Mother Nature grants Mavericks waves, weather


Looks like the uber-cold weather left the California coast just in time for us to hit the beach!

Okay okay, maybe it isn’t that warm. But that isn’t going to stop the pretty men in wetsuits from hitting the surf this Sunday.

That’s right: the Mavericks Invitational is invading Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay this Sunday, and from the looks of it, the weather is going to be perfect. Not just for spectators, but for the blue-eyed Kelly Slater, blondy Mark Healey and the rest of the Mavericks’ participants.

Mavericks Invitational Contest Director Jeff Clark said on the event’s website:

 “The waves are going to be insane, the weather is going to be beautiful, and the level of surfing will break new ground.”

In fact, a large storm off the coast of Japan is expected to send massive waves to the central California coast. Spectators at the Pillar Point Harbor area have seen waves reach between 60 and 80 feet in past years. Conditions for this upcoming weekend are projected to be the best that the annual competition has seen in recent years.

Sure, there are some naysayers out there, claiming that the conditions at this event are exaggerated and that most of the front from the Japanese storm will be sent north to Alaska.

Granted, weather forecasters are only so accurate.

And with general admission tickets at $10 a pop, you can catch some competitive surfing, then head to the bar for the Niners game, and be home in time to catch the end of the Sharks opener against Calgary. Just saying.

The 2013 Mavericks Invitational starts at 7:30 a.m this Sunday with “doors” opening to the public at 7:45 a.m. The first heat — including surf big-wigs Slater and Healey — is set to hit the waves around 8.

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