Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Kai Lenny from Hawaii yesterday claimed victory at the 2017 World Surf League – Big Wave Challenge at Puerto Escondido after beating a complete field of 24 of the World’s Best Big Wave surfers. in epic 20 – 25 foot surf in mainland Mexico.
The hour long final witnessed multiple lead changes as Kai Lenny, Hawaii, Jamie Mitchell, Australia, Tom Lowe, Great Britain, Billy Kemper, Hawaii, Trevor Carlson, Hawaii and Alex Botelho, Portugal, navigated the heavy beach break conditions. Mitchell charged out of the gates early to lock in two massive waves, but his rides were incomplete and he managed average scores from the judges. Lenny took advantage of a solid set to earn a possible 6.33 out of a possible 10 points and gained the lead heading into the halfway mark of the final. With 10 minutes left on the clock Lowe and Kemper had also posted solid attempts to take the lead but still trailed behind Lenny and Mitchell. The dramatic final continued all the way to the dying minutes of the heat. Lenny still in second place behind Mitchell miraculously found the exit on a massive tube for an excellent score of 8.60 and secure the win, his first victory on The World Surf League – Big Wave Tour.
The 2017 Puerto Escondido Mexico Challenge Final Results.
- Kai Lenny, Hawaii, 23.53 points.
- Jamie Mitchell. Australia, 18.64 points.
- Tom Lowe, Great Britain, 12.23 points.
- Billy Kemper, Hawaii, 8.50 points.
- Alex Botelho, Portugal, 2.48 points.
- Trevor Carlson, Hawaii, 2.46 points.