After a close examination of this weekend's Surfline Surf Forecast, Big Wave Tour (BWT) commissioner Peter Mel has greenlit a Sunday start for the Todos Santos Challenge in Baja California, the third stop on this year's Big Wave Tour.
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With the swell projected to fill in all day on January 17 along the Southern California coast, sets at Todos Santos are expected to massive. According to Lead Surfline Forecaster Kevin Wallis, "At this point we expect to see strong, long period west-northwest swell build through the day on Sunday, with the largest waves in the afternoon. The better set waves, while likely lully, will be in the 30-40' range on the face with some even larger max sets possible." The official alert was sent to BWT stars just after 8:00 am Thursday morning.
The better set waves, while likely lully, will be in the 30-40' range on the face with some even larger max sets possible. - Kevin Wallis
This will be the first BWT event at Todos Santos since 2010, when Mark Healey (HAW) took top honors. Current Big Wave World Champion Makuakai Rothman is one surfer who is extremely excited to make his Todos Santos debut. Last year he was just an alternate. This year he doesn't need to worry about his slot. "It looks like another one of those big righthand waves that I love to surf," he said. "It's on. Game time!"
Read about the recent strike mission to Todos Santos here.
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2015/2016 TODOS SANTOS CHALLENGE COMPETITOR LIST
WSL Big Wave Tour Top Ten Seeds
Makuakai Rothman (HAW)
Gabriel Villaran (PER)
Nic Lamb (USA)
Anthony Tashnick (USA)
Greg Long (USA)
Nathan Fletcher (USA)
Grant Baker (ZAF)
Natxo Gonzales (EUK)
Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Carlos Burle (BRA)
Alex Gray (USA)
Trevor Sven Carlson
Mark Mathews (AUS)
Video Invitee Alternates
Jamie Sterling (HAW)
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