Billabong Pico Alto Invitational: only for xxl lovers

Jamie Sterling has won the Billabong Pico Alto Invitacional 2010, held in Punta Hermosa, Peru.

Waves were spectacular and the foggy weather added a dramatic scenario to the swell condition. The biggest sets reached 35 feet and many big wave surfers even had problems dropping each mass of water because of constant peak changes.

“I’m very emotional since this is the first time I have won a Big Wave World Tour event” expressed the smiling Hawaiian.

The Peruvian surfers proved surfing has a lot of potential in the country. Gonzalo Velasco, Billabong team rider and Sebastian De Romaña arrived to the semifinals competing along side twelve of best international big wave riders, including current world champion Carlos Burle from Brazil and defending Billabong Pico Alto 2009, winner Greg Long from the USA.

Rafael Velarde saw 24-foot wave breaking the board that he's ridden in the to two previous Billabong Pico Alto finals (2006 and 2009).

The final heat was a hard fought battle between Marcos Monteiro, Carlos Burle, Anthony Tashnick, Grant Baker, Greg Long and Jamie Sterling.

The next stage of the Big Wave World Tour will be the Nelscott Reef, in Oregon, USA.

Stay tuned for the video of the final highlights.

Final Results of the Billabong Pico Alto Invitational 2010:

1st Jamie Sterling
2nd Anthony Tashnick
3rd Carlos Burle
4th Marcos Monteiro
5th Greg Long
6th Grant Baker