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Mick Fanning Takes J-Bay Open Title in Sensational Supertubes at Jeffreys Bay

July 19th, 2014 No comments
Mick Fanning (AUS) tucks into a tube at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay on his way to victory in the J-Bay Open on Saturday  Credit: ASP / Cestari

Mick Fanning (AUS) tucks into a tube at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay on his way to victory in the J-Bay Open on Saturday  Credit: ASP / Cestari

JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Sunday, July 19, 2014): Reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) took a giant step towards a fourth title when he defeated compatriot Joel Parkinson in the Final of the J-Bay Open in sensational waves at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.

Stop No. 6 of 11 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the J-Bay Open enjoyed an excellent opening day of competition and great surf during the holding period before all the elements came together to produce an epic finale in pumping 6-10 foot (2-3 metre) hollow waves.

Fanning was on fire from the outset of the Final, seamlessly threading together powerful rail work and deep tubes in the double overhead waves to rack up a 17.00 point total in the first half of the 45 minute encounter. Parkinson, the 2012 ASP World Champion and like Fanning a previous two-time winner at J-Bay, fought his way back into contention with rides of 7.43 and 6.17 but was still looking for 9.57 points when time ran out.

“I never dreamed that I would get to surf a J-Bay final with Joel (Parkinson),” Fanning said on the podium. “I’m so tired but it’s a dream-come-true kind of day. I had a great start with that 9.00 ride but there were still 40 minutes to go and anything could have happened.”

“Joel is one of my favourite surfers and my best friend, we’ve known each other since we were kids. I’m so stoked, it was such an incredible day of waves and I’m just so thankful that I got to surf it. A big thanks to Cheron (Kraak), Koffie (Jacobs) and the ASP for bringing the event back to Jeffreys Bay.”

The victory, Fanning’s second of the season after Bells Beach in April, moved him up to No. 3 on the ASP WCT rankings behind Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Parkinson

Parkinson was gracious in defeat and equally complimentary about the quality of the surf at Supertubes.

“It was an amazing heat and Mick (Fanning) is such a good tactician,” Parkinson said. “I made a couple of bad decisions and I just didn’t get the right waves. It would’ve been nice to get a win but that was a brilliant day of surfing and it was so wonderful to be part of it. I feel like surfing won today. There was just so much good surfing and the waves were incredible.”

Matt Wilkinson (AUS) was eliminated by Parkinson in the first Semifinal when the eventual runner-up posted a an 8.83 and backed that up with a perfect 10 point ride to leave his giant-killing compatriot needing to replace both his scores. Wilkinson, who had previously dispatched 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in Round 3 and 2007 J-Bay winner Taj Burrow (AUS) in the Quarterfinals, fought back with a series of swooping turns on his backhand to earn a 9.77 but was ultimately still short of 9.07 points.

“I’m so stoked to have made it to the Semifinals,” Wilkinson said. “I came into this competition with almost no results so far this year, but I feel that I’ve improved in every heat. It feels really great to have so much support, especially for the goofy footers who have done so well at this event.”

In the second Semifinal Owen Wright (AUS) built on his victory over ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) in their quarterfinal encounter, taking the early lead against Fanning. But the reigning ASP World Champion took control with rides of 7.17 and 8.0 before posting an excellent 9.00. Despite Wright earning a 7.23 to get out of a combination situation, he still needed a near-perfect 9.77 when the siren sounded.

“I chose a couple of wrong waves at the start of the heat and that really set me back,” Wright said. “Mick (Fanning) was just clinical in his approach to the heat. I feel so privileged just to be here, competing at J-Bay. It has been by far the best event for me, I’m loving it.”

Legendary surfers Tom Curren (USA) and Mark Occhilupo (AUS) took to the water in front of an enthralled crowd at Jeffreys Bay for the first instalment of the ASP Heritage Series. The series is designed to celebrate and honour the foundational contributors to the sport of surfing by showcasing rematches between iconic surfers.

Curren, a three-time ASP World Champion (1985, 1986, 1990) and Occhilupo, 1999 ASP World Champion and the winner of the first ASP event in J-Bay in 1984, did battle in the epic conditions. Curren posted a perfect 10 putting the Australian in a combination situation and even though Occhilupo took a final long ride down point he was unable to post the excellent scores needed to take win.

“I got a little carried away during that 10 point wave – the waves were so good,” Curren said. “It’s Sonny’s (Miller, the renowned surf filmmaker who passed away earlier this week) birthday today so I just want to dedicate this to him. I love J-Bay, the waves are amazing and the people are wonderful. It’s so great to watch all the guys compete here in such good conditions.”

“I had a blast out there, I think me and Tom (Curren) put on a show,” Occhilupo said. “That was sensational. It was all about surfing J-Bay in all its perfection and putting on a great show for the crowd. Tom (Curren) ripped and it was also great fun. I think the ASP Heritage Series will really grow legs I look forward to seeing other legends match up.”

The sixth stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the J-Bay Open, is webcast LIVE via www.aspworldtour.com. The website features plenty of images, heat reviews and the Heat Analyser video footage showing every ride during the event.

J-Bay Open Final Result:
Winner: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.00
Runner-up: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.60

J-Bay Open Semifinal Results:
SF1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.83 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.54
SF2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.00 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 12.50

J-Bay Open Quarterfinal Results:
QF1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.50 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.33
QF2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.83 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.44
QF3: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.40 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.07
QF4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.66 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.67

J-Bay Open Round 5 Results:
H1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.33 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.04
H2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.83 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.34
H3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.17 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.10
H4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.67 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 8.13

J-Bay Open Heritage Series Results:
Tom Curren (USA) 18.83 def. Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 12.16

ASP World Championship Tour Rankings (after Stop No. 6 – J-Bay Open)
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 36 150 points
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 34 400 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 32 650 pts
4. Taj Burrow (AUS) 31 950 pts
5. Michel Bourez (PYF) 30 500 pts

12. Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) 18 400 pts
27. Travis Logie (Durban, ZAF) 7 750 pts

Images from the event will be available from Getty Images. In addition a small number of hand-out images, as well as daily news feeds, will be made available for editorial use via our email distribution lists. Please contact kscholtz@aspworldtour.com (images) and srobertson@aspworldtour.com (news feeds) to be added to the lists.

The J-Bay Open forms part of the J-Bay Winterfest, a festival taking place in Jeffreys Bay from 10 to 20 July that includes surfing, skating, a music festival, trail running, a mountain bike event, the VW Rally, the Cold Water Classic open water swimming event, the Oakley X-Over Challenge and much more. For a listing of all the festival activities go to www.jbaywinterfest.com

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Jordy Smith flies SA flag at J-Bay Open

July 13th, 2014 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) carves off the lip of a Jeffreys Bay wave on Day 1 of the J-Bay Open where he posted the highest heat total of the year  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) carves off the lip of a Jeffreys Bay wave on Day 1 of the J-Bay Open where he posted the highest heat total of the year  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Jordy Smith will fly the flag as the sole remaining South African in the R5.4 million J-Bay Open after Round 2 was completed in small but perfect waves at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay on Saturday.

Stop No. 6 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) features the world’s top 34 ranked surfers plus two wildcards competing for a R1 million winner’s pay-cheque and invaluable rankings points towards the ASP World surfing title

Smith dominated the opening day of competition held in 4 – 7 foot (2 metre) waves on Thursday, recording rides of 9.50 and 9.80 in the first five minutes of his heat and then going on to post the first perfect 10 point ride of the event.

His heat tally of 19.80 out of a possible 20 was the highest on the WCT this year and saw the 26 year-old Durbanite advance directly to Round 3. There Smith will be up against C.J. Hobgood (USA), the 2000 ASP World Champion, when competition resumes.

“To have the contest back in Jeffreys Bay is a brilliant feeling,” said Smith. “Not only for the surfers but also for the local people. All the kids get to see their idols surf this wave. This is one of the best right-hand points in the world and it’s an incredible thing that they’ve brought this event back. I’ve been coming here since I was seven years old and I have a real connection with the wave and all the people in the town of J-Bay. I’m really fortunate and happy to be here and thanks to the ASP for putting it back on.”

Travis Logie and Dylan Lightfoot, the only other Saffas in the event, were both eliminated in Round 2, finishing in equal 25th position overall.

Logie (Durban), rated No. 24 on the WCT coming into Jeffreys Bay, placed third behind heat winner Kolohe Andino (USA) and Julian Wilson (AUS) in his opening encounter. He was unlucky to draw his teammate and travelling companion Frederick Patacchia (HAW) in Round 2 and the Hawaiian dominated in the barreling conditions on Saturday.

Jeffreys Bay local, Lightfoot, 19, earned a wildcard into the J-Bay Open by winning the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA at Supertubes in June. He was pitted against top seed and 11 x ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and Australian rookie Mitch Crews (AUS) in Round 1 where he placed second behind Slater.

Lightfoot’s opponent in Round 2 was current ASP WCT No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) and, despite selecting the best waves during the 30 minute encounter, the series of powerful and innovative manoeuvres performed by the rankings leader saw the South African bow out.

“Gabriel Medina is a crazy surfer, he was shredding out there, and Kelly (Slater) too in the heat before,” said Lightfoot. “It’s been a big day for me, I’ll definitely sleep well tonight. What an amazing experience for me to go out there and surf against these guys. I’ll definitely take a lot from this going in to my next few ASP Qualification Series events.”

A drop in swell size on Sunday and the prospect of better waves later in the holding period, particularly towards the latter stages next weekend, prompted the organisers to call a lay day for Sunday.

Warm sunny conditions, light winds and inconsistent one metre waves drew hundreds of spectators to the contest site. They lined the natural amphitheatre created by the aloe covered dunes to watch the world’s best surfers fine-tune their equipment and their repertoire of manoeuvres in the head-high waves peeling down the rocky point.

Waves 4 Water, an ASP supported program that provides clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities worldwide, drew plenty of attention to their demonstrations of simple but highly effective water filtering equipment.

The organisers will meet again at 7 a.m. on Monday morning to decide whether to get Round 3 underway.

The sixth stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the J-Bay Open, is webcast LIVE via www.aspworldtour.com The website also has news, images, video footage and a Heats on Demand section where every heat run to date can be replayed.

J-Bay Open Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.90 def. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 11.27
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.43 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 10.43
Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 16.10 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 8.63
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.33 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 4.80
Heat 5: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.93 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.70
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.07 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 6.87
Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.83 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 7.93
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.17 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.90
Heat 9: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.37 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.93
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.67 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.53
Heat 11: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 17.93 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.67
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.60 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 10.67

J-Bay Open Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 5: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 8: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)

The J-Bay Open forms part of the J-Bay Winterfest, a festival taking place in Jeffreys Bay from 10 to 20 July that includes surfing, skating, a music festival, trail running, a mountain bike event, the VW Rally, the Cold Water Classic open water swimming event, the Oakley X-Over Challenge and much more. For a listing of all the festival activities go to www.jbaywinterfest.com

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SA’s Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker 5th As Makua Rothman Wins Billabong Pico Alto Big Wave Event in 40-Foot Surf

July 4th, 2014 No comments
Grant 'Twiggy' Baker (Durban, ZAF), reigning ASP Big Wave World Champion, drops down the face of a giant wave on his way to 5th place in the Billabong Pico Alto, the first event of the 2014/2015 ASP Big Wave World Tour which was won by Hawaii's Makua Rothman  Image: ASP / BWWT / Rommel Gonzales

Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker (Durban, ZAF), reigning ASP Big Wave World Champion, drops down the face of a giant wave on his way to 5th place in the Billabong Pico Alto, the first event of the 2014/2015 ASP Big Wave World Tour which was won by Hawaii’s Makua Rothman  Image: ASP / BWWT / Rommel Gonzales

South Africa’s Grant ‘Twiggy’, the reigning ASP Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) champion, finished fifth as Hawaiian Makua Rothman claimed victory at the Billabong Pico Alto event in Peru, battling 40-foot seas and a field of 24 of the world’s best watermen in the first event of the 2014/2015 ASP BWWT season yesterday (Thursday)

Baker displayed the consistency that saw him reach the final in all the BWWT events last season, winning two of them, by again advancing through Round 1 and the semi-finals held in heaving 25 to 40 foot (8 to 13 metres) surf to reach the last six in the final at Peru’s renowned big wave venue of Pico Alto, 60 kms South of Lima.

Rothman’s “go-for-broke” approach throughout the contest paid off and the young Hawaiian showcased his commitment, strength and confidence as the surf grew in size during the day by netting the highest scores of the entire event in the final.

“I didn’t even know what was going on during that wave (his 9.40 out of a possible 10 in the final),” Rothman said. “I thought I was going over the falls, but I figured I’d just try and hang on. I’m just stoked to be here and stoked to win. This is my first event ever on the Big Wave World Tour and I can’t put into words what this means.”

The six-man final boasted a “who’s who” of the global big wave community with reigning world champion Grant “Twiggy” Baker (ZAF) leading Greg Long (USA), Gabriel Villaran (PER) Shawn Dollar (USA) and Anthony Tashnick (HAW) into the brink, but it was newcomer Rothman that came out on top, announcing himself as a major threat on the BWWT.

Baker was fortunate to get through his opening encounter when the heat was extended by 30 minutes after only one ride, by Baker, was recorded in the initial 45 minutes. A flurry of sets during the extension saw him overtaken by Rafael Velarde (PER) and Jamie Sterling (HAW) but the Saffa held onto third place

He also finished third in his semi-final, behind Rothman and Long, progressing to the final where he waited patiently and caught arguably the biggest wave of the entire event. However Baker could not find a second score and placed fifth overall.

“This was so great to have waves here in Peru,” Rothman said. “I went on the ‘QS for years and just struggled, but this is where I belong. I am so honoured to surf with Greg Long and Twiggy (Grant Baker) and Dollar (Shawn Dollar) and everyone who steps up and takes off on big waves. You are all the reason I’m here today.”

A new father, Rothman left straight from the hospital to hop on a plane and travel to Peru – a risk that would pay off in a career-changing win for the new family man as well as an ignited fervour in challenging for the big wave crown.

“I just want to say I love you to my daughter who was born two days ago,” Rothman said. “I wore her hospital bracelet the whole time and now I can’t take it off. I don’t even know what to say, I’m happy.”

Highlights from the Billabong Pico Alto are available via www.ASPWorldTour.com

Billabong Pico Alto Final Results:
1. Makua Rothman (HAW) 27.33
2. Anthony Tashnick (USA) 22.00
3. Shawn Dollar (USA) 20.26
4. Gabriel Villaran (PER) 16.80
5. Grant Baker (ZAF) 16.00
6. Greg Long (USA) 7.00

Billabong Pico Alto Semi-final Results:
SF 1: Makua Rothman (HAW) 18.99, Greg Long (USA) 13.00, Grant Baker (ZAF) 12.84, Miguel Tudela (PER) 9.13, Jamie Sterling (HAW) 6.73, Rafael Velarde (PER) 5.86
SF 2: Gabriel Villaran (PER) 23.76, Shawn Dollar (USA) 21.87, Anthony Tashnick (USA) 21.44, Carlos Burle (BRA) 19.57, Ben Wilkinson (AUS) 19.21, Nick Lamb (USA) 17.03

Billabong Pico Alto Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Miguel Tudela (PER) 21.99, Makua Rothman (HAW) 17.54, Greg Long (USA) 16.51, Ken Collins (USA) 13.66, Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 11.66, A. Loret de Mola (PER) N/S
Heat 2: Rafael Velarde (PER) 21.73, Jamie Sterling (HAW) 18.51, Grant Baker (ZAF) 16.49, Sebastian de Romana (PER) 11.66, Ramon Navarro (CHL) 8.34, Kohl Christenson (HAW) 6.34
Heat 3: Gabriel Villaran (PER) 20.67, Nic Lamb (USA) 14.33, Ben Wilkinson (AUS) 10.00, Tyler Fox (USA) 9.16, Ryan Augestein (USA) N/S, Tamil Martino (PER) N/S
Heat 4: Carlos Burle (BRA) 19.56, Anthony Tashnick (USA) 17.46, Shawn Dollar (USA) 16.87, Grant Washburn (USA), Kodiak Semsch (EUK) 12.33, Adur Letamendia (EUK) 11.34

The 2014/2015 BWWT season is divided into Southern Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere components hosting three possible events within each. The Southern Hemisphere window runs from April 15 to August 31, 2014 with event options in Chile, Peru and South Africa. The Northern Hemisphere window runs from October 15, 2014 to February 28, 2015 with event options in Mexico, the Basque Region of Spain and Maui.

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