Grant “Twiggy” Baker to Defend Title as Green Alert Given for Puerto Escondido Challenge • 6 to 8 Metre (20-25 foot) Waves Predicted for Mexico on Sunday and Monday

Reigning World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) Champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker will start his challenge for the 2017/2018 title in Mexico this weekend following the announcement that the Puerto Escondido Challenge has been placed on Green Alert to commence on Sunday or Monday, July 30 or 31.

Baker, who won the inaugural event at the famed Mexican beach break last June, is the top seed in the 24 man field of the world’s best big wave surfers who include two-time BWT Champion Greg Long (USA), Pe’ahi champion Billy Kemper (HAW) and up-and-comers Pedro Calado (BRA) and Jimel Corzo (MEX).

"We have been patiently waiting for Mother Nature to deliver the right swell, and we have one on the way,” said Mike Parsons, WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner. “We expect surf in the 20-to-25 foot face range that will make for some spectacular surfing. This swell we are tracking is from a very good direction for Puerto that should make for some amazing tube rides. Based on the forecasts, we will keep both Sunday and Monday open as an option to run.” 

This will be the second BWT event at Mainland Mexico’s Puerto Escondido, which is home to one of the most monstrous and unruly waves on earth. With a volatile sandbar bottom, the world-renowned beach break requires technical mastery, extreme physical endurance, and boundless courage from all who accept the challenge.

“We are thrilled to be heading back to Puerto Escondido to start this year’s BWT season,” continued Parsons. “What’s unique about Puerto is how much power the wave has and how hollow it breaks. Unlike Pipeline or Teahupo’o, Puerto breaks on a very shallow sand bar that makes for some of the steepest drops of any wave in the world. We are excited to see this wave challenge the very best big wave surfers on the planet.” 

Surfline, Official Forecasters for the 2017 WSL BWT season are calling for:

A series of large, overlapping SSW swells will build into Puerto Escondido from Saturday to Monday. For Sunday we’ll look for the largest waves in the morning, with face size in the 15-20’ range, with max sets pushing 25’ faces early. A temporary easing trend takes over through the morning and into the afternoon on Sunday. On Monday, reinforcing SSW swell fills in through the morning and looks largest for the later morning and into the afternoon with size up slightly from Sunday with 15-25’ faces. The very largest sets of the day push 28’ faces. While these aren’t giant swells by Puerto standards, they are from an ideal SSW direction, which will provide excellent shaped waves many makeable barrels. 

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook Live via the WSL's Facebook page.

2017 BWT Puerto Escondido Competitor List

  • Grant Baker
  • Pedro Calado
  • Greg Long
  • Jamie Mitchell
  • Billy Kemper
  • Nic Lamb
  • Will Skudin
  • João de Macedo
  • Cristian Merello
  • Kai Lenny
  • Makuakai Rothman
  • Nathan Florence
  • Francisco Porcella
  • Trevor Sven Carlson
  • Tom Lowe
  • Mark Healey
  • Damien Hobgood
  • Peter Mel
  • Jamel Corzo
  • Rogercin Ramirez
  • Angelo Lozano
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Coco Nogales
  • Oscar Moncada

Alternates

  • Aaron Gold
  • Rusty Long

 

Caption: Puerto Escondido, home to one of the heaviest waves on earth, will see the world's best big wave surfers compete either Sunday, July 30 or Monday, July 31, 2017. 
Credit: © WSL / Morales

 

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