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Delight as world circuit of surf returns to the Canaries in 2018 

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The world circuit of surf returns to the Canary Islands courtesy of Arona and the tournament ”Las Americas Pro”.

The Mayor, José Julián Mena, presented details, along with the regional and island councillors of tourism, Isaac Castellano and Alberto Bernabé, respectively, and the president of the Canarian Surf Federation, Ángel Lobo.

The thrilling test is to be held between January 29th and February 4th, 2018.

The tourist resort boasts the “Spanish Left”, one of the most perfect waves of the European continent.

It’s been a decade since Arona hosted the world surf circuit which also passed through Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, islands that in recent years have also been left out.

This competition, in addition, is the first that is celebrated in the Canary Islands with scoring character for the world circuit in the female category.

Sr. Mena said the celebration of this test is “good news for the south, Tenerife and the Canary Islands because we have all the conditions to become the European Hawaiia, a leading destination for surfing.”

“Arona has wanted to lead this tourism and sports revolution, which is consistent with our strategy of repositioning tourism, and therefore we have decided to return the world surfing circuit to the Canaries,” he said.

It is expected that more than 150 surfers will take part during the week during which the event will highlight the importance that “the names of the municipality and of Playa de las Américas are related to the surfing segment, both for those who practice as for those who are attracted to the lifestyle that this sport represents.”

José Julian Mena recalled that “one of the pillars on which the new tourism strategy of the municipality is based is sustainability and probably there are few sports as linked as surfing to this value, which makes it especially important for us.”

For his part, the regional tourism minister, Isaac Castellano, in his first visit to Arona after his appointment, has defended the need to “capture profiles of differentiated tourists”, which has framed the holding of tests such as “The Americas Pro “. Sr. Castellano has stressed that the model to be defended is the one that happens “not so much to increase the number of tourists as the value of the impact that this sector generates in the economy of the Canaries.”

The insular tourism councillor, Alberto Bernabé, has said that “it is absolutely necessary to diversify the reasons why tourists visit Tenerife”, a policy within which “it has been proven that the match between tourism and sport works perfectly” . “We have to continue enriching the reasons why a visitor chooses Tenerife,” he added.

Bernabé said that “Tenerife offers an unbeatable capacity to compete outdoors during the winter and has one of the best waves for surfing, which puts us on the world map.”

For his part, the president of the Canarian Surf Federation, Ángel Lobo, explained that “Las Americas is one of the best places in the world for surfing, so it was necessary to have a professional championship in the Canary Islands after ten years. “

Sr. Lobo recalled that this is “one of the fastest growing sports in the world” that generates in the Canary Islands “between 50 and 100 million euros a year,” not only in its direct practise but also in the design and manufacture of components.

José Julián Mena also referred during the press conference to the discharges that have been produced for years on the coast of Tenerife and the Canary Islands and asked the institutions responsible for the necessary investments in emissaries and treatment plants to reduce pollution. “We care about the environment, the coastline and the good condition of our bathing areas,” he explained, “and Tenerife and the Canary Islands have an undeniable problem.”