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Medina claims ASP World Surfing Title :: Wilson wins Billabong Pipe Masters and Triple Crown of Surfing 

December 20th, 2014 No comments
Gabriel Medina (BRA) pulls into another deep tube on his way to the 2014 Samsung ASP World Surfing Title at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii yesterday (Friday)  Image: ASP / Cestari

Gabriel Medina (BRA) pulls into another deep tube on his way to the 2014 Samsung ASP World Surfing Title at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii yesterday (Friday)  Image: ASP / Cestari

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Friday, December 19, 2014) – In one of the most dramatic days in the history of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 20-year-old Gabriel Medina brought joy to millions of his Brazilian compatriots by claiming his and the country’s first ASP men’s world surfing title in Hawaii yesterday (Friday).

Medina was in superb form throughout the five heats he contested in the powerful 2.5 metre waves, progressing from Round 3 to the Final of the Billabong Pipe Masters in memory of Andy Irons, where he posted the only perfect 10 point ride of the event.

He clinched the World Title after his nearest rivals, 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater, 42, (USA) and defending three-time World Champion Mick Fanning, 34, (AUS) were eliminated from the season ending event in the third and fifth rounds respectively

“Winning the World Title was my dream and now it’s reality – I’m seriously shocked,” Medina said. “Brazil is partying right now I think. I’m so thankful to be part of this, a lot of guys have tried to do this and I feel honored to be the one. I don’t know why it’s me but I’m really happy it is and I’m so proud to be Brazilian.”

“I always look up to Kelly and Mick,” Medina added. “Kelly won his first world title when I was born maybe, I don’t know. Mick is an inspiration for me, I always look up to him. How he is so focused, just how he is. Kelly is a great guy as well. I don’t know man, I don’t know what to say, it’s my best day ever!”

Medina was pipped for the Pipe Masters event title by Julian Wilson (AUS) who marked his first event victory on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) and the second CT win of his career after a six-heat marathon session on the final day.

It all came down to pure, deep, committed tube riding in the closest Pipe Final on record as Medina and Wilson opened their accounts by going different directions on the same wave for tube rides and ended it with a brilliant exchange. Final score-lines showed 19.63 (9.93 and 9.70) for Wilson, to Medina’s 19.20 (10, 9.20).

“It was an incredible day and I’m honestly speechless,” said Wilson. “Words can’t describe. I don’t even know how to feel yet. To win the Pipe Masters in good waves and having been out in the water for three heats in a row is amazing. I just found a groove and me and Gabriel got to duel it out — that’s what it’s all about.

Wilson was further rewarded for his tenacity when his last minute victory in the Pipe Masters saw the Australian clinch the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the second most prestigious award in surfing after the ASP World Title, overtaking rankings leader Dusty Payne (HAW), who had been ousted by Medina in Round 3. Wilson pocketed $100,000 for the event win and a bonus $50,000 for the Triple Crown series.

Brazilian Alejo Muniz played a pivotal role in Medina’s World Title success, eliminating both rival contenders Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA) from the competition. Muniz was eventually defeated in the Quarterfinals by Adrian Buchan (AUS), who took equal third place alongside compatriot Josh Kerr.

Fanning’s Round 5 loss ended his hopes of claiming a fourth World Title and saw him leave with a 9th place finish and end the year in second place on the WCT rankings.

The Billabong Pipe Masters marks the final Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event in history, as the governing body of professional surfing has been named since 1983. The ASP will become the World Surf League (WSL) in 2015, delivering the athleticism, adventure and competitive drama of the world’s best surfing to fans from around the world.

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Billabong Pipe Masters Final Results:
1 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.63
2 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.20

Billabong Pipe Masters Semi final Results (1st to Final, 2nd = 3rd):
Semifinal 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.60 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.43
Semifinal 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.16 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 3.17

Billabong Pipe Masters Quarterfinal Results (1st to SF, 2nd = 5th):
Quarterfinal 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 4.30 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 3.27
Quarterfinal 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 6.00 def. John John Florence (HAW) 4.04
Quarterfinal 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.17 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 3.77
Quarterfinal 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.83 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 2.77

2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Tour Rankings (Final – after Pipe Masters)
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 62800 points
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 55350
3. John John Florence (HAW) 51400
4. Kelly Slater (USA) 50050
5. Michel Bourez (PYF) 46000
6. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43100
7. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 42900
8. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 42250
9. Taj Burrow (AUS) 41700
9. Josh Kerr (AUS) 41700

32. Travis Logie (ZAF) 10500 (Retired)

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Nic Lamb Wins Punta Galea Challenge on ASP Big Wave World Tour

December 12th, 2014 No comments
Nic Lamb (USA) drops down the face of massive wave on his way to victory in the Punta Galea Challenge in the Basque region of Spain on Thursday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Nic Lamb (USA) drops down the face of massive wave on his way to victory in the Punta Galea Challenge in the Basque region of Spain on Thursday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Nic Lamb (USA) won the Punta Galea Challenge, the second stop on the 2014 / 2015 ASP Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), in huge 30 to 40 foot (9 to 13 metre) waves at Getxo in the Basque region of Spain on Thursday.

Lamb finished ahead of Makuakai Rothman (HAW) and Nathan Fletcher (USA) in the giant shifting walls of water as the lead change hands numerous times in the 60 minute Final before the Californian clinched his first event win.

South Africa’s Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, the reigning BWWT champion and 2013 Punta Galea winner, was ousted in Round 1 of this year’s event when he struggled to find any rideable waves in the morning high-tide, onshore conditions.

Lamb opened his wave account in the Final with an incredible ride all the way from the outside on a 40-foot set wave that earned him a score of 9.77 out of 10. He took control of the heat by dropping into a lefthander that took him dangerously close to the rock-lined shore but added 7.0 points to his total.

Halfway through the encounter Rothman posted back-to-back 9 point rides to grab the lead, but Lamb selected another huge lefthander and survived a jaw-dropping late take-off to score the only perfect 10 point ride of the final and take the win.

“I’m stoked, over the moon, right now,” Lamb said. “I was in the lead in the beginning then Makua fought back with his two nines. I knew I needed a high-nine and tried to remain cold as ice and wait for the wave and it came through and paid off.”

“We had enough time, so it was just a matter of positioning myself right and wait for the wave to come,” Lamb continued. “Punta Galea is a sick wave, I love this place. There’s multiple take-off spots so it’s a little tricky. The playing field is pretty large. We still got two more events to go, my goal is to win the title and I’ll try my best to do so.”

Rothman waited for another wave but the winner of the first event in Peru earlier this year had to settle for second place in Spain. He has solidified his rankings lead heading into the final two events of the BWWT season.

“It was great, we had a good battle,” Rothman said. “I had two nines and he had one and the 10. I just want to say thanks to all the people here today that cheered us on.”

“Nic is the man for today but I’m still leading the tour and I increased my total so that’s good,” Rothman continued. “That’s my goal – to win the World Title this year. My whole life I’ve dedicated myself to big waves and I’m looking forward to hopefully compete on home soil in Hawaii.”

Nathan Fletcher waited for the final moments of the final to drop into a big left of his own, belting an 8.90 to jump on the podium in third place.

Local favorite Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) confirmed he’s the strongest big-wave surfer hailing from the Basque Country by taking fifth place overall. Gonzalez only managed one ride in the final, an eight pointer, after recording a near perfect total of 29.33 out of 30 in his semi-final, which included the only other perfect 10 point ride of the event.

“It was pretty hard today with mushy conditions in the morning and it’s a really meaty wave,” Gonzalez commented. “You had to be a little lucky to get the right waves. In the semis I got two sick ones and I’m stoked with my result today.”

Gabriel Villaran (PER) and Patrick Gudauskas (USA) completed the final, placing 4th and 6th respectively.

The Punta Galea Challenge was webcast LIVE via www.aspworldtour.com

PUNTA GALEA CHALLENGE FINAL RESULTS:
1- Nic Lamb (USA) 29.77
2- Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 28.60
3- Nathan Fletcher (USA) 25.67
4- Gabriel Villaran (PER) 23.69
5- Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 16.00
6- Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 8.00

PUNTA GALEA CHALLENGE SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 19.33, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 26.37, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 16.19, Kohl Christensen (HAW) 14.53, Greg Long (USA) 11.34, Ken Collins (USA) 3.66
SF 2: Nathan Fletcher (USA) 24.99, Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 22.27, Nic Lamb (USA) 21.21, Shawn Dollar (USA) 19.17, Will Skudin (USA) 12.00, Adur Letamendia (EUK) 0.00

PUNTA GALEA CHALLENGE ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Ken Collins (USA) 16.50, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 16.36, Greg Long (USA) 13.84, Tyler Fox (USA) 9.34, David Bustamente (EUK) 1.66, Jaime Fernandez (EUK) 0.00
Heat 2: Kohl Christensen (HAW) 22.50, Pat Gudauskas (USA) 21.51, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 13.00, Aritza Saratxaga (EUK) 12.66, Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 7.86, Grant Baker (ZAF) 0.00
Heat 3: Nic Lamb (USA) 26.69, Nathan Fletcher (USA) 19.37, Adur Letamendia (EUK) 18.27, Anthony Tashnick (USA) 13.49, Jon Garay (EUK) 11.34, Joao De Macedo (PRT) 4.14
Heat 4: Shawn Dollar (USA) 22.83, Makua Rothman (HAW) 16.80, Will Skudin (USA) 14.26, Grant Washburn (USA) 12.61, Indar Unanue (EUK) 10.84, Ramon Navarro (CHL) 6.66

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Matthew Moir heads ASP Africa challenge at GoPro World Longboard Surfing Championships in China

December 4th, 2014 No comments
Matthew Moir will be competing in the GoPro World Longboard Championships at Hainan Island in China from 5 to 12 December  Image: © Butler

Matthew Moir will be competing in the GoPro World Longboard Championships at Hainan Island in China from 5 to 12 December  Image: © Butler

Matthew Moir heads a quartet of South Africa’s top longboard surfers who will compete against the world’s best riders of traditional nine foot plus surfboards in the GoPro World Longboard Surfing Championships presented by Wanning that gets underway at Riyue Bay on Hainan Island in China tomorrow (Friday).

The event will crown the 2014 ASP Men’s and Women’s Longboard Champions and runs from 5 to 12 December featuring 36 surfers from a total of 12 countries in each event. There is a total of US $100 000 in prize-money on offer.

Moir, a former two-time ISA World Champion who has also won the Rabbit Kekai Classic in Costa Rica and eight South African Open Men’s titles, will revel in the long left breaking waves at Riyue Bay which are similar to his favourite home break of Elands Bay on the West Coast of South Africa.

The 37 year-old Capetonian is looking forward to meeting up with friends and former opponents in China after competed extensively on the ASP World Longboard Tour in the mid 2000’s, regularly placing in the top 10 at events. He suffering a stroke in 2009 and has cut back on his international travel since then.

Moir will be joined in the Men’s event by Grant Beck (Cape St Francis) who will be making his debut in the World Title event after reaching the finals of the SA Longboard Championships earlier this year.

The ASP Africa representatives in the Women’s event are reigning SA champion Hannah Bing from Cape Town and Margreet Wibbelink, the 2014 SA Women’s runner-up, from Jeffreys Bay. It will be Bing’s first World Championship event while Wibbelink competed in China last year when she reached Round 2 before being eliminated.

This year will see the fourth edition of the ASP World Longboard Championships on Hainan Island, and the event has been confirmed for the next three years. The defending champions are Piccolo Clemente (PER) in the Men and two-time winner Kelia Moniz (HAW) who has reached the final in the Women’s event for the past three years, all of them against Chelsea Williams (AUS).

The GoPro World Longboard Championships China hosted by Wanning will run from Dec 5 to 12. News, live scores, results, images and video highlights available via http://bit.ly/1I3Ntlc

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Gilmore claims ASP Women’s World Title : Moore wins yearend event : Buitendag finishes third in Hawaii

November 28th, 2014 No comments
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) celebrates her sixth ASP Women’s World Surfing Title in Hawaii yesterday (Thursday)  Image: ASP / Kirstin

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) celebrates her sixth ASP Women’s World Surfing Title in Hawaii yesterday (Thursday)  Image: ASP / Kirstin

Australian Stephanie Gilmore, 26, claimed her 6th world surfing crown in a dramatic finale to the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour in Hawaii yesterday when Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Tyler Wright (AUS), Gilmore’s closest rival for the title, in the Final of the season-endingTarget Maui Pro presented by Schick Hydro Silk at Honolua Bay.

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag played her part in title race, defeating Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in their Quarterfinal clash and denying the Australian’s World Title ambitions. Buitendag went on to finish third overall in the season ending event, her second best result of the campaign after her runner-up berth at the season opener in Australia back in March.

Competing in excellent 1.5 metre waves at the fabled Honolua Bay on Maui, Moore snatched her third event victory of the year as she and Wright went blow-for-blow in the Final match. Moore nailed the coffin shut on her final ride with a 9.73 (out of a possible 10) leaving Wright needing a 9.31 for a victory that would have resulted in an historic surf-off with Gilmore for the ASP crown.

“This is definitely one of the best wins I’ve ever had,” said Moore. “To have it here at home in front of my whole family means so much to me. The crowd was amazing, so thanks to everyone for coming, and I’m just so appreciative to Target, Schick Hydro Silk and everyone who made this event happen. This has been an incredible year.”

Gilmore, Wright and Fitzgibbons were the three surfers in contention for the World Title heading into the final event of the year at Honolua Bay, a venue that Gilmore dominated when it was previously on the women’s schedule, posting victories in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Gilmore fell in the Quarterfinals to Californian Courtney Conlogue (USA), leaving to the door open to the remaining contenders. But Fitzgibbons was ousted from the event by Buitendag in the very next heat, dashing her hopes for a maiden world surfing crown and leaving only Wright remaining in the hunt against Gilmore.

Wright, needing to win the event to send the title race to a three-heat surf-off, proceeded to smash her Quarterfinal against Lakey Petersen (USA) and Semifinal against Buitendag to reach the Final, but came up short and had to settle for the runner-up berth for the event and World Title.

“It’s been one of the most exciting title races in the sport’s history,” Gilmore said. “All the girls at the top were really close and it came down to the last event. I fell back a little bit in the ratings through the middle of the season, but I was still getting results and always felt like I was in the race.”

“That was probably the most emotional I’ve ever been watching someone else surf in my life,” Gilmore said of the Final. “I know how focused Tyler (Wright) is and I was completely prepared for a surf-off. However, I also knew how incredibly capable Carissa (Moore) is at virtually every venue. I feel like I had a year’s worth of emotions packed into one heat. I won my first title here at Honolua Bay, but after my loss in the Quarterfinals, I was prepared for anything to happen. I’m really emotional right now.”

Today’s title clinching puts Gilmore one behind the all-time women’s record-holder of Layne Beachley (AUS) with 7 and third behind all-time men’s and women’s record-holder Kelly Slater (USA) with 11.

“The calibre of surfing on tour this season is the highest it has ever been,” Gilmore said. “There are no easy heats. This was the hardest title I’ve ever won. The talent level is only going to increase in future years but I’m so pleased I’ve won and want to thank everyone who has supported me this year – my family, my friends and my sponsors.”

Gilmore’s 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WINNER
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: 3rd
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: 3rd
Rio Women’s Pro: 13th
Fiji Women’s Pro: 2nd
Vans US Open of Surfing: 2nd
Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles: WINNER
Roxy Pro France: 5th
Cascais Women’s Pro: WINNER
Target Maui Pro: 5th

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Target Maui Pro Final Results:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.23
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.03

Target Maui Pro Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.67 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.93
Semifinal 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.76 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.74

Target Maui Pro Quarterfinal Results:
Quarterfinal 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.20 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.50
Quarterfinal 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.67 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.03
Quarterfinal 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.97 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.33
Quarterfinal 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.03 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.30

2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Tour
Yearend Rankings
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 64 200pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 62 200
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 61 400
4. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 60 700
5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 43 600
6. Lakey Petersen (USA) 42 300
7. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 40 350
8. Johanne Defay (FRA) 38 850
9. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 36 900
10. Laura Enever (AUS) 32 100

The final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour will be the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, featuring the men’s world title race between Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA), from December 8 – 20, 2014.

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Bianca Buitendag top scores in Hawaii while Dylan Lightfoot progresses in China

November 26th, 2014 No comments
Bianca Buitendag (George, ZAF) throws a sheet of spray on her way to posting the highest single ride score (9.80 out of 10) on the opening day of the Target Maui Pro in Hawaii on Tuesday  Image: ASP / Kirstin

Bianca Buitendag (George, ZAF) throws a sheet of spray on her way to posting the highest single ride score (9.80 out of 10) on the opening day of the Target Maui Pro in Hawaii on Tuesday  Image: ASP / Kirstin

South African surfers posted dazzling performances on opposite sides of International Date Line in the past 24 hours with Bianca Buitendag recording the highest score for a single ride on the opening day of the Target Maui Pro in Hawaii while Dylan Lightfoot progressed to Round 4 of the Hainan Classic in China.

After three successive lay-days waiting for waves at the fabled Honolua Bay for the season-ending event on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT), Buitendag took to the surf in Heat 6 of Round 1. Starting slowly, the 21 year-old from George in the Southern Cape rapidly built momentum in the excellent 1 to 1.5 metre surf and belted a near-perfect 9.80 out of 10 points for a series of vertical backhand blasts on her final ride.

“I’ve been here for the last 10 days and every time the swell gets bigger than 3 feet there’s so many people out here, so to share that with just two other girls is very enjoyable,” Buitendag said. “This is just the start of a long race. We have two more rounds before the Quarterfinals start so it’s important to get a good start.”

Buitendag, No. 7 on the ASP Women’s WCT rankings coming into the event, won her heat and advanced directly to Round 3 of the event along with Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright, the three Australians who are in contention for the 2014 ASP Women’s World Title.

The Target Maui Pro runs until December 6 and can be followed live via www.aspworldtour.com starting at approximately 7.30 (SA Time) on each day of action.

Meanwhile at the same time that Buitendag was shredding the legendary waves of Honolua Bay on Monday afternoon, on the other side of the dateline Lightfoot was demonstrating his ability in tiny waves at Riyue Bay on Hainan Island in China on Tuesday afternoon.

Seeded into Round 2 of the 4 Star rated ASP Qualification Series event, the Jeffreys Bay resident squeaked through his first heat, narrowly avoiding the ignominy of being eliminated by 15 year-old Leilani McGonagle (CRI), the only girl in event. Awarded 4.53 points for his last scoring ride, Lightfoot clinched second place just three-hundredths of a point ahead of McGonagle.

Lightfoot made better use of the miniscule knee to waist high waves on offer in Round 3, employing both his backhand and forehand attack to secure a solid heat win and moving to within one heat of a Quarterfinal berth.

“That was hard work out there,” Lightfoot said. “That’s what it takes to be a professional surfer, you sometimes get to surf perfect waves, but you also have to be on point in small surf. I’m happy that I’m still in the event and I’m hoping we get some fun surf later in the week.”

Lightfoot is the last remaining South African in the event and will take on Miguel Tudela (PER) and Australians Harrison Mann and Kai Hing in the next heat when competition resumes. The top two finishers there will advance to the Quarterfinals, where the event format changes from four man heats to man-on-man competition until a winner is crowned..

SA’s Michael February (Kommetjie) was eliminated in Round 3, placing third in the heat before Lightfoot’s, and finished equal 17th overall with earnings of US $1 250 (approx. R13 750) and 237 rankings points. Both David Brand (Kommetjie) and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) were ousted in Round 2.

The Hainan Classic runs until 28 November and can be followed live at http://hainaninternationalsurfingfestival.com/hainan-classic/live/ starting at approximately 2am (SA Time) daily.

Back in Hawaii, Tuesday also saw the Vans World Cup of Surfing – stage two of the Vans Triple Crown series and the penultimate Prime rated event for 2014 – commence at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu in stormy 10 to 15 foot (3 to 5 metre) surf.

The 16 heats in Round 1 were completed with Hawaiians dominating the results in the difficult conditions. Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) will be the first South African to compete in the event when he faces defending champion Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Stu Kennedy (AUS) and Chris Ward (USA) in Heat 4 of Round 2.

De Vries famously scored a perfect 10 point ride in the corresponding event at Sunset Beach last year after pulling into and exiting cleanly from what many knowledgeable commentators are calling the biggest tube ride seen in a contest at the venue in nearly 50 years (since the late 1960’s!).

ASP World No. 7 Jordy Smith and fellow ASP WCT campaigner Travis Logie are scheduled to start their campaigns in Round 3. Logie will be competing in the event for the last time after announcing his retirement from professional surfing following next month’s Billabong Pipeline Masters. Logie was crowned the ISA World Champion in 2002 and has spent the last 10 years competing at the highest levels of the sport.

The Vans World Cup of Surfing has a waiting period that runs until 6 December and can followed live at www.aspworldtour.com starting at approximately 7.30pm (SA Time) on each day of action.

Target Maui Pro Round 1 Results (1st Advances to Round 3, 2nd and 3rd to Round 2):
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.67, Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.43, Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.26
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.17, Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.84, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.57
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.34, Coco Ho (HAW) 5.67, Paige Alms (HAW) 4.17
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.50, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 12.10, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 10.44
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS) 18.90, Laura Enever (AUS) 15.33, Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.96
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 18.47, Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.03, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.36

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SA’s Lightfoot and Prestwich 17th as Ribeiro and Maeda claim Allianz ASP World Junior Titles in Portugal

October 30th, 2014 No comments
Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in action at the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal on Tuesday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in action at the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal on Tuesday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Portugal’s Vasco Ribeiro, 19, and Hawaiian Mahina Maeda, 16, won the Allianz ASP World Junior Titles in clean 1 to 1.5 metre surf at the iconic Ribeira D’Ilhas right-hand point-break in Ericeira, Portugal, yesterday (Wednesday)..

Ribeiro, who became the first Portuguese surfer to claim an ASP World Junior Title, built momentum through the early rounds and put on his best performance in the Final to outpoint Italo Ferreira (BRA) with an incredible 18.63 total. The young Portuguese up-and-comer and recently crowned ASP European Junior Champion earlier defeated other event standouts Joshua Moniz (HAW) and Deivid Silva (BRA) on his way to claim the event win.

“I have no words to describe this moment, I just want to thank everyone who’s been supporting me,” Ribeiro said. “It’s been a long week, especially today when I surfed four times. I think the final was actually the heat I was less pressured, I just wanted to do good and I knew I had to post something big cause Italo is such a great surfer.”

Runner-up today in Portugal, Ferreira put up a good fight but couldn’t match Ribeiro’s rhythm in the final and was eventually put in a combination situation he wouldn’t recover from. Equal third were Tomas Fernandes (PRT) and Deivid Silva (BRA).

The top four receive a significant boost to their fledgling pro surfing careers by earning preferential seeding into all the ASP Qualification Series (QS) events during 2015.

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Slade Prestwich (Durban), the last two members of the ASP Africa squad at the event, were both eliminated in high-scoring match-ups on Tuesday. The pair, and Benji Brand (Kommetjie) who was representing ASP Hawaii, finished in equal 17th place overall in the annual showcase of the world’s best surfers aged 20-and-under.

Mahina Maeda concluded a very successful Portuguese campaign with the ASP World Junior Title today, consistently posting great scores to advance in first in all her matchups including the Final where she defeated Guadeloupe’s Tessa Thyssen, 17, the winner of the ASP European Junior series this season.

“I can’t believe it, I’m so stoked and beyond,” Maeda said. “Watching Ella (Williams) win last year, it gave me some confidence and the urge to win. I felt like I had the potential, but came here and surfed it heat by heat. Having everybody out there supporting me was just amazing.”

At only 16 years-old, Maeda stamped her authority on the Junior talent pool and will look to take her act to the next level against the world’s best on the ASP QS tour next season.

Highlights from the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships including full results, images, heat analyser and more go to www.aspworldtour.com

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships men’s FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 18.63
2 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.77

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Women’s FINALIST RESULTS:
1 – Mahina Maeda (HAW) 13.56
2 – Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 13.17

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships men’s SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.80 def. Tomas Fernandes (PRT)16.50
SF 2: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 15.34 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 13.83

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Women’s SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 9.67 def. Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 8.67
SF 2: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 15.93 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.33

ASP Africa Results
Men
=17. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
=17. Slade Prestwich (Durban)
=33. Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay)
=33. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
=33. Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)
=33. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)

Women
=13. Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay)
=13. Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay)

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Lightfoot and Prestwich into Round 3 at Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal

October 28th, 2014 No comments
Slade Prestwich (Durban) in action during his R2 heat victory at the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal on Monday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Slade Prestwich (Durban) in action during his R2 heat victory at the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal on Monday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Dylan Lightfoot posted the first success by a member of the ASP Africa squad competing in the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships when he won the final heat of Round 1 on Monday and advanced directly to Round 3 at Ribeira d’Ilhas in Portugal.

The standalone event that crowns the 2014 ASP World Junior Champions and offers invaluable access into the ASP Prime events during 2015 to the top four men and two women, is contested by squads of competitors aged 20-and-younger selected by the seven ASP Regional offices.

Lightfoot, who likened the waves for the event to those at the Point in his hometown of Jeffreys Bay, was joined in Round 3 by ASP Africa teammate Slade Prestwich after the Durbanite outpointed Juninho Urcia (PER) in their elimination Round 2 encounter.

A third South African reached the last 32 in Portugal when Kommetjie’s Benji Brand, who isrepresenting ASP Hawaii in the event, delivered a high quality Round 1 performance to claim victory and skip the cutthroat Round 2 clashes that saw the demise of several of his compatriots.

Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand), Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) and the Jeffreys Bay pair of Matthew McGillivray and Joshe Faulkner all faltered in their opening duels on Sunday and were then ousted from the event in their respective Round 2 man-on-man heats yesterday.

The event got underway in ideal one metre waves on Saturday with the women’s event where the ASP Africa representatives, sisters Emma and Gina Smith from Jeffreys Bay, struggled to impress the judges. The girls will gain plenty of experience from mingling and competing with their peers from around the globe despite ending their respective Round 1 heats in combination situations and needing substantial scores to advance from their Round 2 heats.

Lightfoot, the 16th seed in Portugal and No. 132 on the ASP Qualification Series rankings, faces a tough battle against ASP North America top seed Parker Coffin (USA) in Round 3 with the winner progressing to the last 16 when competition recommences.

Prestwich’s task will be equally difficult as he takes on Joshua Moniz (HAW), the top point scorer in Round 1, while Brand will meet Italian phenom Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).

The Allianz ASP World Junior Championships runs from October 25 – November 2, 2014 in playa de Ribeira d’Ilhas, Ericeira, Portugal. For live webcasts, results, photos, video highlights and press releases, go to aspworldtour.com.

UPCOMING Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Men’s Rd 3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Cooper Chapman (AUS) vs. Soli Bailey (AUS)
Heat 2: Shun Murakami (JPN) vs. Kaito Kino (HAW)
Heat 3: Miguel Tudela (PER) vs. Tomas Fernandes (PRT)
Heat 4: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) vs. Luan Wood (BRA)
Heat 5: Hiroto Arai (JPN) vs. Seth Moniz (HAW)
Heat 6: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) vs. Miguel Blanco (PRT)
Heat 7: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) vs. Parker Coffin (USA)
Heat 8: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Luke Dillon (GBR)
Heat 9: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) vs. Benji Brand (HAW)
Heat 10: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) vs. Kai Hing (AUS)
Heat 11: Lucas Silveira (BRA) vs. Tom Cloarec (FRA)
Heat 12: Deivid Silva (BRA) vs. Timothee Bisso (GLP)
Heat 13: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) vs. Jake Marshall (USA)
Heat 14: Joshua Moniz (HAW) vs. Slade Prestwich (ZAF)
Heat 15: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) vs. Cam Richards (USA)
Heat 16: Takumi Nakamura (JPN) vs. Takumi Yasui (JPN)

UPCOMING Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Women’s SEMIFINALISTS MATCHUPS:
SF 1: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) vs. Tessa Thyssen (GLP)
SF 2: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) vs. Mahina Maeda (HAW)

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Men’s Rd 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.93 def. Jordan Maree (ZAF) 9.43
Heat 2: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 13.44 def. Kaulana Apo (HAW) 9.20
Heat 3: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 16.10 def. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 10.00
Heat 4: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 17.74 def. Barron Mamiya (HAW) 10.17
Heat 5: Luke Dillon (GBR) 13.10 def. Matheus Navarro (BRA) 11.90
Heat 6: Miguel Tudela (PER) 14.67 def. Diran Zakarian (ZAF) 11.67
Heat 7: Kai Hing (AUS) 12.50 def. Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) 4.00
Heat 8: Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 11.60 def. Juninho Urcia (PER) 8.06
Heat 9: Kaito Kino (HAW) 12.97 def. O’Neill Massin (PYF) 12.93
Heat 10: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 13.67 def. Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 9.50
Heat 11: Miguel Blanco (PRT) 15.00 def. Joao Kopke (PRT) 7.17
Heat 12: Seth Moniz (HAW) 9.66 def. Kalani Ball (AUS) 9.17
Heat 13: Tom Cloarec (FRA) 11.50 def. Kelly Norris (AUS) 9.94
Heat 14: Cam Richards (USA) 10.00 def. Jacob Willcox (AUS) 9.33
Heat 15: Jake Marshall (USA) 10.17 def. Joshua Burke (BRB) 7.60
Heat 16: Luan Wood (BRA) 7.43 def. Yuta Tsukamoto (JPN) 6.93

REMAINING Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Men’s Rd 1 RESULTS:
Heat 13: Benji Brand (HAW) 14.57, Seth Moniz (HAW) 12.57, Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 9.50
Heat 14: Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.23, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 12.06, Juninho Urcia (PER) 5.94
Heat 15: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 13.67, Luan Wood (BRA) 11.37, Kelly Norris (AUS) 10.80
Heat 16: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 15.93, Jake Marshall (USA) 12.33, Jacob Willcox (AUS) 8.34

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ASP Appoints Accelerate Sport as Africa Commercial Sales Agent

October 24th, 2014 No comments
The ASP and Accelerate Sports will be working to improve current events in Africa and adding more Tour destinations on the continent  Image: ASP / Cestari

The ASP and Accelerate Sports will be working to improve current events in Africa and adding more Tour destinations on the continent  Image: ASP / Cestari

The Association of Surfing Professionals (“ASP”) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Accelerate Sport (Pty) Ltd as its commercial sales agents for South Africa and the rest of the African continent.

ASP currently has three events in South Africa and is looking to add further events, not only in South Africa but at key destinations on the Continent too. The current South African events are:

1. Jeffreys Bay World Championship Tour Event (J Bay Winterfest included)
2. Big Wave World Tour – Dungeons
3. Ballito Pro Prime Event

Mark Noonan, Chief Commercial Officer for ASP, said “The ASP showcases the world’s best surfers on the best waves in some of the most desirable locations on the planet. We are pleased to be working with Accelerate Sport and believe they are the ideal partner to represent ASP Africa and its alluring lifestyle to the corporate community in these very important markets.”

Managing Director of Accelerate Sport, Gary Grant said “We are delighted to be representing the ASP on the Continent, they are a highly professional organisation and we are thrilled to be a part of where they are taking the sport. This appointment not only adds to our business diversity and Africa growth strategy but also further entrenches our association with surfing as current commercial partners of Surfing South Africa. Surfing events are now lifestyle occasions attracting a cross section of people and activities, offering brands and host destinations greater personal reach and experiential marketing capabilities”.

“Having Accelerate Sport on board as ASP Africa’s first commercial rights agent is a major leap forward for our region,” says ASP Africa Operations Manager, Colin Fitch. “It marks an historical point in the development of this region on the ASP World Tour and will ensure that we can strengthen our existing events while working hard to bring new events to our members. Africa is blessed with some of the world’s best surf breaks and many potential future surfing stars so we look forward to growing the sport on the continent and to working hand-in-hand with Surfing South Africa on projects of common interest.”

About the ASP
The Association of Surfing Professionals (“ASP”) is the world surf league. The foremost authority of the sport since 1976, the ASP sanctions and operates the following tours: the World Junior Tour, World Longboard Tour, the Qualifying Series (consisting of ASP Prime and ASP Star events) and the crown jewel of the sport, the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour which determines the sport’s undisputed world champions. The organization is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with Commercial Offices in New York. The offices are supported by regional centres in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America. In 2015, the ASP will officially be renamed the “World Surf League (WSL)”.

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Jordy Smith finishes runner-up to Mick Fanning at Moche Rip Curl Pro in Portugal

October 21st, 2014 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during the Moche Rip Curl Pro where he finished runner-up to Mick Fanning (AUS)  Image: ASP / Kirstin

Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during the Moche Rip Curl Pro where he finished runner-up to Mick Fanning (AUS)  Image: ASP / Kirstin

South African Jordy Smith continued the phenomenal run of form that has seen him jump from 14th to seventh on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings in the past month when he finished runner-up to reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning in the Moche Rip Curl Pro at Peniche in Portugal on Monday.

After the shock elimination of rankings front-runners Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Kelly Slater (USA) on Sunday, Fanning displayed genuine world title winning form by winning five successive encounters yesterday to clinch his third event title of the year at the penultimate stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT.

The victory sees Fanning overtake Slater for second place on the rankings going into the final event of the year at Pipeline in Hawaii in December and opens the door for a possible fourth ASP World Title.

“I am just so stoked,” said Fanning. “I didn’t really think about a win to tell you the truth, it just happened. Jordy (Smith) surfed amazing, John John (Florence) surfed amazing, Kai (Otton) too. Everyone has been ripping this whole Euro leg and I’m just stoked I got to get a result out of it. It feels so good to get a win, it’s been five years since I won here, so I am very stoked. Going into Hawaii with a title on the line is so stressful, but I guess I will just deal with that when I get there. For now I’ll just enjoy the win here.”

Smith, who won the Hurley Pro Trestles in California last month and finished third in the Quiksilver Pro France and fifth in the ASP Prime rated Cascais Billabong Pro earlier this month, confirmed his status as one of the world’s top 10 surfers. His string of impressive performances culminated in the South African defeating the inform John John Florence in their Semifinal clash which took the young Hawaiian phenom out of the 2014 ASP World Title race.

Smith’s runner-up finish in Peniche and a previous quarterfinal berth in the Prime rated event solidified his position at the top of the Portuguese Waves Series and earned him the Cascais Trophy and the coveted bonus of $50,000 in prize money.

“That’s incredible taking out the Cascais Trophy and the $50,000,” said Smith. “I’m definitely coming back next year. I am so excited and stoked. I didn’t realize it until I came in after my Semifinal and a friend of mine said to me that I’d just won the Cascais Trophy. I was like, “are you kidding me”, I was pretty pumped. I like this place, I really like the waves around here and I love Portugal and the people here. It’s a really great place and I always love surfing here.”

South Africa’s Travis Logie was eliminated by Bede Durbidge (AUS) in Round 2 in Portugal. Logie’s 25th place finish leaves him ranked 32nd and a long way from the top 22 who will automatically re-qualify for the 2015 ASP WCT.

Heading into the final event of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, three surfers remain in contention for this year’s world surfing crown: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA):

• If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
• If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
• If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
• If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
• If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina.
• If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will need to win the event.

The next and final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 – 20, 2014.

Highlights from the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal are available at ASPWorldTour.com

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Final Results:
Winner: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.50
Runner-Up: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 7.67

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Semifinal Results (1st to Final, 2nd finishes equal 3rd):
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.64 def. John John Florence (HAW) 7.27
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.17 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.40

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Results (1st to Semifinals, 2nd finishes equal 5th):
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.83 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.83
QF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.27 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.23
QF 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.80 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.17
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.07 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.10

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 5 Results (1st to Quarterfinals, 2nd finishes equal 9th):
Heat 1: Adam Melling (AUS) 7.50 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 5.90
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.60 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.63
Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.83 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 8.33
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.23 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.30

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 4 Results (1st to Quarterfinals, 2nd and 3rd to Round 5):
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.27, Adam Melling (AUS) 13.96, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.03
Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.26, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.66, Brett Simpson (USA) 9.00
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.10, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 6.66, Michel Bourez (PYF) 2.03
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.74, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 7.76, Kai Otton (AUS) 3.60

Current ASP WCT Top 10 (following the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 56,550 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 53,100 pts
3. Kelly Slater (USA) 50,050 pts
4. John John Florence (HAW) 47,950 pts
5. Michel Bourez (PYF) 43,750 pts
6. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43,100 pts
7. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 42,900 pts
8. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 42,250 pts
9. Taj Burrow (AUS) 41,700 pts
10. Kolohe Andino (USA) 35,900 pts

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Jordy Smith 3rd as John John Florence wins Quiksilver Pro France + ASP Africa News

October 6th, 2014 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during the Quiksilver Pro France where he finished third overall  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during the Quiksilver Pro France where he finished third overall  Image: ASP / Poullenot

HOSSEGOR/SEIGNOSSE, Southwest Coast/France (Sunday, October 5, 2014) – South Africa’s Jordy Smith clinched third place in the Quiksilver Pro France, Stop No. 9 of 11 on the ASP World Championship (WCT), to move up to 9th on the rankings with two events still to be run before the 2014 World Surfing Champion is crowned.

The event was won by Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence who dominated the final rounds of competition held in heaving two to three metre hollow waves, defeating Jadson Andre (BRA) in the Final.

Smith was on fire from the outset, winning his opening encounter in smaller 1.5 metre waves last week to advance directly to Round 3 where he defeated Julian Wilson (AUS). Victory over Taj Burrow (AUS) and Andre in Round 4 saw Smith progress to the Quarterfinals. There he defeated current ASP World No. 2 Kelly Slater (USA) before being eliminated by Andre in their Semifinal duel.

“Felt like I had a good heat against Kelly (Slater), then I couldn’t buy a wave in my Semifinal,” Smith said. “Congrats to Jadson (Andre) though. He’s been surfing well all event and he’s hungry for a result. I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Following the elimination of current ASP WCT rankings leader Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Quarterfinals, Smith’s clash with Slater held huge title implications and the 11-time ASP World Champion’s loss means that the 20 year-old Brazilian can now clinch the 2014 ASP World Title by winning the next event in Portugal.

Florence has been on a roll in recent events, collecting a 3rd in Tahiti and a Runner-Up finish to Smith in Trestles before his win in the South of France. Florence has moved from 8th to 5th on the ASP WCT rankings and has vaulted himself into contention for the 2014 world surfing crown.

“I’m really pumped with my results lately,” Florence said. “I had a few weird things happen for me at the start of the year and I’ve made some adjustments recently. I’ve spoken to a lot of guys about the title and they all say that the title campaign actually starts the year before. I’m hoping for a few more good results this season to really make a run for it in 2015. I guess today’s win puts me in contention for this year, but Gabriel (Medina) is so far ahead that some weird stuff would have to happen.”

South Africa’s Travis Logie placed 13th in France after beating Nat Young (USA) in Round 2 before narrowly losing to Slater in Round 3. Logie retains his 31st spot on the rankings and will have to be at his very best in the last two events of the season to move into the top 22 who automatically re-qualify for the elite WCT in 2015.

Highlights from the Quiksilver Pro France are available at ASPWorldTour.com

Quiksilver Pro France Final Results:
1 – John John Florence (HAW) 16.00
2 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 4.57

Quiksilver Pro France Semifinal Results:
SF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 15.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.60
SF 2: Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.67 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.84

Quiksilver Pro France Remaining Quarterfinal Results:
QF 3: Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.50 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.26
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.50 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 10.50

ASP WCT Rankings (Top 5 after Quiksilver Pro France):
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 56,550 pts
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 50,050 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 43,600 pts
4. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43,100 pts
5. John John Florence (HAW) 41,950 pts

9. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,400 pts
31. Travis Logie (ZAF) 10,500 pts

The next event on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 12 – 23, 2014.
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Bianca Buitendag 13th as Stephanie Gilmore claims Cascais Women’s Pro

Bianca Buitendag lost her opening two heats at the Cascais Women’s Pro in Portugal last week to finish equal 13th at Stop No. 9 of 10 on the Samsung Galaxy Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT). The 20 year-old from George in the Southern Cape dropped from No. 6 to No. 7 on the 2014 WCT rankings going into the final event of the year in Hawaii at the end of November.

Stephanie Gilmore secured her third victory of the year at the Cascais Women’s Pro by defeating fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in a hard fought Final. The pair did battle in one metre waves with Gilmore posting the day’s only nine-point ride to secure the win and claim the rankings leader’s yellow vest, making the 26 year-old the front runner for what would be her sixth ASP Women’s World Title.

“I can’t believe I won this event,” said Gilmore. “I was struggling in these waves but I managed to find two pretty decent scoring rides. Sally (Fitzgibbons) was super tough to beat and that was a really hard one, it’s so crazy, I’m so happy I won!”

Highlights from the Cascais Women’s Pro are available at ASPWorldTour.com.

Cascais Women’s Pro Final Results:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.36
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.44

Cascais Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.04 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.47
Semifinal 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.60 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.50

Cascais Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.66 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.10
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.87 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.30
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.23 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.83
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.67 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.50

ASP Women’s WCT Top 5 (after Cascais Women’s Pro):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 64,200 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 60,700 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 59,400 pts
4. Carissa Moore (HAW) 56,600 pts
5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 43,600 pts

7. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 35,600 pts

The next and final stop on the Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour is the Target Maui Pro from November 22 – December 6, 2014.

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Shane Sykes and Emma Smith dominate Billabong Junior Series event at Cape St Francis

Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) and Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) dominated the ASP sanctioned Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s divisions at the third and final event in the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Sunday.

The Pro Junior Men’s Final was an action-packed affair with the 4 surfers going for broke in the highly contestable high-tide conditions. Adin Masencamp, showing some fatigue after winning the U16 final, placed fourth, while Josh Smit failed to find the connecting waves and finished third.

Dylan Lightfoot’s fast and dynamic surfing was not able to enough to beat an on-form Shane Sykes, who totally dominated the final and earned the highest heat score of the event in the process.

“I’m stoked with the way that final went,” said Sykes. “The waves were so much fun out there and with the onshore it reminded me a lot of where I surf in Ballito. I was feeling confident and have had a pretty good run lately, with a good board, so it was a great event or me.”

Sykes went on to claim the 2014 Pro Junior Series title as well as the Nixon WTA Award for his massive 18.5 point total in the Final, the highest of the event, and the DaKine Youthful Movement Award for an innovative fins-free move.

The Pro Junior Women’s final was closely fought with Jeffreys Bay sisters, Emma and Gina Smith, placing first and second respectively followed by Teal Hogg and Crystal Hulett in third and fourth.

Emma Smith clinched the Pro Junior Women’s Series title and was awarded the BOS Surfer Of The Series Award for the most consistent surfer across all age divisions by winning all three Pro Junior Women’s events during the year.

Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS (Event No. 3 – Seal Point)

Pro Junior Women’s Final
1. Emma Smith
2. Gina Smith
3. Teal Hogg
4. Crystal Hulett

Pro Junior Men’s Final
1. Shane Sykes
2. Dylan Lightfoot
3. Josh Smit
4. Adin Masencamp

Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – Series Results

Pro Junior Women
1. Emma Smith
2. Gina Smith
3. Chanelle Botha

Pro Junior Men
1. Shane Sykes
2. Dylan Lightfoot
3. Diran Zakarian

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