Northern California's legendary big wave contest will be held Sunday at the famous surf break on the northern edge of Half Moon Bay, announced Jeff Clark, the contest's founder.

"A big storm is coming in and we're expecting waves upwards of 30 feet or more," Clark said. "The weather is supposed to be gorgeous. It looks like perfect conditions."

Unlike past contests, the two dozen elite surfers who will compete got almost four days notice instead of the traditional 24-hour call to hit the beach. The contest will start at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Among the surfers expected to compete are past winners Greg Long, Anthony Tashnick, Grant Baker and Chris Bertish. In addition, 11-time world surf champion Kelly Slater may make it, too.

Also in a break from past contests, viewing will not be allowed on the beach at Pillar Point. Instead, fans are invited to attend a special surf festival at Oceano Hotel at Princeton Harbor where they can watch the action live on big screens and meet the competitors after their heats. Tickets are $10 advance online or $20 at the gate.

The contest also will be webcast live, free online. To watch on Sunday or get tickets to the Mavericks Invitational surf festival, click on

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