The ASP is returning to Puerto Rico this year with a 4-star even starting tomorrow, Feb. 9, sponsored by SeePuertoRico.com. The Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico at Jobo’s Beach will be the first contest held on the island since Andy Irons untimely passing in 2010.
“Puerto Rico is home to world class waves and world class surfers,” said Rip Curl USA VP of Marketing, Dylan Slater in a press release. “We know this first hand after running a historic event here in 2010. The support from the local government and local surfers has been overwhelmingly positive, and we can’t wait to bring an ASP event back to the Caribbean.”
While World Tour top seeds continue to play at Pipeline or Duranbah, and 11x World Champion Kelly Slater relaxes with some golfing in California, the rest of the surfers looking to climb the ranks head to Puerto Rico to charge righthand perfection. Floridian veteran C.J. Hobgood and Californian legend Taylor Knox are the expected frontrunners of the competition. Hobgood said he spent winters in Puerto Rico since he was young and is looking forward to competing there again.
â€œI always went down to Puerto Rico from Florida in January for the cold fronts as PR is the safest spot for a quick hit,â€ Hobgood said in an ASP interview. â€œI think Iâ€™ve been going down there since I was 12 and Iâ€™m looking forward to going back this year.â€
Other notable competitors include New Jersey native Rob Kelly(USA), Dillon Perillo (USA), Ricky Whitlock (USA), Dylan Graves (PRI), Brett Barley (USA) and local wildcard Alejandro Moreda (PRI).
Take a look at the teaser below. Tune in live on Saturday, Feb. 9 to catch the action.