On this question, CEO Keir J. Beadling had this to say:
"While the increased number of potentially contest-worthy swells this El Niño season has brought has certainly been a positive for us, it hasn't fundamentally changed the way these swells are evaluated.
Because everyone associated with the contest is committed to holding the event under conditions that do justice to both the competitors and to Mavericks fans everywhere, we must be picky no matter how many storms the Pacific is churning out.
As for this current run of swells, we honestly don't know how the 24 will vote. While some might find such uncertainty frustrating, we see it as democracy in action, and continue to be excited by it as we wait with our fingers crossed."