A 2 Year Absence
The swell has been building off Antarctica for a few days and should the direction and conditions off the coast of Peru prove favourable, the Big Wave Pico Alto event will go green. It didn't take ASP Big Wave Commissioner, Peter Mel, long to call the conditions perfect, it's looking to be the biggest swell of the year.
The last time the event ran in Peru was back in 2012, so South American big wave world is pumped to get it going.
I had spoken to Carlos only a week ago, he was quietly content to be with family in his parents home in Recife, Brazil, it blows me away whenever i think of the mental shift Carlos has perfected over the years, to go from warm and safe, to cold and threatened within days.
He says 'it's the fear that drives him', the guy is an absolute champion. We're wishing Carlos a succesful event, love and prayers are with him as he leaves the comfort of home, to chase the biggest swell of the year.
For those who don't know him, watch the video below.
Here’s who you can expect to see in Peru:
ASP BWWT Top 12: 1. Grant Baker (ZAF) 2. Ken Collins (USA) 3. Nic Lamb (USA) 4. Shawn Dollar (USA) 5. Kohl Christensen (HAW) 6. Alex Gray (USA) 7. Greg Long (USA) 8. Ryan Augestein (USA) 9. Anthony Tashnick (USA) 10. Ramon Navarro (CHL) 11. Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 12. Tyler Fox (USA)
ASP BWWT Peru Wildcards: 1. Kelly Slater (USA) 2. Ben Wilkinson (AUS) 3. Makua Rothman (HAW) 4. Jamie Sterling (HAW) 5. Carlos Burle (BRA) 6. Gabriel Villaran (PER)
Local Peru Wildcards: 1. Miguel Tudela 2. Rafael Velarde 3. Kodiak Semsch 4. Tamil Martino 5. Alejo Loret del Mola 6. Renzo Zazzali