Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pro Surfer Catches Award Winning Wave At Crowded Mexican Break

TODOS SANTOS, Mexico (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It may be hard out there for a pimp, but it’s crowded out there in the surf, too.

And people may die because of it.

This, according to pro surfer Brad Gerlach, a San Diego big wave rider who was recently awarded $68,000 for winning the Billabong XXL – a contest that rewards the largest wave ridden over the 2005-06 winter season.

Gerlach's winner was measured at 68 feet.

Gerlach says the spot where he was towed in via jetski to the prize-winning monster is an island nine miles off the coast of Baja California called Todos Santos.

He says it’s one that he and his surfing partner, Mike Parsons, “know really well, but it’s getting really crowded out there.”

Gerlach notes that permits are starting to be required by contests like the Billabong XXL because of the danger posed by crowded surf lineups around the world.

He says that’s a good idea because, in his words, “With 50 [jet]skis out there in such huge and dangerous surf, one mistake can get you killed real, real quick.”

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