ITAAUNA BEACH, Saquarema/Brasil (Thursday, May 9, 2013) - This May, Brazil will become the surfing capital of the World with two major ASP events. Immediately following the Billabong Rio Pro, the Quiksilver Saquarema Prime presented by Coca-Cola will run from May 21-26, 100 kilometers north of Rio de Janeiro at the famous Itauna Beach.
96 surfers from 17 different countries are confirmed to do battle for 6,500 points towards their ASP World Ranking in the hopes of cracking the top 10 and qualifying for the 2014 WCT. Half of the WCT surfers that will be competing in Rio will remain in Brazil to compete at one of the best waves in the country, including Bells Beach champion Adriano de Souza, Gabriel Medina, Nat Young, Adrian Buchan and defending champ Matt Wilkinson along with many other surfers from Hawaii, France, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Tahiti, Ireland, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Peru, Canary Islands and Guadeloupe.
Last year’s event was held in incredible 4-8 foot left-handers giving the competitors the perfect opportunity to showcase their skills. Australian Kai Otton reached the Final for the second year in a row but was unable to win back-to-back as fellow countrymen Matt Wilkinson reined supreme. Wilko went looney on his forehand giving both the crowd and judges a show that landed him a top the podium.
The Quiksilver Saquarema Prime presented by Coca-Cola is produced by Adding Sports, sponsored by State of Rio de Janeiro through the Secretary of Sports and Leisure, Peugeot and the City of Saquarema. Supported by Peugeot Montreal, CCR Via Lagos, Rio de Janeiro Surf Federation (FESERJ) and Brazilian Association of Professional Surfers (ABRASP). Sanctioned by ASP South America and with official media partners Fluir Magazine and the Waves website. For more details of event, live webcast, video highlights and photos from last year, please visit www.quiksilver.com.br/primesaquarema13.