- 15 August 2012 | Surfing
Carlos Burle has claimed the Billabong Pico Alto 2012 big wave surfing contest, in Peru.
The Brazilian charger saw ocean conditions improving as the event progressed with waves in excess of 30 foot, with spectators amazed at the magnitude of the waves at Punta Hermosa.
"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. Thank you very much", said Carlos Burle.
The wave of Pico Alto demonstrated again it well deserves to be part of the Big Wave World Tour. During the tournament, the atmosphere was filled with excitement and adrenaline among competitors.
After the final started, the ocean began to pump the biggest waves of the day ranging from 35 to 40 feet. At the end it was mainly between Carlos Burle and Greg Long, with Burle declared winner at the Billabong Pico Alto 2012.
The Peruvians Sebastian de Romana, Tamil Martino, Rafael Velarde, Kodiak Semsch, Rafael Otero and Gabriel Villaran showed great determination and talent in the waves. However, the Peruvian and former winner of the event in 2006, Jose Gomez surprised everyone by being the only local in the final.
Some surfers experienced extreme moments, like Peruvian Rafael Velarde, who felt the intensity of Pico Alto in his first heat, when he got a cut on his face and forced Rafael out of the water.
Then, Californian Ken "Skindog" Collins got smashed by his board and broke his nose in his first heat. This did not stop "Skindog", who made it out of his heat and all the way to a 3rd place finish.