Mavericks contest founder sues ex-partners

Posted by: on January 21st, 2010

Jeff Clark first paddled into the mammoth waves at Mavericks as a boy of 17, then surfed alone there for 15 years. This was long before the spot north of Half Moon Bay graced magazine covers, hosted one of the sport's blockbuster events and made Clark famous.

Now Clark is alone again.

The 52-year-old owner of a Half Moon Bay surf shop has waded into the courts in an effort to resolve the dispute that prompted his ouster last year from the surf contest he created – a quarrel as nasty as a plunge from the lip of a 40-footer.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court, Clark seeks damages from contest operator Mavericks Surf Ventures and three of its top officials. He claims they froze him out of the event and owe him tens of thousands of dollars in salary and royalties.

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