Carlos Burle: used to tall buildings

Billabong announces the eighth edition of the most expected big wave event of the region, the "Billabong Pico Alto Invitational 2010 ". This year, the waiting period for this classic event will run from July 15th to August 31st.

Since last year the Billabong Pico Alto event forms part of the Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), being the second one of this important circuit. The BWWT is organized by Gary Linden, renowned shaper and big wave surfer.

BWWT seeks to creates conscience in people about the big wave surfing sport and gives the surfers the opportunity to live searching for these waves.

This year we will have the best 12 big wave surfers of the world, which will face to the immense wave of Pico Alto and 12 experienced local big wave surfers. Prominent figures like Carlos Burle (Bra) – World Champion 2009 of the BWWT-, Greg Long (USA) - winner of the Billabong Pico Alto 2009-, Grant “Twiggy” Baker (Saf) - winner of the Billabong XXL 2010-, Mark Healey (Haw) – Hawaiian hellman-, between others, will come to Peru to offer a great show.

These athletes will compete for a total prize of US$ 10,000 dollars in cash.

Former champions of this Pico Alto event are Jose "Jarita" Gómez (PER) 2003 and 2006, Magoo De La Rosa Toro (PER) 2004 and Greg Long (U.S.A) 2009. Due to the importance of the Billabong Pico Alto event the competition will be transmitted live across the Billabong web.

Anthony Ruffo: 1986, other days... | Photo: Chris Klopf

Big wave surfer Anthony Ruffo was arrested at his house in possession of more than an ounce of near-pure methamphetamine.

Ruffo had already had problems with drugs in 2004. At that time, he pleaded guilty to felony meth possession. Earlier, in 1998, Anthony Ruffo was charged with possessing of marijuana for sale and attended anti-drug programs.

The 46-year-old surfer from Santa Cruz appears in the documentary "The Westsiders", a film about the surfing gang of Steamer Lane.

Before the police entered Ruffo's house, a young woman tried to flush methamphetamine down the toilet.

Russell Winter: king of British surfing

Two of Britain’s most successful surfers are coming to Swansea to share their surfing knowledge with lucky Welsh surfers.

Russell Winter, the first ever European surfer to make it into the top 44 surfers in the world, and Ben Skinner, currently ranked 5th in the world longboard rankings will be spending 2 days coaching on the Gower peninsula.

Top Welsh surfer Lloyd Cole, who is hosting the weekends, says “this is the first time that we have been fortunate enough to have such highly acclaimed surfers come to Swansea.

The weekends are open to everybody that has a reasonable level of surfing, and will enable you to surf closely and learn from the best Britain currently has to offer.” Ben Skinner’s longboard weekend will take place on August 14th-15th.

As well as surfing and coaching Ben will be bringing many surfboards from his own label ‘Skindog Surfboards’ for people to try out over the two days. Russell Winter’s shortboard weekend is running in conjunction with a bodyboard weekend with British bodyboard coach Rob Barber

These two academy’s will take place on September 11th-12th.