South African surfer Royden Bryson has claimed victory at the Nixon WTA in Mundaka, Euskadi, for getting the longest tube. The first South African to win a WTA title, Bryson snagged a 3.14 second barrel during heat 13 of round two. Despite the less than stellar conditions, there was a burst of activity during the second round with Jordy Smith and Fred Patacchia following closely behind Bryson with tubes at 3.12 and 3.09 seconds, respectively.
“Mundaka came through for us again this year with some small tubes which created some fierce competition,” explains Nixon Europe’s Director of Marketing, Henning Erlandsen. “After the burst of rides that made the leaderboard late in round two, we were stoked to see Royden come out on top.”
Bryson joins the ranks of this year’s WTA winners Ryan Hipwood (AUS) for riding the heaviest wave in May at Teahupoo and Taylor Knox (USA) for achieving the highest heat score at J-Bay. The WTA will reconvene on the North Shore of Oahu next month where the final prize for the year will be awarded to the overall Triple Crown winner.
Now in its second year, the Nixon WTA is a winner-take-all event, which awards a custom, limited edition Nixon timepiece at four different stops along the ASP World Tour. Each of the custom Nixon 51-30 tide watches feature a gunmetal finish, a custom-engraved WTA case back, and diamond baguette indices alternating with hand applied flags representing each of the four contest regions. These four one-of-a-kind timepieces are each valued at over $10,000.