Todos Santos Challenge

Todos Santos Challenge Gets Green Light for Sunday Start

WSL Editors

The Todos Santos Challenge
With massive El Niño conditions forecasted for the 2015/2016 winter, this could be a big year for the Big Wave Tour stop at Baja California, Mexico.

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.

What happens when BWT events get the green light? Watch The Call.

Greg Long played his usual patience game, and it paid off. Photo: Sharp Greg Long got a warm up session at Todos on Tuesday. Sunday should be significantly larger. - WSL / Bill Sharp

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!"

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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)

Injury Wildcard
Alex Gray (USA)

Video Invitees
Trevor Sven Carlson
Mark Mathews (AUS)

Event Invitees
Derek Dunfee (USA)
Rusty Long (USA)
Nic Vaughan (USA)
Coco Nogales (MEX)
Diego Pertusso
Vincente Yazbeck

BWT Invitees
Shane Dorian (HAW)
Mark Healey (HAW)
Josh Kerr (AUS)
Kelly Slater (USA)
Jamie Mitchell (AUS)


Video Invitee Alternates
James Taylor
Jamie Sterling (HAW)

Event Invitee Alternates
Chapman Murphey
Dane Gudauskas (USA)
Tanner Gudauskas (USA)

BWT Invitee Alternates
Damien Hobgood (USA)
Will Skudin (USA)
Diego Medina (CHL)

Look at all the Big Wave Award submissions here.