PUNTA ROCA, La Libertad / El Salvador (Tuesday, July 5, 2011) – The inaugural Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star Copa Quiksilver El Salvador will kickoff tomorrow, July 6, 2011 at the idyllic righthand pointbreak of Punta Roca in La Libertad, El Salvador and is set to see Latin America’s finest talent take on an impressive field of International names.
The Copa Quiksilver El Salvador is the second ASP North America event held in Latin America this year, offering an excellent opportunity for competitors to gain crucial points towards their ASP World Ranking.
Brian Toth (PRI), 26, won his first major ASP event last month when he took out the Quiksilver Clasico Mazatlan in Mexico and his confidence is still riding high entering the Copa Quiksilver El Salvador despite a stumble at the ASP PRIME in Portugal.
“It’s funny how contests work because I won that 4-Star and went to Portugal after and lost first round because of an interference, but I pretty much just laughed that one off and my confidence is still riding high,” Toth said. “I’m looking forward to this next contest in El Salvador. It will be nice to be back in baggies and I’m going to be with some really good friends from back home there as well, so I’m stoked. I’m just going to have fun with this event like I did with the last one. It looks like there are going to be a lot of friends there that I haven’t seen in awhile so I’m looking forward to hanging out and having some good surfs with them.”
Toth has yet to visit La Libertad, but is hoping his native training grounds in Puerto Rico will have him well prepared for the Punta Roca’s high-performance right-handers.
“I’ve been to El Salvador before but I was in Las Flores and never in La Libertad so it’s all new to me, but all I hear is good things and how good the waves are there,” Toth said. “I heard it’s a right pointbreak which I’m stoked about because where I live it’s all about right pointbreaks, so I’m excited to check this new place out and have some great surfs around.”
Magnum Martinez (VEN), 37, who is both an ambassador for Quiksilver Latin America and a competitor, is a veteran participant in ASP Star rated events and Martinez is excited to see the growth of ASP events in Latin American territory. The natural-footer also emphasized that the event is an excellent opportunity for young Latino surfers to establish themselves among International names.
“Quiksilver has taken a great initiative in putting together a series of events in our Latin region for the benefit of all the Latin American surfers, to establish a platform for us so we can all travel within our region to ASP Star events and accumulate important points that would help us get into the top notch events the following years,” Martinez said. “Also, to display our potential as top surfers and go at it with the best of the best is an excellent opportunity.”
Martinez feels that the high-performance wave of Punta Roca will provide the perfect forum for both Latin and International competitors to showcase their talents while building their ASP World Ranking.
“Punta Roca is a great wave,” Martinez said. “I’m super stoked Quiksilver decided to make this event a 4-Star because it deserves to be that important, both points and money wise. Also, I noticed the contest entries have field up pretty fast and there are over a 130 guys that entered the event already. I recognize a lot of good international names on that list along with some of the best Latin American surfers, so we should expect a great level of performance in the Copa Quiksilver El Salvador.”
The ASP 4-Star Copa Quiksilver El Salvador runs from July 6 through 10, 2011 and is webcast LIVE via www.quiksilver.com/elsalvador
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