The fourth stop of the National Circuit of the Puerto Rico Surfing Federation This weekend will have a certain international air, and doubly so, although it is a local event.
And this is because the two-day competition corresponding to the circuit will take place on the Rastrial field on La Marginal beach in Arecibo, which will be the same setting as the World Surfing Games 2024 by the International Surfing Association (ISA)from February 23 to March 3.
This stop will start this Saturday at 7:00 am and will last until noon on Sunday.
The participation of the surfers who will represent the country in the ISA World Cup will also give it that international touch, apart from the fact that another of the registered competitors is Max Torres, current world champion in the SUP Surf modality.
“A fairly strong swell is expected, 8 to 10 feet in the waves. That’s a good swell. There are usually 4 to 6 foot waves. But there is a fairly strong cold front that is expected to enter tomorrow (Friday), and for the days of competition there will be difficult conditions that will pose a challenge for the athletes,” said the president of the FSPR, Oscar Martinez Borraswho also indicated that between 110 and 120 registered athletes are expected across all modalities.
“With strong and dangerous waves, but it is part of what they have to be prepared to face, because the World Cup has nine days of event and you have to race regardless of the sea, and you have to adapt to the conditions,” Martinez added. You delete The new day.
In other words, the conditions of the weekend will provide the Puerto Rican delegation with the preparation they need for the World Cup, apart from the fact that there is a possibility, according to the federation leader, that competitors from other countries who will come to the island to the ISA World Surfing Games, join the National Circuit stop in order to also get some experience and get to know the waves of La Marginal.
The National Circuit stop this weekend will take place on the Rastrial course, but for the World Cup the other two waves in the sector, known as El Pico and Margara, will also be used.
“This stop in particular, since it is there on the field where the World Cup is going to be, serves as training for the team, but also for the other divisions because it is an event that many bodyboarders come to, and there in Arecibo there are some of the best. bodyboarders of the world. And it is one of the stops on the National Circuit that -generally- highlights what the bodyboard division is, in addition to the short board,” said Martinez Borras.
In the World Cup, Puerto Rico will be represented by Mia Calderon, Havanna Cabrero and Jolari Carreras, in the women’s team, and by Ricardo Delgado, Brian Toth and Dwight Pastrana, in the men’s team..
The six athletes are expected to be present this weekend at the fourth stop of the National Circuit, although Cabrero has been training in Hawaii since January and has not returned. Martinez Borras said that she is waiting for her confirmation, but that she was interested in being present.
Calderon is the current national champion of the women’s branch in 2023, while Sage Katznephew of Toth, is the champion in the men’s and will also be in Arecibo this Friday and Saturday.
At the moment, Calderon once again dominates this edition of the 2024 National Circuit among women, and in the men there is a close fight between nephew and uncle, with a slight advantage for the young Katz.
“The National Team is using it as training, a bit like a drill before the World Cup, and the entire team of coaches, psychologists, nutritionists and the physical trainer will be there,” explained the federation leader, who also indicated that even the municipal police of Arecibo will have its rehearsal for the international event, during this weekend, for the management of logistics and the closure of public roads.
Martinez Borras clarified that the World Cup will only be held in the short board modality. But for the purposes of the National Circuit and its stop this Friday and Saturday, several of the best bodyboarders will also be present, such as the national champion Ruben “Babby” Quinones and Abner De Arce. Likewise, there will be competition in the ‘longboard’ and StandUp Paddle (SUP Surf) categories.
In the latter, the Elizabethan Max Torres will be present, who won the gold medal in his category at the Stand Up Paddle World Cup held in France between September and October of last year.