Pico Alto - Racing the Beast

The first stop of the ASP Big Wave World Tour held in Pico Alto, Peru is over and brings you some of the highlights of the event. The competition kicked off last week and saw world's best 24-men comprised of the top 12, led by reigning world champion Grant 'Twiggy' Baker, as well as six ASP wildcards and six local wildcards tackling massive swell in 40-foot surf. The main goal was simple: go big and make it look easy.
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The win went to Hawaiian Makua Rothman who scored the best waves battling 40-foot seas and a field of the world’s best watermen to take out the first event of the 2014/2015 ASP BWWT season.

“I didn’t even know what was going on during that wave (his 9.40 out of a possible 10),” Rothman said. “I thought I was going over the falls, but I figured I’d just try and hang on. I’m just stoked to be here and stoked to win. This is my first event ever on the Big Wave World Tour and I can’t put into words what this means.”

Pico Alto, Peru, on top of its tremendous history in the big wave surfing tradition, is one of the most consistent big wave spots. It pulls the swell directly into this offshore reef, and it takes about 45 minutes to paddle to. The break picks up the south swell in the Southern Hemisphere, so swells that move farther south, that have a broader spectrum, will move directly south and come up and hit Chile and Peru straight on.

Despite its uniqueness and the fact, Peru was once a Mecca of international surfing, it went away. In the 1970s, a military government came in, and the country was plagued by corruption and violence through the 1980s. Then (President Alberto) Fujimori came in and turned the economy around in the ‘90s. The economy had started to boom again, and I started running the BWWT there in 2009. Let's hope it will stay that way.

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10. 7. 2014
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