Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit
Middles Beach Isabela, Puerto Rico
21 - 23 November 2014
Magnum Martinez & Chelsea Tuach claim victory
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 November, 2014 - Isabela, Puerto Rico - Magnum Martinez (VNZ) and Chelsea Tuach (BRB) are crowned the champions of The 26th edition of the Corona Extra Pro Circuit at Middles Beach in Isabela, Puerto Rico. The Corona Extra Pro completed the Men and Women’s Pro in highly contestable 3-6 foot surf with bumpy side-shore wind conditions. The morning was greeted with semi clean fun surf but as the wind picked the surfers were challenged with strong side shore wind swell waves. Despite the wind competitors were able to display an array of progressive, commited maneuvers on the lefts and rights.
The Men’s Pro saw a handful of upsets as top seeds Brian Toth (PR) went down to Magnum Martinez (VNZ) in Semifinal 1 in a hard fought battle. Toth and Martinez went wave for wave in the closet heat of the event. Magnum just barely edged out Toth with a heat total of 14.50 to Toth’s 14.46. Knox Harris (NC) fought his way from Round 1 to defeat Corona Extra Circuit Champion Gabriel Escudero (PR) in Semifinal 2. The Men’s Pro final between Martinez and Harris was also a nail biter with Martinez claiming the $10k and Corona Extra Middles Pro title by less than 1 point; Martinez (13.67) defeated Harris (13.54).
In the final Martinez’s combination of vertical snaps on his forehand was rewarded with the second highest wave of the day an 8.0. Martinez also held down this highest wave of the day a 9.17 in his quarterfinal against past Corona Extra Champion Gabe Kling (FL). Despite his loss to Harris in Semifinal 2, local Gabriel Escudero was able to claim the Corona Extra Circuit Championship.
The Women’s Pro semifinal was a battle of wave choice as Emily Ruppert (FL) with a heat total of 7.23 was defeated by Chelsea Tuach (BRB) with a 10.43. In Semifinal 2 Ornella Pellizzari (ARG) posted the top wave score of the day an 8.83 as well as the best heat total 15.66. Pellizzari strong back hand surfing took down Corona Extra Pro Veteran Alexis Engstorm (NY/PR).
The final was surfed in difficult windy conditions between Tuach and Pellizzari. Both women started off slow with small wave scores but ultimatelty Tuach was able to edge out Pellizzari with a 12.10 heat total to Pellizzari’s 8.80. Chelsea Tuach (BRB) took home the $5k prize in addition to being crowned the Corona Extra Circuit Champion.
The other generous sponsors of the Corona Extra Pro Circuit are: Corona Extra, Corona Light, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, AT&T, Coppertone, Jose Cuervo, Cabreiroá, Finlandia, Hang Loose Surf Shop, Werner Vega Surfboards, Mango's, El Nuevo Día, Wapa Tv, N- Punto, Alfa Rock and Mundo Rad.