History in the making... Chilean surfer Manuel Selman has won the first ever Rip Curl Pro Search Trials in Arica. Placing in the runner-up trials slot is Cristian Merello. The two Chileans now have wildcards to compete in the main contest against the best surfers in the world.

Both surfers know the wave at Arica inside out and will put their local knowledge to the test when they enter the water against the world's elite. Both surfers are confident and ready for the challenge.

Contrary to most of the events on the pro circuit, the Rip Curl Pro Search WCT hold what is officially called an ASP Floating License, which means that it can set up wherever they want, depending on where the best waves are.

This year, Rip Curl has chosen South America and the Chilean coast to host a stage of Foster’s ASP circuit for the first time. The swell forecast is really optimistic and should offer amazing conditions to the riders.

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