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Latin American surf tournament at Las Peñitas in November

Arquimedes Hernández | Oct 17, 2013

Press conference about the tournament. | Photographer: Arquimides Hernández

Surfing, the main activity that carries tourist to Nicaragua

Nicaragua will be the closing spot for the Latin American Surf Tournament Alas Surf and Classic Surf 2013, a competition held during November 7th, 8th and 9th. The event will take place at Las Peñitas and Poneloya, two beaches located on outside the colonial city of León. Organizers expect the participation of 150 surfers from fourteen countries in Latin America, which will position the country as a international surfing destination; announced at a press conference Mayra Salinas, chief executive of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR)

Salinas said they choose Leon since INTUR wants to outstand the qualities of its beaches and motivate people to visit and generate economic dynamics in this department. In the press conference, the official also presented a brochure entitled "Nicaragua: The New Surfing Destination" with information on the main country's Pacific beaches, where tourists can find geographic information and conditions offered by the beaches.

Lucy Valenti, business organizer of the Alas circuit in Nicaragua, said she was happy because in previous years the surf did not stand within the national tourism statistics, but for today, in the latest data from the Tourism Satellite Account of the Nicaragua Central Bank, it is stated that surfing is the main tourist activities performed by visitors at our country, which means a tourist development for coastal areas of Nicaragua.

Valenti mentioned the tournament closes on Saturday November 9th with an award ceremony, which will start at 7:00 pm at the beaches of Las Peñitas and Poneloya. She also explained that the competitors have a high level and they will compete for a prize of $ 25.000, which is distributed among the winners of the Latin American Surf Tournament.

Roger Gurdian Vigil, mayor of León, noted that tourists who attend this event will appreciate the beauty of the beaches and the quality of the waves this city has. He also stated that visitors will enjoy the diversity of tourism that this colonial city has.

The Latin American Surf Tournament Classic Surf is a sports tour that travels across the continent throughout the year generating stops at each strategic location, where renowned surfers compete to accumulate points get into the prestigious Top 16 of the circuit. So far it has taken place at 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Among the countries participating in this Latin American Surf Tournament are: Nicaragua, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Barbados and Puerto Rico.

Translated by Cynthia Cordero