Mavericks Surf Contest presented by Ask.com Waiting Period Comes to a Close

Mavericks Surf Ventures announced today that the 2007 Mavericks Surf Contest presented by Ask.com waiting period has officially closed. Despite the three-month long window, Mother Nature did not provide Contest-worthy swell this season. Regretfully, the Contest will not take place in 2007 at Maverick's, Half Moon Bay, California, but will return again next winter with heightened anticipation.

“This season has been a testament to the fact that Mavericks is unpredictable and this Contest is in the hands of Mother Nature," said Contest Director Jeff Clark. “I am stoked that all of the guys were onboard this year and ready to travel to Half Moon Bay on 24 hours if I made the call. I commend their dedication."

When the right combination of storm and swell converge to produce waves of 30-40 feet in height, the Mavericks Surf Contest is given the greenlight by Jeff Clark, legendary big wave surfer and official Contest Director. Twenty four of the best big-wave surfers from around the world then have 24 hours to descend upon Half Moon Bay ready to compete in the frigid, harsh waters of Half Moon Bay, California.

The waiting period for the 2007 Mavericks Surf Contest began on January 1, 2007. The 24 invitees including: Matt Ambrose, Grant Twiggy Baker, Ion Banner, Ross Clarke-Jones, Kenny “Skindog" Collins, Randy Cone, Danilo Couto, Shane Desmond, Brock Little, Greg Long, Josh Loya, Garrett McNamara, Peter Mel, Shawn Rhodes, Ryan Seelbach, Evan Slater, Tyler Smith, Russell Smith, Jamie Sterling, Anthony Tashnick, Darryl “Flea" Virostko, Grant Washburn, John Whittle and Zach Wormhoudt, have been on hold since then.

“I think all the invitees agree that this has been a crazy winter season," said Randy Cone, 2007 Contest Invitee. “Things were looking hopeful in early December and then the swells stopped coming. I have been fortunate enough to stay busy shaping boards throughout this dry spell and I look forward to being invited back by Jeff next year."

MSV would like to acknowledge and thank the 2007 invitees for keeping their schedules open and being on a 24 hour call for the past three months. They also extend a thank you to the sponsors that shared in the anticipation and watched for a swell along with the surfers. Finally, Mavericks Surf Ventures would like to express gratitude to the Half Moon Bay Community itself for their support and hospitality.

Stay tuned to www.maverickssurf.com for updates.