Mavericks surf competition organizers met Thursday night to discuss crowd control and safety to prevent a repeat of what happened in February of 2010 when a rogue wave rolled in and injured several spectators.
Should the contest be held this year, fans will be kept far away from the water.
The Maverick's festival will be held at the Oceano Hotel where a live television feed of the event will be piped into surrounding bars and restaurants.
People will then be pointed there to watch and spectators will not be allowed on the beach or cliff bluffs.
Organizers are waiting for the right conditions to hold the event, typically swells that can reach 40-feet.
"With no patrol, no beach patrol it became a dangerous situation with a swell that big," said Jeff Clark with the Mavericks Invitational.
Clark started the Mavericks contest and he met Thursday night with various agencies regarding the changes to the surf contest.
Everything will be in the water, organizers said.
"All the surfers, everybody will be in the water, the judges, the camera people will be in the water. We are moving for the observation of the event to be at a festival," said Rocky Raynor.
San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputires and private security will patrol the area.
"We'll have horses, we'll have bicycles, we'll have the ability to manuever around in that particular area," said Lieutenant Lisa Williams.
"We really want to keep the pressure off the beach and really take care of our community," explained Clark.
When the conditions for the contest are right, 24 professional surfers from around the world will have 24 hours to get to the San Mateo County coast.
The window to hold the contest is open until March 31.
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