Mavericks 2012 in Jeopardy

The window for the surf contest closes at the end of the month.


Organizers of the big-wave surfing contest at Mavericks say it's  not likely that the right weather conditions will materialize in time to hold  the competition this year.
    The window to hold the world-famous Mavericks Invitational is set  to close on March 31.
    "Although we are hopeful, it does not look like the swell we need  for the contest will show before the window closes," big-wave surfer and  contest organizer Jeff Clark said in a statement.
    Competition spokeswoman Jessica Banks said that forecasters have  not predicted any significant change in offshore conditions that would create  prime big-wave swells in the next 10 days.
    This will be the second consecutive season that the contest was  not held due to lack of waves.
    Organizers are now turning their attention to hosting the  Mavericks Invitational Festival, which is scheduled for March 31 on the  grounds of the Oceano Hotel and Spa at 270 Capistrano Road in  Princeton-by-the-Sea.
    The festival will feature many of the 24 elite surfers who were  invited to participate in the contest, as well as the inaugural Mavericks  Awards, which aims to honor notable achievements in big-wave surfing over the  past year.
    More information about the festival is available online at

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