Mavericks Challenge Is On and Will Include Women

Nic Lamb begins to fall off his board during the third heat of the first round of the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

December 29, 2017


The World Surf League has finally completed a lengthy process to acquire Mavericks Big Wave Challenge and include a heat of women surfers. The WSL had to jump through many hoops to be able to run the new Maverick Challenge at Half Moon Bay. This contest has been known as one of the premier surf events that includes the best of the best in the surfing world. With the inclusion of women to the event it has an added draw. Look for Mavericks Challenge to be held in January or February of this year. 

Mavericks Surf Contest Gets the Go-Ahead

Updated 7:30 pm, Thursday, December 14, 2017

After months of dealing with a complicated permit process, the World Surf League has cleared its final hurdle and will stage the Mavericks big-wave surfing contest within a waiting period running from Jan. 3 through Feb. 28. Once known as the Titans of Mavericks, the event off the coast of Half Moon Bay now will be called the Mavericks Challenge.

In purchasing rights to the event from Cartel Co., a Southern California-based company that filed for bankruptcy, the WSL needed approval from the California Coastal Commission after securing all of the other requisite permits.

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