Pedro Calado - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Big Wave Tour ranking: Second
Pedro Calado has had a great three-year run, and it has seen his untrammeled approach to the biggest waves get him into some amazing places, including a second place on the Big Wave Tour rankings, right behind Grant Baker.
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In May 2015 Pedro was the surfer that paddled out into giant Puerto Escondido and went for one of the biggest lefts of the day. Perfect execution and perfect style should have seen him standing up inside the biggest left tube of the day, but instead he pearled disastrously, and did a few somersaults and some unintentional body-surfing before getting slammed by a mountain of beach-break whitewater. Among wipeout fans the world over, his name became famous.
Not wishing to rest on these so-called "laurels," Pedro went one bigger in 2016 by paddling into one of the biggest lefts ever paddled into at Pe'ahi. He made it to the bottom cleanly but at the same time, a mountain of whitewater landed on his head and engulfed him. It was this wave that saw him stand for the Surfline Performance of The Year Awards in 2016, but Shane Dorian won it for his consistent and inspired performances last season.
Pedro's performances included a third place behind Twig (first) and Greg Long (second) at the inaugural Puerto Escondido Challenge, a fifth place at the challenging Pe'ahi Challenge, and a solid fifth-place finish at the madness that was the Nazaré Challenge.