Stop number 2 of 4 for the Big Wave World Tour took place in large 30 ft plus surf for the events 10 year anniversary. The event takes place in Peru at a spot named Pico Alto and featured many of the top big wave surfers from all across the world but came down to Brazilian mad man Carlos Burle walking away with the win and the giant check for $10,000.
The Final 6 man heat began with a long lull but then began pulsing with 35ft sets which raged through the rest of the final and gave plenty of opportunity for the 6 hell men but ended with Brazil’s Carlos Burle proving to be the man of the day just pulling ahead of California’s Greg Long.
“I am very excited. The truth is I wasn’t sure I had won. I love Peru. It was one of the first places I traveled to compete. I have very good friends here and I am very happy to earn this victory,” Burle said.
Burle who is currently 44 years of age grew up surfing Brazil’s beach breaks but really learned to master the art of riding big waves in the 80’s when he charged many of the dangerously bigger days on the North Shore and he then continued to work his way up from their. Carlos and his fellow Brazilian Rodrigo Resende won the inaugural Big Wave world Championships at Todos Santos in 1998 taking home the win for Brazil. It still took several years for Burle to become recognized by much of the surf industry but in 2002 he was invited into the Quiksilver Eddie as the first Brazilian ever. Burle went on to win the XXL Big Surf Award in the same year for monster a 68ft wave he caught at Mavericks that winter. Carlos also helped fellows Brazilians such as Maya Gabeira make it on the the big wave scene, Maya later became one of the worlds best female big wave surfers.
The 2012 event was one in which barriers were broken in the big wave surfing realm as tube rides in very heavy, critical sections increased in number adding even more excitement. Also new to the event this year was the increased numbers of Peruvian surfers who entered the mix such as Gabriel Villaran, Jose Gomez and many more. Jose proved to be the standout Peruvian surfer as he was able to navigate the large surf and work his past the stacked field of the worlds best big wave surfers, he ended up with a 4th place finish.
The event came with its far share of other exciting events as Big Wave World Tour Rookie Jeff Rowley from Australia won his first two heats and placed 6th in the final. Ken “Skindog” Collins provided the contest with one of its most brutal wipeouts where he smashed his face into his surfboard board breaking his nose but he kept competing and ended up getting 3rd place.
Carlos now leads the Big Wave World Tour ratings with his win in Peru and hopes to keep up his momentum going into the Mavericks Invitational which has a waiting period which begins november 1st.