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World Best Surfer Ready for the Billabong Pico Alto Internacional- Big Wave World Tour
Six of the world’s elite Big Wave surfers are arriving to Peru to compete in the Billabong Pico Alto Invitacional 2009 - Big Wave Tour second stop.
Waves over 30 feet on the wave face are expected to arrive at the Peruvian coast on Sunday and Monday.
The air is alive with anticipation for the upcoming swell as the invited international surfers begin to arrive. First in, Diego Medina from Chile, with hopes to further his World Title Quest after his strong second place showing at the first event of the year at his home break Punta de Lobos, Chile.
“I’m really happy to be here in Peru for such a huge event. Some of the best world Big Wave Surfers will be competing. It’s an honor to be invited and represent Chile. Big waves are my passion”, expressed Diego.
Next arrival Pete Mel, Maverick’s local extraordinaire and also eager to build on his 3rd place finish in Chile. Pete’s radical style of performance surfing big waves fits perfectly with the long walls he will encounter at Pico Alto.
The list of arrivals goes on with South African Grant Baker, current tour leader, and California standout, Greg Long flying in from Cape Town later this evening.
Rounding out the list tomorrow will be Carlos Burle from Brazil and Hawaii’s Mark Healy. With the international contingency set, local surfers such as two time defending Billabong Pico Alto Champion, Jose Gomez will get a chance to challenge the world’s best in familiar home waters.
“It’s an honor that this event will take place in Peru. The Billabong Pico Alto has been in its six editions impressive and now that it’s part of the Big Wave Tour is even better. I will do my best to represent my country and take in home the victory”, Gomez said.
For all of the Billabong Pico Alto International 2009 information and Live webcast log to www.billabong.com/pe/picoalto09
The championship is sponsored by: Burn energy drink, Nixon and Von Zipper.