26 August 2010



Sept. 24-26, 2010, Isabela Puerto Rico
“Middles” Beach to host first event of new Corona Extra Pro Circuit season.
Next month on September 24-26, the Association Professional Surfing Puerto Rico (APSPR) will begin it’s tenth season of competition to decide the rankings which will crown a Puerto Rican Professional Surfing Champion. 
The international beer, Corona Extra has enjoyed their association with the youthful image of surfing and have returned as the circuit sponsor. Corona Extra has been the sponsor of APSPR Pro Surfing in Puerto Rico ever since the tour’s inception in 2001. 

 “The event at Playa Middles will have a total of $15,000 purse prize. $10,000 for the Men and $5,000 for the Women”, said APSPR Executive Director, Werner Vega. “In addition, Coppertone Skincare will sponsor a $500 “Best Performance” award for each division.”
 Carlos Cabrero, 35, of San Juan will begin his campaign to win his third straight APSPR title. His biggest competition will probably come again from Brian Toth, 23, of Isabela, who is again competing on the International World Tour, where he is currently rated # 104. In the last Corona event, at Domes, in Rincon in February. Toth edged out Cabrero in an exciting man-on-man clash.  However, Cabrero had compiled enough points during the three event circuit to secure the Title. All the top 10 ranked APSPR surfers are expected to compete at Middles, as well as Toth’s fellow World Tour traveling companions, Dylan Graves and Alejandro Moreda. The top ten men as they begin the season are:
1 Carlos Cabrero
2 Gabriel Escudero
3 Brian Toth
4 Leslie Bursian
5 Tommy Bursian
=6 Hector Santa María
=6 Juan Ashton
8 Pablo Días
9 Eric Victor Torres
10 Darren Mushett 

On the women's side of the competition, youthful Quincy Davis, 14, one of several New York surfers who divides her year in Puerto Rico will be back to defend her Corona title. She won her first championship in February at Domes where she defeated her Floridian rival, Jasset Umbel. Half of the women on last year’s rankings were visitors from the Mainland who love to come to Puerto Rico for the competition

Their rankings were:
1 Quincy Davis US
2 Idalis "Lilac" Alvarado PR
3 Liselie Gonzales PR
4 Liza Cabán PR
5 Maria Del Mar Gonzalez PR
6 Alexis Engstron PR
7 Karina Petroni US
8 Ninotchka Acevedo PR
9 Jasset Umbel US
10 Maria Kuzmovich US

First year Women’s champion, Connie Arias, from Florida will likely be back for Middles as well.
 Previous Men’s Champions before Cabrero were Juan Ashton (twice),Dylan Graves and Brian Toth, who are all also expected to compete at Middles.
 For all interested competitors, entries must be in by Wednesday September 15, After Sept.15, a late entry fee of $35 will be charged, until entries finally close on Saturday, the 18that 4:PM,” announced Viviannee Vega. Entries can be downloaded at < www.apspr.net > and mailed to APSPR office, or in person at Hang Loose Surf Shop, located on road 4466, Jobos Beach, P.R..
 In addition to both days of surfing competition, Corona Extra will host nighttime entertainment at several locations throughout the host town of Isabela, ensuring that the fun will continue around the clock all weekend.
 “All APSPR events have the same goals and commitment”; said Vivianneee Vega, APSPR Co-Director. “To reward the best surfers at each event, to provide them with the highest standards possible, to provide them and all our sponsors with the maximum exposure, and to enhance the professionalism of surfing.”
 Surfing fans who are unable to attend in person at Middles will once again have the opportunity to follow the action online with the popular “Heats on Demand” feature. At the completion of each day of competition viewers will have access to every scoring ride of the event.
On our website < www.apspr.net > you can scan the draw, and select which heat you would like to view and much more. Each scoring ride is shown, along with the points earned for that wave, through the technology of the Beach Byte computer scoring system. Each of the five judges enters their score for each surfer’s rides into the computer, which tallies the points and decides the winners. All of that scoring information is then available on the APSPR website to anyone with access to a modem.
 For more information visit our website <  www.apspr.net  >,
Or call: (787) 872-2490 between the hours of 10:AM and 5:PM, Tuesday through Sunday.
Media Information:
Visit the media center on www.apspr.net for images, surfer quotes, archived press releases and athlete profiles.  Downloadable audio clips and TV news feed also available.
 In addition to Corona Extra and Corona Light, the other sponsors of the Middles event will be:
Coppertone Skincare, Jose Cuervo, Surfers Village.com, Hang Loose Surf Shop, Werner Vega Surfboards, Primera Hora

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