Photo: Edwin Morales
We are excited to announce that Stalk it team rider, Aloha Lopez, wins the Coco Nogales Surf Challenge at Zicatela Beach in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
Aloha spent the month of July traveling in Southern Mexico. Her first stop was in Acapulco where she watched the final day of the ASP Acapulco Surf Open. After watching Luke Davis win the ASP contest, Aloha paddled out for a session at Playa Princessa where the waves were small but fun. The following day she headed south to the Cocoleoco Surf Camp at La Bamba near Salina Cruz. Her stay at La Bamba was spent searching the local breaks for waves and playing with two tehones (a badger like animal) named Solo and Luna. After five days of exploring the Salina Cruz region, she headed to the coastal town of Puerto Escondido for the Coco Nogales Surf competition. She spent three weeks, in Puerto Escondido, practicing for this year’s contest.
The women’s division was a mix of local and international surfers including big wave charger Jahmila Starr and Brazilian, Claudia Gonclaves, a seasoned ASP competitor. By end of day one, Aloha had made it through her first heat placing 2nd behind Claudia Gonclaves. Round two was held one day later and waves at Zicaleta were barreling with approximately four foot waves. The second heat was comprised of three surfers including Jahmila.
Photo: Edwin Morales
Aloha made it out of the quarters and into the semifinals. The semifinal heat was blessed with super consistent, perfect waves. Aloha said, “It was really fun because the waves were amazing and she was stoked to surf Zicatela with just one other person for twenty minutes”. Just before the finals, select surfers including Aloha paddled out at Zicatela with flowers in honor of the surfers that have passed away at Zicatela including Ron Cassidy, a surfer from the island Maui where Aloha lives.
The final included a Puerto Escondido local, Valeria Peconi and Claudia Gonclaves from Brazil and Aloha. Aloha had a slow start to the final but was able to find two good waves in the last four minutes to boost her score. At the conclusion of the final, her friends from Puerto came down to the water and sprayed her with cans of Redbull.
The scores were announced at the awards ceremony and as they called the results, Aloha realized she won the women’s open at Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido. Aloha rejoiced, saying, “it was an amazing feeling”! She loved her stay in Puerto Escondido and wanted to thank Coco Nogales and the event sponsors Hurley, Redbull, Skull Candy and AHAVA for hosting the event, the McGraw family at Hotel Oasis and the local surf crew that helped her learn the break and win. Congratulations Aloha on a well deserved win!