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Royden Bryson wins O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Scotland + ASP Africa News

April 20th, 2010 No comments

Royden Bryson wins Scotland O'Neill

Royden Bryson’s red hot surfing overcame the frigid water and air temperatures, including snow falls on Saturday, to win the O’Neill Cold Water Classic, 6-Star rated ASP World Tour event, at Thurso East in Scotland on Sunday.

The 27 year-old from Cape Town was in sensational form throughout the event, defeating former ASP WQS champion Nathaniel Curren (USA) in the quarters, Shaun Cansdell (AUS) in the semis and experienced former Dream Tour campaigner Yuri Sodre (BRA) in the final.

Bryson, who finished runner-up in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Cape Town last year, pocketed US $20 000 (approx. R150 000) and collected 3 000 precious ratings points which rocketed him up to No. 22 on the combined ASP World Rankings, the second highest South African behind Jordy Smith who is currently No. 3.

“I am just so excited to win,” Bryson said. “I feel like I’ve had a lot of close results recently and to actually get there and win again feels amazing.”

Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), 17, was the next highest placed Saffa in Scotland, reaching the last 24 before being eliminated by Curren and Bryson for 17th place overall. Brandon Jackson (Durban North), David Weare (Durban) and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) all placed equal 25th.

2010 ASP World Rankings (After event No. 10 – O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland)

1 Burrow,Taj AUS 22375
2 Durbidge,Bede AUS 14433
3 Smith,Jordy ZAF 14199
4 Fanning,Mick AUS 14044
5 Slater,Kelly USA 13750

South Africans (Top 200)

22 Bryson,Royden ZAF 6517
76 Jackson,Brandon ZAF 2750
78 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 2656
89 Logie,Travis ZAF 2253
132 Weare,David ZAF 1466
146 Joubert,Shaun ZAF 1194
178 Fahrenfort,Damien ZAF 775
189 Basnett,Ricky ZAF 705

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Shaun Joubert takes Quiksilver Pro Junior title in Durban

Shaun Joubert took the early lead on the 2010 ASP Africa Pro Junior rankings when he literally flew to victory in the Grade 2 Quiksilver Pro Junior at North Beach in Durban over the Easter weekend.

The Southern Cape matriculant, who had been training in Hawaii and competing in Australia prior to returning to SA for the first event on the local series, clinched the title with a spectacular aerial manoeuvre to outpoint Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) in the final.

“It’s so great to win an event again,” said an elated Joubert on the podium. “To be honest one does get a bit despondent sometimes on the WQS (World Qualifying Series) because sometimes you travel so far and get knocked out early, so it’s really good to know that I can still win heats.”

Reigning ASP Africa Pro Junior champion Chad du Toit (Durban) and Matt Bromley (Kommetjie) ended equal third after losing out in the semis while Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), Devin Lane (Umhlanga), 15 year-old Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie) placed equal fifth following quarterfinal exits.

The next event on the schedule, the Grade 1 Billabong Pro Junior Dolphin Coast runs from Sunday to Tuesday, 25-27 April using a mobile venue format that will take the contest to the best waves available between Umhlanga and Ballito on each day.

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SA girls clash in ASP Women’s World Tour event in Sydney

The Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, sees South Africa’s two representatives – Rosanne Hodge, 23, and Nikita Robb, 21, (both from East London) – matched up against each other in Round 1.

The SA pair also have second seed and former ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER) in their opening heat where the top two advance directly to Round 3 while the third placed finisher has to contest Round 2.

Hodge, in her fourth year at the top level of women’s surfing, has started her 2010 campaign with three consecutive ninth place results and currently shares the No. 11 spot in the rankings, just outside the top 10 who automatically requalify at the end of the year.

Robb, in her rookie year, has posted a ninth and a pair of 17th place finishes and finds herself ranked equal 16th and in need of a good result to kick-start her campaign.

The Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic will run from April 21 through 26, 2010 on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia and will be webcast LIVE via www.beachleyclassic.com

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Jordy and Travis head for stop No. 3 in ASP World Title Race in Brazil 

Durbanites Jordy Smith and Travis Logie, SA’s representatives in the 2010 ASP World Title Race, will be winging their way to Imbituba in Brazil for the Billabong Santa Catarina Pro, Stop No. 3 of 10, which runs from April 23 to 2 May.

Smith, 22, who is being touted as a possible ASP World Champion in his third year as a Dream Tour campaigner, currently occupies the No. 3 spot in the ASP World Title rankings after reaching his first final in the opening event on Australia’s Gold Coast and following that up with 5th place at Bells Beach.

Brimful of confidence thanks to victories over several of the world’s highest ranked surfers, Smith will be going all out to record his debut ASP World Title event victory in the Brazilian beach breaks.

Logie, who mounted a successful charge to requalify for the top tier last year, has suffered two equal 33rd place results and joins a group of six other competitors who are yet to win a heat this year and are ranked equal 39th.

The 30 year-old whose lightening fast surfing saw him spend four years at the highest level prior to an injury ridden 2008 season saw him drop out of the rankings, will be equally determined to equal or better his best result of 9th in Brazil and force his way into the top 32 before the Dream Tour is cut from 45 members after event No. 5 in Tahiti in August.

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Pictured: Royden Bryson (Hout Bay, Cape Town) raises the highland sword event trophy after winning the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland. Photo courtesy O’Neill

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Safari Surfboards congratulates ‘Lord’ Royden Bryson on winning Cold Water Classic in Scotland

April 19th, 2010 No comments

Royden Bryson in action on one of his Spider Murphy shaped boards from Safari Surfboards. Photo: Greg Ewing 

DURBAN (Monday 19 April 2010) – Durban based Safari Surfboards congratulates team rider  ‘Lord’ Royden Bryson on winning the 6-Star rated O’Neill Cold Water Classic at the renowned surf break of Thurso East in Scotland today (Monday).

Bryson, a former Dream Tour campaigner who finished runner-up in the Cold Water Classic in Cape Town last year, cut a swathe through the top seeds in the event before opting to use an patient strategy of waiting for the best waves to comprehensively defeat Yuri Sodre in the final, leaving the Brazilian needing a massive 8.90 at the final siren

The 27 year-old former East Londoner pocketed US $20 000 (approx. R150 000) and 3 000 precious ratings points by utilising all the practice he has gained in cold water and extreme weather since moving to Cape Town four years back to win the ‘Northernmost’ contest on the ASP World Tour which featured water temperatures of 4 degrees, sub-zero air temps and even a snow storm yesterday!

Bryson credited his surfboards shaped by the legendary Spider Murphy at Safari Surfboards as a major factor in his victory.

“I’m so stoked to have won this event and I’m very fortunate to have a shaper like Spider making my boards. All I’ve got to do is stand up and they go off!” Bryson said after being knighted with the unique Excaliber sword event trophy and being granted a small piece of land in Scotland over which he is now the ‘Lord’.

Murphy was equally complimentary about Bryson, saying that the victory was the result of Bryson’s hard work and professional approach to his career.

“Royden has shown that he is at home in any conditions. The 5’10” x 17 3/4 x 2 1/16 rounded pin he rode was ideal for his high-speed manoeuvres while the soft rails ensured that he didn’t bog anywhere on the face of the waves,” Murphy explained.

“Royden always comes and spends some time in the shaping bay when he’s in Durban and he’s really careful with his boards, keeping the one’s he likes best for contests unlike many other pros who ride their best boards until they are broken.”

“He’s been building up to this win for a while now and its going to be great for his confidence going forward.”

‘Lord’ Bryson is now joint top of the standings in the five-stop O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series with Stuart Kennedy (AUS), winner of the first event in Tasmania earlier this month. Both have a fifth place finish to add to their victories. The next event is in Cape Town at the end of July, followed by Canada and then Santa Cruz, California, where the series leader will be awarded a US $50 000 (approx. R375 000) prize-purse.

Safari Surfboards was established in 1963 and are the exclusive providers of Spider Murphy’s shapes. Contact boards@surfarisurf.com for more information.

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Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 2010 World Tour and the Future Explained

April 15th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Dusty Payne (HAW), 21, 2010 ASP World Tour rookie, vaulting the ASP into the future. Credit: © ASP / ROBERTSON

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Wednesday, April 14, 2010) – With two of 10 events on the 2010 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour completed, the dynamic transitions instituted this season are beginning to take shape. The unified system, dubbed the “ASP World Rankings”, will soon be in full swing and is explained here by ASP Tour Manager Al Hunt.

In 2010, ASP has made changes to the way the male surfers qualify for and gain ranking points towards the ASP World Title.

The ASP World Tour and ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) are no more as such, being combined in terms of rankings under the umbrella “ASP World Tour” banner, and distinguished through the “ASP World Title Race” and the “ASP World Rankings”.

The ASP World Title Race consists initially of 45 surfers fighting it out for points to decide the undisputed ASP World Champion. These 45 surfers all compete in the first five events of the year (Gold Coast, Bells Beach, Brazil, J-Bay and Tahiti) and then the Top 32 seeds move on into the second half of the year from Hurley Pro at Trestles to the Billabong Pro at Pipeline.

The surfer with the most points from just the ASP World Title Race events will be crowned the 2010 ASP Men’s World Champion. This will also be the system for every year to come in deciding the ASP World Champion.

In addition to the ASP World Title events, the ASP World Tour will encompass the former ASP WQS, running events from ASP 1-Star through 6-Star to PRIME as it was previously.

This will allow ASP to have a continual rankings based on a surfers best 8 results, which will be used to select and seed surfers into the ASP World Title events plus ASP 1- 6 Star and PRIME events.

After 12 months, previously counting best 8 events are replaced by current events. This means that a surfer may have been counting his result from the Quiksilver Pro in February all year until it gets replaced the following year by the surfer’s next best 8th result. You CANNOT count events for more than 12 months and once the same event has run the previous points are replaced by the new points even if they are worth less.

2010 will also be a transition year with a couple of minor differences to what it will be instituted from 2011 onwards.

The differences are that the ASP Men’s World Title 32 seeded surfers for 2011 will be the 2010 Top 22 plus the next 10 based on the ASP World Tour Rankings as of end of the Billabong Pipeline Pro in December, along with two wild cards selected by ASP.

During 2011, there will be changes to the ASP World Title Race selected surfers, with the Top 32 from the ASP World Tour Rankings being selected after a yet to be determined number of events.

If ASP decides to have two, three or four changeovers, it would work like this:

Say ASP decides to have three changeover dates during the year, then after the third event, the previous Top 32 would be replaced by the current Top 32 on the ASP World Rankings. These 32 may still be the same or they could be slightly different with a handful or more new faces. No one knows the exact number, but for sure, any newcomer if they have great results can break into the ASP World Title Race events at any time and not have to slave on the previous WQS for at least one year. Fast tracking those that are good enough is what it is all about.

To summarize, in 2010 things are pretty similar to previous years with the exception of adding the ASP World Title event points to a new ASP World Tour Rankings using all previous WQS events.

From 2011 onwards, this new ASP World Ranking will decide who gets to compete in the ASP World Title events and eventually decide the ASP World Champion. These ASP World Rankings also decide the selection order and seeding for all men’s events from ASP World Title through PRIME to 1-Star.

ASP is excited about these changes and look forward to them until such time a better format comes about and you can rest assured ASP will change when that time comes to remain at the forefront of progressive thinking.

Your’s In Surfing
Al Hunt
ASP Tour Manager

Q & A

Who can win the 2010 ASP World Title?

Anyone of the ASP Top 45 surfers that were invited at the start of the 2010 season. The one with the most points at the end of the year is the undisputed ASP World Champion.

Will there be any changes to ASP World Title invited surfers during the year?

The Top 45 will be cut back to 32 at the end of the 5th event. These 32 are the highest 32 seeds on the ASP World Title Rankings.

Will ASP World Tour surfers be able to break into the ASP World Title events during 2010?

No, only during 2011 tour will there be changeover periods. The number of changeover periods is yet to be decided.

What happened to the ASP WQS?

The WQS has been replaced by a Star and PRIME events. Events range in progressive importance from 1-Star through 6-Star to PRIME.

What events can be used to count towards rankings?

The best 8 of all 10 ASP World Title events count towards the ASP World Title Rankings and best 8 of all 10 ASP World Title plus all 1-6 Star and PRIME count towards the ASP World Rankings.

Do ASP World Title event seed replacements and wildcards get to use their results towards their ASP World Rankings?

ASP World Title replacement seeds can use the results, but wildcards cannot.

Who will contest the ASP World Title events in 2011?

The Top 22 from the end of 2010 ASP World Title Rankings will automatically start the 2011 year as ASP World Title event seeds. These 22, along with the Top 10 from the ASP World Tour Rankings (combined World Title and 1-6 Star and PRIME results) plus two ASP wildcards will start the 2011 year.

Why have an ASP World Tour Ranking?

The ASP World Tour Ranking after the first 12 months will be used to decide who makes the cut into the ASP World Title events, decide the seeding order for all events plus who gets into 1-6 Star and PRIME events. If any event is oversubscribed as of the closing date, then the ASP World Tour Rankings are used to decide who gets into the event, along with a few exceptions like defending champions, event wildcards and ASP World Junior wildcards if applicable.

When do ASP World Tour events get replaced?

The best 8 ASP World Tour event results are replaced when a surfer betters their 8th lowest score or an event becomes more than 12 months old. No results can be used for more than 12 months.

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KZN’s Dolphin Coast to host opening event on 2010 Billabong Junior Series

April 14th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Billabong’s Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) shows the progressive surfing style that has made him one of the top contenders for the Pro Junior men’s title in the Billabong Junior Series. Photo courtesy Billabong

The Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal between Umhlanga and Ballito will be the venue for the opening event on the 2010 Billabong Junior Series, the premier national tour for surfers aged 20 and younger, which will crown series champions for the 14th consecutive year in September.

Scheduled for Sunday to Tuesday, 25-27 April, the Dolphin Coast event will use a mobile format that takes the contest to the best waves available on each day. Breaks like Salmon Bay and Surfers in Ballito, Westbrook or Main Beach in Umhlanga have been identified as potential venues with the competitors and public notified of where the contest will be staged at 7am daily.

The event features an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade 1 Pro Junior men’s event with US $5 000 (approx. R37 000) in prize-money. There are also invaluable ratings points at stake that count towards the prestigious Billabong Junior Series title, the ASP Africa Pro Junior crown and for the four-man squad who receive coveted invitations to compete in the inaugural ASP World Junior Series that starts in Bali in October.

Alongside the men’s event are Surfing South Africa sanctioned Pro Surf Tour events for Pro Junior girls and Under 12, U14 and U16 age categories for boys that determine the series champions and count for the annual SSA PST age group titles.

Shaun Joubert, the 18 year-old standout from Mossel Bay who won the first Pro Junior men’s event of the year in Durban over Easter, heads a stellar line up that includes Billabong team mates Dale and Dane Staples (St Francis Bay), the Kommetjie pair of Matt Bromley, third in Durban, and Davey Brand and JBay local Bertie Stuurman.

Other top contenders who will be striving to overtake Joubert at the top of the 2010 rankings and pocket the Nixon 42-20 PU Watch valued at over R3000 that goes to the event winner are reigning ASP Africa Pro Junior champ Chad du Toit and fellow Durbanite Shawn Dennis, Beyrick de Vries and Devin Lane from Umhlanga and Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie).

Billabong’s Tarryn Chudleigh returns from campaigning on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), where she reached the final in her opening event of the year in Australia, and will be the one to beat in the Pro Junior girls.

The 20 year-old from Kommetjie faces stiff opposition from 2009 Billabong Junior Series champion Bianca Buitendag (George), perennial standout Chantelle Rautenbach (Melkbosstrand), Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) and the Smith sisters, Emma and Gina, from Jeffreys Bay.

Reigning series champion Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) will be going all out to defend his U16 boy’s title from a group comprising Mikey Venter (Warner Beach), Jarred Veldhuis (Kommetjie), Diran Zakarian (Melbos) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), amongst others.

Benji Brand (Kommetjie) heads a super competitive U14 boy’s field that features Dylan Wichmann (Marina da Gama), Steffen Burrows (Somerset West), Jason Harris (Scottburgh) and Dolphin Coast local Shane Sykes (Salt Rock).

The youngest division – the U12 boys – will see a shoot out between 2009 champ Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay) and Cape Town rivals Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie), Donovan Wichmann (Marina da Gama) and Jake Elkington, the Somerset West pair of Adin Masencamp and David Burrows, PE’s Matthew Hobson and Bevan Willis (Durban).

Each event in the Billabong Junior Series also features a spectacular VonZipper Air Show where the surfer successfully completing the most innovative aerial manoeuvre earns the winner-takes-all R2 000 prize-purse.

The format for the Dolphin Coast event sees the opening rounds of all divisions staged on Sunday with the Pro Junior girls champion crowned on Monday and the boys titles decided on Tuesday, along with the VZ Air Show.

All competitors will receive an SMS with the venue and start time for each day of the contest while the location and daily event updates can be accessed throughout the event via the Event Hotline at 071 179 9813.

Images, results and news will be available daily during the event at www.billabong.com and a TV documentary, produced by Silver Bullet Productions, will be broadcast post event on Vuzu – DSTV Channel 123.

The PST events in the Billabong Junior Series are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the national controlling body for the sport, while the internationally rated Pro Junior men’s event is sanctioned by ASP Africa, the regional office for ASP International.

The series is proudly supported by Von Zipper, Kustom and Nixon and fueled by Monster Energy.

Entries for the event have officially closed but there is still space for late entries in several divisions. Please contact Billabong Events & Contest Coordinator, Laureen Payne, at 042 200 2600 or laureen.payne@billabong.co.za before entering online.

The 2010 Billabong Junior Series starts on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal from 25-27 April and concludes at Victoria Bay (1-4 September) where the series champions will be crowned for the 14th time.

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Billabong’s Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker nominated for a record five Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards

April 13th, 2010 No comments

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 South African Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker has set a record by being nominated for five different categories in the 10th annual edition of the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy, the Oscars of big wave surfing.

 Baker, 36, who hails from Durban, has been selected as one of five finalists in each of the categories for the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year, the Monster Paddle, the Monster Tube, the Surfline Best Overall Performance and the Verizon Wireless Wipeout of the Year.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Baker, who won the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave and the Surfline Best Overall Performance awards last year.

“The Ride of the Year is where the biggest cash is, the Overall Performance is judged by your peers, I love barrels so to be nominated for that is an honour and nobody really wants to win the Wipeout award.”

“I am most proud about being nominated for the Monster Paddle because the crew has definitely been focusing on paddling into the biggest possible waves for the past couple of years. One thing for sure is that whoever picks up that award this year will have paddled into the biggest wave ever.”

Baker received his nominations for the Ride of the Year, Monster Paddle and Monster Tube awards for waves he rode at Mavericks in California in February during the Mavericks Surf Contest. His Wipeout took place during a tow in session at Jaws on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Xmas day while his exploits in South Africa, Chile – where he won a big wave event, Hawaii, California, Mexico, the Cortes Bank and Tahiti earned him an Overall Performance nomination for the second year running.

The Billabong team rider will be leaving this week for California to attend the Awards Ceremony which will be staged on Friday 23 April at the huge Grove Theatre in Anaheim where an invitation only audience of 2 250 surf and media luminaries and VIP’s will celebrate the feats of the world’s top big wave chargers.

The entire night’s festivities will be webcast live on the BillabongXXL.com site and many partner websites.  The show will also be the focus of a one-hour television special airing on the ESPN networks starting on the evening of May 18.

In all, over $130,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the world’s greatest big wave surfers in this tenth annual edition of the Billabong XXL Awards presented by Monster Energy.  Verizon Wireless is the official communications provider and Honda is the official watercraft of the event.  Surfline.com is the exclusive surf forecast of the XXL. The event is sponsored by Surfing Magazine, Air Tahiti Nui and High Surf Accessories.

For all details about the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, please see the website at www.BillabongXXL.com

The nominees for 2010, in alphabetical order:

FIVE BILLABONG XXL RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES

     (Surfer prize $50,000  –  Video prize $5,000)

Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Video by Noel Robinson)

Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Video by Noel Robinson)

Mark Healey & Shane Dorian (Sunset Beach & Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 7, 2009.

     (Video by Dwayne Fetch)

Ramon Navarro (Pichilemu, Chile) at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 8, 2009.

     (Video by Marc Beaty/Surfline)

Raimana Van Bastolaer (Tahiti, French Polynesia) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on March 17, 2010

     (Video by Aaron Lieber)

FIVE BILLABONG XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD NOMINEES

     (Surfer prize $15,000 and a Honda Aquatrax watercraft with HSA sled  –  Photo/video prize $4,000)

Ross Clarke-Jones (Torquay, Vic., Australia) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 25, 2009.

     (Photos by Erik Aeder and Bruno Lemos.  Video by Elliot Leboe.)

Danilo Couto (Bahia, Brazil) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 25, 2009.

     (Photos by Erik Aeder and Batel Shimi.  Video by Chris Tronolone.)

Makua Rothman (Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 11, 2010. 

     (Photos by Erik Aeder, Tracy Kraft, Bruno Lemos and Zak Noyle.  Video by Tim Bonython and Elliot Leboe.)

Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremberg, Germany) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 7, 2009.

     (Photos by Erik Aeder, Jeff Flindt, Sean Hower, Fred Pompermayer and Batel Shimi.)

Ian Walsh (Kuau, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 11, 2010.

     (Photo by Tim McKenna.  Video by Tim Bonython and Elliot Leboe.)

FIVE MONSTER PADDLE AWARD NOMINEES

     (Surfer prize $15,000  –  Photo/video prize $4,000)

Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Photos by Doug Acton, Robert Brown, Tom Cozad, Art Gimbel, Todd Glaser, Ed Grant, Don Montgomery, Fred Pompermayer and Frank Quirarte. Video by Curt Myers, Eric Nelson and Noel Robinson.)

Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Maverick’s, California on February 13. 2010.

     (Photos by Doug Acton, Robert Brown, Todd Glaser, Guerin Myall, Fred Pompermayer, Tyler Fox and Seth Migdail.  Video by Eric Nelson and Noel Robinson.)

Mark Healey & Shane Dorian (Sunset Beach & Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 7, 2009.    

     (Photos by Bidu, Brent Bielmann, Todd Glaser and Shorty.  Video by Dwayne Fetch and Thomas Jamur.)

Alex Martins (San Francisco, California, USA) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Photos by Scott Eggers, Art Gimbel, Don Montgomery, Fred Pompermayer and Frank Quirarte.  Video by Eric Nelson and Noel Robinson.)

Ramon Navarro (Pichilemu, Chile) at Waimea Bay on December 8, 2009.

     (Photos by Bidu, Jeremiah Klein, Pete Freiden, Scott Soens, Pete Hodgson, Brent Bielmann.  Video by Mark Beaty/Surfline and Bruce Walker.)

FIVE MONSTER TUBE PHOTO AWARD NOMINEES

     (Surfer prize $5,000  – Still Photography prize $2,000)

Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Photos by Doug Acton, Don Montgomery, Fred Pompermayer, and Frank Quirarte.)

Manoa Drollet (Tahiti, French Polynesia) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on March 17, 2010. 

     (Photos by Fred Pompermayer and Ben Thouard)

Rusty Long (San Clemente, California, USA) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Photos by Don Montgomery, Fred Pompermayer and Frank Quirarte)

Mark Mathews (Maroubra, NSW, Australia) at The Right, Western Australia on June 15, 2009.

     (Photos by Calum Macaulay and Shorty.)

Raimana Van Bastolaer (Tahiti, French Polynesia) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on March 17, 2010. 

     (Photos by Fred Pompermayer and Ben Thouard)

FIVE VERIZON WIRELESS WIPEOUT AWARD NOMINEES:

            GRANT BAKER at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 25, 2009

            SHANE DORIAN at Maverick’s, California on February 14, 2010

            DAN GRIFFITH at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on August 7, 2009

            RYAN HIPWOOD at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on October 19, 2009

            BROOKE PHILLIPS at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on October 19, 2009

FIVE SURFLINE BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES:

            (Surfer prize $5,000 prize)

            GRANT BAKER, Durban, South Africa

            CARLOS BURLE, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

            SHANE DORIAN, Kona, Hawaii

            MARK HEALEY, Sunset Beach, Hawaii

            GREG LONG, San Clemente, California

FIVE BILLABONG GIRLS BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES:

            (Surfer prize $5,000)

            MAYA GABEIRA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

            KEALA KENNELLY, Honolulu, Hawaii

            MERCEDES MAIDANA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

            SAVANNAH SHAUGHNESSEY, Santa Cruz, California

            JAMILAH STAR, Santa Cruz, California

For a further details on all the nominees see the official media release below.

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BILLABONG XXL GLOBAL BIG WAVE AWARDS COMING FRIDAY, APRIL 23;

VERIZON WIPEOUT & OVERALL PERFORMANCE NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – (April 12, 2010) – As the countdown continues to the April 23rd climax of the Tenth Annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy, additional nominees have been announced in the wipeout and best all-around performance categories.

Always a crowd favorite, the 2010 Verizon Wireless Wipeout of the Year contenders are a terrifying product of the awesome hydraulic power to be found offshore of Hawaii, California and the Australian island state of Tasmania.  South Africa’s Grant Baker (despite being nominated in most other categories) proved that no surfer is perfect, earning a wipeout nod for a high-speed face-plant at Maui’s notorious Jaws break — followed by a 50-foot journey over the falls, his body encased in the lip of the heaving wave.

Hawaii’s Shane Dorian (likewise a multi-category 2010 nominee) took off on one of the biggest waves ever seen at Maverick’s in Northern California, only to be bucked off by the choppy face conditions and tossed head over heels into the 50-degree water.  Dorian then experienced a delayed Niagara-in-a-barrel-style plunge into the Maverick’s depths, resulting in the dreaded two-wave hold-down.

The other three nominees are all Australians who met their fates within Tasmania’s twisted, torquing, torture-chamber of a tube known as Shipstern Bluff.  As the video evidence details, Ryan Hipwood (Gold Coast) emulated a man trapped in a collapsing house, Hobart’s Dan Griffith demonstrated a dynamic freefall to a spectacular butt-first landing and fellow Tasmanian local Brooke Phillips impressed all with an inverted crash-test-dummy somersault.  None of the surfers were seriously injured in their wave riding mishaps, the video of which may be viewed on the event website at http://www.billabongxxl.com/nominee_site/wipeout/index.html.

Also announced today were the nominees in the Surfline Best Overall Performance Award (for men) and the Billabong Girls Performance Award. According to event rules, those awards “will be won by the surfer who puts on the greatest number of outstanding performances at the most diverse number of venues over the course of the entire year.  Excellence in the water and leadership in safety in both paddle-in and tow-in surfing disciplines will be considered. Judging criteria is purely subjective and will be calculated from the votes of a large panel of surfers, photographers and surf magazine editors and writers.  The prize will be awarded in the amount of $5,000.”

This year the number of finalists in each category has been upgraded to five.  On the men’s side the nominees are Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa), Carlos Burle (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii), Mark Healey (Sunset Beach, Hawaii) and Greg Long (San Clemente, California).

On the female side the nominees are Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Keala Kennelly (Honolulu, Hawaii), Mercedes Maidana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Savannah Shaughnessey (Santa Cruz, California) and Jamilah Star (Santa Cruz, California).

These nominees join the other Billabong XXL Big Wave Award category finalists announced earlier this month, including the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award, Monster Paddle, Monster Tube and the $50,000 Ride of the Year Award.  

The winners in all divisions will be announced on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the tenth-annual invitation-only awards gala at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California in front of 2,250 surf world VIPs.  The entire night’s festivities will be webcast live on the BillabongXXL.com site and many partner websites.  The show will also be the focus of a one-hour television special airing on the ESPN networks starting on the evening of May 18.

In all, over $130,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the world’s greatest big wave surfers in this tenth annual edition of the Billabong XXL Awards presented by Monster Energy.  Verizon Wireless is the official communications provider and Honda is the official watercraft of the event.  Surfline.com is the exclusive surf forecast of the XXL. The event is sponsored by Surfing Magazine, Air Tahiti Nui and High Surf Accessories.

For all details about the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, please see the website at www.BillabongXXL.com.

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Jordy Smith gets fifth as Kelly Slater wins Rip Curl

April 9th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Jordy Smith (Durban) displays the progressive surfing that earned him fifth place in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and the No. 3 spot on the 2010 ASP World Tour rankings. Credit: © ASP / KIRSTIN

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Friday April 9, 2010) – Jordy Smith (Durban, South Africa), 22, placed fifth in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers when he was narrowly eliminated by reigning ASP World Champion and eventual event runner-up Mick Fanning (AUS) in their quarterfinal encounter earlier today.

A lack of swell at the premier venue of Bells Beach saw organisers relocate the event 90 minutes to the West where the event was completed at Johanna with former nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) claiming the event title by defeating Fanning in the final held in solid 1 to 1.3 metre beach-break waves.

Smith posted the heat high score of 8.50 points out of 10 to take the lead from Fanning with just six minutes remaining but was denied a semifinal spot when the Australian, needing 6.68 points for victory, posted a 6.70 with two minutes left on the clock and then upped that with a 6.87 on the final siren.

Fanning went on to defeat current ASP No. 1 Taj Burrow (AUS) in the semis to set up a final against Slater, who showed little discomfort from the hairline fracture in his right foot incurred free-surfing earlier in the week by overcoming Michel Bourez (PYF) in Round 4, Bede Durbidge (AUS) in the quarters and Bobby Martinez (USA) in the semis.

The first half of the 35 minute final was a lacklustre affair before Fanning lit up an ordinary looking wave to take the lead with a 7.17. With less than 10 minutes left, Slater, bidding to join the legendary Mark Richards (AUS) as the only competitor to lift the famous Bell trophy for a fourth time, ignited his challenge with an amazing aerial manoeuvre.

Boosting himself high into the air over a close-out section, Slater completely lost contact with his surfboard as he landed in the white-water but somehow emerged standing up on the board at the bottom of the wave to earn 8.93 points and take the lead. Two minutes later Fanning made his only mistake when, holding priority, he elected not to go on a well-shaped inside wave on which Slater proceeded to string together a series of high performance manoeuvres for 8.10 points and the 42nd event title of his storied career.

The event results see Burrow retain his lead in the ASP World Tour rankings, adding a third place to his victory in the opening event of the year for a total of 16 500 ratings points. Slater moved into the No. 2 spot with his win plus a ninth while Smith slips one place to No. 3 with his runner-up finish last month and fifth here.

All the highlights from today’s Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by SNICKERS are available via www.live.ripcurl.com

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RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

1. Kelly Slater (USA) 17.03
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.0

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.33 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.50
SF2: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.66 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 3.80

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.34 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 4.87
QF2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.20 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.0
QF3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.10 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.40
QF4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.10 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.0

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.84 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.83
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) 13.67 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.77
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12 .20 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 7.0
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.50 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.0

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):

1 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 16500 pts
2 – Kelly Slater (USA) 13750 pts
3 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13250 pts
4 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 13000 pts
5 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 11750 pts
6 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10500 pts
6 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10500 pts
6 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10500 pts
9 – Dane Reynolds (USA) 8250 pts
10 – Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 7500 pts
10 – Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7500 pts

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Paige Hareb Prepares for Hometown Showdown at TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival

April 8th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Paige Hareb (NZL), 19, will take on Melanie Bartels (HAW), 27, and Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 20, in the opening round of the TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival. Credit: © ASP / SCHOLTZ

FITZROY BEACH, Taranaki/New Zealand (Thursday, April 8, 2010) – Hot off the heels of the second stop of the year at Bells Beach, the ASP Top 17 have traversed the Tasman Sea to the bountiful beaches of Taranaki for the TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival.

Event No. 3 on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, the TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival plays a crucial role in the requalification campaigns of the world’s best female surfers as well as the all important hunt for the prestigious ASP Women’s World Title.

Paige Hareb (NZL), 19, current ASP Women’s World 9, is into her second year on the ASP Dream Tour, the young goofy-footer will be looking turn around an uncharacteristic slow start to the season.

“I haven’t had the best start to my year,” Hareb said. “At this time last year, I had a third and a fifth. This year, I have two ninths so it’s definitely a different position to be in. I’m really looking for a result in New Zealand.”

A result could certainly be in the cards for Hareb. As the first female Kiwi to ever qualify for the prestigious ASP Women’s World Tour, Hareb also has the distinct honor of partaking in the first ASP Dream Tour event in New Zealand.

“It’s amazing that the tour is coming to New Zealand,” Hareb said. “We have so many great waves and I think the girls are really going to enjoy themselves. I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Hareb will face Melanie Bartels (HAW), 27, and Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 20, in the opening round of competition.

South Africa’s Rosanne Hodge, currently ranked equal No. 9, and rookie Nikita Robb, equal No. 17, will be determined to improve their improve their positions on the ASP Women’s leaderboard.

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning three-time ASP World Champion, has won the opening two events of the season and will be the form surfer to watch in New Zealand. Gilmore will battle heavily-touted ASP Women’s World Tour rookie Carissa Moore (HAW), 17, in Round 1 of competition.

The TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival will be webcast LIVE via www.nzsurffestival.co.nz

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TSB BANK WOMEN’S SURF FESTIVAL ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Amee Donohoe (AUS)
Heat 2: Melanie Bartels (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL), Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Carissa Moore (HAW), TBA
Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Nikita Robb (ZAF)
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 6: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bruna Schmitz (BRA)

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Jordy Smith rampages into quarterfinals in Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach

April 7th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Jordy Smith (Durban) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach by defeating Roy Powers (HAW) with manoeuvres like this aerial in Round 4. Credit: © ASP / KIRSTIN

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Wednesday April 7, 2010) – South Africa’s Jordy Smith continued his rampage through the ranks of world’s best surfers, reaching the quarterfinals and delivering the highest single ride score on the fourth day of action at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers in Australia today.

Smith, rated ASP No. 2 after his runner-up finish in the opening event of the 2010 ASP World Tour last month, revelled in today’s clean one metre waves at Winkipop, convincingly overcoming the challenge of highly touted Australian rookie sensation Owen Wright in their Round 3 match-up.

The Durbanite then went on to outpoint Roy Powers (HAW) in Round 4 to move into the last 8, in the process posting a near perfect score of 9.80 points out of 10 when he lacerated a running right-hander by punting multiple aerials before executing a “Superman” air to finish.

“It was a fun heat,” Smith said. “It’s too bad that I had Roy (Powers) again. He’s a teammate of mine and we’re travelling together so it’s a little tough, but I’m just happy I made it through. There were actually some really good waves out there – a little smaller, but a lot more consistent than my first heat so I’m stoked.”

“I think I had two average waves, like two 7’s under of my belt, and Roy (Powers) didn’t want that wave,” Smith said of his high scoring ride. “It was a small one, so I took it and it ended up being a good one, walling up through the inside and it just allowed me to do some good turns.”

Smith will take on reigning two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, in the quarterfinals when the event recommences. Fanning advanced by defeating Brazilian prodigy Gabriel Medina, 16, who had earlier caused the upset of the event by eliminating former ASP World Champion CJ Hobgood (USA)

Current ASP No. 1, Taj Burrow (AUS) was another standout, dispatching Matt Wilkinson (AUS) and then former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW) with the highest heat tally of the day on his way to the quarters where he will take on Adriano de Souza (BRA).

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion, survived a closely-contested Round 3 heat against rookie phenom Dusty Payne (HAW), 21, to advance through to Round 4. Slater, who spent the day in hospital getting scans on his right foot (inflamed ligaments suspected), battled back after Payne secured an excellent 9.17 out of a possible 10.

Travis Logie, the only other South African in the Rip Curl Pro, recorded his second successive 33rd place finish of the season when he was ousted by American veteran Taylor Knox by the narrowest of margins. Just seven hundredths of a point separated the pair in a scoreline of 13.67 vs. 13.60.

Logie now has three more events in which to stake his claim for a place amongst the top 32 ranked surfers who will contest the last five events of the year when the field is cut from the present 45 contenders after Event No. 5 in Tahiti at the beginning of September.

The Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford Fiesta, which runs in conjunction with the men’s event, was won by three-time and reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), who got to ring the famous bell trophy for the third time in four years by defeating Sofia Mulanovich (PER) in the final.

South Africa’s Rosanne Hodge and Nikita Robb (both from East London) finished equal 17th after being eliminated in Round 3 by Chelsea Hedges (AUS) and Silvana Lima (BRA) respectively.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am (Australian East Coast time) for a possible 7:30am start.

When competition resumes, up first will be defending Rip Curl Pro winner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, up against compatriot Adrian Buchan (AUS), 27, in Heat 5 of Round 4.

Highlights from today’s Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by SNICKERS are available via www.live.ripcurl.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.67 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 11.16
Heat 2: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.37 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.70
Heat 3: Andy Irons (HAW) 10.67 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 6.70
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.04 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.33
Heat 5: Roy Powers (HAW) 13.50 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.34
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.67 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 8.47
Heat 7: Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.14 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 12.17
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.20 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.84
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.16 def. Neco Padaratz (BRA) 13.57
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.17 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.06
Heat 11: Bobby Martinez (USA) 12.83 def. Drew Courtney (AUS) 10.34
Heat 12: Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.53 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 14.37
Heat 13: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.90 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 15.63
Heat 14: Luke Stedman (AUS) 14.34 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 14.17
Heat 15: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.10 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.84
Heat 16: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.24 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 10.00

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.90 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.90
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.77 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 11.93
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.30 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 13.77
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.60 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 10.90

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH REMAINING ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Jadson Andrew (BRA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

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Billabong’s Shaun Joubert flies to victory at opening ASP Africa event in Durban

April 6th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Billabong team rider Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), 18, successfully boosts a hands free aerial to win the Quiksilver Pro Junior and R19 000 at North Beach in Durban on Sunday Photo: Greg Ewing

Billabong team rider Shaun Joubert used superior heat strategy and his patented fins free surfing ability to literally fly to victory in the opening event on the 2010 ASP Africa Pro Junior calendar – the Quiksilver Pro Junior presented by Durban and Resolution at North Beach – in Durban on Sunday.

The 18 year-old standout from Mossel Bay was unstoppable on the final day of the Grade 2 internationally rated event, dispatching Billabong teammate Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) in the quarterfinals before convincingly outscoring reigning ASP Africa Pro Junior champion Chad du Toit (Durban) in the semis to set up a highly anticipated final against Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga).

Joubert took control of the final from the outset, posting a solid 7.0 points out of 10 on his first ride in the small but rippable right-handers before slamming the door on his opponent at the death with an outstanding 8.25 that included a trademark hands free, high-flying aerial.

“It’s so great to win an event again,” said an ecstatic Joubert on the podium. “I’m surfing in all the Pro Junior events in South Africa this year, so I want to keep the momentum going from this win and hopefully get some more good results in the rest of the events.”

The win earned Joubert R19 000 and a precious 1 500 ratings points, rocketing him into the early lead in the rankings that will determine the ASP Africa representatives to compete in the inaugural ASP World Pro Junior Series starting in Bali in October.

“My main goal for the this year is to win the ASP Africa Pro Junior title and I’m also trying to make the top 100 on the WQS ratings,” explained Joubert who matriculated with a B average at the end of last year and turns 19 next month.

“I’m off to Scotland on the weekend to compete in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic, a 6-Star rated WQS event from April 13-19, then its straight back to SA for the Billabong Pro Junior Dolphin Coast that starts on 25 April.”

The super-talented surfer, who was born in Bloemfontein but has grown up and honed his surfing talent in the Southern Cape, has already had a busy start to the year, placing ninth in a Pro Junior and earning a Round of 48 finish in a WQS event in Australia after spending a week of intensive training in Hawaii with Billabong Australia team manager and coach Sasha Stocker.

Joubert’s fellow Billabong SA team riders also shone in all the categories of the Quicksilver Pro Junior event on the weekend with Matthew Bromley (Kommetjie) taking third and Dale Staples fifth in the Pro Junior division, Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) placed third in the U16 division of the King Of The Groms and Benji Brand (Kommetjie) the runner-up in the U14’s and fifth in the U16’s.

And in the Resolution Health Expression Session, Davey Brand (Kommetjie) produced the best aerial to pocket the R 1 500 Red Bull Got Wings award while Dale Staples won the Resolution Best Wave Award and R1,500 for a wave that opened up across the inside and enabled him to flare with a series of progressive manoeuvres.

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Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker nabs three nominations for Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards

April 6th, 2010 No comments

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The finalists for the 2010 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy, the Oscars of big wave surfing, were announced in California on Friday in the wake of one of the greatest years in surfing history. 

South Africa’s Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker leads the field with three nominations, all coming for his outstanding performances at Mavericks in California in early February. The Durban based big wave charger is one of the five surfers in contention for the premier Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award, which carries a prize of US $50 000 (approx. R370 000) for his perfect 10 point ride at the Mavericks Surf Contest.

Baker, who won the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave and the Surfline Best Overall Performance awards last year, is also a contender in the Monster Paddle Award ($15 000) and the Monster Tube Award ($5 000) in 2010.

And with the nominees for the Surfline Best Overall performance award and the Verizon Wireless Wipeout of the Year for this year due to be announced next week, Baker could possibly scoop a total of five nominations. During 2009/10 awards period he won the Big Wave event in Chile and charged huge waves in South Africa, Hawaii, Mexico, at the Cortez Bank 160 kms off the coast of California and elsewhere while the wipeouts he took at Jaws on Maui in December have been described as some of the worst ever seen!

In all, over $130,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the world’s greatest big wave surfers in this edition of the Billabong XXL Awards presented by Monster Energy.  Verizon Wireless is the official communications provider and Honda is the official watercraft of the event.  Surfline.com is the exclusive surf forecast of the XXL. The event is sponsored by Surfing Magazine, Air Tahiti Nui and High Surf Accessories.

The winners will be announced on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the tenth-annual invitation-only awards gala at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California in front of 2,250 surf world VIPs.  The entire night’s festivities will be webcast live on the event website and will also be the focus of a one-hour television special airing on the ESPN networks starting on the evening of May 18.

The nominees for 2010, in alphabetical order:

FIVE BILLABONG XXL RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES

     (Surfer prize $50,000  –  Video prize $5,000)

Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Video by Noel Robinson)

Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Video by Noel Robinson)

Mark Healey & Shane Dorian (Sunset Beach & Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 7, 2009.

     (Video by Dwayne Fetch)

Ramon Navarro (Pichilemu, Chile) at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 8, 2009.

     (Video by Marc Beaty/Surfline)

Raimana Van Bastolaer (Tahiti, French Polynesia) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on March 17, 2010

     (Video by Aaron Lieber)

FIVE BILLABONG XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD NOMINEES

     (Surfer prize $15,000 and a Honda Aquatrax watercraft with HSA sled  –  Photo/video prize $4,000)

Ross Clarke-Jones (Torquay, Vic., Australia) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 25, 2009.

     (Photos by Erik Aeder and Bruno Lemos.  Video by Elliot Leboe.)

Danilo Couto (Bahia, Brazil) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 25, 2009.

     (Photos by Erik Aeder and Batel Shimi.  Video by Chris Tronolone.)

Makua Rothman (Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 11, 2010. 

     (Photos by Erik Aeder, Tracy Kraft, Bruno Lemos and Zak Noyle.  Video by Tim Bonython and Elliot Leboe.)

Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremberg, Germany) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 7, 2009.

     (Photos by Erik Aeder, Jeff Flindt, Sean Hower, Fred Pompermayer and Batel Shimi.)

Ian Walsh (Kuau, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 11, 2010.

     (Photo by Tim McKenna.  Video by Tim Bonython and Elliot Leboe.)

FIVE MONSTER PADDLE AWARD NOMINEES

     (Surfer prize $15,000  –  Photo/video prize $4,000)

Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Photos by Doug Acton, Robert Brown, Tom Cozad, Art Gimbel, Todd Glaser, Ed Grant, Don Montgomery, Fred Pompermayer and Frank Quirarte. Video by Curt Myers, Eric Nelson and Noel Robinson.)

Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Maverick’s, California on February 13. 2010.

     (Photos by Doug Acton, Robert Brown, Todd Glaser, Guerin Myall, Fred Pompermayer, Tyler Fox and Seth Migdail.  Video by Eric Nelson and Noel Robinson.)

Mark Healey & Shane Dorian (Sunset Beach & Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 7, 2009.    

     (Photos by Bidu, Brent Bielmann, Todd Glaser and Shorty.  Video by Dwayne Fetch and Thomas Jamur.)

Alex Martins (San Francisco, California, USA) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Photos by Scott Eggers, Art Gimbel, Don Montgomery, Fred Pompermayer and Frank Quirarte.  Video by Eric Nelson and Noel Robinson.)

Ramon Navarro (Pichilemu, Chile) at Waimea Bay on December 8, 2009.

     (Photos by Bidu, Jeremiah Klein, Pete Freiden, Scott Soens, Pete Hodgson, Brent Bielmann.  Video by Mark Beaty/Surfline and Bruce Walker.)

FIVE MONSTER TUBE PHOTO AWARD NOMINEES

     (Surfer prize $5,000  – Still Photography prize $2,000)

Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Photos by Doug Acton, Don Montgomery, Fred Pompermayer, and Frank Quirarte.)

Manoa Drollet (Tahiti, French Polynesia) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on March 17, 2010. 

     (Photos by Fred Pompermayer and Ben Thouard)

Rusty Long (San Clemente, California, USA) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.

     (Photos by Don Montgomery, Fred Pompermayer and Frank Quirarte)

Mark Mathews (Maroubra, NSW, Australia) at The Right, Western Australia on June 15, 2009.

     (Photos by Calum Macaulay and Shorty.)

Raimana Van Bastolaer (Tahiti, French Polynesia) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on March 17, 2010. 

     (Photos by Fred Pompermayer and Ben Thouard)

For all details about the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, please see the website at www.BillabongXXL.com.

For a further details on all the nominees see the official media release below.

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Surfing’s Top Big Wave Event Prepares for Annual Awards Ceremony on April 23

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — (APRIL 2, 2010) — The finalists for the 2010 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy were announced today in the wake of one of the greatest years in surfing history.  Following 12 months of enormous swell events from South Africa to Hawaii to Australia to California to Mexico to Tahiti and beyond, over 1000 entered images have been distilled down to this year’s elite nominations.  Video and still images of all the top rides are now available for viewing on the updated event website at BillabongXXL.com.

The winners will be announced on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the tenth-annual invitation-only awards gala at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California in front of 2,250 surf world VIPs.  The entire night’s festivities will be webcast live on the event website and will also be the focus of a one-hour television special airing on the ESPN networks starting on the evening of May 18.

The top prize in this Oscars of surfing — the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award — carries a $50,000 prize for the surfer with the single most amazing performance on a big wave captured on video.  This year features an array of epic rides and an overriding theme as four out of five nominations went to paddle-in waves, reflecting the top surfers’ insistence on returning to their roots and depending less on jet powered watercraft (tow-in) assists.

Two of the entries took place at Maverick’s in Northern California on a record-breaking swell in February with South African Grant Baker and Hawaiian Shane Dorian demonstrating two different ways to score “perfect” rides.  Another pair of nominations came from the legendary Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii during an equally fabled swell last December.  Ramon Navarro of Chile deservedly received a nomination for his huge backside slide during the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau contest, a feat which earned a perfect score in that event.  Also being recognized from that swell is the first dual surfer nomination for a single ride in XXL history — the iconic Waimea closeout set caught and ridden by Hawaiian watermen Mark Healey and Shane Dorian.  (Dorian is the first surfer to ever be credited with TWO waves as a finalist in the same category.)  The remaining Ride of the Year nomination was grabbed by Raimana Van Bastolaer, who precisely used a watercraft assist in the final days of the annual event period to penetrate deep inside the frothy interior of a turbulent tube at his local break of Teahupoo, Tahiti. 

The 2010 Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award category features the first entries in half a decade from one of the most famous big wave venues of all, Jaws (a.k.a. Pe’ahi) on the North Shore of Maui.  After many seasons of sub-par swell and weather, the El Nino winter of 09/10 saw the break come back to XXL prominence in a very big way — all five rides nominated in the Biggest Wave division were ridden at that break over the course of three huge swells in December and January. A trio of the surfers are past XXL nominees (Ross Clarke-Jones of Australia, Danilo Couto of Brazil and Ian Walsh of Maui) and one is a past winner, 2003 XXL champion Makua Rothman of Sunset Beach, Hawaii.  All were caught with the assistance of a watercraft.   One of the five XXL Biggest Wave nominees will receive $15,000, a Honda Aquatrax watercraft and a HSA rescue sled in honor of their accomplishment. 

The wildcard in this year’s XXL Biggest Wave proceedings is a surfer named Sebastian Steudtner of Nuremburg, Germany who towed into a clear nomination by charging left on one of the biggest waves of the day on December 7, 2009.  Despite four years of Jaws apprenticeship, Steudtner was a virtually unknown quantity in the big wave world until this life-changing ride pushed him to instant celebrity. 

But this year, all eyes have been on the Monster Paddle division as a continuing obsession to push the limits of human powered surfing has gripped the athletes at the pinnacle of the sport, putting all past records at risk.  Indeed, three of the Monster Paddle nominees are also Ride of the Year finalists; those by Grant Baker at Maverick’s along with the Ramon Navarro and Healey/Dorian waves at Waimea.  Also joining the fray are a pair of huge Maverick’s faces ridden by Californians Shawn Dollar and Alex Martins on February 13, 2010, the day of the Maverick’s Surf Contest.  Some $15,000 is at stake for the largest wave caught by arm-power alone.

The Monster Tube Award features a number of amazing still images of the most stunning barrel moments photographed in the last year.  In contention are a pair of giant caverns at Maverick’s (featuring California’s Rusty Long and yet another nomination for Grant “Twiggy” Baker).  Australia’s Mark Mathews is in the mix for his casual glide through an unspeakably thick cave in Western Australia.  The final two nominees came from the last-minute Teahupoo swell which threw the entire short list of potential finalists into the trash bin once super locals Manoa Drollet and Raimana Van Bastolaer were photographed negotiating some truly monstrous Monster Tubes.

Next week nominations will be announced in additional Billabong XXL categories including the Surfline Best Overall performance, Billabong Girls Performance and the Verizon Wireless Wipeout of the Year.

In all, over $130,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the world’s greatest big wave surfers in this edition of the Billabong XXL Awards presented by Monster Energy.  Verizon Wireless is the official communications provider and Honda is the official watercraft of the event.  Surfline.com is the exclusive surf forecast of the XXL. The event is sponsored by Surfing Magazine, Air Tahiti Nui and High Surf Accessories.

For all details about the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, please see the website at www.BillabongXXL.com.

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