Preview in Puerto Rico
Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico
The Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico Puerto Rico starts on February 9, giving locals a chance to shine. It's perfect timing for guys like Alejandro Moreda to air into the spotlight.
Yes, Chris Ward just took $10,000 and second place in the Volcom Pipe Pro last week. And now he and his old buddy Cory Lopez are going to shake things up in Isabella.
4-stars can pull in some big names. This year, World Tour vet CJ Hobgood is heading down to jump in the fray.
The Search Pro wildcard in 2010 was Dillon Perillo, He'll be looking to bring his varied attack back to PR.
Nate Curran has been quietly keeping himself near the World Tour bubble the past few years. Puerto Rico offers a chance for some points.
Darren Muschett is a quiet, polite guy from Rincon. His smooth style is known far and wide.
Balaram Stack of the Empire State will take a break from getting pits in Hawaii to make some scratch in the Caribbean.
It's not just East Coasters. Californian Andrew Doheny loves visits to the Enchanted Isle.
He was the last East Coast surfer standing at the ECSC's last summer. Hailing from Virginia Beach, Michael Dunphy, riding boards that Bob Hurley shaped himself, is a formidable Right Coast threat.
Puerto Rico Pride
Technically, Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S. Either way, theyve got a lot of island pride.
Gabe Kling has spent plenty of time in Puerto Rico. It's the East Coast's Hawaii. After a solid finish at the Hainan Classic in China, he's hoping to keep the ball rolling.
Well, Evan Geiselman is 20 now. He's no longer a kid and as far as World Tour qualification, he has the entire weight of the East Coast on his shoulders. And he won't have to wear that 3-mil.
Dylan Graves has long been Puerto Rico's most high profile surfer. He won the Rip Curl Pro Search Trials in 2010 and had all of Puerto Rico behind him in the main event.
This event may come down to who has the most knowledge of Jobos. Hector Santamaria has some pretty good experience.
This is pumping Jobos, an idyllic Caribbean right, which will play host to the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico. Normally it bowls up off a rock reef outcropping. Sometimes it just gets mental.
Well, look who it is. Between New Jersey's Dean Randazzo and California's Taylor Knox here, the kids will have to contend with some serious old-school power surfing.
Cory Lopez is still a red-hot name in the Atlantic Ocean. He wasn't on tour when Rip Curl came through with the Search Pro, and it's been a while since he surfed an event in the Caribbean, but he's ready.
While Jobos will likely offer up performance surf, there are some local waves that get round -- very round. And Ricardo Delgado likes to get deep inside em.
Brian Toth is the number three ranked surfer in this event. He does a good bit of traveling, but likes being home for big north swells too.
One of the local wildcards in this event is a Jobos fella they call Controller. Meet Wilfredo Deliz. The other is Miguel "Chungy" Diaz, another potent threat on his home turf.