The crowd will build at Playa de Pantin throughout the week to watch the fierce competition. 2011 Photo: ASP/Masurel
“Pantin is a classic event every year,” Rob Gunning, ASP Europe’s Tour Manager stated. “It’s always a great experience for everyone traveling to Galicia, the Pantin area is a really beautiful place and waves often get excellent! This year’s European Title race has been exciting so far and I’m looking forward to seeing it get shaken up again in Pantin this week.”
Making our way to the end of the international calendar, the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro serves as the third to last event and a vital aspect for the ASP 6-Star Women’s competitors who are trying to qualify for the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour in 2013. The pressure is on, so expect the surfing to be intense as all aspiring professional surfers battle for a spot on next year’s World Championship Tour.
Sofia Mulanovich (PER) will return this year and begin the competition in heat #4. Photo: ASP/AquaShot
“The girls are always enthusiastic about our European leg of events,” Gunning said. “This year, we’ll have six World Championship Tour Surfers joining us in Pantin and a handful of young up-and-comers looking for their first big result, another tour victory, or the amount of points they require to qualify. It’s always an exciting end of the season in Europe which decides who we’ll see join the ASP Top 17 in 2013.”
With the anniversary festivities comes a busy entertainment program with surf lessons, beach rugby, football, volleyball, art exhibitions and a special musical evening to celebrate one of the oldest surfing competitions in Europe.
Leonardo Neves (BRA) floats through his heat last year at the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro 2011. Photo: ASP/Masurel
“It is an honor to organize the 25th edition of the Pantin Classic, especially considering the number of events that have suffered from the crisis,” Marcos Rodriguez, co-organizer of the event said. “If it wasn’t for the support we are getting from our sponsors, we could never celebrate the 25th Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro… I’ll tell you a little secret, we are preparing a big party at Reina Sofia Park in Ferrol and singer Vega Cordoba will perform in a free concert on Saturday, after the women’s final.”
The competition is scheduled from September 12-16, 2012 in Playa de Pantin, Galicia, Spain.
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Video from last years action, and Argentine Santiago Muniz’s big win at 2011 Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro:
Men’s Round of 112 Matchups: Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro 2012
Heat 1: Jesus Chacon (VEN), Armando Colucci (ITA), Adrian Ortiz (VEN), Jhon Junior (PRT)
Heat 2: Cheyne Willis (HAW), Alex Kamkoff (USA), Pablo Monteiro (ESP), Daniel Aznar Gonzalez (ESP)
Heat 3: Roland Lefeuvre (FRA), Pedro Correia (PRT), Luca Guichard (NOR), Roberto Alvarez Junquera (ESP)
As a college graduate from California State University, Long Beach, Emily enters the world with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a passion for surfing, cultural diversity and serving others.