Safety of Mavericks' Deadly Waves Gets a Hearing

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The danger in Mavericks Surf Contest have never been debated. The competition is one of the most dangerous in the world for surfers.

    But Monday the safety of spectators watching surfers risks their lives will be discussed.

    The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors president Rich Gordon will  hold a public meeting to discuss safety at the annual Mavericks Surf  Contest near Half Moon Bay.

    During the most recent contest on Feb. 13, large waves hit a  crowded beach near Pillar Point Harbor, injuring more than a dozen  spectators.
         
    The meeting will give the public an oppurtunity to offer their  input about ways to improve the contest and address public safety issues,  Gordon's spokesman Matt Jacobs said.

    Public safety officials met in late February for a post-event  debriefing, which the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said is routine for  large events.
       
    The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room  at the Comfort Inn at 2930 Cabrillo Highway North in Half Moon Bay.