Abberton, Hipwood win APT Pichilemu World Cup Tow-In
Koby Abberton & Ryan Hipwood : photo APT
Pichilemu Chile World Cup Tow-In
Presented by Movistar and Sony Ericson
APT World Cup Tour
Punta de Lobos, Pichilemu Chile
15 April - 31 October 2008
Koby Abberton & Ryan Hipwood Claim Victory at the 2008 APT/Chile, Pichilemu World Cup Tow-In Event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 November, 2008 : - - It was a long six month holding period with three major amber alerts. Finally mother nature came to the table and delivered a solid 12’-15’ Hawaiian scale swell for the APT/Chile, Pichilemu World Cup Tow-In Event.
APT event directors decided to go to Chile on Oct. 20th to monitor three potential swells in hopes of capturing the right swell for the first leg of the APT World Tour Tow-In Surfing Circuit 2008. On Oct. 31st. the last of three swells remaining in the holding period finally came and the first event of the 2008/2009 tour season was under way.
“It was a huge gamble, however we went to Chile because we believed that it would finally happen and we wanted to show our commitment to the competitors and sponsors. The decisions we made were good and the best waves were on the very last day of the holding period!” Says, Eric Akiskalian/APT Founder & President
Top 8 Finalists:
1st. Koby Abberton/Ryan Hipwood - AUS
2nd Danilo Couto/ Rodrigo Resende - BRA
3rd Evarldo Texeira/Yuri Soledad - BRA/HI
4th Sylvio Mancusi/Edilson Assuncau – BRA
5th Diego Medina/Cristobol Gonzales – CHI
6th Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker/Reinalso Ibarra – SA/CHI
7th Jamie Mitchell/Mark Vissor – AUS
8th Scott Chandler/Chuck Patterson – CA
Ryan Hipwood : photo Eric Akiskalian
The next scheduled APT event will be held at Pe’ahi (JAWS) on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii. The top eight finalist from Chile will have an automatic invitation to this highly anticipated event.
Special thanks to Claudia Arnold, Paola Estradar, Darrell Bellen and all the event staff for their support in the production of this event.
Special thanks to the Event Sponsors:
City of Pichilemu Magico & Natural, Secano Turismo Region de O’Higgins, Ocean Extrem0, Reserva Marina Punta de Lobos, SurfY Naturaelza Chile, Club de Surf Punta de Lobos, Federation Chilena de Surf, Fletcha Surf, Chile Surf, Surf Festival, Handsome Bugga Productions, HSA, Surfline, TowSurfer, Street Machine, Allrent, Dunmar Turistico, Hostal Punta de Lobos, Alquiler Los leones, Inmobiliaria Pichilemu, SierrAzul, Pullman Bus and Revista Demolicion
About the Association of Professional Towsurfers, Inc. (APT)
The Association of Professional Towsurfers, was Founded on March 6, 2003 with the charter to support the responsible growth and development of Tow-In Surfing. The Association of Professional Towsurfers, is dedicated to sanctioning and promoting world class competitions, dissemination of safety and technical information to athletes, and technical direction to event organizers.
The Association of Professional Towsurfers embraces corporate sponsors and media entities that provide the support necessary to increase its events and goals. The Association of Professional Towsurfers has goals to expand its support throughout the world, lobby government agencies and municipalities to provide more certified tow-in access to ocean venues, and be ever attentive to the unique technical and safety needs of this evolving sport and its constituents.
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# 5 : Amber alert notice for APT/Punta de Lobos Chile event
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