BILLABONG'S Pico Alto Big Wave Invitational is on today, Aug 19th. The second round of the 2010/11 Big Wave World Tour is bracing itself for the arrival of a solid swell. Watch it HERE.
This is a big swell make no mistake. With a discrete packet of open ocean swell at 15ft at 17 seconds the biggest waves of the day should range around 40ft on the face. The forecast has been holding steady and it all comes to a head today.
For event director, Gary Linden, the decision to lengthen the waiting period has been justified by this swell:
"Extending the waiting period into August seems to have paid off. With predictions in the 40ft plus range we're hoping for an epic event.
"There will be 11 Peruvian locals surfing alongside the for the title with last year's finalists Rafael Velarde and Javier Swayne eager for the chance to better their results.
"Also keep an eye out for Billabong rider Alvaro Malpartida who missed last year as well as resident local Jose Gomez.
The international crew of: Anthony Tashnick, Carlos Burle (champ), Chris Bertish, Dave Wassel, Diego Medina, Grant Baker, Greg Long, Kalani Chapman, Marcos Monteiro, Mark Healey, Peter Mel and Ramón Navarro.
With only one event (of five) completed in the 2010/11 season everyone has their eyes on Carlos Burle's World Championship crown.