HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Thursday, November 15, 2012) – The inaugural Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico is officially confirmed as the kickoff event for the 2013 ASP North America schedule, unfolding at Jobos from February 6 through 10, 2013.
After making a historic introduction to the ASP stage as the Rip Curl Pro Search event in 2010, Puerto Rico’s tropical destination will return in 2013 as the perfect opportunity for up and coming surfers to score excellent waves and crucial points to start off their respective campaigns.
“ASP is really pleased to see the return of an ASP sanctioned event to Puerto Rico,” Matt Wilson, ASP Regional Manager said. “As a 4-star, it represents a very important event for our members in the chase for qualification points and geographically, helps us establish more of a professional surfing presence in the Caribbean region. We’d like to thank Rip Curl and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company for helping us achieve our development goals in staging such an important event in such an awesome wave location.”
The Rip Curl Pro Search Somewhere in Puerto Rico witnessed the crowning of Kelly Slater’s 10th ASP World Title and the brand is looking to add to the island’s rich surfing history by involving the impressive local talent with the addition of the new Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico event.
“We are thrilled to be returning to the Caribbean for the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico,” Dylan Slater, Rip Curl Vice President of Marketing said.” “We learned from the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search that Puerto Rico is home to world-class waves, a deep local talent pool, and an amazing base of passionate fans. We’re anticipating an epic event that will undoubtedly showcase Puerto Rico’s great surf and talented local surfing contingent.
Brian Toth (PRI), 27, currently 38 on the ASP World Ranking, is the island’s highest ranked surfer. While Toth spends most of his year traveling the globe in search of points towards his ASP World Ranking, the Puerto Rican is thrilled at the opportunity to earn points at his local break while surfing alongside his local contingent.
I’m super stoked that we’re finally having an ASP qualifying event in Puerto Rico,” Toth said. “Having at the break that I grew up and learned to surf at is even better. All of the locals are frothing as well and are looking forward to competing in it as well. Since we have some great local talent that can show what there capable of doing in the water and La isla del encanto can’t wait for February to come by already.”
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