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Joel Parkinson wins ASP World Title : Seals season with Billabong Pipe Masters win

December 15th, 2012 No comments

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii – Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, claimed his maiden ASP World Title on Saturday at the final stop of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season, by winning the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons. The Billabong Pipe Masters was the third and final leg of the Hawaiian Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series.

Only Parkinson and reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, were in contention for the world title heading into the final day. Parkinson needed to finish one position higher to claim the title that has eluded him for the past 12 years. With Slater’s loss to Josh Kerr (AUS), 28, in the semi-final, Parkinson’s dream became reality. Parkinson went on to beat Kerr in the final.

“Consistency paid off,” Parkinson said. “This is where I wanted to stand at the end of the year. This is what I’ve worked for my whole life. I can’t describe what this feels like. I’ve had runner-ups and ups-and-downs. I’ve been to hell and back and it makes this so much sweeter. All the love from Hawaii and Australia and over the world, I can’t thank you all enough for supporting me.

“One day you wake up feeling good the next day you wake up feeling like a loser. This morning I felt like a Champion when I woke up. Like Andy (Irons) always said ‘I got this, huh?’ I dedicate this to my family, Dad who used to take me to contests when I was 10, my wife and my mom and kids, this is all for us,” said Parkinson.

Parkinson has been the world title bridesmaid four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2011). His Billabong Pipe Masters victory is his 11th elite event win over the course of his career, and by clinching the ASP World Title has established himself as one of the greatest surfers of all time.

Joel Parkinson 2012 ASP WCT Results:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: 5th
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 3rd
Billabong Rio Pro: 2nd
Volcom Fiji Pro: 9th
Billabong Pro Tahiti: 2nd
Hurley Pro at Trestles: 2nd
Quiksilver Pro France: 3rd
Rip Curl Pro Portugal: 3rd
O’Neill Coldwater Classic: 5th
Billabong Pipe Masters: WINNER

Slater was reflective following his Semifinal defeat this afternoon and gracious in honoring Parkinson on stage in front of a capacity crowd at the Banzai Pipeline.

“For whatever reason, the momentum went in Parko’s direction. It was cool that it came down to this, it would have been cooler to have it come down to the Final. Joel’s been on tour for 10 or 11 years now and been in the hunt ever since he started. He’s an amazing surfer. He’s just the guy that makes it look easy. He can pull whatever out when he needs to,” said Slater.

Josh Kerr battled his way to a career first ASP WCT Final. The Australian suffered a heavy wipeout in his round four heat with Slater and Gabriel Medina (BRA), resulting in a brief trip to the hospital. After medical clearance, Kerr overcame the setback to take it all the way to the final and finishing the 2012 ASP season ranked No. 8 on the ASP WCT rankings.

Damien Hobgood (USA), 33, eliminated defending event champion Kieren Perrow (AUS), 35, while attaining his best result of his season. Hobgood was a standout at both Pipeline and Backdoor, but was unable to surpass Parkinson in their Semifinals matchup, finishing equal 3rd, vaulting him up to 16th on the 2012 ASP WCT rankings.

SPECIALTY AWARDS:

John John Florence (HAW) – 2012 ASP Rookie of the Year.
John John Florence (HAW) – Hawaiian Airlines Airshow Winner – best aerial of the Vans Triple Crown
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) – Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Champion

Highlights from the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons are available at www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2012

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS FINAL RESULT:
1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.17 – US$75,000
2 – Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.83 – US$30,000

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.30 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.63
SF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.13 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 4.90

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.83 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.17
QF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.50 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.40
QF 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.00 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.17
QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.73 def. Shane Dorian (HAW) 18.20

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.23 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 3.26
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.94 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.00
Heat 3: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 13.00 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.00
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.27 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.66

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.57, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.10, Kelly Slater (USA) 8.10
Heat 4: Shane Dorian (HAW) 6.53, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 5.83, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 4.23

2012 ASP WCT Top 5:
1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2 – Kelly Slater (USA)
3 – Mick Fanning (AUS)
4 – John John Florence (HAW)
5 – Adriano de Souza (BRA)

South Africans (Both requalified for the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour)
12 – Jordy Smith (ZAF)
21 – Travis Logie

ENDS

Pictured: Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, clinched his maiden ASP World Title and the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii with rides like this at Backdoor Pipeline

Photo: ASP / Cestari

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About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

 

Travis Logie and Jordy Smith eliminated in pumping waves at Billabong Pipe Masters : Zietz wins Vans Triple Crown

December 10th, 2012 No comments

Billabong Pipe Masters In Memory of Andy Irons
Event No. 10 of 10 on 2012 ASP World Championship Tour
Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii
Dec 8-20, 2012

Banzai Pipeline, Oahu/Hawaii – South Africans Travis Logie and Jordy Smith were bundled out of the season ending Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons yesterday as the waves continued to produce incredibly hollow tube rides across the shallow Banzai Pipeline reef.

Logie was ousted in Round 2 by in-form Hawaiian wildcard Sebastian Zietz, 24, who was officially crowned the 2012 Vans Triple Crown Champion two heats later when Adam Melling (AUS), his nearest rival for the prestigious title, was eliminated by Miguel Pupo (BRA).

Zietz collected US $100 000, a $30 000 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a $10 000 custom Nixon watch for his Triple Crown victory. The Kauaian went on to cause a major upset by eliminating current ASP WCT No. 4 and crowd favourite John John Florence (HAW) in Round 3 of the Billabong Pipe Masters before becoming the first competitor to reach the quarter-finals when he won his Round 4 match up with Damien Hobgood and Dane Reynolds, both from the USA.

Smith was defeated by 2001 ASP World Champion CJ Hobgood (USA) in their Round 3 clash with the Floridian getting deeper in the left breaking waves than the South African.

Logie and Smith were joined on the sidelines by ASP World Title contender Mick Fanning (AUS) who could not match the high scoring exploits of big wave charger and Billabong wildcard Shane Dorian with the Hawaiian weaving his way through a pair of throaty Backdoor barrels to post a narrow 15.67 vs. 15.07 victory

The battle for the 2012 ASP World Title continues with current rankings leader Joel Parkinson (AUS) comprehensively outpointing dangerous local wildcard Kalani Chapman (HAW) in Round 3 and then winning his three-man Round 4 match-up against defending Pipeline champion Kieron Perrow (AUS) and CJ Hobgood in the last heat of the day to advance directly to the quarter-finals.

“It’s good to get in the water and start the game,” Parkinson said. “It was torture watching yesterday, but it’s a nervous frustration.”

Meanwhile in the bottom half of the draw, Kelly Slater (USA) posted a 9.73 for a really deep ride on a Pipeline left and backed that up with an 8.90 for a hollow Backdoor right to record 18.63 out of a possible 20, the highest heat tally of the event to date, while fending off the challenge of Hawaiian Billy Kemper in Round 3.

“We’ve had enough time to think about it,” Slater said about the importance of focusing on each heat at the Billabong Pipe Masters rather than the distractions that come along with the ASP World Title Race. ” If you’re thinking about that during your heat, you’re not thinking about what’s going on in the water. You have to be clear minded from all of that stuff.”

When the contest resumes, Slater will take on Brazilian phenom Gabriel Medina, who amassed a heat total of 18.50 for his stylish tube-riding on the lefts, and Josh Kerr (AUS), who earned 18.13 for his exploits on the rights, in what promises to be a high performance display of contest surfing. The winner will advance directly to the Quarters while those placed second and third get another chance to move into the last eight in Round 5.

If Slater does not reach the quarters, Parkinson, a four-time runner-up, will clinch his maiden ASP World Title.

The title is decided by the total of each surfer’s best eight results from the 10 stops on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). Even though ‘Parko’ has a 3 200 point lead over Slater in the rankings, the 11-time and reigning ASP World Champion will replace a much lower ‘throwaway’ score and, if he does make it into the quarters, Parko will need to advance to the semis.

If Slater then also makes the semis, to win the world title Parko will need to get into the final. If Slater joins him there, and the seeding dictates that the final is only place that the two can actually come up against each other in the same heat, then the situation reverses and Slater will have to win the event to be crowned the ASP World Champion for a record setting 12th time.

Surfline, the official surf forecaster for the Vans Triple Crown events, predicts that the current swell will continue to fade through Monday with 1.5 to three metre mostly right-breaking waves in the morning, getting smaller during the day. The swell will be head-high or smaller though Tuesday and Wednesday with a new medium size swell due for Thursday and a much larger new swell due on Friday if the storms now forming near Japan develop as predicted.

Event organizers will reconvene at 6:30am (6:30pm SA time) today to assess conditions for a possible 8am (8pm) start.

All the action from the Billabong Pipe Masters can be followed live via http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2012/live. The website also features comprehensive coverage of every heat already surfed in the ‘Heat Analyser’ section

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Sunday’s Results

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS REMAINING ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 4: Shane Dorian (HAW) 13.77 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.10
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.60 def. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 12.76
Heat 6: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.73 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.17
Heat 7: Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.00 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 13.26
Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.66 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 9.90
Heat 10: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.17 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.17
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.47 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 3.83
Heat 12: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 16.33 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 7.12

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.00 def. John John Florence (HAW) 7.83
Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.10 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.83
Heat 3: Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.83 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 8.50
Heat 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.16 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.17
Heat 5: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.60 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.87
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.17 def. Kalani Chapman (HAW) 13.50
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.50 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.06
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.13 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.13
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.63 def. Billy Kemper (HAW) 15.50
Heat 10: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.83 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.66
Heat 11: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.83 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.10
Heat 12: Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.67 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.07

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.40, Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.17, Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.96
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.10, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 6.20, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 5.83

REMAINING BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 4 MATCH UPS:
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 4: Yadin Nicol (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Shane Dorian (HAW)

ENDS

Pictured: Travis Logie (Durban) was eliminated from Billabong Pipe Masters by Hawaiian wildcard Sebastian Zietz in their Round 2 clash on Sunday

Photo: ASP / Cestari
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About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

Big waves expected at Pipeline as Travis Logie and Jordy Smith get started in season-ending event in Hawaii

December 9th, 2012 No comments

Billabong Pipe Masters In Memory of Andy Irons
Event No. 10 of 10 on 2012 ASP World Championship Tour
Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii
Dec 8-20, 2012

Banzai Pipeline, Oahu/Hawaii – The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons completed all 12 heats in Round 1 and the first three heats of Round 2 of competition on Saturday in pumping two to three metre waves at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii.

Day one at the final stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), which will determine this year’s ASP World Title and is the final jewel of the Vans Triple Crown, saw the lower seeds amongst the ASP Top 34 battling the notorious local wildcards in a rising swell as they attempted to re-qualify for the 2013 ASP WCT.

Surfline, the official surf forecaster for the Vans Triple Crown events, predicts that the current swell will peak overnight Saturday with Sunday featuring general three metre waves with occasional five metre sets and favourable offshore trade winds before the swell starts to fade going into Monday.

South Africans Travis Logie and Jordy Smith get their respective campaigns underway in the challenging conditions later today. Both face tough opponents with Logie taking on in-form Hawaiian wildcard Sebastien Zietz in Heat 6 of Round 2 and Smith pitted against 2001 ASP World Champion CJ Hobgood (USA) in Heat 5 of Round 3.

Logie, equal 17th on the ASP WCT rankings going into the event, is well placed to retain his spot amongst the top 22 who automatically qualify for next year’s WCT. Although seven of those currently outside the qualification cut-off mark are still in contention and could potentially overtake the 33 year-old Durbanite, winning his Round 2 encounter would all but ensure Logie another year in the highest echelons of international competition while a loss would leave him sitting nervously on the beach waiting for his rivals’ results.

Logie’s task is complicated by facing Zietz, an opponent who will not only have the parochial local crowd supporting his every ride but who is in sensational form. The young Hawaiian earned a wildcard into the Billabong Pipe Masters by topping the Van Triple Crown rankings after winning the Prime rated first leg at Haleiwa in November and finishing third at Sunset Beach in the second stop earlier this month.

Zietz will be fiercely determined to advance to secure the Triple Crown title, second only to the ASP World Title in prestige, which earns the winner a US $100 000 (approx. R850 000) payout plus a $30 000 Harley Davidson and a $10 000 jewel encrusted Nixon watch.

Smith faces an equally stern test of his credentials against CJ Hobgood who defeated the 24 year-old South African in similar hollow, powerful waves in Fiji earlier this year. Hobgood reached Round 3 here via a comprehensive 15.17 vs. 13.57 point victory yesterday over former Pipe Masters champion and acknowledged Pipeline standout Jamie O’Brien (HAW).

Ranked No. 12 coming into this event, Smith will want to advance through at least a couple of rounds to end the year ranked in the top 10 which will give him preferential seeding in 2013 and earn performance bonuses from his sponsors.

An aspect that may well benefit Smith in his clash with Hobgood is Surfline’s prediction that the swell direction will become progressively more Northerly as the day wears on. This will produce more right-breaking waves on the Backdoor section of the dangerously shallow Pipeline reef which would suit Smith more than his opponent whose goofy-foot stance is more advantageous on the traditional left breaking waves at Pipeline.

Besides the South Africans, all eyes will be on current rankings leader Joel Parkinson (AUS), 11-time and reigning ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) who are locked in a titanic battle for the 2012 title.

All three start in Round 3 and are thus guaranteed to earn at least equal 13th place. Fanning’s chances of a third title rely on him winning at Pipeline with Slater not reaching the semis and Parkinson eliminated before the final.

If Parko finishes13th (R3 loss), 9th (R5 loss) or 5th (quarter-final loss), Slater will win the title if he reaches the quarters. If Parko loses out in the semis (3rd place), Slater also needs to reach the semis for an unprecedented 12th title while if Parko makes it to the final then Slater needs to win the contest.

Round 3 sees Parkinson and Slater drawn against local Pipe experts Kalani Chapman and Billy Kemper respectively, each of whom won two heats against established top 32 stars yesterday, brining all of the above scenarios into play in what will be a pivotal day in the 2012 ASP World Title race.

Event organizers will reconvene at 6:30am (6:30pm SA time) today to assess conditions for a possible 8am (8pm) start.

All the action from the Billabong Pipe Masters can be followed live via http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2012/live. The website also features comprehensive coverage of every heat already surfed in the ‘Heat Analyser’ section

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.00 def. Evan Valiere (HAW) 9.50
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.50 def. Tyler Newton (HAW) 6.26
Heat 3: Kalani Chapman (HAW) 15.83 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 5.70
Heat 4: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 15.33 def. Flynn Novak (HAW) 9.76
Heat 5: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 8.43 def. Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 5.93
Heat 6: Billy Kemper (HAW) 11.00 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 10.17
Heat 7: Adam Melling (AUS) 11.66 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 7.73
Heat 8: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 16.34 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.94
Heat 9: Shane Dorian (HAW) 14.50 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 9.83
Heat 10: Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 14.73 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 7.84
Heat 11: Dane Reynolds (USA) 11.34 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 3.10
Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.27 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 10.77

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kalani Chapman (HAW) 13.84 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.60
Heat 2: Billy Kemper (HAW) 9.33 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 5.04
Heat 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.17 def. Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 13.57

REMAINING BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 2 MATCH UPS:
Heat 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Shane Dorian (HAW)
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 6: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 7: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Fred Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 10: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 11: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Kalani Chapman (HAW)
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Billy Kemper (HAW)
Heat 10: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBD

ENDS

Pictured: Hawaiian wildcard Sebastian Zietz weaves his way through the tube at Pipeline on his way to yesterday’s Round 1 victory and a match-up with Travis Logie (Durban) in Round 2 at the Billabong Pipeline Masters later today
Photo: ASP / Kirstin
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About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

Mikey February and Tanika Hoffman dominate Liquid Blast WP Surfing Championships

December 3rd, 2012 No comments

Michael February and Tanika Hoffman dominated proceedings at the 2012 Liquid Blast WP Surfing Championships held at Kalk Bay Reef on Saturday and Misty Cliffs on Sunday.

February was unbeatable throughout the event, clinching the WP titles in both the Under 20 and Open men’s divisions and receiving an additional R1 500 for the Liquid Blast ‘Master Blaster’ award. The lanky 19-year-old from Kommetjie was also crowned the 2012 WP Surfer of the Year at the awards ceremony following the contest for his outstanding performances locally, nationally and internationally.

Hoffman demonstrated the experience she has gained after spending virtually the whole year based in France and competing internationally by securing both the U20 and Open women’s titles. The petite 20 year-old from Clifton is hoping to spend another year overseas in 2013.

The junior boys’ events were completed in challenging surf at Kalk Bay Reef on Saturday with Max Elkington taking the U11 title, Ethan Fletcher the U13’s, Jordy Maree the U15’s and Ethan Pentz the U17’s.

The event was moved Misty Cliffs on Sunday where Ruth Armstrong collected the U15 girls’ title, Samantha Sutton the U17’s and Carolyn Dent the Over 35 women’s crown.

Rory Heard was the winner of the men’s Over 35 division, Steven Gadd took the O40’s, Dave Jenkins the O45’s, Dave Stubbs the O50’s and Hans Kamhoot the O55’s.

The awards function began with the results of the WP Inter-school League which was run during the second and third terms and won by SACS 1st Team followed by Wynberg, SACS 2nd Team, Fish Hoek and Constantia Waldorf.

The special awards to honour those who contributed to WP Surfing throughout the year included the Kirk Cotrell trophy which went to Ashley Legg. Dillon Lowenthal was the Top Judge, Chris Bond the Surf Shack Coach of the Year, Benji Brand the Junior Surfer of the Year, Steven Gadd the top Master and Roxy Davis received the Friendship award.

Photographer Greg Chapman of chappypix.co.za took the Media award, Neil Zietsman the Sportsmanship award and the Achievement award went to big wave charger Frank Solomon who finished the 2012 season No. 10 in the Big Wave World Tour rankings.

The Basil Lomberg Memorial Trophy, which honours the man who re-launched the International Surfing Association (ISA) in the late 1970’s and rewards the top Western Province administrator annually, deservedly went to Karen Elkington.

Bruce Anderson, who retired as Chairman at the AGM but will stay on as Treasurer of the association, was presented with a custom surfboard in recognition of his many years of selfless dedication and support.

The ceremony ended with a rousing cheer of appreciation for Ari Laspatsis of Liquid Blast Energy Drink who came on board as the sponsor of the WP Surfing Championships and generously contributed substantialprize-money and support for the event.

WP surfing would also like to thank the contributions from Lifestyle Surfshop, Bitch Surfboards, Waves School of Surfing, Kahuna Creations, Green Africa 4 Free Play, Corner Surfshop and Vitamin Water

Further information and images from the WP Champs can be found at www.facebook.com/wpsurfing?ref=ts&fref=ts

Ends

Pictured: Michael February, seen here in action at Misty Cliffs on Sunday, was crowned the Western Province Surfer of the Year for 2012
Photo: Greg Chapman

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