TIAGO PIRES, WINNER OF THE NIXON WTA MUNDAKA
Tiago Pires (PRT) was officially declared the winner of Nixon's third WTA (Winner-Takes-All) of 2009 for Longest Tube during The Billabong Pro Mundaka. Though the contest was rife with less than desired swell conditions, Pires managed to secure himself 2.81 seconds on the clock of barrel time and walked away the winner of a custom Nixon watch valued at over $10,000.
The WTA Mundaka was open to all surfers from trials to finals during the eighth stop of the ASP World Tour, but it was Michel Bourez (PYF) and Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) who locked down tube times of 2.06 and 1.11 which put them in the running against Pires for the WTA title.
"After ten years on the Nixon team this feels like a great achievement," stated Pires. "I got a taste of what Mundaka has to offer and although I wanted to ride some bigger tubes, I'm stoked to have won this amazing watch."
Each WTA watch features 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 commemorating the event and custom set diamonds and rubies in the face.
Now in its third year, WTA Mundaka winners for Longest Tube have included Royden Bryson (2008) and Bobby Martinez (2007). The fourth and final stop of Nixon's 2009 WTA series will wrap up at the Triple Crown in Hawaii this coming December.
Video content of each of the WTA stops and winners is available to view on billabongpro.com
About the WTA
The Nixon WTA is a winner-takes-all event which awards custom, limited edition Nixon timepieces at four stops along the ASP World Tour. The four WTA challenges include: heaviest wave in Teahupoo, Tahiti, in May; highest heat score at Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, in July; the longest tube in Mundaka, Euskadi, in October; and the overall Triple Crown winner on the North Shore of Oahu in December.