What: Association of Professional Towsurfers (APT) World Tour Tow-In Surfing Circuit
Where: Laguna Beach, CA
When: April 15th – September 15th, 2008
APT/Chile, Punta de Lobos Tow-In Event Announces Extension of Holding Period and Additional Prize Money
The Association of Professional Towsurfers (APT) will be extending the holding period of the Punta de Lobos, Pichilemu Chile World Cup Tow-In Surfing Championship through until September 15th, 2008 and providing an additional $2,500 prize money to the event, bringing the total prize fund to $37,500.
In the last three months, the event has gone to two major AMBER ALERTS with the intent to call the event on. However, Mother Nature made the final call for both alerts. Now the event organizers are hoping that with the additional time, the right swell will come.
“We are all truly excited about this event and we think that the extension is a great idea. The fact that so many people have worked long and hard in putting this event together only means that when the right swell does come, it will be insane,” said competitor Jamie Sterling.
This will be the first stop for the 2nd Annual 2008/2009 APT World Tour Tow-In Season and it is anticipated that this event will set the stage for the entire tour and the future of professional competitive towsurfing.
“We are not losing faith in Mother Nature, not even for a second. We all believe this contest will happen and until it does, we will keep promoting this event and organizing other events for the future of the APT World Tour Tow-In Surfing Circuit,” said APT President Eric Akiskalian.
Along with the main tow-in event, there will be a traditional big wave surfing contest to be held on the second day at the same location during the same swell. Then on the third and final day, there will be an expression session held for all competitors. The expression session will consist of tow-paddle and SUP. In total, there will be $37,500 in prize money to handed out. At then end of the three-day event, there will also be an overall waterman/team champion crowned.
The top 16 teams that place in this event will then move on to compete in the second leg of the tour which will either be held in Portugal or Hawaii – whichever location gets the first giant swell is where the event will happen. Holding periods for both these locations will start late in 2008.
Competitors for this world-class event will consist of the top eight rated teams from the 2007 APT season along with Chile representation and professionally established big wave riders from Hawaii, Australia, Tahiti, Mexico, California, Brazil and Ireland.
Surfline, the event’s forecast sponsor, will provide all the latest swell forecasts and assist the APT staff in making the right call along with Mother Nature. Currently, long range models are indicating a series of storm developments that may produce a powerful long interval swell during the last week in July.