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Half Moon Bay to Host World's Top Surfers at Mavericks Opening Ceremonies

Competitors will paddle out to big wave break on Friday for opening of 2011-2012 contest window.

Some of the best big wave surfers across the globe will converge in Half Moon Bay on Friday to ride the first big swell of the season at and officially open the 2011-2012 contest window, veteran surfer and Mavericks Invitational Jeff Clark announced yesterday.

"We've been waiting since November, and now we're definitely seeing some big waves this week at Mavericks," Clark said. "It's the first really big swell of the season, a chance for the surfers to get out there and play with that power before the contest actually happens."

The Mavericks paddle out and prayer ceremony is an adoption of the Hawaiian tradition and has been a hallmark of the contest's opening ceremonies.

Read the full story on Half Moon Bay Patch.

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