Despite a somewhat slow start to the day at Nelscott Reef for the 3rd leg of the Big Wave Tour, clear skies, glassy conditions and wave faces in the 25-30ft face range provided plenty of excellenct scoring conditions for the best big wave surfers. The A-frame nature of the reef allowed competitors to split the peak and maximize scoring potential with big drops and long walls. Round 1 standouts included Gabriel Villaran, Grant Washburn, Ben Wilkinson & Ben Andrews.
With the surf steadily building throughout the day, the finals witnessed the largest and most critical waves of the day with only an hour and half of sunlight to play with. It was Jamie Sterling who stepped it up to collect two excellent scores, a 9 (best wave doubled) and 8.5 to receive a total of 26.5 out of 30. “I’m stoked to have won. I love the wave… That’s why I’m here. To surf against world-class surfers at a world-class wave is just icing on the cake,” said Jamie Sterling.
The South Reef Bomb exhibition was a close battle between Nic Lamb and Rusty Long. Both exchanged many great waves in the 30ft face range. At the awards ceremony the surfers and fans gave the nod to Rusty.
Joao De Macedo