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2008 ALAS Champions to be crowned at Reef Classic.



Reef Classic Costa Rica

Latin American Association of Professional Surfers
Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
5 - 7 December 2008


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 November, 2008 : - - After touring 9 countries, different beaches and various waves, the Tour ALAS 2008 will culminate this 5, 6 and Dec. 7 in the paradisiacal country of Costa Rica. The tenth and last stop of the Tour is considered one of the most important, therefore, to culminate it, we can know the surfer who will take the absolute victory of this year, devoting as the Champion ALAS 2008.

Great Latinos:
There are several surfers who crave the award, however, only three of them are with all the possibilities of taking the prized title.

The first is the Venezuelan Francisco 'Lolo' Bellorín, who will give all of himself for not take off his crown. This young surfer takes to lead the rankings since he won in Panama. After that date, Lolo has had to struggle against larger competitors continue to Latinos in the first position. Despite didn’t win in the following championships, he got good results which helped to keep adding points to continue to lead the rankings. This year, Bellorín has participed in all the stops of the Tour, in each of them he showed their strength and dexterity in the maneuvers. If at this late date, Francisco gets a better position than the 9th, will consecrate the Champion ALAS.

The second surfer who has great potential to take the title, is the Mexican Diego Cadena but he doesn’t have anything easy so Diego needs to win in Jaco and Bellorín has to get the 9th position, but if he get a better score, Cadena will lose the ability to seize the prize. Like Lolo, Diego Cadena was present at all stops of the Tour, Argentina and Mexico remain the top two positions.

Finally, Ernesto Nunes is in the same situation as Cadena. For crowned twice champion ALAS, the Brazilian needs to take the victory in this event and Lolo gets the 5th place, however, to take the title of subchampion, Nunes precise left in the 2nd place and that Bellorín gets the 9th position. Ernesto, like Bellorín and Cadena, competed in all stops of the Tour, but their results weren’t high enough to position in the top of the ranking, however, the victory he won in Mexico, helped him climb to the summit , joining the fight for the title.

Pro Junior:
In this category, Francisco Bellorín victory is in his hands but Dylan Southworth doesn’t drop his arms until the final minute because if he don’t reach crowned as Junior Champion, the Subchampion is pretty close. Dylan will fight to snatch the title to the Venezuelan Bellorín or anyone take away his second place.

Those who are behind the position of the Mexican Southworth, are Rafael Pereira and Jesus Chacon. Both Venezuelans are different from Dylan with so few point, in Costa Rica they will go in search of the best positions to get the necessary score and get the subchampion title.

Ladies time:
In the ranking of  Woman category, victory is among Agostina Pellizari (ARG) and Sofia Borquez (CHI). They are only 77 points that Sofia has an advantage before the Argentine Pellizari, so for the latter stop, we will see both competitors fighting for the top spot in this category.

The Twice Champion Perez
Finally, in the category Longboard everything is defined. The Argentine Martin Perez got his degree in Venezuela, when he got the first place in the ninth stop of the Tour. After four victories on the Tour this ear, Martin Perez enshrined as the Latin American Longboard Champion 2008.

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Reef Classic Costa Rica is possible thanks a Reef, Surf Federation of Costa Rica, ALAS, Credomatic, Best Western Jacó Beach Resort, Balcon Del Mar, Pepsi, Pol, Cristal, Cerveza Imperial, Adrenaline, Roca Bruja, Day Star, Radio 911, Quique y QFA Producciones Costa Rica.

About Latin American Association of Professional surfers
The Latin American Association of Professional surfers is the entity that governs the professional surfing tour of the region crowning annually to the Latin American champions in the categories: Open Men, Woman Open, Pro Junior (Under 20) and Longboard. ALAS was founded with the purpose to promote, develop and encourage the sport of surfing throughout Latin America, with the main objective to raise our technical and competitive level.

The Tour travels across the continent throughout the year generating stops at every strategic location, where the most outstanding surfers of the region are competing to accumulate points for entry to the prestigious Top 16 of the Tour and become, as the final goal in the Latin American Champion. The countries where it has developed the Latino Professional Tour are: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Barbados, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

ALAS borders unites over 15 countries in the region with the vision to develop surfing as a professional sport, a lifestyle linked to preserve and conserve our surf waves, beaches and their natural surroundings.

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