Q & A with local Wildcard Carlos Cabrero
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 February, 2013 : - - 2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico local event wildcard and owner of Tres Palmas Surf Shop, Carlos Cabrero is a busy man running a business and trying to stay in the water as much as possible. This past weekend Carlos showed his local knowledge and earned a slot in the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico. If you remember your surfing history your surf history, you'll recall that Carlos was a competitor in the late '80s on the world tour.
How does it feel to be a wildcard in the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico?
To be a wildcard, for me it is a great opportunity since this is the first WQS event since 1989 and to have the wildcard it is a recognition of all the years that I was competing on the world tour. Thanks to Rip Curl for giving me the honor of representing Puerto Rico in this big event.
You've been a figure in pro surfing in Puerto Rico for years, how does it feel to have a major event coming to the island?
To have this major event in Puerto Rico it is a big opportunity for all puertoricans and especially for the future of surfing on the island. The WCT event was a great experience and this one is going to be a great opportunity for all local surfers to demonstrate their talent. I hope that more companies consider Puerto Rico a destiny to make even more WQS events.
How have you been preparing for this event? Any training?
I feel very motivated and I have been ordering some Glenn Minami boards. I was recently in Hawaii practicing and I hope that all hard work reflects in my surfing during this event.
You own a major store, Tres Palmas. Tell us how you got started with it, and what your vision is with the store.
I established the store in 1993 and it has been a long journey. We feel very attached with the community of surfing and the future of all kids that are starting in this great sport. This year is the 20-year anniversary. Thanks for the support and keeping the dream alive.
You have a daughter who is turning into a great young surfer. Tell us about the youth movement in Puerto Rican surfing and how you hope this event affects them?
The movement of surfing in youth has grown a lot and it is because of surfing school and the support of the parents. In the last five years it has become a popular sport in the island. In a competitive level this is going to reflect more in the following years if we have support from the industries. In the next couple of years, we could see many of these kids representing Puerto Rico in the ISA. For this we need to encourage them to got to the next level and teach what we all know. This event will probably mark the life of many surfers in Puerto Rico and I hope that this is the first of many more events. Our community has been waiting for a long time, thanks to all the sponsors for making this dream come true.
Source: Rip Curl
Author: The Editors
Tags: Carlos Cabrero, Puerto Rico, Trials