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An earlier start for Mavericks

The 2012 Mavericks Invitational is now a part of the Big Wave World Tour

Updated: July 26, 2012, 3:35 PM ET
By Megan Michelson | ESPN.com

The official waiting period for the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest in California will open on Nov. 1, 2012 and run through March 31, 2013, an earlier start date than normal due to a predicted El Niņo winter.

"It looks like we are headed for an early winter, and we want to take advantage of the big swells in November," said Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark, who sits on the contest's board of directors. "The surfers are ready, the community is ready, and we are stoked ...

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