Seeking hidden Mexican jewel
EVENT number five on the ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Search (June 20-July 1) will be held in a secret location to keep the punters guessing?
"Somewhere in Mexico" is the theme for the only global mobile ASP/WCT 'floating' event.
Discovering this new surfing location might prove to be as difficult as finding Olivia Newton-John's missing boyfriend, Patrick McDermott who was allegedly spotted on the Baja Peninsula.
However the Rip Curl Search is way further south and in fact two hours south of Puerto Escondito better known as the 'Mexico Pipeline'.
The new location has been given a nickname, La Jolla which translates into "the jewel" and from all reports it sounds like a classic right-hand point break much like Snapper when it works.
If La Jolla doesn't catch the swell, Puerto Esconditio, a peaky grinding beach break similar to D-Bah and TOS but with more size, will be the backup location.
"For the first time this year, it looks like all of the top 45 will be competing," said ASP International spokesman Renato Hickel.
"Kelly Slater will confirm this week but chances are good of a complete recovery from the seven times world champ after bruising his ribs competing at Tahiti."
Despite not competing at Fiji, Slater is still in front on the world ratings and has been given another boost with the announcement of the sudden cancella- tion of the Japan WCT event.
THE 14th annual Icon Australia All Girls Surf Showdown will be held this long weekend at Lennox Head.
Seven categories including the Open Pro will attract some of the best WQS women surfers like Kingscliff's Stephanie Gilmore and her coach Kate Skarrat, a for- mer WCT top 10.