AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Carlos ‘Coco’ Nogales is used to being challenged on a grand scale, but Mexico’s big wave surfing ace is expecting his first visit to New Zealand to provide as tough a test as any he’s faced in the water. He has been confirmed as the sixth competitor for the third edition of The Ultimate Waterman, which will be held in Southland, New Zealand from April 1-9.
Coco, as he is known, is a legend of the Mexico surf scene. He has made his name as a big wave expert at his home break of Puerto Escondido, often referred to as the Mexican Pipeline. He also works with young surfers and underprivileged kids in the local community, who want to get into the sport but can’t afford a board.
When offered the chance to compete in The Ultimate Waterman, Coco didn’t hesitate to sign-up. “I like a challenge and there is no doubt this is a very tough one!” he said. “I’m not sure how I am going to go, and it’s going to be interesting, but I’m super happy and honoured to be part of this amazing event.”
A member of the Red Bull stable of surfers, Coco says watermen are true warriors of the sea. “It’s a privilege to travel the world, hunting the magic of surfing, meeting different people and different cultures, and staying close to nature” he said.
Nogales joins defending champion and Starboard athlete Zane Schweitzer (HAW), Daniel Kereopa (NZL), Connor Baxter (HAW), SIC Maui's Caio Vaz (BRA) and Manoa Drollet (PYF), with another two newcomers to be to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Ultimate Waterman will again see the athletes compete in eight grueling disciplines over nine days, chasing the best surf and conditions around the region. The events are: big wave paddle in surfing, waka ama, longboard, shortboard, stand-up paddle, SUP endurance, underwater strength run and swim, and prone paddleboarding.
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Southland, one of the largest regions in New Zealand, boasts a rugged coastline of 3,400 kilometres and an array of lakes, mountains and open plains. Colac Bay is one of the top surf spots in the country where consistent waves are present all year round thanks to its exposed beach break, while Curio Bay may give the opportunity to surf alongside the resident hectors’ dolphins. Home to the world famous Bluff oysters, Southland is a place of incomparable and unique beauty, countless species of native wildlife and friendly locals.
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