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Mavericks big wave surf contest window opens

HALF MOON BAY — The three-month window for the Mavericks big wave surfing contest is open, and while the beach will be closed during the event, organizers will detail at a public meeting how people can watch.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/tjw5Tw ) that officials on Thursday will hold the meeting to discuss parking and public safety.

The beach access ban was caused partly due to injuries at the 2010 event, when large waves surged into the crowd, leaving some spectators with bruises and broken bones.

This year's event will be broadcast for the public on the grounds of the Oceano Hotel & Spa at Pillar Point.

The contest — which occurs only if weather and swell conditions are just right — has a time window that ends March 31.


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