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Big Wave World Tour kicks off at Punta de Lobos event

Cristian Merello during the 2010 event © A.Escobar




 

Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos Invitational
Presented by Suzuki

Pichilemu, Chile
1 April - 31 May 2011


Quiksilver Cerimonial Punta de Lobos 2011 opens Big Wave World Tour season  française ci-dessous

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 April, 2011 : - - The 2011/2012 Big Wave World Tour Season officially opened on April 1st with the start of the waiting period for the Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta De Lobos 2011 (Chile).

Last year winner, local Cristian Merello, will be defending his title against the BWWT top 12 chargers , including Big Wave World Champion Jamie Sterling, and a contingent of “hungry” locals and regional invitees. Precious BWWT ranking points are at stake giving the possibility for the local surfers to get into the BWWT top 12 and qualified for the Tour.

Quiksilver Cerimonial 2011: Reinaldo Ibarra wins the Trials

The trials for the Quiksilver Cerimonial Punta de Lobos 2011 were run last Saturday, March 26th. The extreme conditions – 20 knots of south wind, strong current and 18 foot waves – were ideal to select the 3 surfers to received an invitation to the Ceremonial. and to compete against the world best big wave surfers in the first Big Wave World Tour event of the 2011/2012 season.

Local judges, Matias Mediano, Puito Diaz and Nachi Vargas, had the hard task to establish a ranking after 4 one hour heats as all 19 Chilean competitors including 1 woman, the intrepid Janelle Anderson, charged all day the massive surf.

Reinaldo Ibarra, Matias Lopez and Leon Vicuna came up on top and qualified for the main event where they will compete against the world best big wave surfers  They will join fellow Chileans Cristian Merello (last year event winner), Ramon Navarro, Diego Medina and Fernando Zeggers in the first Big Wave World Tour event of the 2011/2012 season, hoping for a big win at home and chasing ranking points to qualify for others Big Wave World Tour events.

Trials Results

1) Reinaldo “Chacha” Ibarra
2) Matias Lopez
3) Leon Vicuna
4) Jejo Martinez
5) Fabian Conejo Farias
6) Ismael “Mistico” Herreros
7) Elvis Munoz
8) Morris Tapia
9) Janelle Anderson
10) Patricio Mekis

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rendez-vous au Chili pour le Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos Big Wave


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 April, 2011 : - -  Les meilleurs surfers de grosses vagues se donnent rendez-vous au Chili pour le Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos Big Wave présenté par Sony Ericsson and Suzuki


Punta de Lobos, Pichilemu, Chile (13 avril 2001) – Le Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta De Lobos Big Wave Invitational, doté d’un prize money de 20 000 $, commence ce printemps avec l’élite mondiale des surfers de grosses vagues, qui se réunira du 1er avril au 31 mai 2011.

La première étape du  Big Wave World Tour 2011, Le Quiksilver Ceremonial est l’un des événements de grosses vagues les plus importants au Chili. Cette année, les conditions promettent d’être gigantesques avec des vagues pouvant dépasser 30 ft (soit plus de 9 mètres de haut) et des tubes parfaits qui ont fait la réputation de ce spot.

« C’est la troisième année du Quiksilver Ceremonial sur le Big Wave World Tour, nous attendons tous des vagues exceptionnelles pour cette édition » précise Gary Linden, Directeur du Big Wave World Tour et de la compétition. « Nous avons tous vu le potentiel de ce spot avec l’arrivée du swell en début de saison. »

Participeront au Quiksilver Ceremonial 2011 : Jamie Sterling, Kohl Christensen, Anthony Taschnick, Carlos Burle, Marcos Monteiro, Peter Mel, Chris Bertish, Cristian Merello, Greg Long, Gabriel Villarán, Mark Healey, Kealii Mamala, Jaimie Mitchell, Danilo Couto, Sebastian De Romana, Rusty Long, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Ramón Navarro, Diego Medina, Fernando Zegers, Reinaldo Ibarra, Matías López and León Vicuna. Vainqueurs de l’épreuve : Christian Merello (2010) and Grant “Twiggy” Baker (2009).

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