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Reef Classic Guayas Turistico In Ecuador Kicks Off

Translation: Heido Sundstrom

The opening of the Latin America surfing tour, the ALAS Reef Classic Guayas Turistico, kicked off with plenty of action at the beaches of Engabao, Ecuador. Getting in on the excitement was Peruvian surfer, Joaquin del Castillo, who was the man to beat in both the Open and the Junior categories, with waves of up to 4’ that even threw in a few tubes.

The best Latin American surfers gathered at the first stop of the tour, trying to take the title and earn points, their eyes set on being champions in the different categories that make up the tour.

In this marathon first day, twenty-two battles were held. In the Open category, Del Castillo scored fifteen points and advanced past locals, Roberto Rodriguez and Marcos Goncalves. In the Junior category, he scored 16.17 points to beat out Salomon Medina (VEN) 6.36, Daniel Lopez (ECU) 6.00 and Andres Duran (ECU).

In an interview, Joaquin Del Castillo said, “I feel great, there are good waves, similar to waves at a place I went when I was a kid. I want to win the Junior and the Open, that’s why I came, to win.”

Similarly, Peruvian surfer, Urcia Juninho advanced in the Open and Junior categories, scoring the second best score (14.83), beating Sebastian Alarcon (PER) and Snaider Parrales (ECU). Angelo Lozano (9.50) was the only Mexican surfer in the competition and passed his heat in second place, with Brazilian surfer, Felipe Ximenes (11.50), beating him by a mere two points.

The event starts at 8:00 a.m. and can be followed live on: www.alaslatintour.com