26th Edition

Corona Extra

Pro Surf Circuit

October 25, 26 2014

Middles Beach

Isabela P.R.

 
 

All entries should be received with payment no later than Wednesday October 15, 2014. Past Wednesday October 15 a late entry fee of $35.00 will be charged. Entry deadline is Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 4:00pm. Entries will not be accepted past Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 4:00pm.

 

Inscripciónes deben ser pagadas en o antes del Miercoles 15 de Octubre, 2014, pasado el día Miercoles 15 de Octubre habrá un cargo de $35.00 por  inscripción tardía.El “entry deadline” es el Sabado18 de Octubre 2014 hasta las 4:00pm.

ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL SURFING PUERTO RICO (APSPR)

Event # 1 on the "Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit" competition season.
For Immediate Release:

APSPR Corona Extra Pro Crowns Wesley Toth and Chelsea Tuach

MIDDLES, Isabela, Puerto Rico (Sunday, November 10, 2013) – The 24th edition of the Corona Extra Pro Circuit at Middles Beach in Isabela, Puerto Rico crowned Puerto Rican Wesley Toth and Chelsea Tuach from Barbados in 5 to 6 foot, competitive surf. Runners-up were Gabriel Escudero from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Nikki Viesins from Indialantic, Florida. Toth narrowly defeated Escudero in a close final. Toth won with a heat total of a 13.57 to Escudero's 13.33. Chelsea Tuach edged out Viesins in a highly competitive heat; Tuach scored a 13.33 heat total to Viesins' 11.13.

Sept. 9, 2013
For Immediate Release:

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Corona Extra Pro Surfing returns to Puerto Rico!

On the weekend of October 12 and 13 exciting pro surfing action returns to Puerto Rico at scenic Middles Beach near Isabela. This will be the 24th edition of the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit, which was founded in 2001 by Werner Vega, surfboard shaper and owner of Hang Loose Surf Shop, also in Isabela. “Since we began twelve 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, California and Venezuela.

The Middles contest will also kick off the points race to crown the 2014 APSPR (Association of Professional Surfers of Puerto Rico) season’s champions. The 2013 defending champions are Brian Toth, of Isabela and Alexis Engstrom, of Montauk, NY and Rincon. The race for the title is comprised of the points that the competitors collect in three events. After Middles next month they will then compete at Domes next March, and again at Middles in the Fall of 2014.

The last event of the Corona Extra Circuit was won by Gabe Kling, of St. Augustine, Florida in huge and challenging conditions at Marias Beach, in Rincon, in March. In that event the giant size of the surf forced organizers to assemble a group of personal watercraft operators who carried the surfers out into the lineup. Paddling out was simply not possible in the time limit of the 45 minute heats. “That was one of the most exciting contests I have ever been in” said Kling. ”Without the skis, I don’t think I would have even made it out”.

The giant swells that are pushed southward by cold fronts in the Northern Hemisphere are the attraction that has lured International surfers to Puerto Rico for fifty years. 

Circuit at Middles Beach in Isabela, Puerto Rico crowned Florida's Gabe Kling and Amy Nicholl in 3 to 4 foot clean surf. Runners-up were Josie Graves from Isabela, Puerto Rico and Nikki Viesins from Indialantic, Florida. Kling topped graves with consistent surfing and a 14.34 heat total to Graves' 12.50. Amy Nicholl's backhand approach was enough to narrowly defeat Viesins with a 11.03 heat total to Viesins' 10.40.

The Corona Pro Women's winner Amy Nicholl earned $5,000 for her win. "Conditions were really meager on the first day, so I was really excited to be seeded into the second day thanks to my win from last October at the Corona Extra Pro. Today I just took it heat by heat, got a couple seconds, a couple firsts, and in the end of the day ended up on top, and I'm really excited about that," Nicholl said.

The best of the women's surfing on the final day was seen during the Women's round 2 Heat 3 came from Nikki Viesins who took the win with the highest single wave a 7.6 and highest heat total 14.37. Other standouts were Amy Nicholl with the second best heat total in the same heat a 12.43. The crowd also saw strong surfing from semi-finalists Liza Caban (Aguadilla, PR) and Alexis Engstrom (Rincon, PR/ NY).

On the Men's Pro side of the event Gabe Kling got his name on the $10,000 check. He defeated local favorite Josie Graves with a strategy of staying busy. "The wind felt like it was getting stronger during the final and a lot of times with priority in the mix I just like to catch a lot of waves and not worry about waiting on the perfect wave. So I just tried to stay busy and hope that priority worked in my favor and a couple times it did," said Gabe.
Josie Graves was the local favorite despite not having surfed Middles in about six months due to summer travels and a shoulder injury. "Something that was really special was that I hadn't surfed Middles in 6 months, my first wave was in my heat and I ended up making the final, so I'm stoked," said Josie.