BOBBY MARTINEZ CLAIMS FIRST 2009 NIXON WTA WIN
Bobby Martinez (USA) won the first stop of the 2009 Nixon WTA (Winner-Takes-All) at the Billabong Pro last week in Teahupoo, Tahiti. Martinez, currently ranked 7 in the WCT/ ASP ratings, beat out Josh Kerr (AUS), Dean Morrison (AUS) and Miky Picon (FRA) for taking off on the heaviest wave of the event. Wave conditions varied from small to medium throughout the week with Teahupoo resisting to show her true strength. None-the-less, in the final, Martinez was able to snag the heaviest barrel of the event solidifying both his overall win at the Billabong Pro as well as the award for Nixon's WTA "Heaviest Wave" title and a custom watch valued at over $10,000 USD.
"The WTA is a great way to recognize achievements during specific WCT events that might have otherwise gone unrecognized or not awarded", stated Nixon's Marketing Manager, Mike Murciano. "It's even better when the winner of the overall event is also the winner of the WTA! I was stoked to see Bobby win both. Despite the mediocre Teahupoo conditions, it was a solid wave."
Each WTA watch will feature a Swiss Made chronograph with day and custom color date, a titanium carbide coated case and band with rotating bezel and countdown timer, sapphire crystal, a custom-engraved caseback and custom set diamonds and rubies.
These one-of-a-kind watches are valued at over $10,000 USD.
Video content of each of the WTA stops and winners will be available to view on billabongpro.com
Previous Nixon WTA Tahiti Winners for Heaviest Wave include:
2008- Ryan Hipwood
2007- Manoa Drollet