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March 28, 2014

COASTAL CELEBRATION, SURFING AND REMEMBERING AT THE 4TH ANNUAL WALTER CALOCA SURF OPEN

SURFERS AND OCEAN LOVERS CELBRATE ONCE AGAIN AT SAN MIGUEL
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On March 22 and 23, the United Athletes of the Pacific Ocean (UAPO) and WILDCOAST hosted the 4th Annual Walter Caloca Surf Open at the iconic San Miguel in Bahia Todos Santos, Ensenada, Baja California. The binational surfing event symbolizes that the ocean has no borders and that the sport of surfing can bridge the divide between countries and cultures. More importantly, the event celebrates the life of one of Ensenada’s most beloved surfers, Walter Caloca, who tragically passed away several years ago, but not before he spread his love throughout the region’s surfing community and beyond.

San Miguel has a long history in Mexican surfing and ocean culture and the adjacent arroyo is rich with native flora and fauna, playing a vital role in the near shore ecosystem and wave quality. This is why WILDCOAST is working with PRONATURA, Surf Ens and Save the Waves to protect the point and other key parts of Bahia Todos Santos, including the Todos Santos Islands, through the establishment of Mexico’s first World Surfing Reserve (WSR). Ensenada will join Malibu and Santa Cruz, California, Ericeira, Portugal, Manly Beach, Australia and Huanchaco, Peru as one of the planet’s most iconic stretches of coastline through the WSR classification. The dedication ceremony will be held on June 21, at San Miguel.

Once again the Pacific Ocean sent magnificent waves to San Miguel’s boulder point for the two day event which showcased an international assortment of youth and adult surfers, women, SUP, longboard and body board.

Imperial Beach’s Daniel Dedina won not only the 16 and under division but also the stacked open men. The 16 and under women division was won by Ensenada’s Jackie Lozano.

Rosarito’s Miguel Torres narrowly defeated the field in the highly competitive body board division and legendary Terry Gillard of Coronado won the longboard division. Manzanillo surfer Mario de Leon won the SUP and it was Lance Mann from Coronado that took the win in the 12 and under. This year’s women’s division was full of talent including Hawaiian big wave charger Keala Kenelly who won the final with flawless backhand surfing.

This year’s Walter Caloca Surf Open would not have been possible without the help of WILDCOAST and UAPO’s dedicated volunteers, judges, contest participants and all of the sponsors including: Baja Bound Insurance, Casa Albergue Temporal, Sector 9, Cobian Sandals, Cetys Universidad, Boules, Firewire, Matuse, Jersey, Pawa, Emerald City, Bird’s Surf Shed, Coral Marina, Estero Beach, James Cutri, Shaper Studios, In the sea you’ll find me, Novelle Vague, Keala Kenelly, Lobo Man, Bajasurfer, Surf Ens, IO Serigrafia, Aborigen, Customx, Surfviviendo, Federacion Mexicana de Surfing, San Miguel Surfboards and the Baja California Surfing Association.

UAPO is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to promote youth surfing in both California’s through surf competition, cultural exchange and education. For more information visit their website at uaposurf.com.

To help with next year’s event or for more information contact Alfredo Ramirez at info@uaposurf.com or Zach Plopper at zach@wildcoast.net.