Cabo San Lucas hosted the Los Cabos Open of Surf June 17 – 23,which helps to further establish Mexico as a major destination for sporting events. The 6-star competition is an official Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event and features some of the world’s top surfers. It is also the first of three similar events that are scheduled to take place in Latin America this year.
“We’ve seen rapid growth in events between Mexico and El Salvador over the past five years and the new Los Cabos event will showcase one of the many quality locations that Mexico has to offer,” Meg Bernardo of ASP told Elite Traveler magazine.
The main event was held at Zippers in Costa Azul,which is located in Baja California Sur,near San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas real estate. The event also featured a variety of international bands and DJs performing on the beach,which was transformed into a party atmosphere by the addition of bars,food,surf-brand fashion shows,art and a number of eco-friendly activities intended to highlight the surfer lifestyle.
In addition,the Los Cabos Open of Surf provided the ideal opportunity for “underground” Latin American surfers to make a name for themselves on a worldwide level,since the region is brimming with undiscovered talent. The event is new to Mexico,but is expected to help Cabo break out onto the global scene as one of the world’s top surfing destinations. Here,at the tip of the Baja Peninsula,the winter months produce excellent waves on the Pacific side,while during the summer months the best action is found on the other side of the peninsula in the nearby Sea of Cortez.
What this means is that surfers can enjoy the region all year round,which is something very few of the world’s best surfing destinations can offer. In Cabo San Lucas,world-class hotels,fabulous beaches,a wide variety of water sports,restaurants and rich local culture combine to make this the ideal destination for sporting events such as the Los Cabos Open.
This year,Dillon Perillo of Malibu,California,won the event,beating out Beyrick De Vries in his first big victory with the ASP. Known for exhibiting a diverse style,Perillo has definitely made a splash with his return to surfing in 2013.
“Mexico is one of my favorite places in the world,” Perillo told Surfer Today. “I’ve been coming down here with my Dad since I was a little kid.”