Come dawn on Wednesday morning, the second year of the Big Wave World Tour will commence with the Quiksilver Punta Lobos Ceremonial in Chile. Held at Punta de Lobos, the famed break will play host to many of the top big wave surfers, including current BWWT world champion Carlos Burle, defending contest winner Grant "Twiggy" Baker, Chile's favorite hometown hero, Ramon Navarro, The Eddie winner Greg Long, Peter Mel, Mark Healey and 18 other big wave chargers as they continue their quest to legitimize the new tour, accumulate some points, and score some heavy southern-hemi lefts.
Ramon, a most gracious host, is excited to have everyone back to his home break for another world-class event. "It's an honor for everyone to come here and ride these waves," say Navarro. "The swell is very solid and we could see some giant waves."
We're six weeks into the waiting period, so the arrival of this swell couldn't have come at a better time. The biggest logistical challenge to holding a big wave event is finding a powerful enough swell during your preset window that will allow for a full day of competition. It looks as though the patience of all involved will finally be rewarded. And if the southern hemi winter is anything like our 2009/10 winter, the tour should be off to a good start before heading north. The addition of the Nelscot Reef Contest makes for a total of five stops, and based upon the success of the inaugural tour, it's going to be an exciting race to follow.
Defending champ Twiggy is excited about defending his title, "Last year was so much fun and I got to hang out in Chile for a while so I am looking forward to heading back and seeing all my friends from down there again. I love the wave and if it's really big this year, the contest will be the real deal."
Stay tuned for the full contest coverage tomorrow night as the pisco will be flowing and a champion will be crowned.