The Quiksilver Ceremonial Chile presented by Subaru will commence this Spring with the world's top big wave riders competing for a $20,000 prize purse during a contest window spanning April 15- June 15, 2013. The first stop on the 2013 Big Wave World Tour, the Quiksilver Ceremonial is one of the world's most anticipated big wave events, with hopes that this year's competition will see massive surf and perfect tubes behind Punta de Lobos' famous "morros."
“The big swells in the Northern Hemisphere stop with the end of Winter. Fortunately at the same time, they are just getting started in the Southern Hemisphere as their Winter begins," said Gary Linden, Big Wave World Tour Director and Contest Director. "The Quiksilver Ceremonial opens its waiting period just as the South Pacific begins to work its magic and the surfers focus on a new set of weather patterns. The endless Winter – a big wave surfer’s dream!”
The 2013 Quiksilver Ceremonial participants include: Jamie Sterling, Kohl Christensen, Carlos Burle, Marcos Monteiro, Peter Mel, Cristian Merello, Greg Long, Gabriel Villarán, Mark Healey, Jaimie Mitchell, Ramón Navarro, Diego Medina, Joao De Macedo, Ken Collins, Frank Soloman, Ben Wilkinson, Zach Wormhoudt, Jose Gomez, Jeff Rowley, Natxo Gonzalez, and four local trials winners. Past winners of the event include Marcos Monteiro (2011), Christian Merello (2010) and Grant "Twiggy" Baker (2009) – in 2012 there was no winner because the event did not run due to lack of contestable waves.
2011 podium (from left to right) Navarro, Monteiro, Villaran
“I'm really excited for the first event of the BWWT," said Peter Mel, former BWWT Champion and recent winner of the Maverick's Invitational. "The wave at Punta de Lobos, Chile, is such a huge challenge. I can't wait to get the season started and catch a few bombs with the whole crew."
This year's Ceremonial will feature swell updates from some of the world's most respected big wave surfers, including Peter Mel, Greg Long, and Ramon Navarro. For more information on the 2013 Quiksilver Ceremonial Chile and to stay updated on the biweekly forecasts, please visit www.Quiksilver.com/Chile.
The 2013 Quiksilver Ceremonial Chile would like to thank presenting sponsor Subaru for their support in making this event happen.