Zicatela Pro: Jaw Dropping Waves

Take a look at these images, then, after you lift your jaw off the floor, scroll down.

Zicatela pro 2011 massive wave puerto escondido

Monstrous. Scratching over a huge set at Zicatela. IMAGE: IBA/ SPECKER


Air drop Zicatela Pro 2011 bodyboarding

He's not even touching the face! Epic free fall. IMAGE: IBA/Specker

These are from the Bodyboarding World Tour event at Mexico’s Zicatela. A building swell through the contest peaked in epic form for the finals, and these are just a couple of images from a crazy day (you can click on either image to go to the official IBA gallery).

I’ve only surfed ‘big’ beach breaks a couple of times, and the waves on those days were about half the size of the biggest waves in this contest. The sheer quantity and speed of water movement on such days is humbling, and I can’t imagine how intense it must be to try to compete out there in a pressure situation. The waves are basically two-story, moving, collapsing buildings of water, and the riders not only need to survive, but master the waves to win.

Pierre Louis Costes was unlucky enough to be cleaned up by one of the biggest sets of the day and was visibly shaken even after winning his round – to break the composure of one of the bravest and fittest wave riders in the world emphasises how crazy the contest was!

Jeff Hubbard, of Hawaii, walked away the winner over Australian Ryan Hardy – but anyone who competed on that last huge day deserves massive respect for putting their lives on the line.

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3 thoughts on “Zicatela Pro: Jaw Dropping Waves

  1. Alana

    AMAZING! Takes a very courageous person to surf there! It relly looks dangerous!

  2. That looks like fun – terrifying, but fun.

  3. Chris

    We part company on the whole issue of bravery versus fool-hardy behaviour here, Dave. People who take on waves like that are nuts!


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