In a word, solid. Another couple words: well-forecast. After consulting extensively with Surfline Forecasters, contest organizers called this event five days in advance -- a rarity in big-wave contests. More words: almost too much of a good thing. This was the same swell that forced the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Champs in Peru to finish a day early, with sets washing through the contest area.
Not Lobos, though. The cactus-lined spot solidified its reputation as the best big-wave pointbreak in South America Saturday, taking that macking South Pacific juice and tapering it into long, giant, workable lines for the world's best big-wave surfers.
In the end, it was a familiar looking podium, with a Long up there (Greg), a local (Ramon), and a Hawaiian charger (Kohl). Surprise was, the guy standing up top, in the middle: underground Brazilian charger Marcos Montiero, who quietly moved his way through the contest and narrowly beat out Ramon in the final.
"I've been coming to this event for a long time and I always knew that if I continued to work hard that this day would eventually come," gushed Montiero. "I kept knocking on the door, and it was finally answered."
And while you may never have heard of him, Montiero is a consummate big-wavepro. "There are three parts to success in this event," he smiled. "You need to be physically prepared, mentally preparedand you have to have good equipment. Fortunately for me, it all came together today."
With over 200 people lining the cliffs and thousands more online, this year's Ceremonial was clearly the biggest to date. "We could not have asked for a better Quiksilver Ceremonial," said Gary Linden, Event Director. "We woke up to clear skies and amazing waves. We had been watching this swell for so long, and to see it all come together for the first stop of the Big Wave World Tour was a great way to start the season."
1st. Marcos Montiero
2nd. Ramon Navarro
3rd. Gabriel Villaran
4th. Kohl Christensen
5th. Cristian Merello
6th. Greg Long
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