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Rosy Hodge matches career best result with 3rd in Rip Curl Search Portugal + ASP News

October 30th, 2009 No comments

 

Pictured: Rosanne Hodge (East London) on her way to matching her career best result of 3rd in the pristine conditions at Belgas in Portugal on the final day of the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search yesterday Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

South Africa’s Rosanne Hodge matched her career best result on the ASP Women’s World Tour by clinching third place in the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search event in Portugal yesterday.

Despite finishing third behind rookies Coco Ho (HAW) and Paige Hareb (NZL) in bumpy one metre waves at Belgas in Round 1 on Wednesday, the 22 year-old East Londoner revelled in the cleaner conditions at the same venue yesterday. Hodge started the final day of Stop No. 4 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour by winning her Round 2 encounter over Megan Abubo (HAW) and Rebecca Woods (AUS).

She then gained some revenge by ousting Hareb in Round 3 and followed that by squeaking past current ASP No. 5 Melanie Bartels (HAW) in the quarters before bowing out to former World champ and eventual event runner-up Chelsea Hedges (AUS) in the semis.

“I’m really very happy with my performance in Portugal,” Hodge said. “It’s been a very important competition for me with the WQS having already finished. I need some good results in the last four events and this event has given me a good start.”

The event was won by Ho, 18, who recorded her maiden World Tour victory by comboing  Hedges in the final to move from No. 5 to No. 3 on the ratings and into contention to clinch what would be an historic World Title in her home surf in December.

Hodge, in her third year as a full time campaigner at the highest level of women’s surfing, matched her previous best result achieved at the yearend event at Honolua Bay in Hawaii in 2007. This result moves her up one place in the rankings to No. 11 and a scant 7 points behind Jacqueline Silva (BRA) with three events to go before the top 10 ranked surfers automatically qualify for the World Tour the following year.

Hodge’s run in the event must have been watched with mixed feelings by close friend and fellow East Londoner Nikita Robb. Robb, 20, finished No. 9 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Qualifying Series (WQS) and will qualify for her maiden season on the World Tour provided Ho, Hareb and Wood retain their places in the top 10 in the 2009 rankings.

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Coco Ho (HAW) 15.83
2 – Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 9.37

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH SEMIFINALS RESULTS:

SF 1: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 11.17 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 5.10
SF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.84 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 8.66

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:

QF 1: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 8.30 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 7.13
QF 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 12.16 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.73
QF 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.67 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 9.34
QF 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.06 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.16

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 13.50 def. Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 7.90
Heat 2: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 9.74 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.67
Heat 3: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 17.70 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 12.40
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.83 def. Megan Abubo (HAW) 9.00
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.40 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 13.13
Heat 6: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.67 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 13.07
Heat 7: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.40 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 11.23
Heat 8: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.00 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10.30

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 17.00, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10.17, Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.23
Heat 2: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 10.66, Megan Abubo (HAW) 9.33, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 5.57

CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR TOP 5 (After RC Pro Women’s Search):

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 3793 points
2 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 3636 points
3 – Coco Ho (HAW) 2923 points
4 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 2691 points
5 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2535 points
11- Rosanne Hodge (East London) 1872 points

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Jordy Smith takes 5th in Portugal; jumps to No. 10 on World Tour

Jordy Smith posted the second best result of his 2009 ASP World Tour campaign when he reached the quarterfinals to place fifth overall in the Rip Curl Pro Search, the penultimate event of the year, in gaping two to three metre barrelling waves at Supertubos in Perniche, Portugal, on Tuesday.

Smith, 21, in his second year on the ASP Dream Tour, had a semifinal spot wrenched from his grasp when current world No. 4 and eventual event runner-up Bede Durbidge, needing a near perfect 9.67 point ride with two minutes remaining, successfully negotiated his way through a 30 metre curtain of water to be awarded a perfect 10 points by the judges.

Nevertheless, Smith’s haul of US $9 000 (approx. R66 000) and 732 precious ratings points sees the Durbanite handily placed in No. 10 on the rankings going into the last event in Hawaii in December, where he will be competing at Pipeline for the first time.

East London’s Greg Emslie advanced past Aritz Aranburu (EUK) to Round 2 where he was ousted by current ASP No. 9 Damien Hobgood (USA) in a low scoring match-up. His 17th place finish in Portugal sees Emslie sitting right on the re-qualification ‘bubble’ for the 2010 ASP World Tour going into Hawaii. The 31 year-old needs to repeat his 17th place at Pipeline to have a chance of forcing his way into the top 27 who re-qualify.

David Weare (Durban) was ousted in Round 1 to post his fifth 33rd place finish of the year and needs to finish first or second at Pipe to climb from his current rating of No. 41 into a re-qualifying position.

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (Following Rip Curl Pro Search):

1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 7140 points
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 6772 points
3 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 6148 points
4 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 6146 points
5 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 5748 points
6 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 5524 points
7 – Kelly Slater (USA) 5514 points
8 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 5421 points
9 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 5116 points
10 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 4828 points

South Africans

31 – Greg Emslie (ZAF) 3095 points
41 – David Weare (ZAF) 2540 points

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First round exits for Saffas as Ingelby clinches ASP World Longboard crown

Matthew Moir, (Tokai), Justin Bing (Noordhoek) and Dylan McLeod (Port Elizabeth), the trio of South Africans who competed in the second leg of the 2009 Oxbow World Longboard Tour at Pasta Point in the Maldives, were all eliminated in Round 1 of the 32-man event.

Two-time ISA World champion Moir was ousted by wildcard Remi Arauzo (FRA); Bing, the 2009 SA Open champ was no match for newly crowned ASP World Longboard champion Harley Ingelby (AUS) and 2008 SA champ McLeod tasted defeat at the hands of former multiple ASP World Longboard champ Colin McPhillips (USA).

The event enjoyed excellent 1 – 1.5 metre waves throughout, starting on Monday and culminating yesterday with Kai Sallas (HAW) taking victory over Ingleby in the final. The World Title was decided over two legs with Ingelby winning the first event in Japan earlier this year.

OXBOW WORLD LONGBOARD TOUR MALDIVES RESULTS

FINAL

1 – Kai Sallas (HAW) 15.65
2 – Harley Ingelby (AUS) 14.00

OXBOW ASP WORLD LONGBOARD TOUR MALDIVES SEMIFINALS

SF 1: Kai Sallas (HAW) 14.50 D Ned Snow (HAW) 13.45
SF 2: Harley Ingelby (AUS) 14.80 D Antoine Delpero (FRA) 14.35

ASP Final World Longboard 2009 Ratings

1 – Harley Ingelby (AUS)
2 – Kai Sallas (HAW)
3 – Antoine Delpero (FRA)
4 – Phil Rajzman (BRA)
5 – Bonga Perkins (HAW)

South Africans

15 – Matthew Moir (Tokai)
25 – Dylan McLeod (Port Elizabeth)
35 – Justin Bing (Noordhoek) – one event only.

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Brandon Jackson last Saffa left in O‘Neill Coldwater Classic Canada

Brandon Jackson is the last South African in the 19 surfers still in contention for the 6-Star rated Oakley Cold Water Classic Canada currently being staged at Tofino on Vancouver Island.

Jackson, 22, from Durban North, came into the event No. 20 on the WQS and needing to finish higher than 25th to improve his ranking and have the chance to qualify for the 2010 ASP World Tour amongst the Top 15 in the yearend WQS standings. He is already guaranteed of a minimum of 17th place and will be fully focused on advancing further when he takes on Charley Martin (GLP) and Killian Garland (USA) with the top two in the heat progressing.

Rudy Palmboom (Bluff), 16 year-old Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) and current WQS No. 10 Travis Logie (Durban) all reached the last 48 in the event which is billed as the ‘coldest surfing contest in the world’. Canada is Stop No. 4 of five on the O’Neill Cold Water Classic series that has seen events in Tasmania, Scotland and Cape Town and concludes in Santa Cruz, California next month.

Capetonians Sean Holmes, Dave Richards and Damien Fahrenfort were all eliminated in the Round of 96.

See www.oneill.com/cwc/canada for more information and live scoring

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Coco Ho Claims First ASP Dream Tour Victory at Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search

October 29th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Coco Ho (HAW), 18, claimed her inaugural ASP Women’s World Tour victory today, defeating Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 26, to take the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search.Pictured: Coco Ho (HAW), 18, claimed her inaugural ASP Women’s World Tour victory today, defeating Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 26, to take the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search.

BELGAS, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 29, 2009) – Coco Ho (HAW), 18, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, collected her inaugural victory on the ASP Women’s World Tour today, taking out the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search over former ASP Women’s World Champion (2005) Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 26, in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Belgas.

Event No. 4 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search saw some of the best conditions of the year at the backup venue of Belgas, and throughout the two days of competition, it was the youngster Ho who proved most adept at navigating the hollow beachbreak peaks.

Ho exercised excellent judgment in the Final, patiently waiting while her elder opponent kept herself busy. With conditions deteriorating, the young Hawaiian let loose with a barrage of backhand hits on the dumpy lefthanders, collecting a 7.50 and an 8.33 to combo Hedges and take the win.

“I knew Chelsea (Hedges) would be dangerous on the left after seeing her this morning getting those barrels,” Ho said. “This afternoon it turned into a more rippable wave and it was hard on the forehand, but I was lucky to get the waves I did.”

With this win, Ho moves from 5th to 3rd on the ASP Women’s World Tour rankings and announces herself as a major force heading into the final three events of the year.

“It feels so good to be on top,” Ho said. “I’m trying not to think about too much. I love my trophy. When I started the year, I set a goal to make Quarterfinals or better at every event in order finish Top 5 by the end of the year, and I’m doing my best to accomplish that.”

For Hedges, today’s return to form marks the first time the inspiring goofy-footer has seen a Finals’ berth since 2007, and moves her from 8th to 6th on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings. Her dominance in the earlier rounds of the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search cannot be overlooked as she consistently dominated the playful pits of Belgas, even eliminating reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP Women’s World No. 1, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, in the Quarterfinals.

“It was close but no cigar,” Hedges said. “It feels good to be back on the podium. It’s my best result this year. I came into the event forgetting about world titles and just wanted to improve on my results. Coco (Ho) was ripping and she got the better waves out there this afternoon. I am happy with my 2nd and I will work on that from here.”

The former ASP Women’s World Champion took a sabbatical from competition in 2008 to give birth to a daughter, Meika, and was given the ASP Women’s World Tour wildcard to compete this season. Today’s Runner-Up finish is Hedges’s best of the season, and she’ll be a major threat in the final three events of the season.

“This year, I was kind of questioning my ability a bit at the first event with these young girls like Coco (Ho) and Sally (Fitzgibbons),” Hedges said. “They are surfing so good and it really pushes my surfing and makes me look at what I am doing. It felt really good to take out Steph (Gilmore). She is the best out there in my opinion, her surfing still has that little edge. I still feel that, come the end of the year, she is going to be the one to beat.”

Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), 22, was the surprise juggernaut of the event, claiming three heats today before falling to eventual Runner-Up Hedges in the Semifinals. Despite missing out on a Final’s berth, Hodge took some major scalps in the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search and moved from 12th to 11th on 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour.

“I’m really very happy with my performance in Portugal,” Hodge said. “It’s been a very important competition for me with the WQS having already finished. I need some good results in the last four events and this event has given me a good start.”

Silvana Lima (BRA), 25, current ASP Women’s World No. 2, was in impressive form throughout the final day of competition, edging past Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 23, before dispatching of Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 18, in the Quarterfinals. Although failing to advance past eventual winner Ho, Lima’s Semifinal finish moved her even closer to Gilmore in the race for the 2009 ASP Women’s World Title.

“For sure I am happy with making the Semis here,” Lima said. “The conditions got pretty tough towards the end, but I’m happy with my result and looking forward to the next event. I saw Steph (Gilmore) lose to Chelsea (Hedges) but it doesn’t change the way I surf. I just surf my heat. Steph is an amazing surfer and competing against her this year is great. She is so powerful and it’s so good for surfing. This year I’m a lot more focused and I think that’s why I am doing better.”

The next stop on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Movistar Peru Classic presented by Rip Curl from November 3 through 8, 2009 at Lobitos in Northern Peru.

The ASP Top 17 will be traversing the Atlantic en route to South America in the next couple of days to contest the long, lefthand points of Peru.

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RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Coco Ho (HAW) 15.83
2 – Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 9.37

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH SEMIFINALS RESULTS:

SF 1: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 11.17 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 5.10
SF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.84 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 8.66

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:

QF 1: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 8.30 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 7.13
QF 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 12.16 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.73
QF 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.67 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 9.34
QF 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.06 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.16

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 13.50 def. Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 7.90
Heat 2: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 9.74 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.67
Heat 3: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 17.70 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 12.40
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.83 def. Megan Abubo (HAW) 9.00
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.40 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 13.13
Heat 6: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.67 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 13.07
Heat 7: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.40 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 11.23
Heat 8: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.00 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10.30

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 17.00, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10.17, Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.23
Heat 2: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 10.66, Megan Abubo (HAW) 9.33, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 5.57

CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR TOP 5 (After RC Pro Women’s Search):

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 3793 points
2 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 3636 points
3 – Coco Ho (HAW) 2923 points
4 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 2691 points
5 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2535 points

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Mick Fanning Claims 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, Solidifies Lead in ASP Title Race

October 28th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007) and current ASP World No. 1, has taken out the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, cementing his lead in the hunt for the 2009 ASP World Title. Credit: © ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Wednesday, October 28, 2009) – Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007) and current ASP World No. 1, has claimed the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search at Supertubos in Portugal, defeating fellow finalist Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, and cementing his lead in the now two-horse race for the 2009 ASP World Title.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search ran a gamut of conditions and venues ranging from two-foot righthand wedges at Molhe Leste, four-foot offshore lefthanders at Lagido, punchy four-foot peaks at Belgas and death-defying six-to-eight foot barrels at Supertubos yesterday before culminating in a dramatic end to competition.

Jordy Smith (Durban), 21, fared best of the three South Africans in the event, placing fifth overall and climbing to No.10 on the rankings after narrowly losing out to eventual runner-up Bede Durbidge (AUS) in their quarterfinal match-up. Greg Emslie (East London) was eliminated by Damien Hobgood (USA) in Round 2 for a 17th place finish that sees him stay ranked No. 31, while David Weare (Durban) suffered a Round 1 defeat that has him going into the last event of the year at Pipeline in Hawaii in December ranked No. 41

Fanning, who won the inaugural Rip Curl Pro Search at Reunion Island (2005) and was a standout in yesterday’s massive barrels, readjusted to today’s smaller conditions and was dominant in his Final against Durbidge. With conditions deteriorating, Fanning lacerated the punchy wedges on his forehand to net a solid 6.67 and a 6.00 that would prove unbeatable for his opponent.

“Yesterday was one of the best days of competition I’ve ever seen and we all showed up today and had to adjust our frame of mind to deal with the drop in size and quality,” Fanning said. “I’ve been surfing conditions like this all summer at home so I knew what I had to do out there. I was able to pick off a couple of good scores at the start and then I basically had to sit on Bede (Durbidge) so he didn’t get any back on me.”

The Rip Curl Pro Search narrowed down the field of potential contenders for the 2009 ASP World Title from 10 to two throughout the course of the event, with the final event of the year at the Banzai Pipeline playing the decider.

“That’s what you always dream of as a kid (competing for an ASP World Title at Pipeline),” Fanning said. “I’m super pumped. I’m going to go home and relax for a couple of weeks and get ready for Pipe. Hopefully we get some big barrels like we did here and we have a real showdown.”

Durbidge, who now moves to ASP World No. 4 heading into the final event of the season, was a standout throughout the Rip Curl Pro Search, likening the conditions to his home break of North Stradbroke Island on Australia’s Gold Coast. The well-built natural-footer secured an impressive come-from-behind win in his Semifinal today before being stopped by Fanning in the Final.

“Definitely the top guys of the event were in the top four,” Durbidge said. “It was unfortunate that Owen (Wright) couldn’t be in his Semifinal. Mick (Fanning) has been in incredible form the past eight weeks and he’s on fire. The 10 that Joel (Parkinson) got yesterday was phenomenal, and in our heat this morning, he had me on the ropes until the end.”

The Runner-Up finish marks Durbidge’s second of the season (collecting his first in France), and is a welcome change in momentum from a tough start to 2009. A former winner at the Billabong Pipeline Masters (2007) as well as a former Vans Triple Crown Champion (2007), Durbidge will look to finish the year strong in Hawaii.

Owen Wright (AUS), 19, wildcard into the Rip Curl Pro Search and current No. 3 on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), was a standout in Portugal, eliminating 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 24, nine-time ASP World Champion, Kelly Slater (USA), 37, Californian new school leader Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, and current ASP World No. 9 Damien Hobgood (USA), 30, en route to his Semifinals berth against Fanning.

However, tragedy struck during his Quarterfinal win over Hobgood yesterday as the phenomenal goofy-footer suffered a horrific wipeout, rupturing his eardrum and injuring his neck. Although prepared to don a helmet this morning and take on the current ASP World No. 1, event physicians instructed the young Australian against competing.

”I had the injury checked out last night – there’s no real bone or structural damage,” Wright said. “I just feel it through the neck, shoulder, knee and my ear is a bit messed up. We did some tests this morning and we all decided it was better off me not competing as I don’t really have much range in my neck movement. But, it’s all good – it is all fixable. I will be getting worked on twice a day and I will take a bit of time to relax. I will still go to Hawaii and hopefully get some barrels. I love it there so hopefully we get a good season.”

Parkinson, who experienced what many considered to be an unbeatable start to the 2009 ASP Dream Tour season, witnessed his stranglehold on the ratings chipped away at following three, consecutive equal 17ths sustained in California, France and Spain. Despite missing out on a Final’s berth, Parkinson’s equal 3rd place finish is a welcome return to form.

“I am a little bit disappointed but overall I am pretty happy,” Parkinson said. “Third still keeps me up there and in contention for the title. I’m a little bit disappointed in myself, I made one error that changed the whole heat and they are the little things that you find hard sleeping on.”

The 2009 ASP World Title has now become a two-horse race between Fanning and Parkinson and will conclude at the final event of the season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The scenarios for the 2009 ASP World Title are as follows:

– Fanning finishes 33rd through a 9th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 3rd or better to overtake.
– Fanning finishes 5th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 2nd or better to overtake.
– Fanning finishes 3rd at Pipeline, Parkinson needs win the event to overtake.
– Fanning finishes 2nd or better at Pipeline, he will clinch the 2009 ASP World Title.

Although the men’s event has concluded, the ASP Top 17 women will have their crack at the many waves of Portugal for the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search, event No. 4 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, which will commence this afternoon.

Surfline, official forecasters for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling for the current surf to drop slightly over the next 24 hours before another swell is expected to hit the region.

Highlights from the Rip Curl Pro Search are available via http://live.ripcurl.com

Rip Curl Pro Search online media center is available at http://www.box.net/shared/o3avphdb6z

The Rip Curl Pro Search is partnered regionally by RTP, Eurosport, Fuel TV and ESPN Brazil, who will all be broadcasting live from Peniche throughout the event. For more information on these live television broadcasts, please visit http://live.ripcurl.com.

The next and final stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Billabong Pipeline Masters running on the North Shore of Hawaii from December 8 – 20, 2009.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.67
2 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.87

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.60 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.27
SF 2: Wright Withdraws Due to Injury, Fanning Advances

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (Following Rip Curl Pro Search):

1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 7140 points
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 6772 points
3 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 6148 points
4 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 6146 points
5 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 5748 points
6 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 5524 points
7 – Kelly Slater (USA) 5514 points
8 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 5421 points
9 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 5116 points
10 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 4828 points

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Jordy Smith into last 16 at penultimate ASP World Tour event in Portugal;

October 26th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, current ASP World No. 12, will take on former ASP World Champion (2001), C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, in the opening heat when competition resumes.

Jordy Smith into last 16 at penultimate ASP World Tour event in Portugal; Sean Holmes & Dave Richards advance to Round 2 in Canada; Trio of Saffas to battle for ASP World Longboard title in Maldives

Sunday 25 October 2009 – Jordy Smith advanced to Round 3 at the Rip Curl Pro Search event in Portugal, Stop No. 9 of 10 on the ASP World Tour, while the battle for the 2009 World Title will only be decided at the last event at Pipeline in Hawaii in December as current ASP No. 2 Joel Parkinson (AUS) also progressed.

Smith, 21, reached the last 16 for the sixth time in nine Dream Tour events this year with a comprehensive victory over Roy Powers on Saturday. Smith left the Hawaiian combo’ed and needing to improve on both his counting rides after posting scores of 7.67 and 8.17 out of 10 in the punchy 1 – 1.5 metre waves at the backup site of Belgas.

Rated No.12 going into Portugal, the Durbanite has now cemented his place in the top 16 on the yearend ratings in his second year on the ASP World Tour. This guarantees him preferential seeding for the opening events of 2010 when the new ASP one-world rating will be implemented and the number of surfers competing in World Tour contests will be cut from 48 to 36 at the halfway mark of the year.

Huge surf and tides washed away the contest infrastructure at the primary contest venue of Supertubos in Perniche before the first heat had been contested last week. Eventually starting at the third backup site of Molhe Leste on Thursday, Durbanite David Weare recorded his fifth 33rd place finish when he was ousted by Heitor Alves (BRA) in a low scoring Round 1 encounter.

Current No.31 Greg Emslie (East London) kept alive his hopes of ending the year amongst the top 27 on the rankings and re-qualifying for a 10th year at the highest level of competition surfing by defeating Basque campaigner Aritz Aranburu on Friday. But Emslie was eliminated by ASP No. 10 Damien Hobgood (USA) in Round 2 to post his seventh 17th place result this year and remains right on the re-qualification bubble going into the last event in Hawaii.

Meanwhile, in a major upset, nine-time and reigning ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) was eliminated from the 2009 title race when he was defeated by wildcard Owen Wright (AUS) for the second time this year.

Current No. 2 Joel Parkinson (AUS), who won three of the first five events of the year to establish a runaway ratings lead, snapped a run of three successive 17ths by overcoming wildcard Bruno Santos (BRA) to reach the last 16 which ensured that the title will only be decided at Pipeline even if ratings leader and compatriot Mick Fanning wins this event.

Fanning delivered a workmanlike performance to dispatch replacement surfer Pat Gudauskas (USA) and keep his challenge for a second title on track. World title contenders CJ Hobgood (USA), who takes on Jordy Smith in the first heat of Round 3, Adriano de Souza (BRA), Bede Durbidge and Taj Burrow (both Australia) will be hoping that Fanning finishes third or lower in this event to give them a mathematical chance of snatching the world title at Pipeline.

The waiting period for the Rip Curl Pro Search men’s event runs until Wednesday 28 October and live webcasts can be found at www.live.ripcurl.com

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 2: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 4: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 6: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)

The waiting period for women’s Rip Curl Pro Search, Stop No. 4 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, starts today (Monday) and runs until Friday 30 October.

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Sean Holmes & Dave Richards advance to Round 2 in Canada

Capetonians Sean Holmes and Dave Richards won their opening encounters to advance to Round 2 as organisers ran the first 19 heats in the 6-Star rated O’Neill Cold Water Classic on Vancouver Island, Canada, on Sunday.

Touted as the world’s coldest surfing contest, Stop No. 4 of 5 on the O’Neill Cold Water series started in one metre waves at Cox Bay and features seven SA contenders on the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), including Durbanites Travis Logie, currently ranked No. 10, and Brandon Jackson (No. 20).

Umhlanga teenager Beyrick de Vries will start his campaign in Heat 21 of Round 1 when the event resumes while Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) and former Capetonian Damien Fahrenfort (California) are seeded into Round 2 along with Logie and Jackson.

The event runs until Saturday 31 October and live scoring and further details can be found at www.coldwaterclassic.net

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Trio of Saffas to battle for ASP World Longboard title in Maldives

Three of South Africa’s top longboard surfers are in the Maldives for the second leg of the Oxbow World Longboard Tour which will decide the 2009 ASP World Longboard Champion at the famous left-breaking wave of Pasta Point.

Two-time ISA world champion Matthew Moir, fellow Capetonian and reigning SA Open champion Justin Bing and former SA champ Dylan McLeod (Port Elizabeth) are amongst the 32 competitors in the world title decider which has a waiting period that runs from today (Monday) to Saturday 31 October.

The event can be followed live in the internet at www.oxbowpro.com/us/maldives

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Central KZN team wins Reunion Island Challenge at Bay of Plenty in Durban

October 20th, 2009 No comments

Camille Davila of Reunion Island - Photo: Julie de Vries

A powerful Central KZN team followed up their victory at the recent SA Championships when they not only won the Team title but also bagged four of the seven individual titles in the second Reunion Island Challenge which was completed at Durban’s Bay of Plenty on Saturday (October 17).

Reunion Island were second, Southern KZN were third and the Emerging South African team took fourth place.

Southern KZN team member Brett Palmboom caused one of the upsets of the event when he edged out Hugo Dubosc of Reunion Island to take first place in the premier U18 Boys Division with Central KZN surfers Devin Lane and Scott Le Fevre taking third and fourth place respectively.

Camille Davila of Reunion Island went one better than her second place in Cape Town when she beat Central KZN trio Kirsty Delport, Cape Town winner Sarah Baum and fellow SA Junior team member Heidi Palmboom in the Under 18 girls final.

South African Under 16 champion Davey Van Zyl was a classy winner in this division beating CKZN team mate Mikey Venter into second place. David Gouws and Brendan Fijac of SKZN were third and fourth.

Talented 13 year old Josh Smit of CKZN won the U12 Boys title beating Lucas Jannier of Reunion Island who was fourth in this final in Cape Town. Jannier finished ahead of third placed Byron Wigmore and fourth placed Luke McCracken of CKZN.

In the Under 14 Girls Division SA Champion Carryn MacNicol of CKZN beat up and coming star Courtenay Ellish into second place. Ellish’s SKZN team mates Shannon McGee and Jordyn Van Houtte were third and fourth respectively.

Shane Sykes of CKZN took honours in the U12 Boys final with Reunion Islanders Lucas Bernard and Mathis Crozon ending second and third. Richard Kidd of CKZN was fourth.

Tiny Chanelle Botha of SKZN impressed all with her stylish turns and reinforced her U12 Girls SA Championship status with a victory over 10 year old Mahe Javegny, Zoe Berdu (both Reunion Island) and Jade Mets and Teal Hogg ( both CKZN).

Both days of competition in the second Reunion Challenge were held at Bay of Plenty which produced contestable surf on both days of the event. Hosted by Central KZN, the Reunion Island Challenge completed a 10 day cultural exchange by a group of 36 surfers, coaches and parents from the Indian Ocean island which is a colony of France.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).The Reunion Island Challenge series is not only part and parcel of the SA Junior Team’s preparations for the 2010 ISA World Junior Championships in New Zealand in January but is also a talent identification initiative that is part of SSA’s strategic plans.

The cultural exchange and International tournaments were supported by funding from the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDTF).

Full results and pictures can be accessed on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and recorded footage and pictures are available on http://st-leu-surf-club.info/AFSD/index.html

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Border dominate Reef Wetsuits SA Masters Championships at Mossel Bay

October 19th, 2009 No comments

Chris Knutsen (Central KZN) on his way to victory in the Grandkahunas (Over 50) division of the Reef Wetsuits SA Masters Championships in Mossel Bay - Photo courtesy Surfing SA

2009 Reef Wetsuits South African Masters Championships
A premier Surfing South Africa tournament
Inner & Outer Pool, Mossel Bay
Thurs-Sun, October 15-18, 2009

A strong and highly motivated Border team deservedly won the team title at the 2009 Reef Wetsuits SA Masters Championships which was completed after four days of competition in great conditions at Outer and Inner Pool in Mossel Bay on Sunday (October 18).

This is the third year in a row that the team from East London has won the Masters Cup and underlines the depth and passion there is for Masters surfing in Border. Their winning total of 31,000 points was less than the 34,000 points they posted in winning the title at Nahoon Reef in East London last year but the Border side finished some 6000 points ahead of second placed Central KZN who were just 500 points ahead of Western Province.

Hosts Southern Cape were fourth, beating Eastern Province into, who were second in 2008, into fifth place this year. Boland came sixth and Southern KZN were seventh.

Local surfer Llewellyn Whittaker used his local knowledge to produce a blistering display of competition surfing in the Senior (Over 30) final, posting a 9.5 and a 7 point ride to score 16.50, the highest winning margin of all the finals.

This is Whittaker’s first National title and it certainly played a major role in moving his province, Southern Cape, from sixth place in 2008 to fourth this year.

Craig Els of Southern KZN was second, Paul Proctor of Border came third and WP surfer Graeme Field came fourth.

In the Over 35 Masters Division, 2002 SA Masters champion Andrew Banks of Southern KZN posted a 9.25 wave score which gave him the edge over defending champion  Wayne Monk of Border. Current Surfing South Africa PST leader, Gary van Wieringen of Southern KZN, was third and Boland stalwart Stephan Lindeque came fourth.

Defending Grandmasters champion David Malherbe posted a heat score of 15,25 in successfully defending his title, beating Rob Moore Boyle, the lone Central KZN representative in this final into second place. Andre Malherbe and Border team mate Gareth Sepp were third and fourth respectively.

Nick Pike of Border improved on his runner up spot in the Kahunas (over 45) division last year by taking the title this time ahead of Western Province surfer Sean Jerram. Michael Brent of Border was third and Trevor Hansen of EP came fourth.

Two time World Champion and four time SA Champion Chris Knutsen of Central KZN added another title to his list when he beat team mate Grantley Read in the Grandkahunas (over 50) final. Jeremy Zinn of WP repeated his 2008 third place and Nick Krone of Southern Cape was fourth.

EP’s Glen Bowles won the Veterans (over 55) final beating Southern Cape legend Leonard Giles into second sport. John Elliott of Eastern Province came third and Heinie Meiring of Border was fourth.

Over 100 surfers participated in the fifth edition of the Reef Wetsuits SA Masters Championships which made history when it became the first ever Surfing South Africa Interprovincial tournament to take place at Mossel Bay.

FULL RESULTS OF 2009 Reef Wetsuits SA Masters Championships

SENIORS (OVER 30)
1. LLEWELLYN WHITTAKER : SCAPE
2. CRAIG ELS : SKZN
3. PAUL PROCTOR : BOR
4. GRAEME FIELD : WP

MASTERS (OVER 35)
1. ANDREW BANKS : SKZN
2. WAYNE MONK : BOR
3. GARY VAN WIERINGEN : SKZN
4. STEPHAN LINDEQUE : BOLAND

GRANDMASTERS (OVER 40)
1. DAVE MALHERBE : BOR
2. ROB MOORE – BOYLE : CKZN
3. ANDRE MALHERBE : BOR
4. GARETH SEPP : BOR

KAHUNAS (OVER 45)
1. NICK PIKE : BOR
2. SEAN JERRAM : WP
3. MIKE BRENT : BOR
4. TREVOR HANSEN : EP

GRANDKAHUNAS (OVER 50)
1. CHRIS KNUTSEN : CKZN
2. GRANTLEY READ : CKZN
3. JEREMY ZINN : WP
4. NICK KRONE : S/CAPE

VETERANS (OVER 55)
1. GLEN BOWLES : EP
2. LEONARD GILES : SCAPE
3. JOHN ELLIOTT : EP
4. HEINIE MEIRING : BOR

PROVINCIAL TEAMS
1. BORDER : 31200
2. CENTRAL KWAZULU-NATAL : 25554
3. WESTERN PROVINCE : 25000
4. SOUTHERN CAPE : 24490
5. EASTERN PROVINCE : 23860
6. BOLAND : 21844
7. SOUTHERN KZN : 20722

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2009 ASP World Title Scenarios Heading into the Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal

October 14th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 1, will have the chance to clinch the 2009 ASP World Title at the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Search in Portugal. Credit: © ASP/ CI/ ROWLAND via GETTY IMAGES

COOLANGATTA, Queensland (Thursday, October 15, 2009) – With the completion of the Billabong Pro Mundaka yesterday, won by Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, the 2009 ASP World Title race has heated up to a boiling point heading into the last two events on the ASP World Tour: the Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal and the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, has run the scenarios of what it would take for current ASP World No. 1 Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, to clinch the 2009 ASP World Title at the upcoming event in Portugal:

“At this stage, mathematically, there are 10 surfers in contention for the 2009 ASP World Title, from current ASP World Tour ratings’ leader Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, to current ASP World #10 Damien Hobgood (USA), 30.

For the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal these are the scenarios most likely to happen:

If Mick Fanning were to win the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal:

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, would need a 9th or better and Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, would need a 3rd or better to prevent him from clinching the 2009 ASP World Title in Portugal.

If Mick Fanning finishes Runner-Up at the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal:

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, would need a 17th or better, Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, a 5th or better, Kelly Slater (USA), 37, and Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, a win to prevent him from clinching the 2009 ASP World Title in Portugal.

If Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, finishes 3rd at the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal:

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, would need a 33rd, Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, a 9th, Kelly Slater (USA), 37, and Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, will need a Runner-Up finish, and C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, and Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, will need to win to prevent Fanning from clinching the 2009 ASP World Title in Portugal.”

The Rip Curl Pro Search will host the world’s best surfers in Peniche, Portugal from 19 – 28, 2009.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (After Billabong Pro Mundaka):
1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 6350 points
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 6306 points
3 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5773 points
4 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 5748 points
5 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5524 points
6 – Kelly Slater (USA) 5514 points
7 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 5149 points
8 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 4914 points
9 – Taylor Knox (USA) 4816 points
10 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 4794 points

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Mossel Bay hosts South Africa’s legends of surfing in the 2009 Reef Wetsuits SA Masters Championships

October 14th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Multiple SA Grandmasters champion David Malherbe (Border) in action. Photo courtesy Surfing South Africa

The fifth edition of the Reef Wetsuits South African Masters Championships will take place at Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape from Thursday October 15 to Sunday October 18.

This is the second time that local province Southern Cape have hosted the tournament which was held in Victoria Bay in 2007. The holding of this event in Mossel Bay marks a special occasion for Surfing South Africa as it  will be the first time in history that a national interprovincial surfing tournament will be held at this superb surf spot.

Over 100 surfers representing seven provinces will compete for individual honours in the six age divisions and all of them will be going all out to win the Interprovincial Team trophy which is determined by a combination of all the team member’s scores.

All but one of the 2008 individual champions will be back to defend the titles they won at Nahoon Reef in East London. There will be a new champion in the Over 30’s division which features Paul Procter and Philip Malherbe of Border, Craig Els of Southern KZN Graeme Field of WP, Llewellyn Whittaker of Southern Cape and Michael Moore of Boland.

Over 35 Champion Wayne Monk of Border will be hoping to make it three in a row but he will have his work cut out for him. Gary van Wieringen and Andrew Banks of Southern KZN, Carl Roux and Mike Frew of KZN, Robert Pollock of Southern Cape and WP’s Andrew Preen look to be his toughest opponents

2007 and 2008 Grandmasters champion David Malherbe and his brother, fellow SA Masters Team member Andre, as well as Border teammate Gareth Sepp look a formidable trio in the Over 40 age group.

Southern Cape surfer Steven Hair, who won the Over 45 Kahunas title in 2008, will need all his local knowledge if he hopes to retain his title against the likes of WP surfers David Stubbs and Glen Row, Border surfer and 2009 SA Team member Mike Brent, big wave legend Mickey Duffus of Boland and David Hansen of KZN in this tough division.

For Over 50 World and SA Champion Chris Knutsen of KZN this year’s tournament will mean another opportunity to add another title to his magnificent record. Knutsen won four SA Open Championship titles, the World Title in Peru in 2008 and has represented South Africa seven times. He is in a class of his own in this division although Brian Heathcote of Border and Grantly Read of KZN could surprise.

In the Veterans division the Over 55 2008 champion Dave Fish of Border also looks a good bet for a back to back title but Southern Cape legend Leonard Giles is in the division and eager to add another national title to the two he won in the 1980’s.

The Reef Wetsuits SA Masters Championships comprises six divisions, namely Senior Men (Over 30), Masters (Over 35), Grandmasters (Over 40), Kahunas (Over 45), Grand Kahunas (Over 50) and Veterans (Over 55).

The event crowns six individual champions and determines the top Provincial team. Each team members points will count towards the Provincial title, which was won by Southern KZN in 2005 and 2006 and by Border in 2007 and 2008.

Teams will gather at Mossel Bay yacht club for the Opening Function at 7pm today and the event will run from Thursday to Sunday October 18.

Each day’s results will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za from Thursday.
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Nikita Robb in contention for ASP Women’s World Tour qualification + ASP Africa News

October 13th, 2009 No comments

Recently crowned ASP Africa Pro Junior men’s champion Chad du Toit in action during the final event of 2009 - Photo: Moonrocket / Billabong

Nikita Robb in contention for ASP Women’s World Tour qualification
Royden Bryson gets 5th in Rio de Janeiro : Jumps to No. 29 on WQS
Chad du Toit and Sarah Baum clinches 2009 ASP Africa Pro Junior titles

Nikita Robb in contention for ASP Women’s World Tour qualification 

Tuesday 13 October 2009 – Nikita Robb moved into contention for a spot on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour after finishing fifth in the Rio Surf Pro International presented by Oakley and climbing four positions to 9th place overall on the yearend ASP Women’s World Qualifying Series rankings.

Robb, 20, battled the tough onshore conditions in the final women’s WQS event of the year at Leblon in Rio de Janeiro, progressing through two rounds before bowing out in the Round of 12. The East Londoner collected 1 500 ratings points, her second best result of the year, and faces a two month wait to see whether she will become just the third South Africa woman, after Heather Clark and Rosanne Hodge, to qualify for the top tier of ASP competition since the introduction of the two-tiered ranking system in 1992.

As the ratings stand right now Robb is three places outside the top six on the yearend WQS leaderboard who, along with the top 10 on the 2009 yearend World Tour ratings, will automatically qualify for the 2010 Women’s World Tour. However, three of the WQS top six – Coco Ho (HAW), Rebecca Woods (AUS) and Paige Hareb (NZL) – are currently ranked 5th, 6th and 7th on the World Tour and if they maintain their places in the top 10 over the remaining four events, then Robb will be awarded a slot for amongst the world’s top 16 female surfers on the ASP World Tour next year.

The four events still to be run are in Portugal (Oct 26-30), Peru (Nov 3-8), Sunset Beach, Hawaii (Nov24-6 Dec) and Honolua Bay, Hawaii (Dec 8-20) and you can bet your house on the fact that Robb will be following every minute of those events and willing Ho, Woods and Hareb on every step of the way.

Bianca Buitendag, the 15-year-old prodigy from George, was the only other SA girl to advance from Round 1 in Rio while Rosanne Hodge (EL) and the Kommetjie duo of Tarryn Chudleigh and Tanika Hoffman were first round casualties. The event was won by Jessi Miley-Dyer who defeated fellow Australian Laura Enever in the final.

WOMEN’S RIO SURF PRO INTERNATIONAL pres. by Oakley

FINAL
Winner – Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) with 8,33 and 6,00 – US$ 4.000 and 2.500 points
Runner-up – Laura Enever (AUS) with 4,17 and 2,67 – US$ 2.000 and 2.100 points

WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS  – 3rd place – US$ 1.700 and 1.800 points:
1: Laura Enever (AUS) 11.66 x 9.27 Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
2: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.50 x 3.90 Bethany Hamilton (HAW)

WOMEN’S QUARTER-FINALS – 5th place – US$ 900 and 1.600 points:
1: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 9.33 x 7.74 Airini Mason (NZL)
2: Laura Enever (AUS) 8.33 x 4.07 Tais de Almeida (BRA)
3: Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 12.10 x 10.10 Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
4: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.66 x 6.03 Paige Hareb (NZL)

2009 FINAL WOMEN’S WQS RANKING  – 8 events:
01: Coco Ho (HAW) – 8.740 points
02: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) – 8.720
03: Carissa Moore (HAW) – 7.980
04: Paige Hareb (NZL) – 7.840
05: Rebecca Woods (AUS) – 7.540
06: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) – 7.400
07: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) – 7.240
08: Bruna Schmitz (BRA) – 7.000
09: Nikita Robb (ZAF) – 6.900

South Africans (more than 1 event)
15        Hodge,Rosanne      ZAF    6620 points
29        Buitendag,Bianca    ZAF    4720
33        Chudleigh,Tarryn    ZAF    4380
56        Smith,Tammy Lee   ZAF    2430
63        Hoffman,Tanika       ZAF    2000

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Royden Bryson gets 5th in Rio de Janeiro : Jumps to No. 29 on WQS

Royden Bryson was the top placed Saffa in the 6-Star rated Rio Surf International pres. by Oakley, winning four consecutive heats before being ousted in the quarterfinals for equal 5th place overall. The former East Londoner who now lives in Cape Town when not campaigning on the WQS pocketed US $2 850 (approx. R21 000) and 1 625 points which saw him jump from No. 35 to No. 29 in the rankings and just 1 614 points outside the top 15 who will qualify for the 2010 ASP World Tour.

Brandon Jackson continued his late season roll, building on his career best finish of 3rd in the Local Motion Pro in Brazil the previous week to finish equal 13th in Rio and move up one spot to No. 20. This leaves the second year WQS charger from Durban North a slender 720 points off the No. 15 slot with five major WQS events still to be run, two of which have overlapping dates.

Meanwhile Travis Logie maintained his No.10 spot on the WQS leaderboard by placing 17th and 37th in the two events in Brazil. The Durbanite whose relentless charge to re-qualify for the ASP World Tour, where he spent the 2005-2008 seasons, has already competed in 17 WQS events this year, the most by any of the Saffas.

Logie and Bryson will be racking up the air miles in the next month, heading for the inaugural 6-Star rated O’Neill Coldwater Classic in Vancouver on the Pacific coast of Canada from October 25-31 before jetting back across the continent and the North Atlantic to the 6-Star Prime rated Santa Pro in the Canaries from Nov 2-8 and then heading halfway round the world to Hawaii for the two 6-Star Prime rated events at Haleiwa and Sunset Beach (Nov 12-23 and Nov 24-Dec 6) where the 2009 WQS yearend rankings will be finalised.

The pair will be joined by Jackson, Rudy Palmboom (Bluff), Damien Fahrenfort (California), Sean Holmes (Cape Town) and Dave Richards (Kommetjie) in Canada while Antonio Bortoletto is the only other Saffa in the Canaries event.

RIO SURF PRO INTERNATIONAL pres. by OAKLEY

FINAL
Champion: Simao Romao (BRA) 16.16 points with 9.33 and 6.83 scores
Runner-up: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 10.94 points with 6.27 and 4.67 scores

SEMI-FINALS
Heat 1: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 15.84 def. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 10.93
Heat 2: Simao Romao (BRA) 13.76 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 13.00

QUARTER-FINALS
Heat 1: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 12.90 def. Royden Bryson (ZAF) 11.60
Heat 2: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 18.14 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.94
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA) 12.00 def. Brent Dorrington (AUS) 11.60
Heat 4: Simao Romao (BRA) 17.23 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 8.00

2009 WQS RANKING – after 32 events:

01: Daniel Ross (AUS) – 14.975 points
02: Jadson Andre (BRA) – 14.813
03: Owen Wright (AUS) – 14.338
04: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) – 13.876
05: Adam Melling (AUS) – 13.026
06: Brett Simpson (USA) – 12.600
07: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) – 12.150
08: Joan Duru (FRA) – 12.050
09: Blake Thornton (AUS) – 11.925
10: Travis Logie (ZAF) – 11.851

South Africans (top 150)
20        Jackson,Brandon     ZAF    10431
29        Bryson,Royden         ZAF    9538
52        Wright,Warwick        ZAF    7550
62        Bortoletto,Antonio    ZAF    7101
66        Palmboom,Rudy      ZAF    7001
83        Redman,Daniel       ZAF    6451
94        Fahrenfort,Damien  ZAF    6114
105     Basnett,Ricky           ZAF    5551
141     Du Toit,Chad            ZAF    4663
146     Strachan,Klee          ZAF    4406

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Chad du Toit and Sarah Baum clinch 2009 ASP Africa Pro Junior titles

Chad du Toit and Sarah Baum clinched the 2009 ASP Africa Pro Junior titles when they each placed third in their respective divisions at the final Billabong Junior Series event at Herold’s Bay in September.

The consistent du Toit, 19, from the Berea in Durban, finished third in all four events on the 2009 schedule and faced a nail-biting wait after being eliminated in the semis of the final event. Defending ASP Africa champ Klee Strachan (Winkelspruit) was up against Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) in the final and needed the win to become the first back-to-back champ but fell on his last wave handing the title to du Toit.

Casey Grant (Scottburgh), who had led the ratings after winning the first event of the year, was eliminated in the quarters at Herold’s Bay but had enough points to claim second spot on the rankings as Strachan took third and de Vries’ victory saw the 16-year-old grab fourth place overall.

Baum had a less stressful triumph after winning the first of the two ASP Africa Pro Junior women’s events and despite being ousted in the semis at Herold’s Bay, the 15-year-old from Athlone Park secured a comfortable 260 point series win over Chantelle Rautenbach (Melkbosstrand) with Kirsty Delport (Durban) in third.

Du Toit, Grant, Strachan and de Vries received the four coveted invitations to the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in Sydney, Australia, in January and will be joined by Kyle Lane (Umhlanga) who is the highest WQS ranked ASP Africa Pro Junior not in the top four in the local standings.

Baum will represent ASP Africa at the ASP World Junior Champs for the second successive year along with Nikita Robb, SA’s highest WQS ranked Pro Junior woman.

2009 ASP Africa Pro Junior Men (best 3 of 4 events)
1          Du Toit, Chad           Durban                      3285
2          Grant, Casey             Scottburgh                3190
3          Strachan, Klee         Winkelspruit              3120
4          De Vries, Beyrick     Umhlanga Rocks     3000
5          Gibbens, Brendon   Kommetjie                 2900
6          Lane, Kyle                 Umhlanga Rocks     2860
7          Joubert, Shaun        Mossel Bay               2850
8          Staples, Dale              St Francis Bay          2580
9          Leppan, Chris           Umhlanga Rocks     2415
10        Bromley, Matthew    Kommetjie                 2230

2009 ASP Africa Pro Junior Women (2 events)
1          Baum, Sarah                         Athlone Park             1730
2          Rautenbach, Chantelle    Melkbosstrand          1470
3          Delport, Kirsty                   Durban                      1405
4          Palmboom, Heidi              Bluff                           1285
5          Hoffman, Tanika                Kommetjie                 1230

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Adriano de Souza Takes Inaugural ASP World Tour Win at Billabong Pro Mundaka

October 13th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, collected his first ASP World Tour victory today at the Billabong Pro Mundaka, bolting up to 3rd on the ASP World Tour ratings - Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

SOPELANA, Euskadi/Spain (Tuesday, October 13, 2009) – Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, claimed his inaugural ASP World Tour win today, taking out the Billabong Pro Mundaka, eliminating fellow Finalist Chris Davidson (AUS), 33, in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the backup venue of Sopelana. 

Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka experienced an array of conditions for the event, from clean surf on the opening day at Mundaka to a lengthy seven-day wait before a marathon 24-heat session yesterday, culminating into today’s dramatic finale. 

De Souza, who had previously experienced in the ASP World Junior Championships (winning in 2003) and on the ASP World Qualifying Series winning in 2005), was rapt with his inaugural ASP World Tour victory.

“I don’t have words to express how happy I am right now,” De Souza said. “I have been working so hard for this ever since winning the ASP World Junior Championships and the ASP WQS. To finally win here in Mundaka, where the culture is so rich and the people love surfing so much, is an incredible thing. This is the most special day of my life.”

The young Brazilian dominated the crumbling lefthander of Sopelana, racking up an insurmountable 16.40 out of a possible 20 to overtake his Australian opponent, resulting in his history-making win as the first South American to take out the prestigious event win.

“The conditions have been hard for this event but we surfed the best waves that were available to us,” De Souza said. “Davo (Chris Davidson) is such a strong surfer and he has been going after a win for so long. When he beat C.J. (Hobgood) in the Semifinals, I knew it was going to be a battle. I was able to get the better waves today and that’s why I won.”

The victory rockets De Souza into a solid 3rd place on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, putting him within striking distance for a shot at the ASP World Title.

“I’m not thinking about the world title right now,” De Souza said. “I am just enjoying my win. This is the biggest win of my career and have a lot of confidence heading into the next events.”

Davidson, who’s storied career amongst the world’s best surfers has seen him qualifying and falling off tour multiple times, secured his best ever result today with his Runner-Up finish at the Billabong Pro Mundaka.

“Everything has felt special at this event for some reason,” Davidson said. “Everything has clicked and I’ve felt confident in every heat. Couldn’t find the waves in the Final, but congrats to Adriano (de Souza) – it’s a truly deserving win.”

The win vaults Davidson into 20th position on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, well within the requalification cutoff for 2010.

“It was a really crucial event for me in terms of the ratings,” Davidson said. “I was on the bubble heading into this event and knew I needed to pull something out of the bag. I’m frothing for the next event and the rest of the year.”

C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, former ASP World Champion (2001), matched his best result today, finishing equal 3rd and solidifying his position at 4th on the ASP World Tour ratings.

“I’m really stoked for Davo (Chris Davidson), but it’s disappointing at the same time,” Hobgood said. “I’m happy that I matched my best result this season, but was hoping for better. I felt like I prepared well and surfed conditions similar to this most of the week, but in the end, I couldn’t edge into the Final.”

Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion, was in stunning form throughout the event despite nursing an Ilio-tibial band strain in his knee, only losing to eventual winner De Souza in a tightly fought Semifinal bout.

“The knee felt okay today,” Slater said. “It was sore walking downhill but felt okay out in the lineup. I guess I’m still in contention (for the ASP World Title), but we’ll see how it pans out.”

The race for the 2009 ASP World Title is far from over and the world’s best surfers will battle it out in the remaining two events.

Highlights from the Billabong Pro Mundaka will be available via http://www.billabongpro.com/mundaka09/

Next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Search in Peniche, Portugal from 19 – 28, 2009.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.40
2 – Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.83
 
BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.84 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.53
SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.00 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 15.93
 
BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.00 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.97
QF 2: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.40 def. Drew Courtney (AUS) 10.10
QF 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.33 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.67
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.33 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.60

BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 8.00 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 6.17
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.93 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.90
Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 14.73 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.17
Heat 4: Drew Courtney (AUS) 13.26 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.74
Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.44 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.10
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.16 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 11.44
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.93 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 9.26
Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.60 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.43

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (After Billabong Pro Mundaka):
1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 6350 points
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 6306 points
3 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5773 points
4 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 5748 points
5 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5524 points
6 – Kelly Slater (USA) 5514 points
7 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 5149 points
8 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 4914 points
9 – Taylor Knox (USA) 4816 points
10 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 4794 points

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