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Bianca Buitendag surfs to victory in ASP 6-Star Movistar Pro in Peru + ASP Africa news

July 29th, 2012 No comments

 

Sunday 29 July 2012 – South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag, 18, (Victoria Bay) clinched the biggest victory of her professional surfing career yesterday when she defeated Alana Blanchard (HAW) in the final of the ASP 6-Star rated Movistar Women’s Pro presented by Rip Curl and Petrolera Sapet in Peru.

Competing in excellent one metre waves at the lefthand pointbreak of Lobitos, Buitendag used her powerful forehand attack to post a heat total of 15.00 points (out of a possible 20), earning scores of 7.0 and an 8.0 on her two best rides, to Blanchard’s 12.90 (7.9 and 5.0).

“I feel really emotional and very happy with my victory,” said Buitendag on the podium. “I never thought that I would make it past the Quarter-Finals, let alone past Sofia (Mulanovich) in the Semi-Finals. So to make it to the Finals and win the contest is such an incredible feeling. Alana (Blanchard) surfed really well, the waves were excellent throughout the whole week and this is the most important moment for me in my early career.”

The victory earned Buitendag U$ 8,000 (approx. R66 000) in prize money and 3,500 points, moving her up to 5th place on the ASP World Star women’s rankings, the highest ranking by a surfer not on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT).

“This was such a fun contest and I’m thankful for making it to the Finals,” said Blanchard. “It’s a shame I never got a good second wave to backup my score, but Bianca (Buitendag) was unstoppable throughout the entire event and she deserved the victory.”

Buitendag, who has based herself in France where she has already won three consecutive ASP Women’s Pro Junior (U20) events since matriculating last year, was dominant throughout the event in Peru.

She won her opening encounter and then placed second behind local heroine and 2004 ASP Women’s World Champion, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) to move into the Round of 24, where she again won to reach the quarter-finals. In the final day one-on-one heats Buitendag defeated Port Elizabeth born Australian Philippa Anderson before getting revenge over Mulanovich in their semi-final match-up.

Compatriot Sarah Baum, the only other South African in Peru, placed third to record her best result in an ASP 6-Star event. Baum, 18, from Athlone Park, Durban overcame ASP No. 8 Paige Hareb (NZL) and ASP No. 10 Rebecca Woods twice on her way to the semis where she was narrowly beaten by Blanchard.

Baum pocketed US $1 900 and 2080 points which moved her up to No. 12 in the ASP World Star women’s rankings. With eight of women ahead of her on the rankings currently competing on the ASP Women’s WCT, five of whom will probably re-qualify, Baum is now firmly in contention for a spot on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT with five ASP Star Series events still to be run this year

The Movistar Women’s Pro was event number 6 (out of 11) of the 2012 ASP Women’s World Star Series. The next event will be held from August 9-12 at Oceanside, California, right after the final event of the 2012 ASP Women’s Tour during July 30-August 5th at Huntington Beach.

The remaining ASP 6-Star events will be held in Europe on consecutive weeks. The first will be held in Spain from September 12-16 and the following two will be in Portugal, with the final event on the Azores Islands from September 27-30, where the top six athletes on the ASP World Star Series will qualify for the 2013 ASP WCT.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSN4P7iMAZw for video highlights of the final day of competition in Peru

MOVISTAR WOMEN´S PRO FINAL RESULT:
1st – Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) – 15.00 (8.0+7.0) – US$ 8,000 and 3.500 points
2nd – Alana Blanchard (HAW) – 12.90 (7.9+5.0) – US$ 4,000 and 2.640 points

MOVISTAR WOMEN´S PRO SEMI-FINALS RESULTS – 3rd place – US$ 1,900 and 2.080 points:
SF 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 16.25 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 15.50
SF 2: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 13.95 def. Sarah Baum (ZAF) 11.40

MOVISTAR WOMEN´S PRO QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS – 5th place – US$ 1,100 and 1.560 points:
QF 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 16.15 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 7.65
QF 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.60 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.76
QF 3: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 14.80 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 13.60
QF 4: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 12.50 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.90

CURRENT ASP WOMEN´S STAR 2012 – TOP 10 (After Movistar Women´s Pro):
01: Courtney Conlogue (USA) – 9.730 points
02: Malia Manuel (HAW) – 8.280
03: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) – 7.000
04: Sage Erickson (USA) – 6.750
05: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) – 6.663
06: Rebecca Woods (AUS) – 6.530
07: Pauline Ado (FRA) – 5.980
08: Paige Hareb (NZL) – 5.910
09: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) – 5.640
10: Alana Blanchard (HAW) – 5.400

South Africans (More than one event)
12: Sarah Baum (ZAF) – 5.220
33: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) – 1.831
52: Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF) – 1.140

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Tanika Hoffman places fourth in Billabong Sopelana Pro Junior in France

SA’s Tanika Hoffman placed fourth amongst ASP Europe’s best 20-and-under female surfers in the Billabong Sopelana Pro Junior event in France last week.

The 19 year-old from Cape Town won her Round 2 and quarter-final heats before advancing to the final when she finished runner-up to Maud le Car (FRA) in the semis.

Hoffman earned US $150 for her fourth place behind winner Cannelle Bulard (REU), le Car and Garazi Sanchez Ortun (ESP) respectively in the difficult one metre waves in the final.

All the results can be found at http://sopelana.aspeurope.com/

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Michael February advances to quarter-finals at Nike US Open of Surfing Pro Junior in California

SA’s Michael February continued his stellar run of contest performances to advance through two rounds on the opening day of the 4-Star rated Nike US Open of Surfing Pro Junior at Huntington Beach in California on Saturday.

February, 19, from Kommetjie, Cape Town, was on fire in the tricky one metre conditions, convincingly winning his opening heat and then placing second behind Hawaiian standout and current ASP North America Pro Junior ratings leader, Keanu Asing, to move into the last 16 in the event.

The Nike US Open of Surfing runs from 28 July to Sunday 5 August and includes Pro Junior events for men and women, an ASP Prime rated men’s event and the seventh and final ASP Women’s WCT event for 2012 alongside skateboarding, music concerts and a massive exhibition area.

SA’s Jordy Smith (Cape Town), Travis Logie (Durban) and Shaun Joubert (formerly Mossel Bay, now California) are seeded directly into the Round of 96 in the Prime rated men’s event. Rudy Palmboom (Bluff, Durban) is one of 32 surfers in the trials from which four will qualify for the main event.

All the action from the Nike US Open of Surfing can be followed live via http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/ starting at approximately 5pm SA time daily.

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BOS Earthwave Beach Festival to host Guinness World Record attempt at Muizenberg in September

July 26th, 2012 No comments

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival

Guinness World Record attempt + Ocean & Beach events
Surfing and sustainable lifestyle event
Saturday & Sunday, 29 & 30 September 2012

The BOS Earthwave Beach Festival will host an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg on the weekend of 29 & 30 September 2012.

The fifth edition of this popular festival will again harness the immense interest surrounding Guinness World Records to promote sustainable lifestyle choices by featuring a wide range of both competitive and fun events in the ocean and on the beach alongside exhibitions, demonstrations and talks on environmental issues over the two days.

“We’re really excited about the 2012 festival and with the support and energy of BOS Ice Tea we are confident that that the record of 110 surfers riding the same wave set at Muizenberg in 2009 can be broken,” says Paul Botha from Kahuna Promotions, the organisers of the festival.

“Since 2006, when 73 surfers were recorded on the same wave, the festival has become one of the surfing world’s biggest mass participation events,” Botha added. “This year we’re expecting even more people to participate in and watch events such as Longboard and Grom surfing, SUP and Surfski races, Touch Rugby and Volleyball tournaments along with plenty of activities for kids like the Dig For Gold and Learn to Surf lessons.”

For spectators there are also plenty of valuable give-aways, sticker-showers, beach cleanups, raffles and fund-raising for worthy causes while the whole fiesta ends with the after-party-of-the-year featuring a live band and hilarious auction at a popular local venue.

“We’ve always had a strong link to surfing through our relationship with big wave surfer, Twiggy Baker,” says Marié van Niekerk, BOS Marketing Director. “BOS appreciates the spirit of the surfing community coming together in this unique way to create a very memorable experience for young and old and we’re delighted to be ‘on board’.”

Muizenberg, rated one of the top 20 beach towns in the world by National Geographic, is the ideal venue for the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival. It’s considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa and with its pristine 20km fine white beach, gentle rollers and warm water, it’s easy to see why.

Earthwave Brazil, the 2008 record holder, will also be making another attempt to break the current record on Sunday 2 September at Quebra Mar near Sao Paulo. Negotiations are in progress with several other organisations worldwide to stage Earthwave festivals to coincide with the Muizenberg event.

For further information on the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival visit www.kahunasurf.co.za. The organisers can be contacted via kahunasurf@mweb.co.za for details on how to become part of this sustainable lifestyle initiative.

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Brazilian Adriano de Souza wins Billabong Pro J-Bay

July 13th, 2012 No comments

Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, Sth Africa (Friday, July 13, 2012) – Brazilian surfer, Adriano de Souza (25, Guaruja, Sao Paulo, BRA) has won the 6-star Billabong Pro, J’Bay, which culminated today in one-to-two metre waves at Supertubes, in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Twenty-five year-old de Souza defeated Frenchman Joan Duru (FRA) in the final of the World Qualifying Series tournament to claim his tenth ASP World Tour victory and his performance today caps off an incredible week of surfing that saw 144 starters compete in some of the most flawless and consistent surf seen in the event’s 34 year history.

A total of five perfect 10 point rides were awarded in the early Rounds of the week-long event but it was de Souza, the current world rated number four, who prevailed to take top honours and the $25,000 first-place winner’s cheque.

In deteriorating conditions, De Souza was able to hold off the hard-charging Frenchman in the 30-minute decider, out-scoring Duru on a two-wave combined heat total of 16.00 points (out of a possible 20) to 13.60 points.

De Souza’s determination saw him commit to desperate measures, he rode one wave to the death, across J’Bay’s sharp rocks, cutting his feet and snapping a fin clean from his surfboard.

De Souza, who fulfilled one career aspiration in May of last year when he became the first ever Brazilian to lead the ASP Men’s World Title rankings after winning his home event in Rio de Janeiro, said winning at Jeffreys Bay has been a dream since he first visited the revered location in 2000.

“I’ve come to South Africa and to Jeffreys Bay for so many years, and have always seen the guys win the Billabong Pro, and now it’s my turn,” said De Souza. “I’m just so happy, and I’m going to remember this win for my whole life. J-Bay is a special place for me and hopefully see you again next year.”

As a full time touring ASP Men’s World Championship Tour (WCT) contender, the 3,500 star ratings points will not factor into the ASP Men’s World Title race for De Souza, he will retain his fourth place ranking heading into the next WCT event in Tahiti, the Billabong Pro, Teahupo’o, scheduled for August 16-27th.

Frenchman Duru was in outstanding form all week at Jeffrey’s Bay, with the 24 year-old accounting for the event’s biggest name in two-time and defending event champion, Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the pair’s morning Round 5 clash.

Smith, 24, had a shot at an historical three-peat today after winning at J’Bay in 2010 and 2011, but Duru surfed hard to outpoint Smith on 15.20 points to 11.73.

Finishing equal third today was Hawaiian Ezekial Lau (Haw) and Spain’s Aritz Aranburu (EUK).

The highest placed South African was local Dale Staples (ZAF) who saw his excellent run end in this morning’s Quarter Finals. Finishing equal fifth, Staples was responsible for one of the Billabong Pro’s biggest upsets when he defeated Hawaiian prodigy and current world rated number five, John John Florence (Haw) in Round 5, but the 21 year-old failed against Spaniard Aranburu in the Quarter-finals.

A special prize, the NIXON WTA (Winner Take All) award, was given to Australian goofy-foot Nathan Hedge (AUS), the former world number seven and 2005 Billabong Pro, J’Bay finalist earning the highest heat total of the event in Roun 1, a near-perfect 19.27 out of a possible 20.00.

Hedge’s prize, a Nixon 51-30 tide watch valued at over $10,000 USD. The winning timepiece features a diamond-encrusted bezel, a high polish all black subdial/hands and the South African flag at the six o’clock position.

“What a sick prize, a few years ago I was in the final with AI (Andy Irons, former three-time ASP Men’s World Champion and 2004 Billabong Pro, J’Bay champion) and he needed a perfect ten to beat me and he got it, so maybe it was AI who sent me the ten this year” said Hedge.

All the highlights and newsfeed vision from an incredible week can be found at:
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Epic Waves For Opening Day Of Billabong Pro J-Bay

July 10th, 2012 No comments

Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay – Former ASP Men’s World Tour surfer, Nathan “Hog” Hedge (Narrabeen, NSW, AUS) has matched power with perfection, scoring a perfect 10 point ride in the opening round of the 6-star Men’s World Qualifying Series event taking place at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Competitors in the US$155,000 tournament awoke to epic two-metre plus conditions on Day 1 and it was the “Hog” who stole the show, belting the long J’Bay walls and winning the crowd with his enthusiastic claims.

The semi-retired 34 year-old achieved his best world tour result at the famous J’Bay point break back in 2004, posting a finals result that boosted him to a career high 7th in the world. And today, the Hog was back to his J’Bay best, easily registering the highest two-wave combined heat total of 19.27 out of a possible perfect 20 points.

Other surfers to progress to Round 2 with wins today included reigning ASP World Junior Champion Ciao Ibelli (BRA), local favourite and Supertubes specialist Sean Holmes (ZAF), Hawaii’s Sebastien Zietz (Haw) and 2010 World Junior Champion, Jack Freestone (Gold Coast, AUS).

The excellent surf is forecasted to continue on Day 2 when 10 of the world’s highest rated campaigners are due to hit the water. Among the big-name draw cards are two-time and defending Billabong Pro champion, Jordy Smith (ZAF), Hawaiian prodigy and current world rated number five, John John Florence (Oahu, Haw), Brazilian Adriano De Souza (BRA) and former Men’s World Champion, C.J. Hobgood (FL, USA).

Organisers expect to start from 07:00am local time.

The official press launch was held last night and attended by local dignitaries Mr Makhulbulu and Councillor Virginia Cameleo Benjamin, representative of the Department of Sports, Recreation Arts and Culture.

By becoming a World Qualifying Series tournament, the Billabong Pro has this year increased its field from 38 to 144 competitors, affording dozens of local and international hopefuls a chance at competing at one of the world’s premier wave locations.

Glenn Hall crowned Mr Price Pro Ballito Champion

July 8th, 2012 No comments

Ballito, KwaDukuza, South Africa Sunday July 8, 2012  – Australian born, Irish surfer Glenn Hall, 30, secured the biggest win of his career taking out the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito defeating Nathaniel Curran, 27, (USA) in the Final at Willards Beach, in South Africa on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

The final day of competition culminated with the best swell of the waiting period as solid 1.5 metre, offshore conditions provided the idyllic arena for an action-packed day of world-class surfing.

Hall held his composure throughout the 35- minute Final, opening with an excellent 8.33 (out of ten) waiting until the final minute to regain his priority, earning more than the required score to snatch the win from Curran with his 6.67 back-up ride, winning the heat by 15.00 to 13.67 (both out of 20.00).

“It’s the biggest win of my career by far, I kinda felt like if you got the wave out there you could get the score and I was just praying for a wave at the end,” Hall said. “Nathaniel is an amazing surfer and I was pumped to have a Final against him. It was always going to be a tough heat but I’ve learnt never to be content with second and to always push for more until you’ve won.”

Hall’s victory comes off the back of a stellar competition season winning a 4 Star in China followed by a runner-up finish at the ASP Prime Lowers Pro at Trestles, California, his consistency rocketing him from 27th to 16th on the World Rankings.

“It’s still a long road ahead and I’m just going to keep trying and see where I end up,” Hall explained. “I’m not doing JBay (6 Star) and I’m proud of my choice. I came here and put all eggs into one basket because if you are here to qualify its about the Primes. That’s my focus so I’m taking it to the next event in America.”

Curran proved a standout throughout the week revealing the depth of his surfing repertoire with a combination of airs, barrels and carves but suffered a disappointing defeat in the Final losing priority and ultimately gifting the Australian the win.

“It still feels great to get a result,” Curran said. “I’ve been struggling for a year and a half so I’m stoked to make the Final. It was an awesome contest, I’ve been coming here since I was 18 and the waves are always insane. I love coming here and I can’t wait for next year.”

Taking down some big names including South African hopeful Travis Logie (ZAF) in the Quarterfinals, followed by ASP Word No. 4 Adriano De Souza (BRA) in the Semifinals, Curran’s runner-up finish sees him jump from 96th to 42nd on the World Rankings.

Adriano De Souza showed exactly why he is the World No. 4, posting convincing heat wins all week as well as the highest individual wave score of the event a 9.50 against Brian Toth (PIR) in the Quarterfinals. De Souza finished equal third falling just short of the mark against Curran in the Semis.

“I’m disappointed not to be in the Final but it’s still a good result,” De Souza said. “I came here without any pressure and Nathaniel was surfing better than me so he deserves to be in the Final. I’ll be here watching the best two guys in the event battle it out in the Final and may the best man win.”

Nat Young (USA) posted his best result of the year placing equal third, reaching the Semifinals where he was narrowly defeated by Hall with 14.50 to 14.67.  Young proved on-point throughout the week, taking down top names including former Mr Price Pro Champion World No. 8 Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the Quarterfinals.

South African’s Jordy Smith and Travis Logie placed equal fifth, the pair reaching the Quarterfinals where they were eliminated, Logie by Curran and Smith by Young.

Brian Toth (PRI) and Jack Freestone (AUS) joined the South African duo with equal fifth place results, Toth defeated by De Souza while Freestone fell to fellow Australian Hall.

The 13th edition of the Mr Price Pro Ballito proved a resounding success with record crowds and world –class surfing from 96 of the world’s finest surfers.

For more information log on to www.mrpricepro.com.

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RESULTS:

Final: 

Glenn Hall (IR) 15.00 def Nathaniel Curran (USA) 13.67

Semifinal

Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.10 def Adriano De Souza (BRA) 11.00

Heat: Glenn Hall (IR) 14.67 def Nat Young (USA) 14.50

Quarterfinals

Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.60 def Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.83

Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.33 def Brian Toth (PRT) 5.73

Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 15.00 def Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.00

Heat 4: Glenn Hall (IR) 10.44 def Jack Freestone (AUS) 9.90

LOCALS PROGRESS AT MR PRICE PRO BALLITO

July 3rd, 2012 No comments

Ballito, KwaDukuza, South Africa Tuesday July 3, 2012  South African surfers asserted themselves against many of the world’s best with four out of five advancing through the Round of 96 at the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito on Tuesday July 2, 2012.

With clean, although at times inconsistent one-metre waves peeling through the Willards Beach lineup, positioning proved critical for surfers looking to advance on the opening day of competition.

ASP World No. 24 Travis Logie (Durban, ZAF) lead the local charge, the seasoned international campaigner prudent with his wave selection jumping from fourth into first place in the final minutes, advancing along with fellow countryman Beyrick De Vries (Umhlanga).

“It was a really tough heat, I think everyone had a pretty good score before I even took off on a wave,” Logie said. “I was getting a bit stressed out towards the end but I managed to get a set wave followed by another good one on the inside and pretty much held the lead to the end.”

Renowned for his lightening fast backhand snaps, the explosive goofy-footer (right-foot forward stance) was one of a handful of goofy-footers to win their heats on a wave that more often than not favours natural-footers.

Wildcard surfer Beyrick De Vries joined Logie in using local knowledge to out-position his opponents and completed the first of the event’s aerial reverses, to advance into the next round.

“Ballito is pretty close to home, so I feel really comfortable out there,” de Vries said. “I’ve struggled to get into Star events this year so earning a wildcard from the ASP was a massive help and I’m really stoked to get through.”

Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay, ZAF) found himself pitted against a trio of hungry Australians keeping himself in contention with a combination of power and new school maneuvers, advancing in second place behind heat winner Nathan Hedge (AUS).

“It was tough out there, there weren’t many waves but when they came, they were fun,” Joubert said. “I’ve been slugging away on the Star Tour all year so it’s great to have an event at home. My aim is just to get on that World Tour as soon as possible.”

Placing equal 9th at the Mr Price Pro Ballito last year, Joubert’s impressive early morning performance saw him eliminate World Championship Tour (WCT) campaigner Adam Melling (AUS) and Perth Standlick (AUS) to advance into the next round.

Former WCT campaigner Bernado Miranda (BRA) emerged as the day’s standout making the most of the deteriorating conditions to post the highest heat score of the day a 17.10 (out of 20.00).

“The conditions were ok, it was windy but there were still a few fun rides and if you got a good one you could do three of four turns,” Miranda said. “I had some very experienced surfers in my heat, so I just tried to pick the best waves.”

Miranda dominated the scoreboard  with a pair of 8.17 and an 8.93 (both out of ten) rides eliminating Charles Martin (GLP), Brendon Gibbens (ZAF) and ASP World No. 18 Brett Simpson (USA).

Tomas Hermes (BRA) joined his fellow countryman with an excellent 8.17 that saw him advance over Stu Kennedy (AUS), wildcard Conner Coffin (USA) and Jean De Silva (BRA).

“I’m so happy to start this event with a good performance,” Hermes said. “This is my third year in Ballito, I love this place, it has beautiful waves with a lot of power and I’m happy with my result.”

Japan’s Masatoshi Ohno enjoyed success on his backhand, securing an excellent 8.10 for his critical performance through the end section, topping a heated exchange against Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), 2009 Mr Price Pro Champion Tanner Gudauskas (USA) and Timmy Reyes (USA). .

Pipeline specialist and big wave surfer Torrey Meister (HAW) proved just as skilled in smaller waves, keeping his surfing above the lip to complete one of the biggest air- reverses of the day, advancing with an excellent 8.00 along with Jadson Andre (BRA).

Former Elite tour campaigner Nathan Hedge (AUS) enjoyed a welcome return to competition after an 18- month hiatus, earning a well-deserved victory during Round 1.

“I’m so grateful to be back in a Prime event,” Hedge said. “It’s just incredible to be back surfing this tour again.”

Heats 1 – 9 of the Round of 96 were completed before onshore winds and a high tide deemed conditions uncontestable forcing organisers to call the event off until tomorrow.

While the action in the water was put on hold,  the Mr Price Pro Ballito Festival continued to pump throughout the day with everything from skateboarding to BMX demos, live music and more keeping holiday makers entertained in the Festival area.

The next call will be at 0700h (local time) tomorrow morning for a possible 0715h start.

For more information log on to www.mrpricepro.com

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RESULTS 

Round of 96

Heat 1: Tiago Pires (POR) 11.60; Chad du Toit (ZAF) 10.40; Yuri Sodre (BRA) 10.16; Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 9.20

Heat 2: Ohno Masatoshi (JPN) 13.93; Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.56; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.77; Tim Reyes (USA) 8.30

Heat 3: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 13.67; Stu Kennedy (AUS) 12.60; Conner Coffin (USA) 11.33; Jean da Silva (BRA) 5.37

Heat 4: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.70; Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.17;  Mason Ho (HAW) 11.33; Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 10.74

Heat 5: Nathan Hedge (AUS) 12.70; Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 11.47; Adam Melling (AUS) 9.47 ; Perth Standlick (AUS) 7.53

Heat 6: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 13.44;  Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 11.50; Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 9.27 ; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 4.63

Heat 7: Brian Toth (PRI) 14.57; Garrett Parkes (AUS) 13.34; Marlon Lipke (DEU) 11.74;   Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 8.00

Heat 8: Bernado Miranda (BRA) 17.10; Charles Martin (GLP) 14.40; Brendon Gibbens (ZAF) 7.40;  Brett Simpson (USA) 7.40

Heat 9: Torrey Meister (HAW) 14.50; Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.66; Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.00; Aritz Aranburu (BRA)

Country’s top surfers ready for SA leg of ASP World Tour in July

July 1st, 2012 No comments

The country’s top competitive surfers are ready to take on more than 100 of their international foes over the next two weeks as South Africa hosts the annual mid-year two-event leg of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour.

Even though the downgrading of the Billabong Pro J-Bay to a 6-Star rated ASP World Tour event means that the all of the world’s top 34 surfers will not be competing here for the first time since 1997, 17 of those on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will join local elite tour members Jordy Smith and Travis Logie for the Prime rated Mr Price Pro Ballito starting on Monday.

Smith will be the crowd favourite in local waters after winning at Ballito in 2010 before going on win at Jeffreys Bay, a title that he successfully defended last year. The Durban born and raised current WCT No. 8, who now resides in Cape Town when not on tour, is going all out to bolster his confidence and his ASP World Tour ranking of No. 13 in his home waters.

“I haven’t had the greatest year and I think it will be good to go home and regroup and rebuild my confidence for the second half of the year,” Smith explained. “I’ve be in Reunion doing some board testing prior to the Pro as the waves are similar to Ballito (hollow right handers), so I got a lot of practice and am coming in fresh for the contest and hopefully win it.”

Durban based Logie, who was crowned the South African Surfer of the Year in Durban on Friday evening, will be equally determined to post a victory in his home event. A fierce competitor who has spent nearly seven years at the highest level of competitive surfing, Logie’s proven ability in big waves, lightening fast reflexes and the capability to pack more manoeuvres into a ride than virtually anyone make the 32 year-old a strong contender in all conditions.

“I’ve come everywhere in this event except first,” Logie said of the Mr Price Pro. “I’ve got second down to 33rd and almost everything in-between and it’s my home event so I have an enormous desire to win.”

While Smith and Logie are amongst the top seeds in both the local events, Greg Emslie, a nine-year year WCT veteran who has won nearly every contest he has entered in SA since retiring from international competition at the end of 2009, is a wildcard at Ballito and a serious threat to everyone at J-Bay.

“I am feeling great right now,” Emslie said on his preparation for the events. “I’ve been trying to get in the water twice a day and the waves have been excellent this winter season. I wake up at 4.30am and do training with my brothers, so it has been a fun build up and I’m amped!”

SA’s current crop of ASP World Tour campaigners are all entered in both events and the likes of Royden Bryson (Cape Town), Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), Brandon Jackson (Durban North), Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) will be determined to seize the opportunity to pocket invaluable rankings points and earn a share of the substantial prize-money on offer in familiar conditions.

While the Billabong Pro J-Bay event organisers have yet to announce the six wildcards in their 144-man field, the five who will join Emslie in the 96-man Mr Price Pro Ballito are Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie), SA Junior Surfer of the Year, Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) and Chad du Toit (Durban), who all received ASP Africa wildcards, with the sponsor’s wildcards going to Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) and Conner Coffin (USA).

The Ballito event will also run an eight-man trials event featuring current SA Open champion Casey Grant (Scottburgh), David Van Zyl (Glenashley), Klee Strachan (Amanzimtoti), David Weare (Durban), Dan Redman (Umdloti) and Matt Bromley, Mikey February and Davey Brand, all from Kommetjie. The top two finishers in the trials earn a berth in the main event.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), ranked No. 4 on the WCT, will be the top seed in both South African events. Smith is the second seed and other highly ranked international contenders include the Hobgood brothers – 2001 ASP World champion CJ and his equally talented twin Damien – fellow Americans Brett Simpson and defending Mr Price Pro winner Patrick Gudauskas, Brazilians Alejo Muniz, Jadson Andre and Wiggolly Dantas, Tiago Pires (POR) and Australians Matt Wilkinson, Yadin Nicol and Adam Melling.

South Africans will also get to see legendary 1999 ASP World champion Mark Occhilupo (AUS) in action as the winner of the inaugural ASP event at Jeffreys Bay back in 1984 makes a determined effort to re-qualify for elite WCT status at the ripe old age of 46.

The Mr Price Pro Ballito runs from 2 to 8 July at Willards Beach, Ballito. This Prime rated event offers US $250 000 (approx. R2.1 million) with 6 500 rankings points going to the winner and all the action can be followed via www.mrpricepro.com

The Billabong Pro J-Bay runs 10 to 15 July at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay and is a 6-Star rated event that carries a US $155 000 prize-purse and the winner earns 3 500 points on the rankings list. See www.billabong.com for more information.

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