The iconic reef at Domes Beach on the west coast of the island will see intense competition again next month when the top surfers from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and around the globe gather on March 13 –15, 2020 for the Corona Pro 36th edition, the most prestigious surf event in the Caribbean. Domes hold an historic place in surfing history as it was the site of the 1968 World Surfing Championships. This year, it will mark the start of the Corona Pro Surfing Circuit #13 Tour 2020 – 2021 with the Corona Pro 36th Edition.
Dominic Barona, Brian Toth / Champions Corona Pro 35th Edition. Photo: AC/APSPR©
Brian Toth (PR) and Dominic Barona (ECU) were Crowned Champions of the Corona Pro 35th Edition at Middles Beach in Isabela, Puerto Rico, Rafael Pereira and Alexis Engstrom are Corona Pro Surf Circuit 2018-19 Tour Champs.
The day began with a new 4’-7’ NNW swell and pristine conditions for an a historic field of 48 Men’s and 29 Women’s of twelve countries that delighted the crowd with great surfing performance.
With entries now closed, the seed draw shows many familiar names set to compete on top of a broad international field of competitors. Top-rated international visitor among the men’s are Joshua Burke, 22 (BBD) and Rafael Pereira, 29 (VNZ). Other top rank international competitors are, Jeison Torres 31 (CRI), Simon Salazar, 27 (COL), Daniel Olmos, 30 (COL), Angelo Bonomelli, 28 (ITA), Jose Lopez, 20 (VNZ) Magnum Martínez, 45 (VNZ). Among the women’s international visitors are Yulissa Matamorros, 18, (CRI), Ornella Pellizzari, 32, (ARG), Dominic Barona, 28 (ECU), Anali Gómez, 34 (PER), Kayla Durden, 26 (US), Molly Kirk, 19 (US), Emili Gussoni, 19 (ITA), Lily Pierce, 18 (GER), Jazzmin Bokola, (HWI), Autumn Hays, 20 (US), Brooke Young, 18 (US).
The current forecast for the 35th Edition Corona Pro this weekend shows on tap for Middles a 4' to 7' swell with light offshore southeasterly winds. The contest will decide the 2018 – 2019 Corona Pro Circuit Champ and will reward competitors with over $45,000 total prize purse for the Men's and Women’s divisions on an equal gender paid format.
The 35th Edition and event number three of the Corona Pro Surf Circuit 2018 – 2019 will crown the Men’s and Women’s tour Champ, and will grant a purse of over $45,000 in Prize Money for the men and the women’s on an equal gender pay format. The event will be held on October 11 - 13, 2019 at the iconic Middles Beach in the town of Isabela Puerto Rico. The event is sanctioned by the APSPR (Asociación Profesional Surfing Puerto Rico).
With over $45,500 purse prize, the finalists of each division will be rewarded with a $10,000 first place prize, $4,500 for 2nd places and $2,000 for 3rd places.
Domes Beach, Rincon, Puerto Rico (Sunday, March 17, 2019)
The Corona Pro 34 Edition finished and crowned champions in 2’ - 4’ surf. The surfers started the morning off in clean fun surf. The champions, Chelsea Roett (BBD) and Rafael Pereira (VNZ), were able to prove themselves in varying waves and wind conditions.
Pereira channeled his stand-out performance on day one into a $10,000 champion check on the final day. He stayed consistent catching rights and lefts annihilating them with sharp pocket surfing and innovative progresive maneuvers. The final showdown was between Brian Toth and Rafael Pereira. Both surfers opened the heat up with good waves but Pereira was able to score a 9.27 on his 7th wave of the heat and a 8.87 on his last run to hold the win with a 18.78, the highest wave and heat score of the event letting Toth on a combo situation who also posted multiple good by putting his power surfing on display. Other top performances of day were semi finalists Logan Hayes (US) and Jose Lopez (VNZ). Hayes and Lopez entertained the crowd with innovative progresive maneuvers and long combinations. Both were able to use his speed to make long sections where other surfers were getting caught behind.