Surfing Association of Trinidad & Tobago
22 - 23 November 2014
Long period swell from the North Atlantic delivers for event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 November, 2014 - On November 18th, 2014, the Open Division of the Tobago Pro Surf Contest was contested in perfect 3-5’ waves at the Caribbean’s premiere right point break, Mt.Irvine, Tobago. It had been 23 months since the last running of the Open Division of the Tobago Pro, which is traditionally reserved for much larger surf in the 8-10’ range.
With a favorable but uncertain forecast, combined with a dwindling opportunity to run the event in 2014, event organizers ‘rolled the dice’ and took a chance on a long period swell from the North Atlantic. The contest, which is normally judged on big drops and heavy barrels, turned in to a performance surfing showdown with close attention being paid to technical surfing, with power and flow.
International professional surfer Ben Bougeois visiting Tobago from Virginia Beach, USA, was invited to participate in the event and he managed to outperform the heavy crew of locals on hand in the challenging surf. The former World Championship Tour (WCT) Surfer is only the second Tobago Pro Open Division winner since the events inaugural running in December 2012.
Bougeois is the first international surfer to win the division, finding his name next to local favorite Adrian De Silva on the Scott Tucker Memorial Trophy. In the highly contested event final, Bougeois managed to best his host and long time friend, local pro surfer Jason Apparicio. In the spirit of the event, Apparicio congratulated Bougeois on his victory as the finalists celebrated the results and the successful running of another edition on this specialty event.
After hoisting the Scott Tucker Memorial Trophy, Bougeois took his time to thank the local surfers, judges and event organizers for the opportunity to participate in the event and to enjoy surfing the perfect waves of Mt.Irvine with just a handful of local surfers in the water.
Apparicio was 2nd place in the Open Division, the best performance by a local surfer, and was awarded with the Scott Tucker Memorial Surfboard which is custom made by Sharp Eye Surfboards and donated the Tucker Family. Apparicio was also the top performing master (Over 35) surfer and was awarded with a prize of 2 nights at Blue Waters Inn, Speyside, an amazing prize provided by the official event hotel sponsor for the third year in a row.
Other local surfers closely contested the Open Division Final as well, including third place surfer, Chris Dennis of Rampanalagas, Trinidad. Che Lovelace, Stuart Hutton and Andrew Awai placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
This event was made possible by the support of the Surfing Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) via financial backing of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. The commitment of the officials and judges of the SATT, combined with the support of the local Tobago Surfers, made the execution of the event a huge success.
The official prize giving of the Tobago Pro 2014 will be held on Sunday 28th December 2014 at Mt.Irvine Beach. This event would also feature the Opening Ceremony of the Tobago Pro 2015, and the surfing of the junior divisions. The prize the Best Overall Waterman Performance for 2014 will be voted on and presented at the prize giving. There will be live music and other entertainment on hand for the event.
1. Ben Bougeois
2. Jason Apparicio
3. Chris Dennis
4. Che Lovelace
5. Stuart Hutton
6. Andrew Awai
=7 Justin Tang
=7 Cheyne Jobson
=9 Eamon Singh
=9 Adrian de Silva
=11 Duane Kenny
=11 Josh Lewis
Best Masters Performance (35+) - Jason Apparicio