APSPR Corona Extra Pro
Gabe Kling and Amy Nicholl
Circuit at Middles Beach in Isabela, Puerto Rico crowned Florida’s Gabe Kling and Amy Nicholl in 3 to 4 foot clean surf. Runners-up were Josie Graves from Isabela, Puerto Rico and Nikki Viesins from Indialantic, Florida. Kling topped graves with consistent surfing and a 14.34 heat total to Graves’ 12.50. Amy Nicholl’s backhand approach was enough to narrowly defeat Viesins with a 11.03 heat total to Viesins’ 10.40.
The Corona Pro Women’s winner Amy Nicholl earned $5,000 for her win. "Conditions were really meager on the first day, so I was really excited to be seeded into the second day thanks to my win from last October at the Corona Extra Pro. Today I just took it heat by heat, got a couple seconds, a couple firsts, and in the end of the day ended up on top, and I’m really excited about that," Nicholl said.
The best of the women’s surfing on the final day was seen during the Women’s round 2 Heat 3 came from Nikki Viesins who took the win with the highest single wave a 7.6 and highest heat total 14.37. Other standouts were Amy Nicholl with the second best heat total in the same heat a 12.43. The crowd also saw strong surfing from semi-finalists Liza Caban (Aguadilla, PR) and Alexis Engstrom (Rincon, PR/ NY).
On the Men’s Pro side of the event Gabe Kling got his name on the $10,000 check. He defeated local favorite Josie Graves with a strategy of staying busy. "The wind felt like it was getting stronger during the final and a lot of times with priority in the mix I just like to catch a lot of waves and not worry about waiting on the perfect wave. So I just tried to stay busy and hope that priority worked in my favor and a couple times it did," said Gabe.
Josie Graves was the local favorite despite not having surfed Middles in about six months due to summer travels and a shoulder injury. "Something that was really special was that I hadn’t surfed Middles in 6 months, my first wave was in my heat and I ended up making the final, so I’m stoked," said Josie.
Excellent surfing was also on display by semi-finalists Alejandro Moreda (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Brian Toth (Isabela, Puerto Rico) who both tied for the highest wave score of the day a 8.33. The most intense heat of the day was between good friends Brian Toth and Gabe Kling during the first semi-final. Kling narrowly defeated Toth with a 15.43 heat total to Toth’s 14.83. "The most intense part of my day was in the semi when I let Brian go on the last wave during priority, the wave looked terrible. He destroyed the wave but I was hoping he didn’t get the score, but at the same time I’m great friends with Brian and I’m staying with him so when I heard he didn’t get the score I felt bad for him, it was a weird one," said Kling.
"Surfing fans who are unable to attend in person at Middles will once again have the opportunity to follow the action online with the popular "Heats on Demand" feature", said APSPR Event Coordinator, Viviannee Vega. At the completion of each day of competition they will have access to every scoring ride of the event. On our website <
www.apspr.net > you can scan the draw, and select which heat you would like to view and much more. Each scoring ride is shown, along with the points earned for that wave, through the technology of the Beach Byte computer scoring system. Each of the five judges enters their scores for each surfer’s rides into the computer, which tallies the points and decides the winners. All of that scoring information is then available on the APSPR website to anyone with access to a modem.
The generous sponsors of the Corona Extra Pro Circuit are: Corona Extra, Corona Light, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Wapa TV, APSPR, Hang Loose Surf Shop, Werner Vega Surfboards, Alfa Rock, n-punto, Jose Cuervo, El Nuevo Día, and Rad TV.