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Wipe out! Mavericks surf competition canceled indefinitely

By September 8, 2019 No Comments
The Titans of Mavericks big surf competition drew scores of spectators to Half Moon Bay, but organizers have put the event on hold after years of scheduling difficulties. (Photo courtesy of Titans of Mavericks/Twitter)

After years of unfavorable conditions that interfered with the event, the Titans of Mavericks surf competition has been canceled indefinitely, according to the World Surf League.

The organizers cited two reasons for the cancellation, including “various logistical challenges” and “the inability to run the event the last two seasons.”

Pat O’Connell, the World Surf League’s senior vice president of tours and competition, said in an interview posted on the organization’s website, “The unfortunate part is that we won’t be running a competition at Mavericks and that’s obviously super hard. But we want to create a better world for Big Wave surfing.”

Organizers held the popular event off the coast of Half Moon Bay in 2016, 2014 and 2013 but called it off last year, the year before, and in 2011 and 2012.

Surfers will instead compete in Hawaii and Portugal later this year.