There’s a faint voice inside each and every one of us that grows to a loud yell at the sight of near disaster. By this time tomorrow, that voice will be rasped and exhausted.
Because starting at 7am, Puerto Escondido will play host to its very first Big Wave World Tour event and the waves, along with the competitors, are bringing their A game. From world renowned veterans to underground locals, the field of names that will be putting it all on the line is littered with habitual irrationality – which is exactly what 30ft. Mexican beachbreak calls for.
So start prepping those chords, maybe drink a little honey before bed, because tomorrow we’ll be screaming from the first take off to the last. Below are the Round 1 match-ups and we can confidently say that every single one of ’em begs your attention.
Heat 1: Greg Long USA, Albee Layer HAW, Gabriel Villaran PER, Kai Lenny HAW, Koa Rothman HAW, Jose Ramirez MEX
Heat 2: Billy Kemper HAW, Damien Hobgood USA, Grant Baker ZAF, Will Skudin USA, Coco Nogales MEX, Rogercin Ramirez MEX
Heat 3: Makuakai Rothman HAW, Carlos Burle BRA, Trevor Carlson HAW, Pedro Calado BRA, Tom Lowe GBR, Angelo Lozano MEX
Heat 4: Nic Lamb USA, Cristian Merello CHL, Jamie Mitchell AUS, Rusty Long USA, Oscar Moncada MEX Jimel Corzo MEX