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Mavericks surf contest a go

Frank Quirarte Frank Quirarte

HALF MOON BAY, CA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's big wave surfers are heading east. The swell that brought us some great rides this week is now on its way to California.

That means the Mavericks Surf Contest in famed Half-Moon Bay is a go this weekend.

We know so far our own Dave Wassel, Brock Little and Jamie Sterling are expected to compete in waves as high as 50 feet. Only 24 surfers from around the world are invited.

Since Hawaii surfer Mark Foo died in the dangerous spot in 1994, safety has been the first priority.

Each surfer will have a rescuer assigned specifically to him.

"They're in communication with the cliff," said Frank Quirarte, Water Patrol & Safety Director.

"There's cliffspotters making sure nobody loses contact with any surfer that has gone down. There's always a count all the time."

This will be the first Mavericks since 2008. The contest starts at 5:00 AM Saturday, Hawaii time and will be shown live on the web.

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