Punta de Lobos in the coastal town of Pichilemu, Chile, marks the first destination on the 2013 Big Wave World Tour. The world’s top big wave surfers are preparing to face off for the $20,000 prize money and a chance to start the season off right. The Quiksilver Ceremonial is one of the world’s most anticipated big wave events, with this year’s contest window being open from April 15th – June 15th.
This year’s star-studded line-up includes: Jamie Sterling, Kohl Christensen, Carlos Burle, Marcos Monteiro, Peter Mel, Cristian Merello, Greg Long, Gabriel Villarán, Mark Healey, Jaimie Mitchell, Ramón Navarro, Diego Medina, Joao De Macedo, Ken Collins, Frank Soloman, Ben Wilkinson, Zach Wormhoudt, Jose Gomez, Jeff Rowley, Natxo Gonzalez and four local trials winners.
“The big swells in the Northern Hemisphere stop with the end of Winter. Fortunately at the same time, they are just getting started in the Southern Hemisphere as their Winter begins,” said Gary Linden, Big Wave World Tour Director and Contest Director. “The Quiksilver Ceremonial opens its waiting period just as the South Pacific begins to work its magic and the surfers focus on a new set of weather patterns. The endless Winter – a big wave surfer’s dream!”
“I’m really excited for the first event of the BWWT,” said Peter Mel, former BWWT Champion and recent winner of the Maverick’s Invitational. “The wave at Punta de Lobos, Chile, is such a huge challenge. I can’t wait to get the season started and catch a few bombs with the whole crew.”
This year’s Ceremonial will also feature swell updates from some of the world’s most respected big wave surfers, including Peter Mel, Greg Long and Ramon Navarro.