- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - For a first time, the Titans of Mavericks big wave surf contest will have a women’s heat.

The East Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/2egDzo0 ) Monday that a California Coastal Commission report released Friday says its staff recommendation would have been to deny contest organizer Cartel Management its permit if it did not include a women’s heat in the 2016-17 contest.

The heat will be a one-hour, six-woman contest with a $30,000 prize purse within the main event this season. The contest window runs from Nov. 1 through March 31.

Cartel Management acquired the contest, which is held in 25-foot-plus waves at the Maverick’s break near Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, last year.

The coastal commission will vote on the permit during its Nov. 2 meeting.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com

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