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Team SA continue to impress on Day 2 of ISA World Surfing Games in Panama

May 7th, 2013 No comments
Shaun Joubert completed this spectacular air-reverse to post the Men’s highest single ride score of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama on Monday. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Shaun Joubert completed this spectacular air-reverse to post the Men’s highest single ride score of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama on Monday. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African surfing team continued to post impressive performances on Day 2 of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama when all six team members advanced to the next round in their respective qualifying streams and captain Shaun Joubert produced the highest scoring single ride of the Men’s event to date.

Making excellent use of the morning’s clean but tricky head-high conditions at Santa Catalina, Joubert briefly took an early lead in his Round 2 match-up with a 5.83 before being overtaken by Mexico’s Adrian Rodriguez who negotiated his way past the fast breaking third section of the wave to earn an 8.50.

Realising the difficulty of getting long rides, Joubert dropped into his next wave and blasted a vertical off-the-lip manoeuvre, carved a roundhouse cutback and then launched a high-flying air reverse that he landed cleanly to get a massive 9.87 from the judges, two of whom rewarded him with a perfect 10 point score.

Joubert couldn’t improve on his second highest score of 5.83 and was eventually overtaken by the smooth surfing Mexican who added a 7.50 to his total in the dying seconds of the 20 minute heat, but both safely progressed to Round 3 of the Men’s qualifying stream well ahead of their two opponents.

Earlier Mikey February set the standard for Team SA when he squeezed past Italian standout Frederico Pilurzu to record his second straight heat victory at the event with a narrow 10.16 vs. 10.10 result.

Kommetjie teammate Davey Brand then showed his superior heat management skills by holding onto second place after producing a pair of 6.33 point rides in his Round 2 encounter. Left trailing when Australian Thomas ‘Tiger’ Woods, who grew up and learned to surf in Kommetjie, opened his account with a sensational 9.57 point ride, Brand staved off the challenges of Luca Santamaria (ARG) and Michael Tudela (PER) to earn a berth in Round 3.

David van Zyl followed that up with his second heat victory, ending ahead of WQS campaigner and big-wave charger Gabriel Villaran (Peru) in a see-saw battle. Looking much more comfortable riding his own surfboard, which had been lost in transit on the long trip to Panama, van Zyl steadily accumulated a trio of mid-range scores before shredding a set wave for an 8.0 to take the lead from Villaran with just three minutes remaining.

After Joubert’s heroics and the onset of the customary midday onshore breeze, South Africa’s two women took the waves. Tanika Hoffman demonstrated the experience she gained by spending most of 2012 living in France and competing on the WQS when she comfortably maintained second place behind New Zealand’s Thandi Tipene in her first heat at the event,.

Faye Zoetmulder, like Hoffman a goofy-foot surfer (rides with right foot in front), then posted a similarly strong performance in her opening encounter. Despite the freshening onshore wind making the waves crumble, the 21 year-old from Cape St Francis managed to find a couple of runners on which she delivered a series of manoeuvres that earned her second place and progression to Round 2.

With all six team members remaining in the qualifying stream of the double elimination format, South Africa holds a psychological advantage over the other 23 nations at the event, all of whom have at least one competitor already in the cutthroat repercharge rounds, including defending team champions Australia and second seeds Brazil, both of whom have three members who will have to take the long and gruelling route to the finals.

Today’s action at the Reef ISA World Surfing Games will see the first competitors eliminated from the event when the Women’s repercharge Round 1 heats are run. Hoffman and Zoetmulder will contest their Women’s qualifying Round 2 heats while the SA men have the day off as none of them are in the Men’s repercharge rounds.

Reef ISA World Surfing Games (Santa Catalina, Panama)
Schedule for Day 3 (SA time and SA surfers in brackets)

3pm Women’s repercharge Round 1
3.40pm Women’s qualifying Round 2 (Tanika Hoffman Heat 2, Faye Zoetmulder H3)
5.40pm Men’s repercharge Round 1

All the action can be followed live via webcast at www.isawsg.com Each day’s webcast begins with the Morning Show at 2.40pm (SA time) followed by surfing action starting at 3pm.

The 2013 South African surfing team has been provided with kit by RVCA.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA)

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Perfect start for Team SA on opening day of ISA World Surfing Games in Panama

May 6th, 2013 No comments
Davey Brand carves off the bottom of an overhead wave on Day 1 of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama. Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Davey Brand carves off the bottom of an overhead wave on Day 1 of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama. Photo: ISA / Tweddle

The South African surfing team got off to a perfect start when all four men won their heats on the opening day of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games at Santa Catalina in Panama on Sunday.

Competing against 80 competitors from 24 countries in the ‘Olympics of Surfing’, the SA quartet of team captain Shaun Joubert, Mikey February, Davey Brand and David van Zyl all posted heat totals that were in the top 10 on the day, with Joubert also producing the joint highest single ride score of 9.43 out of 10.

February was the first to take to the excellent 1.0 to 1.5 metre offshore waves peeling along the reef and the lanky 19 year-old from Kommetjie immediately took control of proceedings by grabbing the lead in the third minute with a long ride punctuated by high risk manoeuvres that earned him 7.0 from the judges.

Maintaining the lead with three average rides, February then sealed the heat victory with a 6.33 in the dying seconds of the 20 minute encounter, leaving runner-up Guillermo Satt (Chile) needing 8.50 points to overtake him and dispatching Matt Lewis-Hewitt (NZL) and Michael Banton (JAM) to the repercharge rounds in third and fourth places respectively.

Kommetjie teammate Davey Brand was next up for Team SA and he tore into the classic overhead waves on his backhand, posting scores of 8.0 and 6.67 that left his closest challenger requiring a near perfect 9.50 for victory.

As the conditions deteriorated in the light onshore wind, David van Zyl (Glenashley) racked up an even larger winning margin, leaving his opponents floundering 9.66 points behind while racking up a pair of seven point rides on his way to Round 2 of the qualifying stream in the double-elimination format.

Shaun Joubert, the former Mossel Bay based surfer now resident in California, completed Team SA’s clean sweep by producing a blistering performance in the crumbling waves. After dominating the heat with scores of 7.83 and 8.0, Joubert then caught a bumpy set wave on which he gouged a series of bottom turns and spray-generating lip blasts, finishing off with perfectly executed air-reverse that he rode out of smoothly.

The judges deliberated for some time with one awarding him a perfect 10 out of 10 before the score averaged out at 9.43, giving Joubert a heat tally of 17.43 out of 20, the third highest the day, and leaving the other three surfers in a combination situation where they needed to improve both their scoring rides to overtake him.

Surfline, the official surf forecaster for the Reef ISA World Surfing Games, predict that the swell size will ease slightly with mostly waist to head waves fanned by light offshore winds in the mornings and a light to moderate onshore flow in the afternoons through Monday and Tuesday.

Monday’s schedule starts with the 12 heats of Men’s qualifying Round 2, featuring all four SA men, followed by the 12 heats in the Women’s qualifying Round 1 that will see SA’s Tanika Hoffman (Clifton) and Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) opening their campaigns at the event.

Reef ISA World Surfing Games (Santa Catalina, Panama)
Schedule for Day 2 (SA time and SA surfers in brackets)

3pm Men’s qualifying Round 2 (Mikey February Heat 3, Davey Brand H5, David van Zyl H7, Shaun Joubert H9)
7pm Women’s qualifying Round 1 (Tanika Hoffman Heat 1, Faye Zoetmulder H8)

All the action can be followed live via webcast at www.isawsg.com Each day’s webcast starts with the Morning Show at 2.40pm (SA time) followed by surfing action starting at 3pm.

The 2013 South African surfing team has been provided with kit by RVCA.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA)

ENDS

Issued on behalf of:

Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
0824541149
surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

Compiled & distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

 

Dorian and Dollar Dominate at Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards 2013

May 5th, 2013 No comments
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii) won the Pacifico Tube and Ride of the Year titles.

Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii) won the Pacifico Tube and Ride of the Year titles.

Anaheim, CA, USA — (Saturday, May 4, 2013) — Hawaiian surfer Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) has walked away with one of the sport’s most-prized accolades, the 40 year old winning the Ride of the Year award at the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards ceremony, held at The Grove theatre in Anaheim, California last night.

Dorian received USD$50,000 for the monumental wave he successfully paddled into and surfed at Jaws, Maui, last October. Dorian’s wave also included a gigantic tube ride, which earned him an additional $5,000 and the award for Pacifico Tube.

Dorian’s feat edged out other Billabong XXL Ride of the Year nominees; rides by Californian surfers Shawn Dollar at huge Cortes Bank, CA., Greg Long at Jaws, Maui, and fellow Hawaiians Dave Wassel and Reef McIntosh who both surfed memorable waves during an historic swell at Cloudbreak in Fiji, June 2012.

It was a special night that highlighted a breakthrough year for Dorian, he made XXL history by becoming the first surfer in a single year to be nominated in five categories; Ride of the Year, Pacifico Paddle, Pacifico Tube, XXL Biggest Wave and Surfline Men’s Performance.

Dorian, who is already a multiple XXL Award winner, (he is previous two-time winner of the Surfline Men’s Performance award 2011 & 2004, Ride of the Year winner 2008, Tube 2006) accepted his awards on stage in front of nearly 2,000 industry VIPs, invited guests and peers at the gala show considered the Oscars of surfing.

“I had such anxiety heading up onto the stage, all the boys were up there and all the rides were so incredible, it must have been so difficult to choose between them. It was an amazing year, to win Ride of the Year is huge for me,” said Dorian.

“For Shawn Dollar to paddle into the biggest wave, tow or paddle, all year is absolutely incredible. We’re seeing a change, we’re seeing the best big wave surfing we’ve ever seen. I’m pretty psyched still, I feel like a grom at heart,” he added.

NEW WORLD RECORD
While Dorian’s ride was exceptional, it was not considered the Biggest. Ride of the Year runner-up, Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA, USA), scooped that honor to win the XXL Biggest Wave Award as well as the Pacifico Paddle Award for a Cortes Bank behemoth.

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Dollar’s history-making wave was estimated by experts to be 61 feet in height, a new paddle world record. Cortes Bank is the legendary seamount and mega-wave magnet located 100 miles southwest of Los Angeles.

Dollar previously set the world paddle-in record of 57 feet at Maverick’s in Northern California in 2010, only to have Dorian snatch the spot in the record books in 2011 with a 58 footer at Jaws.

This is the first time in the event’s 13-year history that any waves caught by paddle power have been nominated in the XXL Biggest Wave division, until now that division had been only accessed by surfers using tow-in assists by personal watercraft.

“Is this really happening? Are we really paddling into waves bigger than what we used to tow?” exclaimed Dollar. “It’s surreal, it’s such an honor. This is what I’m passionate about, I’m as big a fan as anyone – to be the guy that set the record? Phenomenal. Stoked. Over the moon. 61 feet? It’s hard to put numbers on those things, but it was the biggest wave I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Dollar.

“When I first saw it, I was absolutely scared to death. I thought I was toasted, I thought it was going to break on my head … 100 miles out to sea … it was worst case scenario type stuff. But the thing backed off and I turned my board around and whipped it and I went from a situation where I thought I wasn’t going to make it, to a situation where I went ‘Fu#k! I just rode the wave of my life!'” explained Dollar.

Dollar dedicated his wave to fallen big wave surfer and friend, Sion Milosky, who drowned at Mavericks in March 2011.

Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA) captured both the Pacifico Paddle and XXL Biggest Wave Awards.
“Death and drowning are absolutely prevalent. I’ve seen people die out there with me. It’s the real deal out there. I’ve kissed the ground when I’ve come in,” said Dollar.

San Clemente surfer, Greg Long, 29, cemented his reputation as a bona fide living legend when he was awarded the Surfline Men’s Performance Award.

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Long’s season has included standout performances right round the globe. He distinguished himself during landmark sessions at Jaws, Mavericks, Pico Alto, Mexico, Fiji and Cortes Bank, where nearly lost his life.

After a three-wave hold down, Long was resuscitated at sea before being airlifted 100 miles to the mainland by US Coast Guard helicopter. Long walked the red carpet at the XXL awards with three of his rescuers – Pilot Lt. Joseph Plunkett, Rescue Swimmer Michael Linehan and Flight Mechanic Kevin Bates.

“Simply put, at Cortes, I drowned. Had I not had a water safety team near right there in that very moment I wouldn’t be here today. That’s just a reality of what we do out there. We’re dealing with forces of nature that are far greater than you. You can train and prepare and I do, intensively. But I found myself in a situation that I personally couldn’t get myself out of,” said Long.

“I’m so glad it happened. It forced me to open my eyes, to not just the surfing world, but the safety aspect and it has helped others too. We’re here to learn and grow and share that information with others. I took life lessons from that moment.”

While Long lost consciousness, his heart did not actually stop.

“There was a very surreal, spiritual moment where I wasn’t present in the physical body that I know and I was actually looking alongside it. It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. It was intense while it was happening, don’t get me wrong, but at the same time mentally I was always okay with what was happening, as strange as that sounds,” Long said.

Long is one of the most regular nominees in the XXL’s 13 year history, having won numerous Awards including Ride of the Year 2009, Monster Paddle and Best Overall performer 2008 and Biggest Wave 2007.

Keala Kennelly (Kauai, Hawaii) claimed her second Billabong Girls Performance award. The unmistakable, hard charging goofy-foot has come close on numerous occasions, putting in do-or-die performances at venues she has become synonymous such as Teahupo’o in Tahiti and of course her native Hawaii.

“Big wave surfing is something I’m passionate about and I’d do it if there were no awards. But it was an incredible year and some crazy big wave surfing went down so it’s nice to be recognized,” said Kennelly.

“I think people have a preconception about what women can do in the water so I like to shatter the s#!t out of that and always try and do better and inspire. I’d also like to dedicate this award to my son,” added Kennelly.

Australian Chris Shanahan (Denmark, WA, AUS) accepted his award for XXL Wipeout of the Year over the phone, all the way from the Land Down Under.

Shanahan’s attempt to abort one of the ugliest, meanest below-sea-level slabs very nearly brought the house down. The Aussie natural footer mistimed his entry into the wave, tried to pull out and was forced to hit the eject button and ended up freefalling into the abyss without his board, making for a truly memorable and gut-wrenching XXL moment.

The wipeout eclipsed other horrifying entries from Hawaii, Portugal, California and West Australia.

In all, over $120,000 in cash and prizes was awarded to the world’s greatest big wave surfers in this the 13th edition of the Billabong XXL Awards presented by Pacifico.

A truly global event, this year’s Billabong XXL entries included hundreds of images and video clips of scores of surfers in action in dozens of countries spanning all the world’s oceans.

The competition window closed on March 20, the start of spring, with every wave ridden at every big wave break around the world in the previous 12 months in contention.

The show was webcast live via BillabongXXL.com, and will be broadcast as a one-hour program on ESPN2 on Sunday, June 9 at Noon PT.

The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards is presented by Pacifico Beer. Pelican Products is the official provider of waterproof cases. Surfline.com is the exclusive surf forecaster of the XXL. The event is sponsored by Surfing Magazine and Air Tahiti Nui Airlines.

RESULTS:

2013 BILLABONG XXL GLOBAL BIG WAVE AWARDS
Presented by Pacifico

RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD
WINNER: Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii Oct 9, 2012 ($50,000) Video by Elliot Leboe ($5,000)
Second place: Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA, USA) at Cortes Bank, Dec 21st, 2012 ($5,000)
Third place: Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii Oct 10, 2012 ($1,500)
Fourth place: Dave Wassel (Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji June 8, 2012 ($1,500)
Fifth place: Reef McIntosh (Kauai, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji June 8, 2012 ($1,500)

PACIFICO PADDLE AWARD
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA, USA) at Cortes Bank, Dec 21st, 2012 (Wave was 61ft, new paddle world record) ($20,000)
Photographed by Frank Quirarte ($4,000)

XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA, USA) at Cortes Bank, Dec 21st, 2012 (First time a paddle surfer has won this category) ($10,000)
Photographed by Rob Keith ($4,000)

PACIFICO TUBE AWARD
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii Oct 9, 2012 ($5,000)
Photographed by Fred Pompermayer ($2,000)

SURFLINE MEN’S PERFORMANCE AWARD
Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA) ($5,000)

BILLABONG GIRLS BEST PERFORMANCE
Keala Kennelly (Kauai, Hawaii, USA) ($5,000)

XXL WIPEOUT AWARD
Chris Shanahan (Denmark, WA, Australia) at The Right, West Australia ($2,000)
Video by Darren McCagh ($1,000)

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ISA World Surfing Games gets underway in Panama

May 5th, 2013 No comments
All 24 nations represented on the podium during the opening ceremony of the 2013 ISA World Surfing Games in Panama on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

All 24 nations represented on the podium during the opening ceremony of the 2013 ISA World Surfing Games in Panama on Saturday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games officially opened in Panama yesterday (Saturday) as over 150 athletes and team officials from 24 countries paraded through the streets of Sona and participated in the Sands of the World ceremony where each delegation poured sand from their local beaches into a glass container, symbolising the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama, in this incredible place of Santa Catalina and it’s amazing Panamanian waves that are feeding us a lot of energy that will transform this into a historic championship,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre, before welcoming speeches from Vice Minister of Tourism, Ernesto Orillac, and Panama’s National Olympic Committee President, Camilo Amado.

The surfing action starts at Santa Catalina at 8am local time (3pm SA time) today (Sunday) when all 24 heats in the Open Men’s qualifying Round 1 will be run. The finals will be run on Sunday 12 May.

Team SA comprises Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), David van Zyl (Glenashley) and the Kommetjie pair of Mikey February and David Brand in the Men’s division and Tanika Hoffman (Clifton) and Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) in the Women’s. The team is managed by Etienne Venter (Jeffreys Bay).

Although young, the South Africans all have recent international experience with Joubert, the team captain and now based in California, currently ranked No. 106 on the ASP World Tour. Van Zyl and Brand are both in the 160’s and February No. 243 while Zoetmulder and Hoffman were Nos. 68 and 84 respectively in the Women’s rankings at the end of 2012.

Round 1 of the Men’s event sees the Saffas pitted against opponents from New Zealand, Chile and Jamaica with the top two finishers in each heat advancing to the next round in the qualifying stream of the double elimination system used at all ISA events.

The surfers placing third and fourth drop into the do-or-die repercharge rounds where any result other than first or second sees them eliminated from the event. By remaining in the qualifying rounds a competitor will compete in six rounds before reaching the Grand Final while those in the repercharge rounds need to contest a total of 10 rounds to win a medal.

The team and individuals are competing for gold, silver, bronze and copper medals with each member contributing points towards the team total based on their final position in the event.

The team accumulating the highest total also wins the Fernando Aguerre World Team Champion Trophy, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Trophy and “Copa V Centenario Del Descubrimiento Del Oceano Pacifico,” or 5th Century Cup of the Discovery of the Pacific Ocean. This commemorative trophy marks the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by the Conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa during the colonial era 500 years ago.

Australia are the defending team champions while South Africa finished seventh when the event was last held in 2011.

All the action can be followed live via webcast at www.isawsg.com

The 2013 South African surfing team has been provided with kit by RVCA.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA)

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Issued on behalf of:

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General Manager
Surfing South Africa
0824541149
surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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