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Mavericks big-wave surf contest gets go-ahead to resume

December 15, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2013, file photo, Greg Long competes during the third heat of the Mavericks surf competition in Half Moon Bay, Calif. New organizers have gotten the go-ahead to resume the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks, with the event previously known as Titans of Mavericks now called the Mavericks Challenge, and includes women for the first time. The California Coastal Commission approved the move on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — New organizers have gotten the go-ahead to resume the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks in Northern California.

The event previously known as Titans of Mavericks will now be called the Mavericks Challenge and will include women for the first time.

The California Coastal Commission approved the move on Wednesday.

The previous organizers, Cartel Management, Inc., filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

The World Surf League bought the rights to the contest, and has weathered the long, complicated permit process to revive the dangerous contest that takes place amid 25-foot waves off the coast of Half Moon Bay.

The contest is set to take place sometime between Jan. 3 and Feb. 28. The window is so wide to allow for the right conditions in Mavericks unpredictable surf.

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