Chilean Big Wave Contest Holding Period Underway

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Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta De Lobos Big Wave Invitational Presented By Suzuki

Pichilemu, Chile: Event Beats Technical Challenges to Launch Live Webcast at Quiksilver.com/chile

Pichilemu, CHILE – April 12, 2010 — The Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos Big Wave Invitational, presented by Suzuki, has overcome a host of technical challenges on the ground to launch quiksilver.com/chile today. The event website will broadcast the competition live when it runs.

The holding period for the Ceremonial began on April 2 and runs through May 31, 2010, to be held on the biggest single day of surf. The event launches the 2010-2011 Big Wave World Tour and features 24 of the world’s best big wave riders.

“Laying the groundwork for a live webcast out of Pichilemu was no easy feat, given the extensive damage to the area sustained during the February 27 earthquake and tsunami,” said contest director Gary Linden. “But with great support from the locals, and the determination of all involved to keep moving forward, the website is launched and the live webcast is set to go at a moment’s notice.

“The Southern Hemisphere is in non-stop swell mode at present, lining up back-to-back pulses. We will wait for the one that hits our window with full force. The surfers want it big and challenging, so our goal is to make sure that happens.”

The impetus to push forward with the event was to bring the famous surf region of Pichilemu into the spotlight, thereby helping to bring emotional and material recovery to the area. All 24 invitees have pledged 50% of their winnings towards local relief efforts.

Chile’s top big wave rider, Ramon Navarro, lives in Pichilemu and is excited to see the event go ahead. When it does, he will be wearing the ‘hats’ of both competitor and local resident. Ramon hopes for record surf to boost spirits and recovery in his hometown.

“It’s uncommon to see so much activity this early in the season,” said Ramon. “The 2010 Quiksilver Ceremonial may see the biggest waves in the history of the event. That’s what we’re hoping for!”

To view the list of invitees, learn more about the event and follow surf forecasts for the region, log on to: quiksilver.com/chile