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"My mentor, Richard Schmidt, came to Peru in the early '80s and he told me about this great big wave," explained Mel. "I've dreamed about surfing Pico Alto. Today, I feel really proud to have won my first Big Wave World Tour event here in Peru."© 2014 BWWT/MSW
Ben Wilkinson (Australia) took command of the heat early, with two excellent scoring waves. His aggressive approach and progressive power surfing initially gave him an edge in the extreme conditions. Legendary standout Peter Mel (United States) also started strong with a solid 9 point ride, and waited until the closing minutes of the final to over take Wilkinson and secure his first big wave victory. Other finalists included Felipe Cesarano (Brazil), Joao De Macedo (Portugal), Jamie Sterling (Hawaii) and Kodiac Semch (Peru).
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith