Judge approves sale of Mavericks big-wave surf contest to World Surf League

According to the San Mateo Daily Journal, a federal judge gave approval on Friday for Cartel Management to sell the Mavericks big-wave surf contest to the World Surf League (WSL).

Two creditors filed objections to the proposed sale in the U.S. District Bankruptcy Court judge in Los Angeles, citing that the sale was too low. But the federal judge ultimately agreed Cartel could accept $525,000 from the WSL in exchange for the permit.

While this is a major step in getting total ownership of the permit, the WSL still needs approval for the transfer of the permit from the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners. A meeting in regards to that is said to take place this Wednesday, as the Harbor District allows for only one entity to control that permit for a contest at Mavericks.

But Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan has shown approval for the WSL wanting to get involved, telling the San Mateo Daily Journal, "It's been a long time coming and I think a change in management is long overdue. From everything I've heard, the WSL is completely committed to running an event and last I checked they were on course for lining up permits."

So the meeting seems more or less like a formality at this point. While it remains to be seen if the WSL’s Big Wave Tour will add Mavericks to the schedule for this winter after drastically reducing the number of events for 2017-18, it does remain a possibility. The logistics of putting that together in such a short amount of time will also factor into that possibility.

The WSL’s Dave Prodan told GrindTV previously, “Mavericks is known everywhere as one of the iconic and dramatic big-wave locations in the world, and the WSL is looking forward to working with the San Mateo County Harbor District and the local community moving forward.”

Ben Andrews at Mavericks. Photo: Courtesy of Frank Quirarte/WSL

More about big-wave surfing from GrindTV

World Surf League purchases rights to Mavericks big-wave surf contest

'Women's Waimea Bay Championship' would be first women-only big-wave contest

Kai Lenny shows off his versatile skills on all boards in 'Paradigm Lost' trailer