Mavericks Invitational is "Frickin' Sick"

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    HALF MOON BAY, CA - JANUARY 20: Alex Martins competes in the finals during the Mavericks Invitational surf competition on January 20, 2013 in Half Moon Bay, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    The ultimate surfing contest - the Mavericks Invitational - kicked off with near perfect weather conditions on Friday, with 24 of the world's top surfers riding the waves off Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay.

    Since the waves can get so dangerous, the public was limited to watching the competition from a nearby hotel or bar, or online, streaming on the Maverick's website and from a helicopter on NBC Bay Area.

    Lots of people were clicking in to see the glorious and sunny skies.

    As Mitch Hoffman, who tweets under the handle @bagheera_13, put it: "Mavericks Invitational is frickin sick."

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    Top surfers from all around the world competed on Friday to be number one in the Half Moon Bay Mavericks surfing competition. 12 of the surfers are from the Bay Area while the other 12 are from areas all over the world including Hawaii, South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. The competition kicked of at 8 a.m. and is expected to continue until the afternoon. Bob Redell reports. (Published Friday, Jan 24, 2014)

    Check out some of the images from the contest from different vantage points.