The Big Wave World Tour has successfully completed its fourth season as Greg Long is crowned Big Wave World Champion at the Surfing Heritage Foundation Museum in San Clemente, Ca.
When Long arrived in Peru this past summer it was clear by the look in his eyes that he was there to win it all. Greg would take his dedication, focus and training and make every final of the 2012/2013 season. His consistency throughout the year was nothing short of spectacular.
Greg placed 2nd at the Billabong Pico Alto event in Peru, 3rd place at the Mavericks Invitation in Half Moon Bay, California and a 2nd place finish at the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic in Lincoln City, Oregon. By the end of the season, Greg would finish nearly 1000pts ahead of his fellow competitors.
The “Crowing of the Champion” party was held at the Surfing Heritage Foundation Museum in San Clemente, Ca. In attendance were competitors, staff, family, friends and industry executives exchanging stories of the season’s best moments while enjoying great food and drink.
Peter Mel, reigning BWWT Champion, called in via tele conference while traveling through Costa Rica to congratulate Greg on his newly acquired Title. “It is my honor to pass the torch to another great young man, Mr. Greg Long.” stated Peter Mel.
In special attendance this year was Dr. Paskowitz. Dr. Paskowitz gave a heart-felt speech to Greg congratulating him on his Title and his incredible accomplishments. “Your in a different league… Your not like us normal folks.” “You got the message from the waves themselves. You big wave surfers are the only ones who have the ability to change the world” said Dr. Paskowitz.
FINAL BWWT STANDINGS 2012/2013
1st Greg Long (USA) 2155.5
2nd Jamie Sterling (HAW) 1160.7
3rd Carlos Burle (BRA) 1150
4th Peter Mel (USA) 1148.7
5th Ken Collins (USA) 826.5
6th Gabriel Villaran (PERU) 823
7th Zach Wormhoudt (USA) 688.5
8th Ben Wilkinson (AUS) 674.25
9th Jose Gomez (PERU) 621
10th Joao De Macedo (PT) 555
11th Ramon Navarro (CL) 517.5
12th Jeff Rowley (AUS) 494.75
This year’s party was hosted by Peligroso Tequila, Primo Beer, Longboard Vineyard wine, Sol Raiz Organics, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center, Akioni’s Catering and the ASP.
BWWT SEASON RECAP
Quiksilver Ceremonial, Punta de Lobos, Chile did not run this year due to a lack of big waves.
Billabong Pico Alto - The first stop on tour this season was the Billabong Pico Alto 2012. The event ran on August 14th in the small coastal community of Punta Hermosa, Peru. Surfers were greeted to waves exceeding the 30+ft mark with conditions improving throughout the day. The waves at Pico Alto demonstrated their raw power early as Ken “Skindog” Collins suffered a severely broken nose and Rafael Velarde suffered a deep laceration on his face in Round 1. The Final saw the biggest and most consistent surf of the day with waves reaching 40ft. In the end, it was Carlos Burle edging out Greg Long for the victory.
Mavericks Invitation- 2nd stop on the BWWT ran on January 20th, 2013. Although the waves were not as big as they could have been, they did meet the wave height criteria of the Big Wave World Tour and the conditions allowed for a spectacular display of technical big wave surfing. The seldom ridden lefts at Mavericks became the showstopper with some of the highest scores of the event rewarded to those who took advantage of its scoring potential. It was 2011/2012 BWWT Champion, Peter Mel, who earned his first Mavericks victory with Zach Wormhoudt and Greg Long finishing 2nd and 3rd.