Cristian Merello: he controls Punta de Lobos

Big wave surfers are getting ready for the Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta De Lobos 2011, in Chile. The contest opens the 2011/2012 Big Wave World Tour season.

Local surfer Cristian Merello will be defending his title against the biggest wave chargers in the world, including former champion Jamie Sterling.

The trials for the Quiksilver Cerimonial Punta de Lobos 2011 were run last Saturday, March 26th. The extreme conditions – 20 knots of South wind, strong current and 18 foot waves – were ideal to select the three surfers that will get an invitation to the Ceremonial.

Reinaldo Ibarra, Matias Lopez and Leon Vicuna came up on top and qualified for the main event where they will compete against the best riders. They will join fellow Chileans Ramon Navarro, Diego Medina and Fernando Zeggers in the first Big Wave World Tour event of the new season.

The Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta De Lobos 2011will beheld in Pichilemu, Chile. The contest window runs from April 1st to May 31st.