Finisterre’s first ambassador, Carlos Burle, was crowned the first Big Wave World Tour Champion this weekend after a non-stop year of tackling the world biggest waves. The overall tour win marks the culmination of an outstanding season in the big wave world that was marked by quality swell that delivered across the big wave locales.
Tom Kay, Finisterre founder remarked, “We have seen Carlos at his best throughout the season. Every week it seems we receive a little message from far away shores of the latest session, consistently pushing the limits of what is imaginable, before jetting off on the promise of a fresh chart and a new swell.”
Burle is no stranger to these wins. From humble beginnings in Brazil he has worked his way up in the big wave world as an underdog, to win the XXL big wave awards, the Todos Santos big wave event and has been invited numerous times to the strictly invitation Eddie Akaiu big wave event at Waimea.
The Big Wave Tour, started by Gary Linden this year, is an collection of events for the small crew of big wave elite surfers and has flown against the conventional competition spectacle. Carlos praised his friends as he accepted the awards in the spirit of what he believes: “I’m so happy to be here, at the age of 42, to paddle around with you guys and push the limits.”
Ernest Capbert said, “We’re stoked for Carlos and everything else that’s been going for him this and last year, both in and out of the water. It’s been an exciting year watching the proceedings from the little workshop with all the guys.”
Finisterre is a small and exclusive surf brand located in Cornwall, U.K. Winner of the Observer Ethical award, RSPCA and numerous design awards, has seen Finisterre make waves in the action sports market and beyond.