Peru is renowned for its acclaimed history of big wave surfing. Peruvians Miguel Plaza, Pancho Aramburu and Joaquin Miroquesada pioneered this hot spot back in 1965. However, in 2009 Pico Alto expanded from a Peruvian only contest to inviting elite international surfers on the Big Wave World Tour. The Billabong Pico Alto 2013 presented by Sony will serve as the second stop of the Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour. Now celebrating their 11th year at the same location, BWWT athletes are currently in the waiting period for the green light from July 1st – August 31st.
Ken Collins flying down the face of a giant at Pico Alto. Photo: Richard Hallman
The event has become a spectacle for visitors and fans alike to witness the worlds best big wave specialists tackle the huge, long walls of Pico Alto. Competitors, staff and logistical personnel will have between 48 -72 hours to descend on Punta Hermosa, 43 kilometers South of Lima, Peru, when the surf reaches a minimum of 30 foot faces with clean surface conditions.
Current BWWT Champion, Greg Long from San Clemente, California, was last year’s runner up at the Billabong Pico Alto. He will return to compete against past BWWT Champions Carlos Burle, Jamie Sterling and Peter Mel. Local Peruvian participants, Gabriel Villaran, Jose Gomez, Rafael Velarde, Sebastian de Romana, Javier Swayne and a few others will participate and help raise the bar for the prestigious competition.
This year’s event will host a $50,000 prize purse with the champion taking home $12,000 USD. The live webcast hosted by Xpreshon is expected to reach more than 75 countries worldwide.