POSTED: 12:49 p.m. HST, Jan 22, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 1:32 p.m. HST, Jan 23, 2014
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. >> With a large Pacific storm pushing large waves toward California, organizers of the big wave Mavericks surfing contest have told competitors to grab their boards and get ready.
Jeff Clark, director of the event, called the contest for Friday after forecasters determined that the right mixture of swell size and weather would make for waves with faces exceeding 40 feet.
Twenty-four of the world's best big wave surfers now have until Friday to make their way to the break a half-mile off the coast near Half Moon Bay.
Mavericks is known as one of the world's most perilous surfing spots.
Two seasoned watermen have died there, including legendary big-wave rider Mark Foo from Hawaii in 1994.
This year's competitors feature local and international surfers, including former Mavericks champion Greg Long.