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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.

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Rafael Pereira, Alexis Engstrom / Corona Pro Surfing Circuit 2018-19 Tour Champs. Photo: AC/APSPR©

On the Men’s side, Rafael Pereira is the first Venezuelan to win a Corona Pro Surfing Circuit Tour Championship. Toth narrowly defeated Pereira in a nail-biting final and credits his win to surfing a smart heat by utilizing the priority system to his advantage.

Excellent surfing was also on display by semi-finalists Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) and last year defending champ Joshua Burke (BBD). The most anticipated heat of the day was the final between top ranked surfers Brian Toth and Rafael Pereira. Toth defeated Pereira with consistent back hand attact with a 14.06 heat total to 13.97. Other stands- outs include quarter finalist’s Cristian Rivera Benítez (PR), Mauricio Díaz (PR), Rolando Montes (PR) and Darren Muschett (PR)

On the Women’s side Dominic Barona (ECU) took home $10,000 on her first ever appearance at the Corona Pro. Barona Defeated Ornella Pellizari (ARG) with a 16.13 total heat score to a 14.74 from Pellizari. Great performance was also in display by semi-finalists Tiarah Blanco (PR) with a heat total of 11.33 to a 10.43 by Barona (ECU). In Semifinal 2 Ornella Pellizzari (ARG) posted the 2nd highest heat total 15.86. Pellizzari strong backhand surfing took down Corona Extra Pro Veteran Alexis Engstorm (PR). Other women’s prformance was in display by quarter finalists Anali Gomez (PER), Jolari Carreras (PR), Molly Kirk (US) and Chelsea Roett (BBD).

Thanks to the  generous sponsors of this event;

Corona Extra, Jose Cuervo, AT&T, Werner Vega Surfboards, Hang Loose Sur Shop, Mundo Rad.