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The day's atmosphere was intense at the natural amphitheater of Punta de Lobos, more than two thousand fans lined the cliffs and helicopters buzzed overhead as whoops and hollers bounced around the rocks. South-by-southeast winds, cool, cloudy weather and 30 - 36 foot waves with 40 foot set waves provided the best contest conditions in three years. Ramon Navarro, a Punta de Lobos local took second place and drop of the day.© 2014 Escobarphoto
It really was an all South American affair with four of the six final places and the three top spots. Peru's Gabriel Villarán came in third, a ripper both in the big and small stuff.© 2014 Escobarphoto
"Viva Brazil! I've been coming to this event for a long time and I always knew that if I continued to work hard that this day would eventually come," said Marcos Montiero. "I kept knocking on the door, and it was finally answered. There are three parts to success in this event; you need to be physically prepared, mentally prepared and you have to have good equipment. Fortunately for me, it all came together today."© 2014 Deheeckere
"We could not have asked for a better Quiksilver Ceremonial," said Gary Linden, Event Director. "We woke up to clear skies and amazing waves. We had been watching this swell for so long, and to see it all come together for the first stop of the Big Wave World Tour was a great way to start the season."© 2014 Deheeckere
Sentiments agreed with by Quik's Latin American honcho, Jim Compton, "We had amazing conditions and the best surfers in the world down here in Chile. "Special thanks to the Pichilemu locals for sharing their waves, and we're looking forward to a bigger, better Ceremonial in 2012."© 2014 Escobarphoto
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith