ENCINITAS, CA – Nixon's 2012 WTA (Winner-Takes-All) series will kick-off during The Billabong Pro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 9-20. This first stop in Nixon's four-part series will be awarded for the "biggest air" during the Rio event. From trials to finals, all surfers are eligible to win the title and prize for The Nixon WTA Rio.
With Rio's punchy beach breaks plus the new, young blood on the 2012 tour, including big air specialists like John John, Kolohe and Miguel Pupo, The Nixon WTA Rio will be an exciting event to watch. It's anyone's game who will walk away the winner and dethrone Josh Kerr, last years WTA Rio champ.
Now in its sixth year, The Nixon WTA is a winner-takes-all event along three stops of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour and one ASP Men's 6-Star event during the 2012 season. Challenges in The 2012 Nixon WTA will range from Biggest Air, Highest Heat Score, Heaviest Wave and the overall Triple Crown Winner. The Nixon WTA looks to celebrate outstanding moments along these ASP stops that often get overlooked and overshadowed by whoever won the heat or event. Holding these "contests within a contest" adds another level of fun competitiveness along these high stress ASP stops.
The Nixon WTA Rio winner will take home with him a custom Nixon 51-30 tide valued at over $10,000 USD. The winning timepiece will feature a sunray dial in yellow to represent the Brazilian flag, a high polish all black subdial/hands, the Brazilian flag at the 6 o'clock position and a diamond encrusted bezel.
Stops and challenges in The 2012 Nixon WTA will include:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Biggest Air May 9-20, 2012
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa for Highest Heat Score July 10-15, 2012
Teahupoo, Tahiti for Heaviest Wave August 16-27, 2012
Oahu, Hawaii for the Triple Crown Winner December 8-20, 2012
Video content of each of the WTA stops and winners will be available to view on billabongpro.com
About The Nixon WTA
Now in its sixth year, The Nixon WTA is a winner-takes-all event along three stops of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour and one ASP Men's 6-Star event during the 2012 season. One winner at each of The WTA stops will win a custom Nixon watch valued at over $10,000 USD for challenges ranging from Biggest Air, Highest Heat Score, Heaviest Wave and the overall Triple Crown Winner.
Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, CA, Nixon is the premium watch and accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market. Focused on making the little stuff better, Nixon began with a small line of team-designed, custom-built watches sold exclusively in specialty boardsport and fashion retailers. Currently distributed in over 70 countries, Nixon's product range has grown to include select men's and women's softgoods, leather goods, custom headphones and audio accessories. For more information, please visit: Nixon.com