ASP Europe has announced the addition of the Gijon Pro Junior, as a 1-Star Men’s and Women’s Pro Junior event to the season this summer. The event in Gijon will bring the continent’s top contenders aged under 20 to this stunning city beach from August 1-4, 2013.
“It is exciting to have a new addition to the ASP Europe Pro Junior tour in such a beautiful region of Spain in Asturias,” Rob Gunning, ASP Europe’s Tour Manager stated. “Gijon is a fantastic, vibrant city to visit with some great waves on its main beach. I am sure this inaugural edition of the Gijon Pro Junior will highlight many of the local talents the region has in both men’s and women’s divisions.”
Being the sixth competition in Europe, this specific event location will be one of the most rewarding regions on the ASP tour for Junior surfers to gain experience on their journey to becoming professional athletes. The Gijon Pro Junior will be an opportunity for the large surfing community in Gijon to compare themselves with experienced competitors as well as increase the European title race for leading competitors.
“The Gijon Pro Junior will be top number three on our junior series and is set to be the launching pad into the series of events running through our European summer,” Gunning continued. “Expectations will be at a high as all the surfers push themselves for the event win and the valuable ranking points towards qualification to this year’s ASP World Junior Championships.”
While competitors have their eyes on taking home the $5,000 prize and priceless ranking points, supporters, locals and tourists will have the chance to explore the gorgeous nooks of Gijon. The city by the sea includes many museums, architectural artifacts, and more to discover. The homecoming of the Junior series in Spain attracts more fans and exposes the surfers to a unique experience with a global audience. There are tons of clean beach break setups all along the coast of Spain yet the organizers established playa de San Lorenzo as their main site.
“Backing our event, once again the city council of Gijon shows its support to sports and in particular water sports,” organizers said. “San Lorenzo is the perfect scenario to host such an event with consistent and quality waves all year round and different setups on the very same beach. We have planned a handful of activities around the main competition for everyone to have fun!”
The 2013 Gijon Pro Junior is scheduled from August 1-4, 2013 at playa de San Lorenzo, Gijon, Asturias-Spain.