Arona welcomes back Internationa surfing after decade away
Europe’s most outstanding surfers descended on Playa de las Américas for a tournament which promised plenty of excitement and delivered exactly that!
Varying weather conditions meant that sometimes there were no waves, other times they were gigantic, all adding to the thrills for competitors and spectators alike. The seven days of the event allowed competitors to wait for the optimum conditions.
The Américas Pro Tenerife was broadcast live from the platform www.worldsur-fleague.com and had the support of Ford, Desperados, Iberostar, Cicar, Ion, Kimoa, the Canary Federation of Surf, Tenerife Cabildo, Arona Council and the Canary Government.
The event opens the competition season in Spain and has a scoring character, both in male and female category, for the international circuit Qualifying Series of the World Surf League.
It was the first time in ten years that Arona has hosted surfing at this level and six years for the Canaries as a whole as the last competition was in Lanzarote in 2012.
Arona’s Mayor José Julián Mena said it was “imcom-prehensible” that the event had been missing from the municipality for a decade and he hoped it would be the start of a new long relationship.
“We have made sustaina-bility our banner and surfing is a sport clearly related to it so if we want to talk about surfing in the Canary Islands, it should be Arona,” he said. “It is a sport that we know that generates significant income in the destinations that bet on it, which is essential for a municipality like ours.”
President of the Canary Surfing Federation, Angel Lobo, thanked the effort made by Arona and the other in-stitutions.
” We know that organising an event of this nature is very complicated and that a great effort has been made,” he said.
“In the Canary Islands we have reached a high level in surfing, so we deserved an event of this nature. Surfing has many values, such as social or environmental, as well as economic and Arona is a privileged place because of the climate and because it has eight kilometres of coastline that ensure waves throughout the year. “