The 2012 Pro Surfing Tournament in Arroyo Seco Mexico
The three day Pro 2012 Surfing tournament in Arroyo Seco was on Jan 12-14th which was coordinated by San Pancho’s Artemio and Sandra Rosas, who previously owned The San Pancho Surf and Skate Shop in San Pancho, and also put on last years Pro 2011 Surfing Tournament in San Pancho on the beautiful Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.
Friday, the first day of the event was for registration, with Saturday and Sunday for the competition. The theme of this years Pro 2012 Surfing Competition was NO ALCOHOL, NO DRUGS.This year there were 30 contestants that registered for the competition that were from Mexico, US, and France. The two categories this year were Sub 18, and the Men’s Pro Open. Unfortunately, only two women registered for the event and the judges felt that there were not enough women registered to compete this year.
The Surfing Contestants
There were some big names there like Adan Hernandez from Sayulita who is sponsored by Quick Silver, Raul Salinas, Julio Quinonez, Goyo and Edgar Rodriquez from our San Pancho, and our Sayulita guys Justo Alcantar and Bodoque, Gato, Felipe Hernandez, and Adrian Rodriquez , and many more. Martin Olea, who is known as “the best from Jalisco” from Bara de Navidad, and Artemio thought that he surfed some of the best waves of the first surfing day.
Chivo was also there for the event, who is a retired surfer legend from Paczcualas.
The Heat is On!
There were five heats on Saturday, with good swell and wave heights head high plus. There was a nice pipeline with the break was to the left with the wave speed about 25km. The heats are classified by age. The waves were a bit smaller on Sunday. The classifications are the Men’s Pro Open, and Sub 18. Unfortunately there were only two women registered for the event, and the judges felt that there were not enough women registered for the event to compete this year.
During the event all of the competitors, as well as the sponsors, were provided a delicious chicken meal, with beans, salad, chicken, tortillas and some really great hot sauces from Carlos and his crew who own Pollos Carlos in Arroyo Seco. They supplied 40 chickens for the event! They also made some great Chorizo tacos! And it was delicious! Thanks Carlos!
The Results are In!
1st Place Mario Farias, age 17 from Play Azul, Michoacan
2nd Place Marcos Hootman, age 16 from Tecoman, Colima
3rd Place Victor Alarcon, age 11 from Manzanillo, Colima
4th Place Edgar Rodriquez , age 14 from San Pancho, Nayarit
5th Place Edgar Juan Camarena, age 15 from Manzanillo, Colima
Mens Pro Category:
1st Place Felipe Hernandez, age 21 from Sayulita, Nayarit
2nd Place Martin Olea, age 23 from Barra de Navidad
3rd Place Adrian Rodriquez, age 25 from Sayulita, Nayarit
4th Place Raul Medina, age 30 from Playa Azul, Michoacan
5th Place Adan Hernandez, age 24 from Sayulita, Nayarit
Adan Hernandez from Sayulita was presented a trophy by Artemio Rosas for “Arroyo Seco Pro 2012 Surfer of the Year”, recognizing his involvement in a large number of important international tournaments and his support for the surfing industry.He also took 5th place in the Men’s Pro Category.
Congratulations to all of the winners, with San Pancho’s Edgar Rodriquez taking 4th Place in the Sub 18.
Click here to go to the RivieraNayaritFun Surfers Picture Gallery! There are lots of greatsurfing shots and some really fun pics of everyone. It was a really great weekend for all and I really enjoyed covering the event.
Sponsors for the Surfing Event
The advertising sponsors for the Pro 2012 Surfing Competition are Leader Jet, Cobian, Kuma Sports, Niijima, Marco Foams, Endorphin TV, Kuma, Matunas Organic Surf Wax, Resin Reshearch Epoxy Systems, Dulce Maria from Careyes, Volcom, Proteccion Civil A.C. And really big thanks to the Jalisco judges, Jalisco Surfers Association and the Mexican Surf Federation, Matunas Greco Surf Boards, Pollos Carlos, Abarrotes Blanquita, Republica mx, Rifa Surf,and the Secretaria de Trusimo. A really big thanks to Taylor Chamberlain of Covalent Surfboards and his team who provided four surfboards as awards to the top 2 competitors in each class. That’s Rockin!
Music for the Soul
The awards ceremony included entertainment by DJ PIN, Christian Reggae by Majhave, and Christian Rap by 12 Clan, and they all rocked the house! Majhave and 12 Clan both have new Cd’s out with 12 Records.
Media coverage included ESPN and RUTZ Magazine and Endorphin TV who creates commercials.
About Artemio and Sandra
Artemio and Sandra a wonderful surf shop just around the corner from the beach, selling surf lessons, boards, and eco friendly surf board wax that does not to pollute the water. Their shop also has clothes and jewelry. Sandra also runs the restaurant, selling hamburgers, chicken burgers, enchiladas, tacos and other Mexican delights. This is Sandra making burgers and hotdogs for the crew during the awards ceremony outside of the restaurant. They grow all of their organic products that they cook with. They have two Bungalows to rent that are clean and as well as the showers and bathrooms. They have 3 very beautiful children, Genisis age 9, Jocabed age 5 and Israel is three years old.
Sandra and Artemio relocated here to raise their children in a clean environment where they can grow their own food and help to raise awareness within the community and world about helping children find their paths without getting caught up with drugs and other problems that can be induced by poverty. Artemio gives free surfing lessons to the kids that do not have a way to pay for them.
Another project that Artemio and Sandra are doing is called Arroyo Seco Centro de Proteccion de La Tortuga Marina. It is all about saving and protecting the turtles, and they were also volunteers in the San Pancho turtle projects as well. You can find them on their facebook page Cuidsemos las Tortugas (take care of the turtles) for more information.
We also got to witness the releasing of about 70 newly hatched turtles. They are so cute!!
Thanks to Artemio and Sandra for all of the hard work, time and energy put into the 2012 Pro Surfing Competition. They really did a great job! and everyone was well taken care of and had a wonderful time. Lets go surfing!
I would also like to give a big thanks to Chris Parsons at Light Style Photography for the shots of the awards ceremony. Thanks Chris!