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Jordy Smith ends 5th and tops ASP World Rankings as Alejo Muniz wins Vans US Open of Surfing

July 29th, 2013 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during his quarter-final loss to Matt Banting (AUS) on the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach, California  on Sunday  Credit: ASP/Rowland

Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during his quarter-final loss to Matt Banting (AUS) on the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach, California on Sunday Credit: ASP/Rowland

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, July 28, 2013) – Alejo Muniz (BRA), 23, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Prime Vans US Open of Surfing over Kolohe Andino (USA), 19, in inconsistent 0.5 to one metre waves at Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday.

South African Jordy Smith (Durban), 25, finished equal fifth in the event when he was defeated by Matt Banting (AUS), 18, in their wave-starved quarter-final clash earlier on the day. Smith’s haul of 3 320 points saw him leapfrog Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, winner of the ASP Prime rated event in Ballito at the beginning of July, into the No. 1 spot on the ASP World Rankings.

The Vans US Open of Surfing was the fourth of eight ASP Prime events on the 2013 calendar, offering crucial points towards surfers’ ASP World Ranking and a coveted US$100,000 first place prize purse.

Muniz started the final by getting the best of an opening exchange with Andino, belting a 8.43 out of 10 for a series of seamless front-side turns. The Brazilian quickly backed that up with a ride on his back-hand, scalping a 7.80 on a left breaking in to the pier to solidify the victory.

“I’m so happy, I can’t believe it,” Muniz said. “Today marks the four-year anniversary of my grandfather’s passing and I’d like to dedicate this win to him. This is the biggest win of my career and it’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever surfed in front of. I knew I had to get scores and the waves were dying a little bit with the high tide and the ocean really cooperated with me today.”

Muniz, who entered the Vans US Open ranked No. 24, had struggled to find a big result throughout the first half of his ASP season, but vaults to No. 15 on the rankings compliments of his win in Huntington Beach today.

Kolohe Andino was the last Southern Californian remaining in men’s competition and was in dangerous form entering the final. The progressive regular-footer opened his final exchange with a 7.77 but was unable to find the second score needed to surpass Muniz, finishing runner-up overall.

“Congratulations to Alejo,” Andino said. “He surfed amazing all week. It would have been nice to win, but I just couldn’t find a second wave and I’m happy that I made the final.”

Matt Banting (AUS), 18, the only surfer not on the ASP WCT in the last eight at the event, proved to be dark horse of the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing, beating a flock of the world’s best surfers on his way to an incredible equal 3rd place finish.

Banting eliminated Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, in the quarter-finals, but was unable to surpass Muniz in their semi-final clash. Banting’s result launches him from 92 to 41 on the men’s ASP World Ranking.

“I’ve dreamt of that heat against Jordy (Smith) my whole life and to surf against him and to beat him, I’m so happy,” Banting said following his quarter-final victory. “I was just wishing that no waves would come and to just better that 3.77 on my final wave. I’m just frothing. I’m not trying to qualify just yet. I’m taking it heat-by-heat and to beat Jordy, anything after that would have been a bonus.”

For Vans US Open of Surfing highlights log on to www.vansusopenofsurfing.com.

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VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S FINAL RESULT:
1 – Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.23
2 – Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.54

VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.00 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.76
SF 2: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.00 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 11.50

VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.66 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.27
QF 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.50 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.43
QF 3: Matt Banting (AUS) 10.70 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.30
QF 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.64 def. Nat Young (USA) 5.83

ASP World Rankings (After Vans US Open of Surfing)
1 Smith,Jordy ZAF 25720
2 Wilson,Julian AUS 25605
3 De Souza,Adriano BRA 23163
4 Parkinson,Joel AUS 21880
5 Kerr,Josh AUS 21315
6 Slater,Kelly USA 21300
7 Young,Nat USA 18906
8 Bourez,Michel PYF 17820
9 Andino,Kolohe USA 16144
10 Buchan,Adrian AUS 16075

South Africans (In top 100)
35 De Vries,Beyrick ZAF 7416
44 Logie,Travis ZAF 5880
53 Staples,Dale ZAF 4593
93 Joubert,Shaun ZAF 2810

ENDS

 

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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.

Bianca Buitendag wins Vans US Open Pro Junior Women’s title in California

July 28th, 2013 No comments
Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) in action at Huntington Beach, California  on Saturday. Buitendag won the Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior Women’s title with a dominating performance  Credit: ASP/Rowland

Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) in action at Huntington Beach, California on Saturday. Buitendag won the Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior Women’s title with a dominating performance Credit: ASP/Rowland

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Saturday, July 27, 2013) – Bianca Buitendag cemented her growing reputation as one of the world’s top female surfers when she won the Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior Women’s title in front of massive crowds at Huntington Beach in California on Saturday.

The 19 year-old from Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape dominated the final of the 20-and-under, ASP 4-Star rated event, posting three of the top four single ride scores of the entire event, including a near perfect 9.27 out of 10 and amassing a heat total of 18.10 out of 20.

“I’m really happy,” Buitendag said. “I had tough competitors in that heat and Nikki (Van Dijk) and I have been competing against each other for the last two years. I knew I had to pull out my A game and it was a relief after getting knocked out of the quarter-finals of the women’s event this morning.”

“I’m lucky that I got that first set. It put me in to a good frame of mind. Winning this event means a lot to me, there are so many people watching and so many people excited about women’s surfing.”

Currently No. 8 on the ASP Women’s WCT rankings, Buitendag also continued her stellar rookie season at the elite level of women’s surfing by reaching the quarter-finals of the Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s event before being eliminated by current ASP No. 1 Tyler Wright (AUS).

The South African finished equal fifth overall, earning US $6 500 (about R65 000) and a priceless 5 200 ranking points that virtually guarantee her qualification for the 2014 ASP Women’s WCT season with just two events remaining this year.

Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) marched into today’s final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing men’s Prime rated event when he comprehensively outpointed Hodei Collazo (EUK) in their Round of 16 clash on Saturday.

Smith recorded a 15.10 vs. 10.10 victory over the Basque surfer to set up a quarter-final encounter with rising Australian star Matt Banting. The winner will take on the winner of quarter-final No. 4 between Nat Young (USA) and Alejo Muniz (BRA in the semis with the overall event champion pocketing a massive US $100 000 (about R1 million) paycheque and 6 500 ASP World Rankings points.

Today’s Vans US Open of Surfing schedule will see the Men’s and Women’s champions crowned. Watch the action LIVE via http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/surf/ starting around 5pm South African time.
In addition to all of the ASP action, the 2013 Vans US Open is a massive action sports festival that will also include the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, BMX and Skate Competitions, performances from Modest Mouse, The Faint, Matt Costa and more.

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org

VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S PRO JUNIOR FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) 18.10
2 – Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 16.20
3 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.27
4 – Frankie Harrer (USA) 8.74

VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S WCT QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.63 def. Laura Enever (HAW) 9.66
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.10 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.74
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.83 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 9.90
QF 4: Pauline Ado (FRA) 15.17 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.77

VANS US OPEN OF SURFING ROUND OF 16 ASP PRIME RESULTS:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.67 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.50
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.10 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.20
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.50 def. Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 8.96
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.33 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.60
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.10 def. Hodei Collazo (EUK) 10.10
Heat 6: Matt Banting (AUS) 13.87 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 9.23
Heat 7: Nat Young (USA) 15.60 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 9.23
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.00 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.37

UPCOMING VANS US OPEN OF SURFING QUARTERFINALS MATCH UPS:
QF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
QF 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
QF 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
QF 4: Nat Young (USA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)

VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S PRO JUNIOR FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Conner Coffin (USA) 15.77
2 – Carlos Munoz (CRI) 12.50
3 – Jake Halstead (USA) 8.60
4 – Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 7.80

ENDS

NB: See more images of Bianca Buitendag in action and on the podium at HERE

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Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
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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.

JULIAN WILSON CROWNED 2013 MR PRICE PRO BALLITO CHAMPION

July 6th, 2013 No comments
Julian Wilson (AUS) lands an Alley Oop to score a perfect 10 point ride defeating Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the Final of the Mr Price Pro Ballito. © Mr Price/ Cestari

Julian Wilson (AUS) lands an Alley Oop to score a perfect 10 point ride defeating Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the Final of the Mr Price Pro Ballito. © Mr Price/ Cestari


Ballito, South Africa, (Saturday July 6, 2013) –
Australian Julian Wilson, 24, (Coolum Beach, QLD) has won the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito, defeating Jordy Smith, 25, (Cape Town, ZAF) in a memorable Final at Willard’s Beach on Saturday July 6, 2013.

Stop No. 3 of 8 on the ASP Prime Series culminated with the most anticipated match-up of this year’s competition – event standouts, Smith and Wilson, living up to expectation with inspired performances in front of a capacity crowd.

“I’m really happy to get the win!” Wilson said of his 18.93 to 16.70 victory over Smith. “It’s my third time in Durban and I’ve gotten a good result each time. I really enjoy spending time here, it’s a great place with friendly people where I feel warm and comfortable. It definitely helps with my results.”

While Smith assumed an early lead to put Wilson in a combination situation (needing a combination of two scores) with his 7.67 and 8.83 (out of ten) scores, it was Wilson’s high-risk approach that was rewarded.

Knowing he needed something extra-ordinary to take the win, Wilson put everything on the line, completing an extremely critical Alley Oop aerial maneuver to score the first perfect 10 of this year’s competition.

Following up with a 8.93 slob grab reverse aerial maneuver, Wilson cemented his win over the local favourite and was chaired up the beach as the deserved 2013 Mr Price Pro Ballito Champion.

“Jordy put the pressure on me at the start but there were plenty of opportunities and I just had to flip the heat and put some scores on the board,” Wilson said. “That was the first time I’ve landed that air in a contest and I had to do something because I had my back against the wall. I’m stoked I could pull it off and come away with the win.”

Wilson is the second Australian to win the event since Chris Davidson (AUS) in 2008 and has pocketed R407 500 (US$40 000), rocketing to World No. 1 on the ASP World Rankings.

Smith had a dream run through to the final with flawless performances and perfect scores as he defeated Aritz Aranburu (EUK) in the Quarterfinals and Stu Kennedy (AUS) in the semi finals.

Unfortunately for Smith it was not the dream finish he’d hoped for, nonetheless pocketing R207 500 (US$20 000) and assuming the World No. 2 position.

“It was an honour to surf in the final against Julian, I’m just sorry I didn’t win it,” Smith said. “Julian stuck that air and it was amazing. I went on a trip to Reunion with him and he tried it a million times and didn’t make it and then he goes into the final and sticks it first time!”

The Australian contingent proved the most dominant on the final day of competition, with Stu Kennedy and Mitch Crews reaching the semi finals and placing equal third respectively.

Crews brought his big match temperament to an all-important semi final clash against Wilson. Producing a full repertoire of maneuvers, Crews was unfortunate not to find the near perfect score needed to beat the polished and more experienced Wilson.

Crews advanced from World No. 39 to World No. 27.

“I’m really happy to get all the way to the Semis and to surf against Julian,” Crews said.  “Jordy and Julian have been standouts all event and there’s not much you can do when they’ve got you. This is a big result for me and I hope to continue my run and get a bunch more results to make the tour next year.”

Kennedy suffered a case of nerves against Smith in their semifinal match up. Feeling the pressure against the local favourite, Kennedy went for big turns but was uncharacteristically not able to stick them. The Australian was defeated in a combination situation.

Kennedy rockets from World No. 53 to 31 and will be looking to climb the ladder in the hope of qualifying for the WCT in 2014.

The Mr Price Pro Ballito enjoyed six days of action packed world-class surfing as Willard’s Beach delivered great waves and capacity crowds.

The action continues tonight with the Free Music Concerts on the Beach at Salt Rock and more exciting Festival activities at the Mr Price Pro Ballito Beach Festival tomorrow.

Log on to www.mrpriceproballito.com for more information including highlights and results.

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RESULTS
Round 16 Results:
Heat 7: Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.17 def Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 10.74
Heat 8: Mason Ho (HAW) 14.67 def Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.26

Quarter Final Results:
Heat 1: Stu Kennedy (AUS) 12.70 def Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.16
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.36 def  Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.34
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.40 def David Do Carmo (BRA) 9.44
Heat 4: Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.84 def Mason Ho (HAW) 11.07

Semi Final Results:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.80 def Stu Kennedy (AUS) 9.90
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.00 def Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.33

Final:
Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.93 def Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.70

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