Mar del Plata: Martin Passeri gets home barrel

Argentina will see the world's best surfers competing in the 4-Star Rip Curl Pro, at Mar del Plata, between March 29th and April 2nd.

The Rip Curl Pro Argentina is the first ASP-sanctioned surfing event in the country, of the last 12 years. Brazilian standout Willian Cardoso, an alternate on the ASP WCT, will lead the field of top professionals in the draw as top seed.

In addition to Cardoso, fellow Brazilians including Hizunome Bettero, Jano Belo and Paulo Moura will take on the likes of Peruvians Gabriel Villaran and Miguel Tudela, as well as Costa Rican Carlos Munoz among other impressive international talents.

"For us, the Argentines, the new Rip Curl event is very special. Everyone here wants to measure ourselves against the best, but we haven't had the opportunity", says Martin Passeri, Argentinian surfing icon.

"These tournaments came to the country when I was growing up in my surfing, from 95 to 2001, and it gave me a real head start. This will be a great opportunity for the local up and comers".

In addition to the top international names in the draw, Santiago Muniz, Leandro Usuna, Lucas Santamaria, Marcelo Rodríguez, Nahuel Rull and Maxi Prenski will be out to clinch the Rip Curl Pro Argentina on their home soil.

The Malvines, or Falkland Islands, are also a nearby surf sanctuary that is currently being disputed by Argentina and the United Kingdom.