Mavericks Faces Pressure for Women to Surf Big-Wave Contest

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Mavericks is one of the most well-known and competitive events in big-wave surfing. Recently renamed "Titans of Mavericks," the annual contest invites surfers from around the globe to ride Half Moon Bay's legendary waves. But no woman has ever competed in the final round at Mavericks. The California Coastal Commission recently asked Mavericks officials to come up with a plan to include women for next year's competition. We look at Mavericks and the larger question of gender equity in professional surfing.


Bianca Valenti, professional surfer

Bruce Jenkins, sports columnist, San Francisco Chronicle