Surfers Test Waters As Mavericks Contest Window Opens

HALF MOON BAY (KCBS) — The high surf advisory in effect for most of Friday was music to the ears of Mavericks Surf Contest competitors as world class big wave surfers, here for the contest’s opening ceremony, were treated to the coast’s biggest waves so far of the season.

Ben Wilkinson flew out from Sydney, Australia and was excited to get into waves as high as 50 feet. He talked about the importance of testing the waters.

“It’s always good to experience different swell angles and wind conditions because you never know what the contest day is going to bring,” he said.

Three time Mavericks winner Darryl Virotsko of Santa Cruz called the now world famous surf spot intense when it gets this big.

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