September 25, 2014
For Immediate Release:
ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL SURFING PUERTO RICO (APSPR)
Corona Extra Contest in Puerto Rico will decide circuit champion.
The 26th Edition of the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit will take place October 25 and 26 at Middles Beach in Isabela, P.R. There will be a $25,000 prize purse for the Men's event and $12,000 awarded to the Women. This is the 3rd event of 3 for the 2013-2014 APSPR (Association of Professional Surfers of Puerto Rico) circuit and will decide the 2013-2014 season champions.
The current leader of the Mens title race is Gabriel Escudero, who has a total of 3,255 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.
Corona at Domes Crowns Local Champion!
Last weekend on March 8, 9 at Domes Beach, in Rincon, Puerto Rico, local surfer Gabriel Escudero secured his first career victory in an exciting twenty-five minute Final over Virginia Beach visitor Michael Dunphy. His victory was by the slimmest of margins, as Escudero's two-wave total was 15.06 to 15.00 for Dunphy. Surf conditions for the last heat were 4 to 6 feet, with occasional overhead sets. Organizers were thrilled that the swell began to rise on mid-morning Sunday after the two-day event began in small conditions. While the winds were side-shore and blustery for much of the weekend, they actually encouraged some high-flying aerial maneuvers by the "new school" surfers like Cam Richards and Leif Kelaki Engstrom.
Pro Surf Circuit
October 25, 26 2014
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.
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:
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.