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Hawaii surfer Makua Rothman wins big wave contest in Peru

  • COURTESY ASP / ROBERTSON
    Hawaii's Makua Rothman wins Billabong Pico Alto, the first event of the 2014/2015 ASP Big Wave World Tour, with this wave in the finals of the competition.
  • COURTESY ASP / ROBERTSON
    Hawaii's Makua Rothman, in red, won the Billabong Pico Alto the first event of the 2014/2015 ASP Big Wave World Tour. Anthony Tashnick of the U.S., in blue, finished second, Shawn Dollar of the U.S., in yellow, was third, and Grant Baker of South Africa, in green, was fifth.
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Hawaii surfer Makua Rothman won the Billabong Pico Alto, the first event of the Association of Surfing Professionals Big Wave World Tour in Pico Alto, Peru, on Thursday.

A 20-foot swell brought wave faces of 25 to 40 feet to the event, according to the competition website.

The ASP posted a video of Rothman’s final ride on its YouTube channel. The wave gave him a 9.4 out of 10 point score to win the competition.

The contest was the first big wave tour competition and he almost didn’t make it.

He arrived in Peru three days after the birth of his daughter in Hawaii.

Twenty-five surfers competed in the contest.

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