pictures from Round 3, Friday November 5, 2010

Slater Leads a Marathon Day 1 at Middles

MIDDLES, Puerto Rico (Saturday, October 30, 2010) – The Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico enjoyed a massive opening day of competition today, completing Round 1 of the men’s event as well as Rounds 1 and 2 of the women’s in punchy three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) righthanders at the primary site of Middles.

From Rip Curl Live

Eyes of the surfing world turn to PR

By CB Online Staff

The eyes of the surfing world will turn to Puerto Rico this month as Kelly Slater seeks to grab his tenth world title on an island he considers a “second home.”

From Rip Curl Live website:

The Waves

The 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search has chosen two event sites: Middles and Wilderness, both located on Puerto Rico's northwestern coastline


This will serve as the primary location. Middles is a world-class right-hander in the Porto del Sol municipality of Isabela. Middles breaks fast and hollow over a rocky-reef setup, with rides lasting anywhere between 50 meters (54 yards) and 150 meters (164 yards) on an average day, to 150 meters to 300 meters (328 yards) on the perfect day. Middles works best on a North-East swell, with offshore winds from the South-West.


This will serve as the backup location. Wilderness is approximately 15 minutes away from Middles, in the Porto del Sol municipality of Aguadilla. Wilderness breaks in both directions over flat rocks. Though the fast, powerful and often ledgey rights the usual pick, the left can also get very good, so the goofy-footers will no doubt want to keep an eye on both sides of the peak during the contest. Wilderness works best on North and North-West swells, with offshore winds coming from the South-East.

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The Rip Curl Pro Search

October 30-November 10, 2010

"Somewhere in Puerto Rico"

For five years, the Search has brought a unique dynamic to the World Tour, with successful showings in Reunion, Mexico, Chile, Bali and Portugal. This year, the Carribean in late October will throw out exactly the sort of exciting curveball the event is known for.


"It's going to be interesting," said France's World Tour competitor Jeremy Flores. "I think the Rip Curl Pro Search is our most amazing event and every year we go to a special location and it's always exciting. I have never been to Puerto Rico, but I have a bunch of friends there and I know they've got good waves, so I'm looking forward to it."


One surfer who has experienced the waves of Puerto Rico is 38-year-old World Tour veteran Taylor Knox. "It's a great place to have the Search event, because we're going to have plenty of options and waves to choose from," said Taylor Knox, who finished runner-up at the 2006 Rip Curl Pro Search. "Rip Curl has been really good at picking places that have more than one wave option and I think it's great to do something new by heading to the Caribbean."


"Having an event in Puerto Rico is almost a draw to keep me on Tour all year, because I couldn't imagine having an event in my backyard and not being able to be there," added Kelly Slater. The nine-time ASP World Champion hails from nearby Cocoa Beach, in Florida, and knows the Caribbean waves well. "I have a lot of great memories of Puerto Rico - all the first wins I had internationally as a kid were there and I surfed a lot of contests there when I was younger. I'm looking forward to getting there."


Puerto Rico will be one of two new locations on the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour, with Taranaki, New Zealand being the other. The world's Top 17 female surfers are obviously chuffed to explore somewhere new this season.


"The Caribbean has always been a dream holiday destination for me and now it's clear they've got incredible waves there," said Australia's Steph Gilmore, reigning three-time word champion. "Clear water, sunshine, bikinis, palm trees, beautiful beaches - it's exactly where the Rip Curl Pro Search should be!"

-From Live Rip Curl

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