Statement from Mike Parsons, WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner:
"We have been closely monitoring the forecast models for Mavericks over the past week. Unfortunately, the swells we were tracking for March 23 will not deliver up to the Big Wave Tour standards to run a full day of competition. Additionally, permit restrictions and the USAF Base blackout period on March 23 present logistical challenges for the event's judging, as all operations would need to run from the water. We've discussed with the Big Wave athlete reps and they agree that this swell will not provide enough opportunities to run the full event. It is unlikely that we will have another swell before the season closes, but we will continue to monitor the conditions through March 31, the final day of the waiting period."
During the Big Wave season window, the WSL Big Wave team is constantly monitoring an array of weather charts and tracking big storms crossing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans with the help of our forecasting partner, Surfline. The waves must be a consistent minimum 25 feet on the face of the wave throughout the entire time of competition. Wind, tide and the effects they have will play a part when making the call.