Jay Moriarity: time to fly | Photo by Vern Fisher

The HMB Surf Group Inc., which consists of a group of Maverick’s competitors, community members, long-time event coordinators and sponsors, today announced the official competitor lineup for the inaugural "The Jay at Maverick's Big Wave Invitational.”

The 24 invitees consist of surfers from all over California – including several locals – as well as Hawaii, Florida and other parts of the world. Also making the cut is nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater who just a week ago confirmed his interest in returning to Maverick’s to compete, nearly 10 years after his one and only appearance to the event to date.

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Kelly Slater: no pressure, just show off

The stage is set. Hawaii is getting ready for the famous Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the most waited jewels of world surfing, now in its 28th edition.

With the guiding light of Andy Irons, the waves will hit the Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park for the Reef Hawaiian Pro, from November 12th.

Then, it's time for another blessed event. The O'Neill World Cup of Surfing will see thousands of spectators gathering in Sunset Beach, between November 24th and December 6th.

Finally, there's the Billabong Pipe Masters, in Banzai Pipeline, for a tube riding heaven, held between December 8th-20th.

The rules are pretty simple. The best surfer of the three events gets the privilege to own the heavy title.

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Surfing Hainan: always protected

The exotic South China Island of Hainan in the Wanning district hosted this years three day surfing festival with surfers from over 12 nations gathering for a friendly and fun time and enjoying some superb high performance 1m (3 feet) surf.

Australia's Mark Matthews is well known throughout the world for his amazing feats surfing massive waves but here in China he showed his skills extend to high performance small waves and he was announced surfer of the festival.

"It's definitely been one of the most awesome weeks of surfing for me here in China - We've scored quality waves on the beachbreaks and the points, the people have been amazing and we've all just had such a great time - I'm looking forward to returning next year for certain." said Matthews.

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