El Gringo, Arica, Ex Isla Alarcán / CHILE (Tuesday, 04, Aug, 2015) - On Tuesday, a new swell presented stormy conditions with waves in the 10-12 foot range (3-4 meters) at El Gringo for the first day of the waiting period at the Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour in Chile. The World Surf League QS 1500 event will determine the winner of the 2015 WSL South America title. The top-ranked surfer from each of the seven WSL Regional Offices will automatically be eligible to participate in all of the WSL QS 6000 and QS 10000 events in 2016.
Robson Santos (BRA) currently sits atop the WSL South America rankings and is looking to seal the deal with a solid performance in Arica. The only other athlete that has mathematical chances of overtaking Santos is the big wave charger, Lucas Silveira (BRA). Both surfers excel in powerful barrels, and El Gringo's treacherous reef will be an even playing field for the title frontrunners.
The 62 athletes (from over 10 countries) were unanimous in their decision to call the day off.
"The event was called off for the day here in Arica," stated Klaus Kaiser, the WSL South America Tour Manager. "Conditions are complicated. There are some big sets in the 10-12 ft. range, but the swell direction isn't hitting the reef at a good angle so there are a lot of closeouts. It's too dangerous for the athletes, so the Event Organizers have decided to make another call at 8am (local time) on Wednesday. The surfers applauded the decision; no one wanted to go out. Plus, the forecast is looking great for the next few days."
Despite stormy conditions at the main site at El Gringo, athletes at the event and other big-wave chargers headed to another famed peak in Arica, El Buey, where things were firing. Although competition didn't officially begin at the QS event, big barrels and cold-water action were definitely on display in Chile.
The 2015 WSL South America QS 1500 Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour has a variety of global representatives. The largest group is headed by the Brazilians (15), followed by the host country of Chile (14), then Peru (10), the Hawaiian contingent is strong (10), followed by the USA (4), Australia (3), Argentina (3), France (2) and finally Venezuela and St. Bart's with one each.
The winner of the event will take home U$ 8,000 in prize money along with 1,500 WSL QS ranking points and 1,000 WSL South America regional ranking points. Only the Top 10 surfers on the QS Rankings at the end of the 2015 Surfing Season will qualify for the 2016 Championship Tour (CT).
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ROUND 1 OF THE MAUI AND SONS ARICA PRO TOUR
1st and 2nd = Round 2 / 3rd =33rd place (U$ 400 and 180 points) and 4th = 49th place (U$ 300 and 165 points):
Heat 1: Kiron Jabour (HAW), Phillippe Chagas (BRA), Sebastian Correa (PER)
Heat 2: Luke Shepardson (HAW), Manuel Selman (CHL), Rafael Tapia (CHL), Lucas Chianca (BRA) Heat 3: Yago Dora (BRA), Caiden Fowler (AUS), Alvaro Malpartida (PER), Eli Olson (HAW)
Heat 4: Keoni Yan (HAW), Weslley Dantas (BRA), Joaquin Del Castillo (PER), Nicolas Vargas (CHL)
Heat 5: Robson Santos (BRA), Alcides Lopes (BRA), Samuel Igo (BRA), Alejandro Diaz (CHL)
Heat 6: Luan Wood (BRA), Andy Criere (FRA), Gianni Porcari (PER), Kalani Ross (HAW)
Heat 7: Johnny Noris (USA), Tomas Tudela (PER), Wesley Leite (BRA), Renato Aguirre (CHL)
Heat 8: Kevin Sullivan (HAW), Teale Vanner (AUS), Martin Passeri (ARG), Cristian Merello (CHL)
Heat 9: Miguel Tudela (PER), Jeronimo Vargas (BRA), Tales Araujo (BRA)
Heat 10: Paulo Moura (BRA), Eala Stewart (HAW), Diego Medina (CHL), Jorge Soto (CHL)
Heat 11: Halley Batista (BRA), Max Longhurst (AUS), Brad Ettinger (USA), Lucas Silveira (BRA)
Heat 12: Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER), Myles Laine-Toner (HAW), Travis Beckmann (HAW), Danilo Cera (CHL)
Heat 13: Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Alonso Correa (PER), Martin Jeri (PER), Nicolas Undurraga (CHL)
Heat 14: Guillermo Satt (CHL), Cristobal de Col (PER), Tristan Aicardi (CHL), JoÃ£o Chianca (BRA)
Heat 15: Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA), Nahuel Amalfitano (ARG), Schuyler Allen (HAW), Roberto Araki (CHL)
Heat 16: Francisco Bellorin (VEN), Jacob Szekely (USA), Juan Arca (ARG), Leon Landea (CHL)
TOP-16 WSL SOUTH AMERICA RANKING - after 1event:
1st: Robson Santos (BRA) - 1,000 points
2nd: HizunomÃª Bettero (BRA) - 560
2nd: Lucas Silveira (BRA) - 560
4th: Leandro Usuna (ARG) - 420
4th: Messias Felix (BRA) - 420
4th: Luel Felipe (BRA) - 420
7th: Renato GalvÃ£o (BRA) - 300
7th: Thiago CamarÃ£o (BRA) - 300
7th: Franklin Serpa (BRA) - 300
7th: Renan Peres (BRA) - 300
11th: Weslley Dantas (BRA) - 280
11th: Alcides Lopes (BRA) - 280
13th: Jihad Khodr (BRA) - 200
13th: Ian Gouveia (BRA) - 200
13th: Cristobal de Col (PER) - 200
13th: Thiago GuimarÃ£es (BRA) - 200
13th: Deivid Silva (BRA) - 200
13th: Juninho Urcia (PER) - 200
13th: Samuel Igo (BRA) - 200
13th: Matheus Herdy (BRA) - 200
NEXT EVENTS ON 2015 WSL SOUTH AMERICA CALENDAR:
Aug 04-09 - Men's QS 1500 - Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour at El Gringo, Arica - Chile
Oct 20-25 - Men's QS 6000 - Red Nose Santa Catarina Pro at Praia do Santinho, Florianópolis (SC)
Oct 27-31 - Men's QS 6000 - Mahalo Surf Eco Festival at Praia da Tiririca, Itacaré (BA) - Brazil
Oct 27-31 - Women's QS 3000 - Mahalo Surf Eco Festival at Praia da Tiririca, Itacaré (BA)
Nov 02-09 - Men's QS 10000 - SP Pro 10000 at Praia de Maresias, SÃ£o SebastiÃ£o (SP) - Brazil Nov 04-08 - Women's QS 1500 - Pichilemu Women's Pro at Punta de Lobos, Pichilemu - Chile