Asher Nolan and
Quincy Davis

are Crowned Champions
at the

Corona Extra
Pro Surf Circuit O’Neill Series

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Domes Beach, Rincon, Puerto Rico (Sunday, March 8, 2015) – The 2015 Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit O’Neill Series finished and crowned champions today in 2-4 foot building surf. The surfers started the morning off in difficult small conditions but as forecasted by midday NNW pulses began to show and offered plenty of fun waves. The champions, Asher Nolan (FL) and Quincy Davis (NY), were able to prove themselves in varying wave and wind conditions.

Nolan channeled his stand-out performance on day one into a $10,000 champion check on the final day. He stayed consistent and stuck to catching rights off the Domes point and annihilating them with sharp backhand pocket surfing. The final showdown was between Asher Nolan and Francisco Bellorin. Both surfers opened the heat up with good waves but Asher was able to hold the win with the second highest wave of the day an 8.93. Bellorin also posted multiple excellents by putting his power surfing on display. Other top performances of day were semi finalists Michael Dunphy (VA) and Gabriel Escudero (PR). The highest wave total was awarded to Rafael Pereira (VNZ) with a 17.63, he received the O’Neill Performance of the Event award for $1,000. Pereira entertained the crowd with his air reverses and long combinations. He was able to use his speed to make long sections where other surfers were getting caught behind.

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Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit returns to Domes.

On the weekend of March 7 & 8 exciting pro surfing action returns to Puerto Rico at iconic Domes Beach in Rincon. The alternate site is nearby Maria's. Domes holds an historic place in surfing history, as it was the site of the 1968 World Surfing Titles, when Hawaiian Fred Hemmings surfed to victory over Australians Midget Farrelly and Nat Young. The giant swells that are pushed southward by cold fronts in the Northern Hemisphere are the annual attraction that has lured International surfers to Puerto Rico for fifty winters.

This will be the 27th edition of the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit, and it will kick off the points race to crown the 2015-2016 O'Neill Series Champions for both the men and women competitors. The competition season is supported by APSPR (Association of Professional Surfers of Puerto Rico) and consists of three events. Each has over $37,000 in prize money, with $25,000 allocated for the men and $12,000 for the women, meaning over $110,000 will be awarded in prize money to the surfers as the yearly champions are decided. This event will also feature the $1,000 O'Neill best performance awards, which are awarded for the highest heat scores in both the men's and women's divisions.

The Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit, was founded in 2001 by Werner Vega, surfboard shaper and owner of Hang Loose Surf Shop, in Isabela. “Since we began fourteen years ago, Corona Extra has been the biggest supporter of Puerto Rican pro surfers” said Mr. Vega. The continued support of Corona Extra shows a huge commitment to the sport and it’s athletes. The contest will have a total purse of $37,000, divided into $25,000 for the Men and $12,000 for the Women, which means that we will be able to pay the winner of the Men a first prize of $10,000. The Women’s champion will receive $5,000”. A field of 60 or more contestants is expected that will include competitors from the Mainland East Coast, West Coast, Argentina, Venezuela and the Caribbean.

Correction: We apologize to Marley Puglielli who had the highest wave score 9.33 and heat score a 15.67 of Day 1 and the entire event. Due to a statistical error we would like to retract the following statement: "On the men's side of action he highest wave of the day, an 8.17, was awarded to Brian Toth (PR) whom is currently in the running for the Corona Extra Pro Circuit Title. Also with a notable performance was Gabe Kling (FL) with the highest heat total of 15.43"

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The 26th Edition of the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit will take place November 22 and 23 at Middles Beach in Isabela, P.R. This event will decide the circuit champions for both the Men's and Women's divisions. "Corona has just notified me that Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion will award the 2014 champion of each division with a $1,000 bonus" said Event Director Werner Vega. "This will be the first time we have awarded extra prize money to the circuit champs. From now on, we will try to continue this tradition and we aim to improve this award in the future".

The race for the season title is comprised of the total points that the competitors collect in three events. The current leader of the Mens title race is Gabriel Escudero, who has a total of 3255 points for the season, after winning the last event at Domes in March and placing second at Middles last October. However, several of his competitors are still in striking range, notably Wesley Toth in second place, who is less than a thousand points behind. Wesley won the last event at Middles in a close final over Gabriel. Also still in the running are Toth's older brother Brian, and Alejandro Moreda. Cody Thompson, from Jacksonville, is the highest rated Mainland competitor at equal third.

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Swell expected for Corona event at Middles.

The current forecast for this weekend in Puerto Rico shows a 4' to 7' swell on tap for Middles, for the 26th edition of the Corona Extra Surf Circuit. "It may be windy", said Contest Director Werner Vega, "But we should have plenty of waves to run the event".
The original dates for the contest were October 25 and 26. However, Vega, who monitors the island surf forecasts carefully, decided to postpone until November due to the swell predictions. As it turned out, the conditions last month, on the original dates, ranged from flat to 3 feet and poor for competition. "They were not the type of conditions in which we wanted to select our champions", said Vega. "Mother Nature" controls our playing field, and we want the competitors and spectators to enjoy the quality of surf that Puerto Rico is famous for." The contest will have a $25,000 total prize purse for the Men's division and $12,000 awarded to the Women.