Isla Del Encantro. Island of Enchantment. Aptly placed grouping of words for one of the most magical destinations on earth. If you have never been there, book a ticket, trust us, you’ll be booking many more after that. Just ask anyone who has been there, especially anyone who has been part of the Volcom TCT Catfish Surf Series in Rincón. They’ll tell you the same thing. It is one of the best stops on tour. The people take you in like family and you leave there without a piece of yourself.
Room with a view. You are not dreaming.
For this trip to PR we brought along a slew of our team and the island provided great surf with positive vibes for all. We caught great waves all over the island with the crew and rolled right into our Friday pre-event signup party at Playero Surf Shop. A ton of groms came out to hang with the riders, snack on some free grinds, and sign up for Saturdays event. Normally our event fires off at Domes, but this year Mother Ocean had different plans. With a pumping swell on tap the crew made the call to move the event over to Maria’s which handles a little bigger swell, and no one was disappointed, it was pumping, absolutely pumping.
Tristan Thompson drawing Desecheo lines with water colors.
We rolled in Satuday morning and like we said before it was pumping. We got the contest site set up, in between gawking at the incredibly fun looking surf rolling in off the reef at the top of the point. Everyone knew what was in store... stoked Groms and even better surfing. With the forecast calling for slowly diminishing surf we sent out the Pro-Am guys first and they set the bar for the day, a very high bar. The Pros ripped through rounds one and two, as did the Juniors, staking their claim for the best performances of the day.
Brandon and Slims making sure the Groms know when and where to be.
As the surf became a little more manageable the Groms, Girls, and Squids gave it their best in all out effort to earn their spots in the finals. It seemed the more the day went on the better the surfing got, and the bigger the smiles on the faces of all involved, especially the lucky competitors scoring perfect Maria’s with only a couple of their peers at a time. As we moved through the later rounds the heats got closer and ever more difficult to advance through, eventually narrowing down our field into the finalists for this years Catfish Surf Series.
Miguel Tudela....most likely very excited to be in PR, hoping Dylan Graves is just having a look.
Every single divisions final was stacked, and I mean stacked! With the international field that converged on the island for this event there was no shortage of fireworks to end the day. The Pro-Am division saw one of the highest overall heat scores to date for the eventual winner Miguel Tudela, an obvious crowd favorite from the get-go. The mind blowing surf and performances did not stop there as Brian Coutu took home the top spot in an always highly contested Juniors division. The groms were not to be outdone though, and showed their solid surf prowess as Micah Cantor snagged the 1st place honors in a great showing of competitive surfing. With the remaining two divisions proving not be done up either, Emily Ruppert took home the Girls division with an impressive performance in pumping surf and a highly contested international field. Which brought us to the Squids, the smallest in stature, and easily the biggest in gusto and bravado. This crew attacked the firing Maria’s lineup with no hesitation and Diego Gutierrez ended up with the win in this inspiring division of rippers.
Bean bowls, a staple in Grom eating competitions. That's right I said Bean bowls.
Last but no least we had a special little treat for the people of Rincón, a day ending expression session with our traveling team, and some of the islands incredibly talented local crew. If the day itself wasn’t inspiring enough, the Groms and spectators got to see a special show of ariel antics and power surfing, with Leif Engstrom taking home top honors showing off his impressive bag of tricks. Lets just say it was hard not to keep your eyes on the water during this exhibition.
While the right was pumping, don't be fooled, that Maria's left is no slouch either.
A very special thanks to everyone involved, our crew, the island, the people, everyone. From the amazing people at The Pool Bar for letting us rent their place for the crew to stay close to the action, Playero Surf Shop for welcoming us in to have our pre-event signup party, The Beach House for putting up the prize for our expression session, and Electric Sunglasses for providing the afterparty where everyone could talk about the days incredible events. Especially to Juan Ashton and his incredible crew for making this event possible. Last but not least all of our sponsors that make the entire TCT possible and allow us to Let The Kids Ride Free. Muchas gracias a todos.
Papí and the Grommies...the Squids finalists were legends all day!
Go ahead, mind surf it up, we sure are. What a great day of waves.
More bean bowl action, the Groms are nothing but awesome in PR.
Water color, backdrop, perfect right. Pinch me.
Mauro Diaz. This is one of the nicest most stylish groms you will ever encounter anywhere. So there's that.
The Beach House threw down $500 for an air show, Leif Engstrom won that hands down.
Like I said, Leif won that $500 hands down, or slightly out in this case.
Tristan Thompson is smooth as eggs, and very happy to not be in FL at this moment.
Bryan Laide knows this wave very well living very close, and also how to line up for a photo, from practice.
Sage Kats is a Squid laying down that turn. The kids are going to be alright.
I mean how good is that right!?
Winners, all the way around, Winners.
Miguel was easily Saturdays standout, mid way through a full wrap.
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1. Miguel Tudela - $500.00
2. Bryan Laide
3. Tristen Thompson
4. Marley Pugielli
5. Daniel Calloway
6. Rolando Montes
1. Brian Coutu
2. Juan Gonzalez
3. Max Self
4. Rio Donaldson
5. Sebastian Sofo
6. Gabriel San Miguel
1. Micah Cantor
2. Steven Muschett
3. Jorge Martinez
4. Noah Dovin
5. Shaw Clements
6. Tyler Rich
1. Diego Gutierrez
2. Sage Katz
3. Ben Wingate
4. Antonio Larzo
5. Giancarlo Mendez
6. Morgan Weaver
1. Emily Ruppert
2. Gabriella Rubi
3. Gabriela Galino
4. Nicole Fulford
5. Jolarys Cameras
6. Yarriann Del Mar
1. Lief Engstrom
2. Pat Schmidt
Tristan Thompson again just all day ripping.
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Posted on 03/30/15