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Local Talent Anticiapte Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico: February 9-13, 2013

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Costa Mesa, CA (December 19, 2012): It's been just over 2 months since the announcement of the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico presented by SeePuertoRico.com (ASP 4-star rated event) set to commence at Jobo's Beach, February 9 - 13.


Since then, WCT competitor interest as well as excitement from the local Puerto Rico surfing contingent has sparked. When it comes to local surfing talent, you don't need to look much further than Brian Toth and Dylan Graves.


Growing up in Puerto Rico as close friends and peers, the two have pushed each other to create worldwide notoriety of their surfing talents. Understandably, both are looking forward to not only competing in the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico, but to also potentially win the event.


"I'm so grateful for a great event to come to my backyard. I've been waiting for this for a very long time," Toth recently stated, who finished a career-best #44 on the ASP One World Rankings in 2012.


"It would mean a lot to win this event. I was born and raised on this beach, so to win a big competition down here, trust me, there will be horns blowing loud [laughs]. I would love it."


Meanwhile, Dylan Graves, who earned a coveted wildcard slot into the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico after emerging victorious in the JEEP Local Trials event, will be looking to pull from the experience for the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico.


"That was one of the best things that's happened to me in my career. Once I won the trials and was in the event, I felt like I had no pressure because there was so much pressure on getting that one spot," Graves reflected on the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search.


Graves will be looking to recapture that same form and is excited about the opportunity in the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico.


"I'm super pumped to surf in this event. I've always wanted to surf a WQS event in my backyard, and so has our whole generation. It's an awesome opportunity for the surf community down here," Graves said.


One of the hopes of the event is to inspire the new generation to pursue their surfing talents by bringing a premiere, world-class event to their backyard. Both Toth and Graves note the potential benefits to the emerging youth.


"It's a huge opportunity for the local kids! It's a way for all the up and comers to showcase their surfing without having to spend money to travel somewhere else," Graves said. "We've never had anything like this before, except for when the WCT came, but only one person got in the contest. Now everyone can get in and get a piece."


Watch the live webcast of the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico presented by seepuertorico.com live on www.live.ripcurl.com, February 9 - 13. For more information, please contact Chelsea Johns: cjohns@ripcurl.com.


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