Contenders Ready for Oaxaca Pro pres. by Corona Start in Puerto Escondido

Courtesy of WSL North America

  • North America Regional QS Title Race Comes to Puerto Escondido 
  • Mel Looks to Capitalize on the Opportunity at Hand
  • Southworth Brothers Join Mexican Countrymen to Keep Event Title on Home Soil
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CAPTION: Puerto Escondido is beginning to show its iconic form as the Oaxaca Pro QS 1,500 pres. by Corona is set to start October 17-20.
CREDIT: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

PLAYA ZICATELA, Puerto Escondido/Mex. (Thursday, October 16, 2019) – The World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) is back on the shores of Playa Zicatela, Mexico, for the first time since 2011 for the Oaxaca Pro QS 1,500 pres. by Corona beginning October 17-20. Some of the area’s top competitors join North America’s contenders at one of the world’s most renowned beach breaks to battle for 1,500 crucial points toward their 2019 qualification campaigns. A solid forecast is on the horizon with six-to-eight foot swell already showing prior to the event’s start.

North America QS Title Race Comes to Puerto Escondido

No stranger to bigger conditions, Santa Cruz, California’s, John Mel comes into this event hunting a big result to stay in the North America Regional QS Title race behind current No. 1 Noah Schweizer (USA). The 19-year-old has proven himself in waves of consequence, surfing at waves such as Mavericks, California, and El Gringo, Chile, and thrives when conditions prove critical. Mel knows what he must accomplish here in Puerto Escondido but returns to the iconic beach break with fond memories and good mindset.

Pictured: Mel’s last appearance in Mexico proved fruitful with a Semifinal finish as he looks to go one further.
Credit: WSL./ Nichols

Southworth Brothers Set to Compete Alongside Countrymen

Pictured: Dylan Southworth (pictured) and his brother Travis are hoping to capitalize on the opportunity at hand.
Credit: Nichols

Joining a plethora of Puerto Escondido natives Dylan and Travis Southworth (MEX) will don a WSL jersey once more after their appearances at the Surf Open Acapulco – this time a little closer to home. The brothers, Sayulita, Mexico, natives, join the Mexican talents on hand to try and hold a QS title on home soil for the first time in the WSL era. For Dylan, 29, the opportunity to compete in two events close to home means more than just experience.

“It’s so cool to have two QS events this year in Mexico,” Southworth said. “Acapulco is always fun but Puerto Escondido holds its own and is for sure the most sought after and well-respected wave in Mexico. All the competitors from far and wide want to be in this event and get a crack at the win. It’s always nice to compete against the top surfers and push yourself a little more in every heat. If the waves are pumping it’s anyone’s game but guaranteed everyone will score epick waves.”

Pictured: Travis Southworth returns to the QS jersey alongside his brother and fellow Mexican contingent.
Credit: Nichols

The younger of the Southworth competitive duo, Travis, continues to find his footing in competitions – getting his experience in the Mexican Surf Open League circuit that offers competitors a chance to earn prize money for bigger events. Now, the 26-year-old looks to capitalize and make his presence known as he did in Acapulco last season.

“It’s a golden opportunity for us Mexican surfers to showcase our potential against some of the top QS surfers and have a great time doing it at such a spectacular break,” Travis said. “We’re looking forward to many more events like this next year and want to thank Gustavo, as well as the WSL crew for this chance.” 

Event organizers will convene at 7:00am CDT for a possible 7:15am start to Round 1.
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The Oaxaca Pro QS 1,500 pres. by Corona will run October 17-20 at Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

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