Published on May 8th, 2014 | by Daniel Boyle1
Chile’s Oldest Surfing Competition to Return to Iquique
While the Battle of Iquique is the reason why Chile marks the May 21 as a public holiday, the feriado will see a new battle in the water, at the 26th version of the Héroes de Mayo surfing contest.
The heated rivalry between Arica and Iquique will continue, with reigning national champion Guillermo Satt looking to impress among a field of surfers from throughout Chile. Local Camilo Hernández, currently second in the rankings, will also look to leave his mark.
The summer season saw five rounds completed in the first two months of the year, with Iquique now hosting the sixth round of the national circuit. The three remaining events will be held in Arica, Rapa Nui and Pichilemu.
Nicolás Undurraga leads the circuit, while Satt is currently in fourth after missing two events due to competing on the world tour. The Arica man won each of the three national events that he participated in.
With four wins from the five events, Lorena Fica is firm in first place in the women’s category, while Jessica Anderson, who has been on the podium in each contest, will look to bridge the gap.
The three days of competition will be held between left-hander Urracas and the rights of Colegio, with the event hoping to boost tourism in the area after the major earthquake that rocked northern Chile.
With 25 previous versions, the Héroes de Mayo contest is Chile’s oldest surfing event.
Iquique will also hold the ISA World Bodyboarding Championships from December 8-15.