Todos Santos Challenge

BWT Event Guide: Todos Santos

Official Event Site
EVENT WINDOW: Northern Hemisphere (October 15-February 28)
LOCATION: Isla Todos Santos, Baja California Norte, Mexico
COORDINATES: 23.4486° N, 110.2233° W
BAGGAGE CLAIM: Los Cabos Airport, Los Cabos (SJD)

Mark Healy at Todos Santos Mark Healey at Todos Santos. Healey is the defending champion of the Challenge. - WSL

THE WAVE: Power, boils and bumps. Isla Todos Santos is home to the notorious Killers pointbreak. Protected by a large horseshoe bay, Killers pulls in swells from the Northwest as they approach the Baja peninsula. The point protects the incoming swells from onshore winds, which allows it to build in height without losing any of its power. It's known to rise to heights of more than 60 feet.

"Being farther away from the winds that create the swells allows Killers to handle the biggest waves the West Coast of North America has to offer," said Big Wave Tour (BWT) Vice President Gary Linden. "With a deep water channel to anchor in and great visibility from the island, Todos Santos is without a doubt a big-wave photographer's paradise."

Todos Santos A thick wave approaches. - WSL

NOTABLE: The Todos Santos Challenge hasn't run since 2010. That event was won by Mark Healey (HAW). Drawing off the energy of the Pacific Northwest, Todos Santos needs the right swell from the Gulf of Alaska to make Baja pump.


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)

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