Los Cabos Open of Surf Returns to Zippers in 2015
San José del Cabo, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Once is a happening, twice is a scene, three times is a tradition in the making.
The Los Cabos area’s most prestigious surfing competition returns for the third consecutive year on June 9 – 14, with some of the world’s best wave riders battling it out at Zippers surf break off Playa Costa Azul in San José del Cabo.
The tradition is still in its formative stages, however, since the Los Cabos Open of Surf has undergone a number of significant changes for such a young event.
When it premiered in 2013, it was the first and only 6-star ASP (Association of Surf Professionals) sanctioned men’s event in México. The next year, 2014, it opened up the 6-star competition to men and women. Now, in 2015, it’s a WSL sanctioned pro qualifying series event for women, and a pro event for junior men and women.
The new initials are no big deal. For marketing reasons, the ASP changed its name to WSL (World Surf League) earlier this year. So it’s the same sanctioning body. The absence of some of the world’s best men’s surfers will be felt, however, and the star power displayed during the inaugural event, when Malibu native Dillon Perillo bested South African Beyrick De Vries, is thus somewhat dimmed moving forward.
But that’s only on the men’s side. Many of the world’s best women surfers will be competing–Hawaiian surf star Coco Ho raced up the rankings after her victory in Los Cabos last year–as well as up-and-coming stars of both sexes in the juniors competition.
With all the changes, two constants for the event have been time and location. The Los Cabos Open of Surf has always been held in June, and always been set at Zippers surf break off Playa Costa Azul.
Costa Azul is the mecca of the summer surf scene in Baja California Sur, with a beginner-friendly Middle Break and expert level breaks at Zippers and The Rock (La Roca). The rippable, right-hand Zippers beach break is center stage for the Los Cabos Open of Surf, and spectators, as always, can enjoy all the action–plus burgers, ribs and ice cold Victorias–at Big Tony’s Zipper’s Bar and Grill.
Another constant is excellent live music, and that tradition continues this year with the free Los Cabos Open of Surf Music Festival on the beach Friday and Saturday, June 12–13. Hawaii-based singer-songwriter (and Jack Johnson bro) Donavon Frankenreiter will headline on June 12, and is expected to perform hits like “Free”, “Move By Yourself” and “Keeping Me Away from You”, plus songs from his latest album Start Livin’, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 effort Glow. The music fest’s Caravan to Cabo on June 13 will feature Tomorrows Bad Seeds, roots-reggae specialists Hirie, the Mike Pinto Band, “The Ambassador” Stephen Gabriel Lewis, and San Diego outfits We Are Sirens and The Broken Stems.
Sponsors for the 3rd annual Los Cabos Open of Surf include the government of Los Cabos, the Los Cabos Tourism Board, cerveza titan Corona, Monster Energy Drink, SMS Audio, Alamo Car Rental, and the Federación Mexicana de Surfing. Barceló Grand Faro Los Cabos, Hotel Posada Real Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa, Santa María Hotel & Suites, Soleado Beach & Spa Resort, and the De Cortez Mesquite Grill at Sheraton Hacienda del Mar are among the hotels, resorts and restaurants supporting the event. Additional support companies include Diamante, Infinitum, GoPro, and the Asociación de Surfistas de Baja California Sur.
For more information, visit loscabosopenofsurf.com/.