International surfers meet in Arica to compete in the latest edition of the Arica Pro Tour Maui and Sons.

ARICA | The “El Gringo” wave is waiting for surfers from all over the world in the latest Arica Pro Tour Maui and Sons Mens’ Qualifying Series 3.000 WSL. This event is consolidated as one of the most important and dramatic in South America and celebrates its 10th anniversary in Chile.

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The most dangerous and challenging phase of the WSL Qualifying Series will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Chile this year. The Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour QS 3.000 by Jeep is the most important and oldest on the South American World Circuit outside Brazil. The El Gringo tubes forming very close to a reef that does not allow for any error, are considered to be one of the best in the world and are even called South American Pipeline, comparing with the most famous beach in Hawaii. This year’s Arica challenge will be held between 28th May and 2nd June on the Alacrán Peninsula, with live streaming from Chile by

The event is organised by the Arica Surf Club and backed by the Regional Government of Arica and Parinacota; the Regional Council of Arica and Parinacota; and the Transformation Strategic Programme; Active Tourism and Nature in Natural Environments “Arica Always Active”, which is backed by CORFO.

One of the organisers of the Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour QS 3.000, Francisco ‘Oso’ Gana, defines the El Gringo wave: "It is a wave in which this sport ceases to be a child’s game and which clearly divides the amateurs from professionals. It was no easy feat to get it included in the World Surf League calendar, one of the phases with the most perfect waves on the QS circuit, but also one of the most dangerous in the world. It is a place that is a nightmare for many surfers, due to its level requirements, where the margin for error is practically null".

The large number of athletes from diverse latitudes of the planet who have confirmed their participation just under a month before the event has immediately raised the alert, as the fever to accumulate points in the world ranking, with a view to classifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, will bring racers who are unaware of the dimensions of the Arican wave to the city.

Sports and events tourism is presented as a great alternative to extend and diversify the tourist offer in the city of Arica, significantly generating long distance travel and the reactivation of demand flows. In the past 10 years, the city located in the extreme north of Chile has become consolidated as one of the fastest growing surf destinations thanks to its permanent oceanographic conditions, to which a rich biodiversity and evidence of the presence of an ancient culture, the Chinchorro, must be added, making Arica a not to be missed destination within the Andean macro-region.