PUERTO ESCONDIDO, Oaxaca/Mexico (Thursday, July 8, 2010) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido will return to the infamous Mexican Pipeline of Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido from July 16th through 23rd 2010 after being upgraded from an ASP 3-Star in 2009 and will see a stack of the hungriest up-and-coming competitors battle some of the world's finest big-wave specialists at the iconic Mexican barrel.
Surfers competing on the ASP Star Series are out to establish themselves on the ASP One World Ranking in search of a berth on to the ASP Dream Tour and the upcoming ASP 4-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido will play a vital role in several surfers' campaigns as they work to establish a top seed amongst the globe's elite.
With defending event champion Clay Marzo (Lahaina, HAW), 20, withdrawing from the 2010 Quiksilver PE Pro due to a knee injury, this year's event will crown a new champion.
“I’m bummed that I won’t be able to make it down to Puerto to defend my title in the Quiksilver contest," Marzo said. "I’ve been out of the water for almost two months and my knee is still not 100 percent. Puerto is a heavy wave and it isn’t smart to go down there any less than being totally ready for it. I’m focused on getting the knee healthy and psyched to get back to Puerto Escondido in 2011.”
Angelo Lozano (Puerto Escondido, MEX), 23, who is the highest rated Mexican surfer on the ASP One World Ranking and a local standout at Playa Zicatela, won an ASP 2-Star rated event at his local break in 2008 and took third place at last year's Quiksilver Pro, making him one to watch at this year's event. Despite Puerto's mysterious persona, the local Mexican hopes that his familiarity with the infamous wave will help him achieve another impressive result.
"I think it does help knowing the wave some, although it still remains a mystery to me," Lozano said. "Puerto is an unpredictable wave to me. There are surfers out there like Clay (Marzo) that learn the flow of it faster than others and those are the dangerous competitors out there."
With the upcoming Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido set as the only ASP rated event in his native land, Lozano is hungry to post another notable performance with the support of his family and friends behind him.
"It feels cool having the support of the Mexicans, hopefully we (the locals) do well for them," Lozano said. "Somewhere inside I feel a bit of pressure to repeat my performances, but on the other hand I think that I know what I need to do to get through rounds and I just need to stay focused on that."
Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), 21, who was the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior Series Champion and a finalist at last year's Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido, has made a few trips down to the deadly beachbreak in the past and feels his local Ventura beachbreak has prepared him well for the heavy conditions.
"The wave is a lot like some of the beachbreaks at home so I think that has helped me," Arrambide said. "I’ve been down there five times and I always have a good time."
Arrambide is another up-and-coming talent who is on the hunt for a breakthrough performance at this year's ASP 4-Star event in order to improve his seed to gain entry into the higher rated ASP events.
"I think the key is to always push your surfing and see if the results come," Arrambide said. "The Puerto event is really important to my year and I just want to build my seed so I can get into all the bigger events that I want to do."
Also competing at this year's Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido will be Hawaiian charger Mark Healy (North Shore, HI), 28, and Southern Calfornia prodigy Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 16, amongst a flock Latin American talent.
For all of the LIVE 2010 Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido action log on to quiksilver.com/puerto.