Surf fans that have been anxiously awaiting the start of the SATA Airlines Azores Pro won't have to wait much longer. The ASP 6-Star men's event is slated to kick off in the Azores Islands on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and run through Sunday, September 9, 2012. The men will be competing for a $155,000 prize purse and the coveted pointed needed to climb the ASP's ranks. Surf fans will be able to watch all the action via the SATA Airlines Azores Pro's website. Here are a few more details:
About the Venue
The Azores is a nine island archipelago that is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The surfing competition is slated to take place on the large Island of Sao Miguel. The island was settled by the Portuguese in 1440 and has long been considered a surfing hot spot. There are several beach breaks located in the area, each with its own unique characteristics. During select times of the year, the waves around certain sections of the island have been known to range in height from three to 15 feet. As such, surf fans are likely to see a good deal of high intensity surfing.
About the Surfing Line Up
In my opinion, the SATA Airlines Azores Pro's line up also looks promising. It features some of the world's best surfers and many countries will be represented during the event. Among them are the United States, Chile, Brazil, South Africa and Australia. At this point, it looks like the surfing competition may kick off with a Heat 1 matchup between surfers Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Frederico Morais (PRT), Chase Wilson (USA) and Heremoana Luciani (PYF). It should prove to be an interesting surf heat. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) is a master of 360 air reverses. As such, I am hoping that he'll use a few to open up the surfing competition in style.
Other surfers that fans may want to keep an on during the initial heats are Ian Gouveia (BRA) and Cory Arrambide (USA). Both surfers performed exceptionally well earlier this month. Ian Gouveia put on an amazing display of surfing skill at the Surf Eco Festival's Pro Junior. He made it all the way to the finals but ultimately lost to Deivid Silva (BRA). Cory Arrambide, on the other hand, made it as far as the semifinals at the San Miguel Pro Zarautz. He lost to Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), who eventually went on to beat Perth Standlick (AUS) in the final. Perth Standlick is also expected to surf in the SATA Airlines Azores Pro.
The SATA Airlines Azores Pro temporarily ends on Sunday, September 9, 2012. The ASP 6-Star women's portion of the event is expected to kick off on Thursday, September 27, 2012 and run through Sunday, September 30, 2012. The ladies will be competing for $40,000 in prize money and the valuable points needed to advance their careers.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching water sports with her family. She also has a history of interviewing pro surfers.
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