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"My mentor, Richard Schmidt, came to Peru in the early '80s and he told me about this great big wave," explained Mel. "I've dreamed about surfing Pico Alto. Today, I feel really proud to have won my first Big Wave World Tour event here in Peru."© 2014 BWWT/MSW
Ben Wilkinson (Australia) took command of the heat early, with two excellent scoring waves. His aggressive approach and progressive power surfing initially gave him an edge in the extreme conditions. Legendary standout Peter Mel (United States) also started strong with a solid 9 point ride, and waited until the closing minutes of the final to over take Wilkinson and secure his first big wave victory. Other finalists included Felipe Cesarano (Brazil), Joao De Macedo (Portugal), Jamie Sterling (Hawaii) and Kodiac Semch (Peru).
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