ENCINITAS, CA-The battle for the heaviest wave and the third stop of the 2011 Nixon WTA (Winner-Takes-All) will kick-off during the Billabong Pro in Teahupoo, Tahiti, August 20-31, 2011. Hosting one of the most weighted waves in the world, Teahupoo is an ideal spot to award a surfer for “heaviest wave.”
Open to all surfers participating in the Billabong Pro, it’s fair game to take home this exclusive Nixon watch created especially for this stop of the tour. This year’s Teahupoo watch is valued at $10,000 USD and features a custom engraved caseback, a Swiss tide movement, 60 rubies around the bezel, four two-millimeter decorative black diamonds on the dial, and 24 black diamonds on the dial for hour indices. The Magnacon SS comes complete with an applied Tahitian flag with the country colors on the hands, making it truly symbolic and unique.
Any wave from the trials to the finals counts for this award, making it one the most exciting contests of the 2011 Nixon WTA.
“In the eyes of the competitors and the fans, the winner of this event is not only commemorated, but the true essence of the Nixon WTA is expressed”, states Nixon Marketing Manager, Mike Murciano. “Teahupoo is undoubtedly one of the heaviest waves in the world and the perfect platform for this event.”
Now in its fifth consecutive year, the Nixon WTA takes place along four stops of the 2011 ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour. Challenges in this year’s Nixon WTA included Biggest Air (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won by Josh Kerr, Highest Heat Score (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa) won by Jordy Smith, with upcoming stops for Heaviest Wave (Teahupoo, Tahiti), and finishing in Oahu with the overall Triple Crown Winner.
Previous Nixon WTA Tahiti Winners for Heaviest Wave include:
2010- Kamalei Alexander
2009- Bobby Martinez
2008- Ryan Hipwood
2007- Manoa Drollet
Video content of each Nixon WTA contender will be available to watch at: billabongpro.com
About the Nixon WTA
Now in its fifth consecutive year, The Nixon WTA is a winner-takes-all event which awards custom, limited edition Nixon timepieces at four stops along the ASP World Tour. The four WTA challenges include: biggest air in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in May; the highest heat score in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, in July; heaviest wave at Teahupoo, Tahiti, in August; and the overall Triple Crown winner on the North Shore of Oahu in December. The WTA celebrates an achievement in the contest that may have otherwise gone forgotten. The WTA makes sure to capture and reward a special moment in the event that usually coincides with the events best conditions.
Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, CA, Nixon is the premium watch and accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market. Focused on making the little stuff better, Nixon began with a small line of team-designed, custom-built watches sold exclusively in specialty boardsport and fashion retailers. Currently distributed in over 65 countries, Nixon’s product range has grown to include select men’s and women’s softgoods, leather goods and custom headphones.