Clark insists his event will be as safe as a big-wave contest can be. When conditions are right he'll put out the word by phone, fax and Web site. Sixteen of the world's best big-wave surfers will have 24 hours to get to Half Moon Bay, where they'll try to survive and earn enough style points to win the $10,000 first prize. "This isn't about Maverick's as a huge wave," Clark says. "It's about Maverick's as a performance wave."
Cybersurfers can catch the action live on www.mavsurfer.com.
A Halloween Gas
Halloween, the eve of Sunday's Marlboro 500, will feature some high-octane trick-or-treating at the California Speedway. Fans under 12 can take a spooky stroll through the VIP area, where drivers including Mark Blundell, Dario Franchitti, Paul Tracy and Al Unser Jr. will be lurking in costume. Whatever getup Tracy-known in CART circles as Captain Crunch for his wheel-banging recklessness—dons, it won't be half as scary to kids as the sight of Tracy in a helmet and driving gloves is to other racers.