Monthly Archives: August 2013

MAÑANA SE INICIA LA BATALLA DE CARABOBO LATIN PRO

La sexta fecha del Tour Latinoamericano está a puertas de iniciarse en la playa Los Caracas – Estado de Vargas, Venezuela. “La Batalla de Carabobo Latin Pro”, evento del 6 al 11 de Agosto, repartirá US$ 100.000.00 dólares, y calificada con 6 estrellas Prime Open, Junior, Damas y Longboard.

Los mejores y más destacados surfistas de Latinoamérica se han dado cita en la playa Los Caracas, Venezuela, para la fecha más importante del Circuito ALAS. “La Batalla de Carabobo Latin Pro” se ha convertido en la etapa que más competidores latinos ha reunido por la importancia del torneo y la suculenta bolsa de premios.

El actual líder del Tour, Jason Torres (CRI) tendrá una dura pelea por el título y así poder continuar en la cabeza de la categoría Open; sin embargo, sus adversarios, Alan Saulo (BRA) y Martín Passeri (ARG) se han preparado para este campeonato meses atrás para dejar todo en la cancha, llegar al pódium y desplazar al tico del primer lugar.

Además, tablistas como Carlos Muñoz (CRI), Justin Mujica (VEN), Joaquín Del Castillo (PER), Halley Batista (BRA), Marcelo Rodriguez (ARG) y muchos más van en busca del título de la fecha.
En Damas, la peruana Valeria Solé buscará la gloria frente a las mejores tablistas. Su compatriota, Analí Gómez llega a Venezuela para repetir el plato obtenido en el Reef Classic Panamá. Además, la ecuatoriana Dominc Barona también se hace presente junto a la venezolana y segunda en el Ranking, Daniela Sotillo.

Yrvin Santos, líder del ranking Junior, irá por el pódium en su categoría y, de esta manera, alejarse de sus contrincantes Lucas Madrid (URU) y los costarricenses Anthony Fillingim y Noe Mar McGonagle, quienes se encuentran en el segundo, tercero y cuarto lugar del ranking, respectivamente.

Finalmente, en la categoría Longboard llega el peruano y uno de los mejores surfistas de tabla larga de Latinoamérica, Benoit “Piccolo” Clemente, para hacerle frente al local y líder del ranking, Ronald Reyes.

Hoy fue declarado ‘Lay Day’ el por el bajo tamaño de las olas. Mañana la competencia se inicia las 8am con la categoría Open.

Prensa ALAS

Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Trials Invitees Announced

BURLEIGH HEADS, Queensland/AUS (Monday, Aug 5th, 2013) – An elite field of 16 hard-charging tube specialists have confirmed their spots into the upcoming Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Trials, set to commence at the infamous Teahupo’o on the weekend.

The annual trials tournament is a pre-cursor to the sixth stop on the 2013 ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour with the winner guaranteed a wildcard seed direct into the Billabong Pro’s elite main event.

A second position is open to the highest placed local Tahitian surfer, with 16 locals confirmed to create a total field of 32.

Leading the charge for the locals is Teahupo’o heavyweight, Manoa Drollet. The 35 year-old from Papara is a two-time trials winner (2005, 2007) and former main-event runner-up (2007). Thanks to countless big-wave performances at the fearsome location, he is considered a master of the break.

Drollet returns to competition following a long stint of rehabilitation for an injured leg. Now fighting fit, Drollet says he is ready to go and regardless of wave sizes, the Air Tahiti Nui trialists are guaranteed to put on a good show.

“It’s tough, everybody wants to surf Teahupo’o,” explains Drollet. “If it’s small, then there is more luck involved. If it’s big, then charging and commitment make the difference. Either way, it’s always interesting because there is so many good surfers hoping to do well each year.”

Brazilian Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) heads the list of internationals invitees – the 23 year-old played the role of giant killer last year, becoming the first surfer to win the trials back-to-back. He then went on to eliminate Kelly Slater (Fl. USA) from Round 3 of the main event thanks to an incredible last-minute tube ride that had fans on the edge of their seats.

“I can take a lot of confidence knowing that I beat Kelly last year, he has the best competitive record of anyone in Tahiti. I’d love to win the whole event, but first things first, I need to do well in the trials,” said Dos Santos.

“It doesn’t matter if I have Kelly, or Parko (Joel Parkinson) or Manoa, my strategy will be the same – I’ll be chasing the biggest, deepest barrels I can find.”

Just three Australians will be making the journey across the Pacific to compete, they include former ASP world rated number six and 2004 event runner-up Nathan Hedge (Narrabeen, NSW, AUS), Teahupo’o devotee Anthony Walsh (Lennox Head, NSW, AUS) and fearless Teahupo’o’ charger, Laurie Towner (Yamba, NSW, AUS).

Sunshine Coaster, Wade Goodall (Qld, AUS) was selected to participate, but had to withdraw after breaking his femur during a freak free-surfing accident in New South Wales, Australia a week ago.

The Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Trials is a tough draw. The eventual winners are pitted against the top seeds of the Billabong Pro main event.

Currently Mick Fanning (Gold Coast, Qld, AUS) leads the world ratings ahead of Kelly Slater (Florida, USA) and reigning world champion Joel Parkinson (Gold Coast, Qld AUS) sits in third.

The Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Trials window runs from August 10th – 12th, with just one day of competition required to find a winner.

Any media looking to register to attend the Billabong Pro, Tahiti or those who do not already receive event updates should apply here

For the full list of Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Trials Invitees log on to www.billabongpro.com

INFO ASP .