Some of the world’s best big wave surfers will head to San Clemente, CA, this Saturday, April 30th at 6pm for the second annual Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) awards presented by Jim Beam Bourbon. Hawaiian surfer Jamie Sterling will be crowed the 2010/11 Big Wave World Champion based on his top placements in three major Big Wave events in Chile, Peru, and Oregon during the 2010/11 BWWT season.
Tour Director Gary Linden will also present the inaugural Jim Beam Bold Award to the surfer deemed most committed to the tour both in and out of the water. In addition to bragging rights, the Jim Beam Bold Award recipient will receive a special trophy created by Jim Beam and a complete dive spearfishing set from Cressi Sub.
The event will be MC’d by tour surfer Anthony Tashnick and will return to the Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente, CA. RSVPs are required by contacting Pierre Camoin at Pierre@RogueWaveEvents.com. The celebration will continue following the awards at the O.C. Tavern where “Skindog” Collins will launch chasingmonsters.com, his new website for big wave surfers.
The BWWT brings together a selection of the top big wave surfers from around the globe to take on the most extreme waves. Organizers monitor weather conditions to identify when each event will take place, providing riders with only 48-hours to arrive at the break and compete.
The 2010-2011 season started strong with the Quiksilver Ceremonial held at Punta de Lobos, Chile. The barreling left hand point break provided some extreme late take offs on 30 foot plus wave faces which peeled for about 500 yards down the line. Local surfer Christian Merello secured victory in a closely contested final over Peruvian standout Gabriel Villaran.
With a rematch in place for the next event at Pico Alto, Peru, neither surfer was able to compete due to injuries, but alternate Jamie Sterling took the challenge winning his first event. The waves were some of the biggest ever for this venue, exceeding 45 ft on the face at times.
As winter ended in the Southern Hemisphere, it began in the Northern Hemisphere and the tour continued in Nelscott Reef, Oregon where riders faced some of the largest swells ever. Sterling earned 3rd place, while Hawaiian Kohl Christensen placed first battling 40-50 foot waves. Nelscott Reef also featured the first ever women’s Big Wave event, where Keala Kenelly prevailed victorious charging 25 foot plus waves and setting the stage for future female events.
The BWWT has kicked off the 2011/2012 season and is in the middle of the waiting period for this year’s first event to take place in the cold water of Chile’s, Punta de Lobos.
“When you are following the endless winter there is not much time to rest,” explains Tour Director Gary Linden. “We look forward to celebrating the season this weekend and continuing on the BWWT journey in the months to come.”