Wave Goodbye

April 5, 2019
By Shalom Jacobovitz – SJ1_8558, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9511582

Surf’s up! At least that’s what some of the greatest surfers around the world thought they’d be saying by now while riding some of the biggest waves of Northern California. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. You see, every year, surfers from around the world wait for the call to show up for the “Titans of the Mavericks” surf competition in Half Moon Bay, California. Unlike other surf competitions, a committee makes the call when the waves are at their largest and gives surfers seventy-two hours to show up for the competition. The Mavericks are big waves that swell in the months of November through March. Although there was a small window for the competition to take place in December, the organizers deemed it too dangerous and didn’t make the call. This is the second year in a row that the competition has been cancelled. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, but the competitors—especially the females—were disappointed. Why? Because this would have been the first year that both male and female competitors were competing for the same amount in prize money. We’ll just have to wait until next year to see if the world’s greatest surfers get to conquer Mavericks.