The Puerto Escondido Challenge was dropped from the Big Wave Tour this year—but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a big wave contest at Zicatela. The Puerto Escondido Cup has a waiting period that extends through the month of June, boasts an invite list that looks strikingly similar to the former Big Wave Tour event’s list, and has Gary Linden for a contest director. In other words, Puerto doesn’t care that it isn’t on tour anymore—it’ still gonna put on a helluva show.
A solid pulse of steep southerly swell is chugging toward Mexico right now, and the Puerto Escondido Cup has been greenlighted for Sunday, June 24th. And just to spice things up a notch, a women’s division has been added to the event, with equal prize money as the men’s event. This will be the first women’s big wave event in Latin America, and promises to be a good one, as preliminary forecasts are calling for waves in the 10- to 12-foot+ range (20-foot+ faces on the sets).
Last week’s solid south swell had a few windows of perfection at Puerto Escondido, but was largely plagued by subpar wind conditions caused by topical storm Bud. With one week left in the event waiting period, this swell couldn't come at a better time—and the wind forecast looks like it is back to normal, with classic conditions expected on Sunday morning. The event will stream live at Facebook.com/surfopenleague.
Grant Twig Baker
Rogercin Ramirez Jr
Joao de Macedo
Cover shot Bianca Valenti by Pedro Bala