Puerto Rico? Nobody thinks about the Caribbean until those frosty fronts come swinging out of Canada in December. And then the entire East Coast starts scheming extended trips to Rincon or tactical strikes to Isabella.
Association Professional Surfing Puerto Rico Event Number Three of the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit at Middles. There were some global heavy hitters with Puerto Rico on their minds. The fact that there was $10,000 on the line for first place may have had something to do with that.
"This was, by far, the best event we have ever had," said APSPR President Werner Vega, "It shows the prestige that our Puerto Rican circuit has attained. While our top pros like Brian Toth and Dylan Graves have been traveling the international tour for years, now the best surfers from the Mainland, Hawaii, and elsewhere are coming to compete on their shores."
Speaking of Toth and Graves, two locals who have dominated this circuit in the past, neither was in the finals this year. While they are both now in the ASP's One World Rating Top 100, they each fell to Floridians in man-on-man quarterfinals. Toth lost to Asher Nolan, who won the Quik Pro New York wildcard slot in September. Dylan Graves ceded to Gabe Kling, who was recently rotated off the World Tour.
But the idea that you have Nolan, Kling, as well as Ben Bourgeois, and Kekoa Bacalso, really does exemplify the kind of talent the contest drew.
Kling and Becalso met in the final, which was held in overhead rights. And as the time was running out on the Hawaiian, he pushed himself into a deep frontside bowl and emerged for a 9.67 and the win.