• Pe'ahi Big Wave Challenge featuring Laura Enever and Felicity Palmateer

A new era of big wave surfing has begun.

History was made this past week as 12 of the world's top female surfers were invited to compete in the Big Wave Tour's (BTW) Pe'ahi Challenge for the first time ever. Billabong Women's very own surfers, Laura Enever and Felicity Palmateer, along with team rider Justine Dupont, were among this elite group of athletes hungry to take on monstrously huge waves. With childhood dreams of surfing big waves competitively, the trio was elated to charge into the famous and treacherous break of Jaws and push the limits of female professional surfing.

We asked our surfers to expand on their Jaws experience, Flick responded that "I grew up in Margaret River, Western Australia so I’m used to the power of the Indian Ocean and surfing bigger waves. Surfing big waves is a passion of mine and to surf Jaws was on the top of my ‘big wave spot list’ - it just came around a lot quicker than I expected! Once we arrived, everything became real quickly. The boat ride out, then sitting in the channel waiting to paddle out – it was amazing and scary. I was really nervous. And yet, once I was out there I knew I had to go. This was the moment I’d been training and waiting for." For Laura, the transition from World Tour performance surfing to Big Wave competition had to come quickly. She stated "It was my first time to Jaws, I was on borrowed equipment so with only an hour to watch in the channel before my heat, my focus was on developing a strategy and working out where to position myself in the line-up.” Their remarkable performance and outcome told the watching audience otherwise, as these ladies looked like naturals charging into 35+ foot waves.

Felicity Palmateer finished the World Surf League Big Wave Tour event in 3rd place behind Justine Dupont who finished 2nd and Laura Enever who tied for 4th. The Billabong Womens team are in awe of this trio's courage, achievement and path they've blazed for others.