Venezuelans to Defend Surfing Titles at Carib Pilsner ISF11
Venezuelan Surf Stars Rafael Pereira and Francisco Bellorin will return to T&T’s shores once again to defend their Titles at the Carib Pilsner International Surf Festival 2011 (ISF11) on Indian Arrival Day Weekend (May 28th-30th).
Last year in the Open Professional Division Pereira walked away with 1st Place and US$3000, while his fellow countryman Bellorin got 2nd Place and US$1,100. In the Professional Juniors Division (U21) the dynamic duo traded places with Bellorin taking 1st Place and US$500, while Pereira took 2nd Place and US$250.
Under the generous patronage of Carib Brewery, the Tourism Development Company and the Ministry of Sport as their primary sponsors, the Surfing Association of Trinidad and Tobago will be hosting the Second Annual Carib Pilsner International Surf Festival 2011 at the location known as “Beach Break” in scenic Sans Souci, Trinidad.
Expectations run high as the word spreads about the only international surf event to be scheduled as part of the Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series (the only professional surf tour on East Coast of the United States of America), with a whopping US $10,000 purse for the local leg of the tour.
The promoters of the event expect to see a noticeable increase in the numbers of local, regional and international participants in 2011, with the return of top class professional surfers from USA, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina and Venezuela, as well as Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia amongst others.
Dubbed “Beach Break”, Sans Souci is easily the Mecca of Surfing in Trinidad. This crescent shaped bay provides a high quality of powerful, contestable waves breaking on a rigid sand bar in a coliseum setting. Located within a 90 minute drive time from Piarco International Airport, the organizers have organized shuttles and accommodation for international participants.
This action packed weekend has a stacked daily itinerary both on and offshore, with three different surf categories i.e. ‘Junior Pro’, ‘Legends’ and ‘Open Pro’ classes as well as a specialty ‘Night Surf’ for when the sun sets.
The ever popular Bikini Competition will be taken to another level this year with the largest ever cash prize incentive to date of US$1,000 and a mandatory online participant registration at the event’s Facebook Page. The beautiful ladies of the Bikini Contest will display their beach bodies along a purpose built 16 foot RedBull runway elevated over the beach at Sans Souci.
There is also a chance for the best photographers to win $1,000 US for the best Action Shot, Best Moment and the best Scenery Shots. Also notable during this surfing celebration is the fact that as the sun sets on the venue the surfing action will flow right into live music with the “Legends Beach Concert” featuring top performers such as Orange Sky, Joint Pop, Skid Nevely, and Aaron Marquez on Saturday 28th at 5.30pm.
As the excitement builds, surf lovers and beach goers alike have already begun to book most of the beach houses on the Northeast coast much to the delight of the promoters and the guest houses owners, as this event has staked its place on the national calendar.