BILLABONG XXL BIG WAVE HITS SANTA CRUZ THIS WEEKEND
LAST MINUTE SWELL ALONG WESTCOASTHAS SURFERS ON RED ALERT
For the first time in the event’s 11-year history, a last-minute swell threatens to shake up the potential nominee list for the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards during the final week of the event period. The swell is expected to hit Hawaii first, and then Maverick’s and other West Coast breaks this week, just ahead of the first XXL Big Wave Experience exhibit at the Sacred Craft Surfboard Show in Santa Cruz this Saturday and Sunday, March 19 & 20.
Surfline, the official surf forecast of the XXL, advises that, “North Pacific frontal storm activity is furious right now as we have a series of solid WNW swells lining up for the West Coast this week.” Faces in excess of 30 feet are expected at deepwater breaks such as Maverick’s on Wednesday into Friday with more possible beyond that. Local weather will be the key issue with numerous passing frontal boundaries – but pockets of light wind and clean surface conditions could provide windows of spectacular opportunity.
For more details on the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards see www.BillabongXXL.com.