Rip Curl Pro Zarautz
ASP 5 Star WQS Men’s Event #33
Zarautz Basque Country
September 9 – 14, 2008
September 1, 2008: – - The Rip Curl Pro Zarautz, and Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star event, already stands as one of the most important events of the 2008 ASP European Pro Surf Tour.
Zarautz, famous surf city who gathered the world’s best surfers in the 90s, came back on the ASP WQS calendar in 2007 with a successful 3-Star rated event won by local hero and current ASP Top 45 member Aritz Aranburu (EUK).
From September 9 to 14, The Rip Curl Pro Zarautz will gather for the first time in a decade the world’s best qualifiers and give the Basque Country its first main World Qualifying Series event. Known for its consistent beachbreaks and warm welcome to all surfing fans from around the world, all eyes will be on Zarautz for the end of the European summer leg.
The Rip Curl Pro Zarautz will end six weeks of intense action along Europe’s idyllic coasts and see potential ASP World Tour qualifiers rise on the international ratings before the WQS take a three-week break. With both ASP European and international ratings’ points to be clinched, the 5-Star event will bring momentum and pressure among the best surfers in the world.
Quitterie Devilder, Spain Marketing manager for Rip Curl Europe says: “It’s a big chance for Rip Curl to be associated to Zarautz, one of the best surf spot in the Bask Country. We are supporting local surfers for a long time now and it’s a real achievement to come this year to the ASP calendar with a 5 stars WQS.
First of all, we wanted to offer to the European surfers a high level event in Spain, and thanks to the Zarautz council efforts we are proud to announce the come back of one of the best surf exhibitions in Europe this season. We hope that the legend of the Spanish public will reveal true and that Zarautz beach will be full of people during these 5 days, and that a all European surfers would want to come back in 2009 !”
With eleven events rated 4 to 6-Star Prime on the ASP World Qualifying Series, European surfing keeps growing year after year and the Rip Curl Pro Zarautz will be a crucial stop on this year’s schedule.
“Zarautz was one of the biggest European events in the 90s”, ASP Europe CEO Julie Audibert said. “Last year’s ASP WQS 3-Star event offered a great show and the enthusiasm of both local authorities and public was huge. We are very grateful to see the support Rip Curl and the town of Zarautz give to professional surfing.”