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Big Wave World Champ to be crowned in San Clemente

Todos Santos Big Wave Event : photo courtesy Lorene Carpentier

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Champion chosen based on events held in Chile, Baja and California

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 April, 2010 : - - In partnership with Jim Beam, Rogue Wave Events will hold an awards ceremony and crown the first ever Big Wave World Champion on the 24th of April at the Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente. Results for the 2009/2010 season are based on the finals from the “Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos” in Chile, “Billabong Pico Alto Invitational” in Peru, “Mavericks Surf Contest” in Half Moon Bay, California, and the “Todos Santos Big Wave Event” in Ensenada, Baja Norte, Mexico.

The 2009/2010 season was comprised of surfers pushing their limits in challenging conditions and raising the bar of big wave surfing.  Among those progressive and committed surfers were the following standouts: Hawaiian Mark Healey (who won the Todos Santos Event and placed 4th in Pico Alto), South African charger Chris Bertish (who won the Mavericks Surf Contest in gigantic surf), South African Grant “Twiggy” Baker (who took top honors at the Ceremonial Punte de Lobos in Chile and placed 5th at Todos Santos), Brazilian Carlos Burle (who made it to the finals of all four events), and Californian Greg Long (who won the Billabong Pico Alto Invitational in Peru).

Big Wave World Tour Director Gary Linden said the following about the 2009/2010 season, “The biggest waves ridden during this year’s tour were at Mavericks, and were the largest waves ridden in the history of competition. The term ‘big wave’ now applies to something larger than before.”

For the Big Wave World Tour ranking, only finalists are awarded points based on a unique structure that embodies the true spirit of big wave surfing – riding the biggest waves. Each event is given points based on the size of surf (a minimum of 12-15’ is needed) with bigger waves garnering more points. This system was conceived in order to award surfers riding the largest waves.

In addition to the celebration, in the hours leading up to the awards ceremony a round table discussion will take place amongst the big wave riders and the staff of Rogue Wave Events, the tour organizers. The round table will provide a forum for the Tour’s future to be discussed.

During the awards party, the film “The Find: Claiming Nelscott Reef” directed by Erich Lyttle and produced by Behemoth LLC will be premiered for the first time in California. Nelscott Reef will be included in the 2010/2011 Big Wave World Tour with a paddle-in invitational event with 24 surfers. The waiting period for Nelscott Reef will be from October - November 2010.

The upcoming 2010/2011 Big Wave World Tour will encompass at least 5 events:  Chile, Peru, Mavericks, Todos and Nelscott Reef. The season will kick off in Chile with the Quiksilver Ceremonial, whose waiting period is from April 1st May 31st, 2010.

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Pierre Camoin

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