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THE 11TH ANNUAL NIXON SURF CHALLENGE SETS SIGHTS ON LA GRACIOSA

THE 11TH ANNUAL NIXON SURF CHALLENGE SETS SIGHTS ON LA GRACIOSA

The Nixon Surf Challenge presented by Vans and Monster Energy will be heading to the volcanic island of La Graciosa in the Canary Islands from February 13-19.

After last year's Surf Challenge in the arctic waters of the Lofoten Islands, the invite-only event will head to warmer temperatures of La Graciosa where once again, surfers will come face-to-face with the unexpected as they explore one of surfing's hidden gems.

Home to only 700 inhabitants and small enough to explore on foot, La Graciosa has developed a mythical reputation among surfers. For years, locals have been going about their business quietly, gorging themselves on world-class reef breaks on a day-to-day basis. This February, the Nixon Surf Challenge 2012 will pave the way for 14 of Europe's most explosive surfers to charge the little-known slabs of La Graciosa.

A far cry from high-stress competitions, the peer-judged and scoring format of the Nixon Surf Challenge regularly draws top talent from around the world year-after-year. With a non-traditional scoring system, the event is uniquely relaxed with an emphasis on free-surfing and style. The Nixon Surf Challenge creates an ideal environment for participants to showcase their skills and creativity and has become a favorite stop along the tour circuit for many.

The invited surfers will no doubt benefit from the local knowledge of Nixon team riders Jose Maria Cabrera and Jonathan Gonzalez - two of the Canary Islands' most successful exports. Speaking after the list of invited riders had been announced, Gonzalez had this to say: "It's always a pleasure to welcome friends, old and new, to the Canary Islands. I'm really looking forward to sharing the waves with the guys, and especially with anyone who hasn't been anywhere like this before - it's a unique spot, for sure."

After the success of last year's event in Norway, the team is determined to try and re-capture the spirit that accompanied an unforgettable week in the Arctic Circle. While it couldn't be any more different from the Lofoten Islands, La Graciosa is bound to deliver the goods.

The Nixon Surf Challenge 2012 confirmed attendees include:

Jonathan GONZALEZ (CNY)
Jose Maria CABRERA (CNY)
Manuel LEZCANO (CNY)
Joan DURU (FRA)
Benjamin SANCHIS (FRA)
Fergal SMITH (IRL)
Eric REBIERE (FRA)
William ALLIOTI (FRA)
Marlon LIPKE (POR)
Marc LACOMARE (FRA)
David LEBOULCH (FRA)
Nicolau VON RUPP (GER)
Gony ZUBIZARRETA (ESP)
Frederic ROBIN (FRA)

To find out more about the Nixon Surf Challenge 2012 and get regular updates, exclusive footage and pictures please visit: Nixon.com/surfchallenge/.

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