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posted on 13-8-2002 at 15:42 Reply With Quote
Billabong Pro

Billabong Pro

ASP World Championship Tour
Mundaka, Spain
9 - 11 October 2002

World Championships of Surfing back to mythical wave of Mundaka

The 2002 Billabong Pro Mundaka is one of the eleven events of the official World Championsip Tour of pro-surfing organised by the Association of Surfing Professional. This event will also be the third competition of the European leg (after Portugal and France) and is scheduled October 9-21 at the infamous Left-Hander of Mundaka.

Mundaka is located at the rivermouth of the river Guernika, in the historical and geographical heart of the Basque Country (in the North of Spain). Mundaka has become a reference in pro surfing in the last two Billabong Pro events (1999 et 2000) staged in exceptional surfing conditions.

Last year, the Billabong Pro Mundaka was scheduled early October 2001 but in the light of the tragic events of September 11 in New York City, organizers and surfers alike decided to cancel the competition. This decision was taken after the surfers expressed concerns on traveling at such a crucial time.

This year, Mundaka will host the 45 best surfers of the world for a surfing competition that will be determinant in the race to the world title, being the second last event before the final event in Hawaii.

In 1999, Mark Occhilupo??s victory at Mundaka had earned him enough points to secure the World Title at the following event.

Apart from 1999 winner and crowd favorite Mark Occhilupo, the surfers list includes prestigious names as Joel Parkinson, Junior World Champion and revelation of the current World circuit, Andy Irons, current leader of the World Tour, CJ Hobgood (2001 World Champion) and six-time World Champion Kelly Slater, who will compete for the first time of his career at Mundaka (he retired the year before the inaugural event in 1999)

The Australian surfwear company Billabong, one of the industry leader, confirms its long-time dedication to the development of surfing, organizing three of the eleven events on the World Tour in 2002 (Tahiti, Jeffrey??s Bay and Mundaka) and co-sponsoring a fourth event (Trestles, USA) .

The missus said if I go surfing one more time she would leave me, God I am gonna miss her!!

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