California’s Mavericks surf contest canceled indefinitely

September 3, 2019 GMT
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, Peter Mel catches a wave as Colin Dwyer, left, watches during the second heat of the first round of the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Organizers of the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks in Northern California say they are canceling the competition indefinitely. The World Surf League says logistical challenges and the inability to run the event the last two years prompted it to cancel it this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, Peter Mel catches a wave as Colin Dwyer, left, watches during the second heat of the first round of the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Organizers of the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks in Northern California say they are canceling the competition indefinitely. The World Surf League says logistical challenges and the inability to run the event the last two years prompted it to cancel it this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, Peter Mel catches a wave as Colin Dwyer, left, watches during the second heat of the first round of the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Organizers of the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks in Northern California say they are canceling the competition indefinitely. The World Surf League says logistical challenges and the inability to run the event the last two years prompted it to cancel it this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, Peter Mel catches a wave as Colin Dwyer, left, watches during the second heat of the first round of the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Organizers of the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks in Northern California say they are canceling the competition indefinitely. The World Surf League says logistical challenges and the inability to run the event the last two years prompted it to cancel it this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, Peter Mel catches a wave as Colin Dwyer, left, watches during the second heat of the first round of the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Organizers of the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks in Northern California say they are canceling the competition indefinitely. The World Surf League says logistical challenges and the inability to run the event the last two years prompted it to cancel it this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Organizers of the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks in Northern California say they are canceling the competition indefinitely.

The World Surf League says logistical challenges and the inability to run the event the last two years prompted it to cancel it this year.

WSL produces some of the world’s best-known surf contests and in 2017 bought the rights to the Titans of Mavericks big wave surf contest after its original organizer filed for bankruptcy. It changed its name to the Mavericks Challenge.

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If the surf was right, the contest was held in 25-foot-plus waves at the at the Maverick’s break near Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay between Nov. 1 and March 31.

The contest was called off in 2017 and 2018.