HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -

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Despite some hesitation, organizers for the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest say it will start this Friday.

Surfers from all over the world will be heading to the contest, which starts on Friday. Of the 24 contestants there are 8 locals from Santa Cruz county.

Earlier in the day, there was some doubt that the contest would be held Friday when event founder Jeff Clark posted this statement on Facebook, "Due to changes in the offshore weather the Call for the Mavericks Invitational will be postponed until noon today so we can see a favorable change. There is going to be SOUTH WIND and a GIANT swell. This combination can make it very dangerous, not only for competitors but for all boats out in the water. We will keep you posted."

To get tickets and more information go to mavericksinvitational.com