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2nd Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit event hits Rincon

Cristian Rivera © Angelo Cordero/APSPR

 

 

Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit Event 2

APSPR
Domes Beach, Rincon, Puerto Rico
8 - 9 March, 2014

Over sixty contestants ready for March in Puerto Rico

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 February, 2014 - It was 46 years ago, in 1968, when the World Surfing Titles were held at Domes Beach, in Rincon, and the surfing world was introduced to Puerto Rico.

On March 8 & 9, 2014, the eyes of the surfing world will again turn to Domes, where Corona Extra and the APSPR (Association of Professional Surfing of Puerto Rico) will hold the 25th edition of the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit.

The World Championship event in 1968 was won by Hawaii's Fred Hemmings and Margo Godfrey of California, in beautiful translucent-blue six-foot waves. The event was covered by ABC's Wide World of Sports on national television. (Courtesy of The Encyclopedia of Surfing)

APSPR contacted Mr. Hemmings this week. "I have fond memories of Puerto Rico in 1968”, he said. The waves for the Finals were 6-8 feet and superb .The waves of PR changed my life. Please extend my aloha to everyone. Keep surfing ... It is a wonderful life and treasured memories become very valuable as the years go on...Thank you Puerto Rico”! Fred Hemmings.

Fred Hemmings from Honolulu, Hawaii is a world-renowned surfer who served as a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, beginning in 1984, and as a member of the Hawaii Senate. He was Senate Minority Leader from 2002 until his retirement in 2010.

This year, a field of sixty or more contestants is expected next month, that will include competitors from the Mainland East Coast, California, the Caribbean and Venezuela. None of them had even been born in 1968, but all will become part of the tradition of competing at Domes.

The Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit, was founded in 2001 by Werner Vega, surfboard shaper and owner of Hang Loose Surf Shop, in Isabela. “Since we began thirteen years ago Corona Extra has been the biggest supporter of Puerto Rican pro surfers” said Mr. Vega.

“The continued support of Corona Extra shows a huge commitment to the sport and it’s athletes. The contest will have a total purse of $37,000, divided into $25,000 for the Men and $12,000 for the Women, which means that we will be able to pay the winner of the Men a first prize of $10,000. The Women’s champion will receive $5,000”.

This is the 2nd event of 3 for the 2013-2014 circuit which will determine the APSPR Men's and Women's Champions. Currently leading the ratings are Wesley Toth of Isabela, PR, and Chelsea Tuach, of Barbados after they won the first event of the season at Middles Beach in October.

Wesley defeated his fellow Puerto Rican Gabriel Escudero in that exciting Final, after seizing an emotional Quarter-Final victory over his big brother Brian, the 2013 APSPR defending champion. The defending Women's Champion is Alexis Engstrom, of Montauk, NY and Rincon. Engstrom finished third at Middles. The race for the season title is comprised of the total points that the competitors collect in three events.

Corona Extra and the event organizers are hoping to get more of the huge and challenging conditions that were seen at Domes last March, but maybe not quite that big! In that event, won by Gabe Kling, of Florida, the giant size of the surf forced organizers to assemble a team of personal watercraft who carried the surfers out into the lineup.

Paddling out was simply not possible in the time limit of the 45 minute heats. “That was one of the most exciting contests I have ever been in” said Kling. ”Without the skis, I don’t think I would have even made it out”.

The giant swells that are pushed southward by cold fronts in the Northern Hemisphere are the attraction that has lured international surfers to Puerto Rico for fifty years.

His victory at Maria’s was the second in a row for Kling, who had previously won the 2012 event at Middles. However, local Isabela surfer Brian Toth was able to clinch the season’s title because of his remarkable consistency. In all three events Toth never placed lower than third.

Toth is now a four-time champion of the APSPR Circuit and the most successful Puerto Rican surfer ever, having competed for several years on the international ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour. Brian Toth had a good start to his 2014 international campaign by placing equal 13th at Hawaii's Banzai Pipeline, and is currently in Australia.

“Traveling the world circuit is my career”, said Toth, “But I love the opportunity to compete at home in Puerto Rico!"

Surfing fans who are unable to attend in person at Rincon will once again have the opportunity to follow the action online with the popular “Heats on Demand” feature. “They will have access to every scoring ride of the event”, said APSPR Event Coordinator, Viviannee Vega.

“On our website you can scan the draw, and select which heat you would like to watch, and much more”. Each scoring ride is shown, along with the points earned for that wave, through the technology of the Beach Byte computer scoring system. All of that scoring information is then available on the APSPR website to anyone with access to a modem.

The other generous sponsors of the Corona Extra Pro Circuit are:

Corona Extra, Corona Light,Jose Cuervo, Finlandia, Cabreiroá, Hang Loose Surf Shop, Werner Vega Surf Board, Mango's, El Nuevo Día, Wapa, N- Punto, Alfa Rock, Mundo Rad.

For all competitors:

You must be an active APSPR member to enter this event.                                                         

Entries should be received no later than Wednesday February 26, 2014.                                   

After Wednesday February 26, 2014 a late entry fee of $35.00 will be charged.

Entry deadline is Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM.                                                             

Entries will not be accepted after Saturday, March 1, 2014.

To enter:

You can register online or you can download an entry form from http://apspr.net/13/ and mail it with payment to APSPR or deliver it at Hang Loose Surf Shop (787) 560-0181 from 10:00am - 4:00pm.  You can register in person at Hang Loose Surf Shop 787-560-0181 from 10:00am - 4:00pm.  

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