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Brazilian edges out Mark Healey to take tour...
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2010 : - - In partnership with Jim Beam Bourbon, Rogue Wave Events crowned the first ever Big Wave World Tour Champion on the 24th of April at the Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente, CA. Brazilian Carlos Burle came out on top of this epic El Nino big wave season. Burle reached the finals of every single event to take the crown, edging out Mark Healey, who had a win at the Todos Santos Big Wave Event and a 4th place finish in the Billabong Pico Alto Invitational.
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.
With classic surfboards and historical big wave boards on display, the Surfing Heritage Foundation provided a perfect venue to host a packed crowd of big wave chargers and industry VIPs. In this authentic environment, Tour Director Gary Linden presided over the first ever Big Wave World Tour Award Ceremony. Jim Beam Bourbons team rider Anthony Tashnick emceed, adding a joyful twist (Tashnick is ranked #9 on the Tour).
Carlos Burle, " What Im getting tonight doesn't belong to me. It belongs to all of you. Its not mine, its not ours, it belongs to our sport", summing up the feeling that pervaded the room on this momentous evening when big wave surfing went from lifestyle to sport. Burle also strongly emphasized the importance of maintaining our highly professional image as big wave surfers are in his words, "the most prepared athletes in the world" citing the intricacies necessary to compete in big surf successfully.
The top six surfers from this year's tour, Burle, Mark Healey, Chris Bertish, Grant Baker, Peter Mel and Shane Desmond, will be invited to all 5 events increasing their chances of being crowned the next champion.
"As we embark on this next phase of the journey to take this new level of big wave riding globally, we would like to personally invite each and every one of you to participate. This year was all about teamwork making it happen. As we expand, please join us", said founder and Tour Director of the Big Wave World Tour, Gary Linden.
The film "The Find: Claiming Nelscott Reef" directed by Erich Lyttle and produced by Behemoth LLC was shown at the end of the evening to an audience interested in the documentation of the phases involved as a new big wave spot evolved from towing in to the newest stop on the paddle only Big Wave World Tour.
Five Surfer Representatives Carlos Burle, Greg Long, Ramon Navarro, Mark Healey and Grant Washburn were chosen to join directors of the individual events on the newly created BWWT Board that will vote on issues regarding the upcoming 2010/2011 Big Wave World Tour. The 2010/11 season is already in full swing with the Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos in its waiting period (April 1st May 31st, 2010).
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