By Jake Howard
ESPN Action Sports
In very contestable 30-foot surf — assuming that “contestable” and “30-foot surf” aren’t a contradiction in terms — the Billabong Pico Alto went off today in Peru. In an international final it was Maverick’s veteran Peter Mel edging out underground Australian charger Ben Wilkinson (who incidentally winters in Half Moon Bay).
“Conditions grew all day like we expected,” told Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) director Gary Linden. “It was actually a little bigger than we thought. The conditions were great all day. And what a final, four rookies and two veterans, including our world champion Jamie Sterling. You couldn’t ask for any more. Pete was just so impressive, it’s great to see him get the win. He’s very deserved.
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