Out of the 96 athletes competing at the O'Neill SP Prime, 68 surfers will be representing foreign countries while only 28 competitors will defend the host country of Brazil. The largest delegation comes from Australia with a total of nineteen surfers, followed by the United States with eleven, Hawaii has eight representatives, Portugal with five, France contains four and Spain consisting of three athletes.
The nations of South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Argentina and Costa Rica will each have two representatives at the Prime event in Maresias, the O'Neill SP Prime. While the eight countries of Italy, Uruguay, Porto Rico, Morocco, Tahiti, the Canary Islands, the Reunion Islands and Guadalupe will be represented by one athlete.
The O'Neill SP Prime asserts the return of Sao Sebastiao to international competition. With a South/Southeastern swell and winds from the eastern direction, the waves at Maresias are commonly regarded as having the best barrels in Brazil.
Recognized for its nightlife, Maresias has previously hosted a total of five ASP Qualifying Series events. The first occurred in 1993, even before Gabriel Medina (BRA) was born. The second event took place in 1999, the third in 2000, the fourth in 2005 and the last event was held in 2010, each contest being won by a Brazilian surfer. However, the 2014 O'Neill SP Prime is by far the most prestigious competition to date by being rated as a status â€œPrimeâ€ event, which distributes U$250,000 to the 96 participants.