Los Cabos Open of Surf
WSL QS6000 Women's Event
WSL JQS Event #2
Zippers, Los Cabos Baja Sur Mexico
6 - 11 June 2017
Ten of the Women's Championship Tour Talents Confirmed for QS6,000 at Zippers
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 May, 2017 - Huntington Beach - The World Surf League (WSL) North America region has its eyes set on San Jose Del Cabo to celebrate the fifth annual Los Cabos Open of Surf. Some of the world’s best women competitors are set to return to the pristine righthander of Zippers to contest for a vital 6,000 points toward their Qualifying Series (QS) campaigns. Stop No. 2 of the North America Junior Tour also awaits some of the region's, and international Pro Junior women in attendance, top talents.
This year’s event ushers in a new partnership with the Alana Blanchard Foundation that contest producer Uli Torres and the Los Cabos Tourism Board are excited to announce.
“It's been our goal since year one of the Los Cabos Open Of Surf to help shine the spotlight on female and junior surfers, as well as celebrate the rich and thriving surf scene that has been enjoyed in Cabo since the 1970s,” Torres said. “What better way to enhance and grow the sport of women's pro surfing than to work with Alana and her foundation. We are extremely proud to say the field of surfers that has, and will be competing in the Los Cabos Open of Surf is among the best of the best when it comes to the talent pool -- we're excited and ready."
“Alana Blanchard is one of the best professional surfers in the world, and we are thrilled to have her join us as our new ambassador,” said Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “The Open of Surf receives worldwide recognition each year, and opening it up for more professional females to participate further emphasizes that Los Cabos is a top surf destination.”
One of those top talents is last year’s champion, Bronte Macaulay (AUS), who returns in hopes of shifting some momentum in her favor after a tough start to 2017. The Australian currently sits at No. 14 on the Championship Tour (CT) and No. 16 on the QS with no keeper results just yet, but now returns to the righthander that delivered her first career QS victory.
"Zippers is such a fun, rippable wave, and the fact that you're in Cabo, where the water's warm and everyone's got pools at their beach hotels, makes it seem like a holiday at the same time," Macaulay said. "I have special memories from their last year, so I can't wait to compete there again. I think it's going be exciting, and it's just about keeping it simple. It's going to be quite a busy year, but the locations and waves in the next few events are really nice, so I'm excited for it all.”
While the Los Cabos of Surf Women’s QS6,000 takes center stage at Zippers, the North America Junior Tour gets back underway with its second event of 2017. Last year saw an all-Californian Final in the men’s Pro Junior event between Griffin Colapinto (USA), Nolan Rapoza (USA), Cole Houshmand (USA), and Eithan Osborne (USA), but it was Colapinto who took the win -- though only Houshmand and Osborne return with the age requirement. After a tough start in Cocoa Beach, earning an equal 13th, Houshmand returns in hopes of bettering his third-place finish from last year and make a charge up the ratings leaderboard.
“Getting that result last year has really boosted my confidence, “Houshmand said. “I am really looking forward to going back, and am feeling good for hopefully another Final result. This result held me in that qualifying position throughout the whole year with just a bad result at Soup Bowl making me miss out on Worlds, but overall this event was my backbone to qualify last year. I really love the wave, being on my backhand, [and] I feel comfortable. Overall, Cabo is a really nice and fun place to hang out, and surf so I am looking forward to it.”
The only North American representative in last year’s women’s Pro Junior Final, Meah Collins (USA), has her eyes set on a big 2017 and a result at Zippers would prove massive early on. Collins must count every event from here on out, dropping one of four results this year, after an early upset at Cocoa Beach. The 18-year-old will pull double duty between the QS and Junior once again, and also looks to shift her ambitions by year’s end.
“I get such a great energy when I surf against the international field -- the girls push my surfing to the next level, so I know I'm going to be bringing my best to the event,” Collins said. “To get the win here would definitely propel my momentum through the rest of the year. Cocoa [Beach] is such a tough competition for me since the waves are typically really small and inconsistent. I'm disappointed with my result there, but I don't take it to heart, knowing I've got a great chance at the other events coming up that have conditions which suit my abilities.”
For more information on the Los Cabos Open of Surf beginning June 6 - 11, visit worldsurfleague.com or download the WSL App to receive event updates on your mobile device.