Puerto Rico to again host largest surfing competition in region
SAN JUAN – From March 16 to 18, dozens of Puerto Rican, American and European contestants are slated to make their mark at Domes Beach in the northwest Puerto Rico municipality of Rincón, at the 32nd edition of the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit competition.
It is the third and final event of three for the 2017 circuit season. The swells that are pushed southward by cold fronts in the Northern Hemisphere have lured international surfers to Puerto Rico for more than 50 years.
“Local and international competitors and the joint effort with the municipality of Rincón make Corona Pro Surf the biggest competition of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean year after year,” said Joseph Magruder, brand director for Ballester Hermanos, Corona’s local distributer, said in a release.
On Friday, March 16, the event begins at noon with the warm-up session at Domes. On Saturday, starting at 7 a.m., the preliminary competitions take place, and Sunday is for the last rounds and the final in both categories.
The prizes include $15,000 for the Women’s Pro category (with a $5,000 prize for the winner), $22,000 for the Open Men’s (with a $10,000 prize for first place). Winners accumulate points for the next edition, where the winners of the 2017 circuit are defined.
Rincón, known as the “Town of beautiful sunsets” and the island’s “Surfing Capital,” takes pride in host the great competition, its largest event of the year. After the devastation wrought by Hurricane María, Rincón is prepared to receive hundreds of the sport’s fans at its lodgings, while businesses prepare for their best weekend.
The Corona Pro Surf Circuit is a two-star professional surfing competition that is part of the Professional Surfing Association of Puerto Rico’s circuit. The winners of the last circuit were Brian Toth (Puerto Rico) and Kayla Durden (USA).
During that weekend, attendees can mingle at Surf Village, which features more than 50 kiosks with local handicrafts and food. Live music from artists such as Jorge Chaffey as well as local bands will accompany Corona’s SunSets with DJ’s, prizes and drink specials.
Also, after the competition rounds Saturday, surfing brand O,Neill will present its new collection.
Save the Beach Puerto Rico Trust will once again be present at a Corona event with a variety of promotional items that can be obtained for a modest contribution. A collection center will be set up in Surf Village for attendees to help keep the beach clean over the weekend.
As part of the event host’s social responsibility commitment, visitors will be educated on the importance of reforesting beaches and preserving the island’s natural resources.
The co-founder of the Marine Life program of the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla, founder of United Northwest Pro Environment and member of the restoration committee of Jobos beach in Isabela, Héctor Varela, will be on hand to offer talks on the area’s conservation efforts such as tree plantings needed to reforest Domes Beach.
“The conservation, maintenance and protection of our beaches depends on everyone, and even more after the devastating passage of Hurricane Maria. We urge those people who voluntarily make their contribution at each event and invite those who have not yet joined to be part of this important movement,” Ballester’s Magruder said about the initiative.
Surfing fans who are unable to attend in person at Rincón will have the opportunity to follow the action live on www.apspr.net.