Gran Canaria Pro-Am is officially open today, with the World’s best now on island and competition set to kick off as early as tomorrow.
After a dramatic close to the APP World Tour Racing season that saw France’s Arthur Arutkin and the American, Shae Foudy take dramatic victories and secure their first World Titles, all eyes now turn to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the final stop of the APP World Surfing Tour: the Gran Canaria Pro-Am. Held on the North Shore of Gran Canaria, the location offers great surf and warm water, all set to a back drop of the bustling City of Las Palmas and providing the ideal close for the Tour in 2018.
The event officially opens today, with an official check in and registration event at 17:15 local time and dramatic action set to kick off as early as tomorrow morning, Wednesday 12th December. With a great forecast in play that will see a new pulse of swell arriving on Wednesday and lasting through the weekend, the action promises to be spectacular, as the World’s best will battle it out one last time for the 2018 season in the quest for the 2018 APP World Championship Tour Title.
To watch it all go down LIVE or form more information on the event and the Tour please go to www.appworldtour.com
The Gran Canaria Pro-Am will re-unite the best of the best here in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week to battle it out for the World Championship Crown, so there will be no shortage of action and drama as it all comes down to the wire:
Men: Watch out for the usual names in the Men’s division, with Sean Poynter looking to build on his impressive start to the 2018 season in New York, with team mate and good friend Zane Schweitzer right on his heels. However, right behind these top two athletes is a very complete field of talent, with a clear and focused purpose in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Poenaiki Raioha from Tahiti showed flashes of brilliance in New York and has long been a clear Contender for the Title on the APP World Tour, and with conditions that certainly suit his surfing better on offer on the island, he is certainly one to look out for.
Meanwhile from Brazil comes a wealth of new talent that certainly made their presence felt in New York, as Luis Diniz wowed the crowds with his progressive style and Wellington Reis with his speed, power and flow. Both these athletes will be looking for a strong finish in the Gran Canaria Pro-Am. Also to watch out for, among others, are Mo Freitas from Hawaii, Sebastian Gomez from Peru and Benoit Carpentier from France, not to mention the 2012 World Champion Leco Salazar.
Women: Iballa Moreno will be looking to maintain poile position, after an impressive performance at the New York leg of the Tour, while 2013 World Champion Nicole Pacelli has her sights clearly set on bring the World Title back to Brazil. However, Izzi Gomez will be looking to come back from her uncharacteristically slow start back in New York, as she strives to maintain her position on top of the World in 2018.
Beyond these talented athletes, watch out for the ever impressive Terrene Black, but also for a comeback by Shakira Westdorp from Australia, who faltered in New York and will be looking for redemption in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Dominique Miller from Hawaii had a breakthrough performance in New York, so will be to maintain that great start to the yea, while Vania Olivieri Torres from Peru continues to look dangerous and will be striving for a solid result to wrap the 2018 season.
With local wildcards looking to upset the World’s best athletes and new faces stepping up to do battle in the Open Trials event, we are excited to be ushering in a new era for the APP World Tour and its newly founded legacy in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In addition to this, with U16 and U18 youth divisions, we are set to see a glimpse of the future here on the APP World Tour.
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To cap off an exciting week of action in Gran Canaria, we are proud to support the Dunkerbeck SUP Challenge in the beautiful region of Mogan, to the south of the Island. This final elemnent will incorporate all formats of racing and inclusive participation to provide a very comprehensive celebration for the sport of Stand Up Paddling and lay the foundations for an exciting future for the APP World Tour in the Islands.
The APP World Tour is the Professional World Championship Tour for the Sport of Paddlesurfing (also known as SUP / Stand Up Paddling / Paddleboarding), officially sanctioned by the IOC recognized Federation for Surfing Sports, the ISA (International Surfing Association). Re-branded in 2017 as the APP World Tour (previously known as the Stand Up World Tour and Series) the APP has been crowning the sport’s World Champions for both Men & Women across Racing and Surfing since 2010.
The APP World Tour produces a complete inventory of programming, including live and post produced broadcasts from its events, with distribution to over 100 countries worldwide via premier global networks such as CBS Sports and Fox Sports Asia & Australia. More Information is available at www.appworldtour.com and fans can follow events @appworldtour on Facebook & Instagram. For more information on the APP’s City Paddle Festivals please visit www.citypaddlefestivals.com.