What: Billabong Pro Mundaka, ASP World Tour event #9 Where: Mundaka, Basque Country When: 29 September - 12 October 2008
Mundaka has become a reference in worldwide surfing for its mythical rivermouth left-hander located at the opening of the river of Gernika and the North Atlantic Ocean. Since the inaugural event in 1999, surfing legends from all over the world have come over to surf this mythical wave, renowned for its long and hollow waves. According to the latest studies and the comments of the surfing locals, the barrels of Mundaka are in perfect condition for this year's event.
To be on the safe side, this year Billabong will also set up an alternate site on the beach of Sopelana, just a few minutes away from the center of Bilbao. The decision to surf either at Mundaka or Sopelana will be taken on a daily basis by the contest director, after assessing the conditions in both sites with the surfers and the ASP officials.
The Billabong Pro Mundaka plays a crucial part in deciding the ASP World Champions. Being the 9th event on the 11-stop tour means that intense competition is guaranteed as tour leaders jostle for rating points leading into the final two events of the year in Brazil and Hawaii.
Bobby Martinez (USA) will be back to try to make it 3 wins in a row at Mundaka along with prestigious names such as Joel Parkinson (Australia), Taj Burrow (Australia), 07 World Champ Mick Fanning (Australia) and current tour leader Kelly Slater (USA).
Alongside the 45 world´s best surfers, three 'Wild Card' surfers have also been invited to compete in the Billabong Pro Mundaka: surfing legend Marc “Occy” Occylupo (Australia), local charger Hodei Collazo (Basque Country) and rising star Marcos San Segundo (Basque Country).