Jamie Sterling: the go-for-it big wave surfer

Jamie Sterling has been crowned champion of the Big Wave World Tour 2010/2011. The big rider will be awarded the official title on April 30th, at the Surfing Heritage Foundation, San Clemente, California.

Sterling has reached the final heat of every big wave events and secured enough points (2509) to claim the overall victory. Kohl Christensen took the second place (1300), followed by Anthony Tashnick (1257), Carlos Burle (1250) and Marcos Monteiro (1131).

The champion took the Billabong Pico Alto Invitacional 2010, held in Punta Hermosa, Peru. He confirmed why he's one of the best big wave surfers in the world. The last two Big Wave World Tour stages could not be run, due to the lack of relevant swell in the months of December, January and February.

The organizations tries get things going with a minimum wave heigth of 15-foot, which sometimes it's simply impossible to reach. The Big Wave World Tour is a physycal and mental challenge where only the strongest and most experienced survive.

Quite often, the winner of a big wave contest is the one who gets few but quality big walls of water. Add it rough weather conditions like wind and cold and paddle for it when you've really decided to go.

Big Wave World Tour 2010/2011 rankings:

1st Jamie Sterling - 2509
2nd Kohl Christensen - 1300
3rd Anthony Tashnick - 1257
4th Carlos Burle - 1250
5th Marcos Monteiro - 1131