The Rip Curl Pro
This year Tofino is proud to present the 7th annual Rip Curl Pro on June 1 and 2, a surf competition showcasing pro and amateur surfing talent from Tofino and across Canada.
The dates for the 2013 Rip Curl Pro are June 1 and 2, 2013. The Rip Curl Pro started as the Rip Curl Stew in 2007, and has divisions for women and men of all ages. Previous winners include top Canadian surfers such as Leah Oke and Tofino locals Peter Devries, and Noah Cohen. Canadian surfing and surf culture have been attracting more attention and talent since the contest’s inception, and the competition heats up every year accordingly!
Why the “Stew”?The Rip Curl Stew began as a grassroots event and was originally named for the mix of swell producing waves at Cox Bay. In later years the name was realized more literally when organizers provided spectators with hot homemade stew during the competition.
How does a surf competition work?Surf competitions follow a general tournament bracket system, with participants surfing in heats with one to three other surfers, and one or two winning surfers from each heat moving on to the next stage of competition. Waves ridden are reviewed by a judging panel and each wave is scored out of a possible ten points, with points being awarded for number of maneuvers, degree of difficulty of maneuvers, wave selection, and overall style. Surfers’ top two wave scores are counted towards a total out of twenty points at the end of each heat.
The Rip Curl Pro is held every year on Tofino’s Cox Bay beach, with temporary judging and spectator grandstands erected just down the beach from Long Beach Lodge.
The Rip Curl Pro is an excellent opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Tofino surf culture, and witness and interact with some of Canada’s top surfing talent.