For the second year in a row, the town of Cabo San Lucas on Mexico’s Pacific Coast hosted the Los Cabos Open of Surf from June 16-22. Held at the Costa Azul’s Zipper Beach Break, a well-known destination that consistently produces waves of 8-10 feet, the event drew male and female surfers from around the world to compete for cash prizes and a spot on the World Championship Tour.
“We are very excited for the return of the Los Cabos Open of Surf and to welcome some of the best surfers – both men and women – to our beautiful destination for this monumental competition,” shared Eduardo Segura, managing director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board, in a press release. “The event was a huge success last year and an even larger success this year.”
The Los Cabos Open is fast becoming one of the world’s most prestigious surf competitions for men and women, thanks to the addition of a Women’s 6-Star Qualification Series this year. As the first event of its kind to be held in Mexico, this Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event provides the world’s best surfers with a chance to earn more than $155,000 in prizes and a spot on the world tour.
“We are really happy to add the Women’s 6-Star competition to the Los Cabos Open of Surf, since there is only one other women’s qualification series event in America,” shared Segura. “It is an honor to contribute to the sport’s rich global history.”
The event is the largest surf and music festival that is currently held anywhere in Mexico and it will be the only combined men’s and women’s six-star competition in North America this year. In addition to surfing, the competition will host a series of beach concerts, a food fair with a variety of fresh local cuisine, fashion shows with some of the world’s most popular surfing brands and other eco-friendly activities related to the surfing lifestyle.
This year, Australia’s Matt Banting (19) won the men’s competition, and Hawaii’s Coco Ho (23) took the top spot in the women’s competition. It marks Banting’s second ASP six-star win this season, making him a viable contender for the 2015 World Championship Tour. Ho is currently number 10 in the women’s World Championship Tour and hopes the win will help secure her spot for next year as well.
“We had great conditions,” shared Banting. “If you told me I was going to make the final hopping on the plane,I wouldn’t have expected it. To take the 25 grand and be here in Cabo for one last night, it’s amazing!”
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Dion Atkinson from Australia took second place overall in the men’s competition, while Hawaii’s Brianna Cope took second place overall for the women. Ho reportedly performed consistently throughout the event and maintained excellent form on the final day of competition.
“The waves are so fun,” shared Ho. “It’s like a toned-down Lowers (Trestles, in Southern California),and it’s non-stop waves.”
As one of the world’s most luxurious tourism destinations,Cabo San Lucas is located at the tip of Mexico’s 1000-mile Baja Peninsula, surrounded by a dramatic desert landscape and the scenic coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. Here, visitors enjoy easy access to award-winning resorts, world-class dining and a growing list of championship golf courses, fabulous spas and unparalleled deep-sea fishing.