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Aussie surfers jump into Big Wave Tour

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 Scott Bailey

Australia's Laura Enever and Josh Kerr could establish themselves as two of the world's best all-round surfers when they take on waves as big as 12m in Hawaii.

Enever will compete on Friday (Saturday AEDT) in the World Surf League's inaugural women's event on the Big Wave Tour, to take place alongside the men's regular Pe'ahi Challenge in Maui.

Such events usually welcome specialised big-wave surfers, with organisers waiting until the best possible moment to capitalise on the famous break on the north shore of Maui.

"To run WSL Big Wave events, we require swells and storm systems of immense size and energy," Big Wave Tour commissioner Peter Mel said.

"These are dynamic entities that change frequently.

"We have been monitoring this system very closely and have determined to focus the entire event for Friday morning, where we will have the biggest and best conditions."

However, Enever is the only member of the regular women's World Surf League tour to compete in the Big Wave Tour event.

She sits 10th in the regular championship with one event to go in Maui, having reached four quarter-finals this season.

Fellow Australian Kerr will cross over from the regular tour in the men's draw for the big-wave competition, the only male to do so.

Meanwhile, countryman Jamie Mitchell will aim to improve on his ninth place in the Big Wave Tour rankings.

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