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by Ed Temperley on Friday 20th August, 2010 89865 Views
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JAMIE Sterling becomes the Big Kahuna with maiden Big Wave World Tour win at Peru's Pico Alto.
"I'm very emotional since this is the first time I have won a Big Wave World Tour event" said the smiling Hawaiian.
Pico Alto showed why it deserves to be the second stop on the Big Wave World Tour. With face heights exceeding 35ft it was challenging day's competition for all. Certainly far from the blue sky of the eventual champion's native Hawaii. © 2013 Billabong
The final was a tightly contested affair between Anthony Tashnick (USA), Carlos Burle (BRA) and Jamie Sterling (HI) with Jamie taking the title and the tour lead.
Surrounding the comp was a an atmosphere fizzing with energy and adrenaline. Spectators packed into the grandstand were a bit shocked by the size of the waves.
Nature's generous force created waves more than 35ft high, peaking during the semi-final where the wave of the contest, a perfect 10, was ridden by Grant Baker from South Africa. © 2013 Billabong
Local surfers also demonstrated a high performance level, pulling it out the bag for their home crowd.
Gonzalo Velasco, Billabong team rider and Sebastian De Romaña made it to the semi-finals competing alongside 12 of the best international big wave riders, including current world champion Carlos Burle from Brazil and defending Billabong Pico Alto 2009, winner Greg Long from the USA. © 2013 Billabong
As you might expect various surfers experienced some extreme moments.
Peruvian Rafael Velarde lived through the intensity of Pico Alto in his first heat when a wave of 24 feet high broke the board that he ridden to two previous Billabong Pico Alto finals (2006 and 2009).
The eventual winner, Hawaiian Jamie Sterling and South African Chris Bertish both endured two wave hold-downs, Bertish coughing up blood and unable to finish the heat. © 2013 Billabong
Santa Cruz native Peter Mel must be pushing (30...) by now. And despite finding himself as comfortable behind the mike as in front still finds time for a bit of this. © 2013 Billabong
Standings after two of five events:
1. Jamie Sterling (HAW) 1690
2. Christian Merello (Chile) 1000
3. Anthony Tashnick (Nor Cal) 932
4. Greh Long (So Cal) 875
5. Gabriel Villaran (Peru) 810
6. Carlos Burle (Brazil) 725
7. Peter Mel (Nor Cal) 630
8. Marcos Monteiro (Brazil) 621
9. Mark Healy (Hawaii) 450
10. Grant Baker (South Africa) 414 © 2013 Billabong
Billabong's Pico Alto Invitational 2010 presented by Sony, was the second date for this second year of the Big Wave World Tour.
This nascent tour is made possible by the collaborated effort of the sponsors: Sony, Burn, Powerade, Cosas Hombre, Lan, Von Zipper and Nixon who make it possible for everyone.
Water patrol was provided by Ocean Riders, the local Peruvian team and Tim West from the Big Wave World Tour, ensured not only the surfers security in these huge waves but also provided transport from the beach to the line-up.
Next waiting period to open is the newly included Nelscott Reef on November 1st, 2010.
Thanks © 2013 Billabong
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