After a great start to the winter, Supertubes is once again getting ready to host the specialty surfing event – the Xcel Pro Showdown At Supertubes. The last two years has seen excellent events being run off, and this year sees a shake up with regards format, invitees and media output. The 2011 version of the Xcel Pro will once again have Zigzag Surfing Magazine as their exclusive media partner.
This year the waiting period is the month of June. Only one day is needed to run the event, and historically June is one of the best months for swell and offshore winds. The last two events have seen ridiculous waves with high performance surfing and incredible tube riding the order of the day.
This year the Xcel Pro is an invite only club event, with a selection of Supertubes specialists and locals invited to compete in the event. The contest organisers choose surfers from the local community, from young to old, professional to blue collar, who just happen to surf Supertubes exceptionally well, and spend time in the water whenever the waves are breaking.
“It has been quite a good start to the winter in terms of waves and conditions so far,” said contest director Koffie Jacobs. “Supers will most definitely turn on for another day of perfect barrels. It is a great event to watch, and one of the surfers will gain entry into the VonZipper Superheat along with a bunch of other prizes, so the surfers have nothing to lose.”
In the last two years of the event, there has only been one winner, Ryan Payne. A top Supertubes surfer, Ryan has fought some close battles but has come out victorious both times. This year could see Ryan with a hat trick of wins, but either way it won’t be easy, with the likes of Warren Dean showing phenomenal form over the last few weeks, as well as junior surfers like Remi Peterson and tuberiding specialists like Deon Lategan in the mix. The winner of the Xcel Pro gets entry into the VonZipper Superheat, a trials heat for the Billabong Pro, as well as a Nixon amongst other prizes.
“Of course I am chomping at the bit for the Xcel Pro event,” said Payne. “It’s the one event I look forward to each year since it started. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have firing Supers to themselves along with three mates in the water all day?