The Surf World Championship

The firm, SEI Garepel recommended the deployment of D.A.S. BiDriver Plus systems


D.A.S. audio systems were once again on hand at a major international sporting event, namely the "Rip Curl Pro Zarautz 08" World Qualifying Series surfing competition hosted by the town of Zarautz in northern Spain. This five out of six star rated event, is one of the world championship's eight European heats, contested by this spectacular water sport's top talented professionals.

Specific PA systems were needed to meet the critical acoustic requirements of this event, held on the seashore, in the open air where large distances needed to be covered. The local firm, SEI Garepel led by Harkaitz Garralda and Mattin Epelde recommended the deployment of D.A.S. BiDriver Plus systems to the organizers, since the use of conventional sound systems would not have provided the necessary coverage and response.

The D.A.S. BiDriver Plus is a two-way, mid-high frequency unit, using a ten inch co-axial speaker and integrated dispersion horn. Its high efficiency ten inch cone transducer incorporates a four inch voice coil and a pole-piece cooling system, delivering extraordinary power efficiency and minimal power compression. High frequencies are handled by a four inch titanium diaphragm and voice coil assembly and the entire system meets rigorous IP-54 standards for weather resistance and extreme wet area usage. This system is specifically designed for use in open-air locations with big open spaces that require long throw.

The surf championship is a prime example of this, since the participants need to hear the judges' instructions from the shore so that they are aware of how much time they have left as well as their score compared to their opponents. The coverage was magnificent, with both organizers and surfers praising the power and clarity of the announcements delivered by the D.A.S. BiDriver systems.

The championship took place at the beach in Zarautz and was sponsored by Australian world brand leaders Rip Curl in addition to the region's government and town council tourist office. Surfing is extremely important to the town and the Zarautz Surf Club is amongst those of the longest tradition in Europe. The event's prize money exceeded US$ 110,000. The six days of classifying heats, accompanied by various concerts and parallel activities, attracted thousands. New and die-hard surf fans alike enjoyed fantastic eliminating rounds as well as the final, unfortunately without local hero Aritz Aramburu, who was knocked out in the semi-finals and took third on the podium.

Text by Roger Maycock

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