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Jordy Smith Wins Hurley Pro in USA

September 19th, 2014 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) throws a sheet of spray on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California  Image: ASP / Rowland

Jordy Smith (Durban) throws a sheet of spray on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California  Image: ASP / Rowland

SAN CLEMENTE, CA/USA (Thursday, September 18, 2014): South Africa’s Jordy Smith today claimed a last-minute victory over Hawaii’s John John Florence at the Hurley Pro at Trestles in San Clemente, California, to put a season of close calls behind him and move up to No. 11 on the WCT rankings.

Smith, 27, recently relocated to San Clemente and his local knowledge proved crucial in the powerful but wind-affected and unruly 1.2 to 2 metre (4 – 6 foot) surf for the Final. With wave selection vital, Smith opened his account with a heat high score of 9.33 but had to wait until the dying moments of the 35 minute encounter before posting a 7.27 to snatch victory from Florence.

The Hurley Pro, Stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), was the first Final of the year for both surfers and marked the fourth win of Smith’s career after claiming titles at the 2010 and 2011 Billabong Pro J-Bay events and at the 2013 Billabong Pro Rio.

Smith’s road to the Final saw him post an excellent Round 1 win to advance directly to Round 3 where he was visibly elated after snapping a four heat losing streak by grinding out a low-scoring win over Julian Wilson (AUS). Slipping to third in his Round 4 encounter, Smith went on to post a narrow win over Michel Bourez (PYF) to reach the Quarterfinals where he defeated reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) before surviving a nail-biting Semifinal clash with Adrian Buchan (AUS).

“I feel unbelievable,” said Jordy Smith. “To be able to surf against the best surfer in the world at the moment is incredible. I started the heat really well but right toward to the end I started to think about everyone that’s been supporting me and it helped me nail that last wave. I knew I had to do something good. I’m over the moon, it’s a dream of mine to win Trestles, especially after moving here.”

21-year-old Florence posted the highest two-wave heat total and single-wave score of the competition en-route to the Final. He now sits at No. 8 on the ASP WCT Rankings after defeating Adriano De Souza (BRA) in the Quarterfinals and 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the Semifinal.

“I was hoping that Jordy’s wave wasn’t going to be enough but he got it,” said John John Florence. “It was really hard to surf out there and good job to Jordy, he’s been surfing good all week. I’m so bummed, I hate coming that close to winning, but it’s given me some confidence going in to the next event.”

In a shock upset, Adrian Buchan (AUS) eliminated ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Quarterfinals to give the other title contenders the opportunity to narrow the gap at the top of the ASP WCT rankings. Only Slater gained ground, advancing to the Semifinals to consolidate the No. 2 spot, while Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Fanning also lost in the quarters to remain in 3rd and 4th places respectively. Parkinson lost to Slater in the Quarterfinals.

South Africa’s Travis Logie finished equal 25th overall in the Hurley Pro after losing to Trestles local Kolohe Andino (USA) in Round 2.

The Swatch Women’s Pro Final was an all-Australian rematch of this year’s Fiji Women’s Pro, this time decisively clinched by five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, 26, who defeated compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons..

Gilmore notched the event’s only Perfect 10 and added a 9.50 to take the win but second place for Fitzgibbons was sufficient to move her to the No. 1 spot on the rankings. Gilmore sits behind her in second place, and Carissa Moore (HAW), who was eliminated in Round 4, has dropped from first to third. The Swatch Women’s Pro, the first ever women’s WCT at Lower Trestles, was Stop No. 7 on this year’s Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.

“I had a feeling that Sally and I would meet in the Final and I just wanted to get her back from Fiji because I had a really bad performance there,” said Stephanie Gilmore. “This event is really special and to be able to compete here is fantastic, I can’t believe I won. The World Title race just got even harder and more exciting so I’m looking forward to Europe.”

Fitzgibbons was blistering through the final day of the Swatch Women’s Pro, disposing of Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Johanne Defay (FRA) successively on route to the Final.

“It was a successful event and I felt really strong,” said Sally Fitzgibbons. “It’s just such a tough feeling to come in and not get the win. I was hearing those really high scores for Steph and I just wanted one of those for myself. I guess I just have to be happy with the way I progressed through the event and with second place. You always want to go one step further and I’ll be working hard to be in the Final at the next event.”

Filipe Toledo (BRA) was awarded the Hurley Innovation Award for his huge backside air-rotation in his Round 2 heat against Adam Melling (AUS). Toledo finished in equal 13th place after being eliminated in Round 3 by fellow Brazilian Adriano De Souza. Lakey Peterson (USA) took the Swatch Innovation Award for her air reverse against Carissa Moore (HAW) in Round 4, and finished in equal 5th.

Hurley Pro at Trestles Final Results:
1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.50
2: John John Florence (HAW) 15.87

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Final Results:
1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 19.50
2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.03

Hurley Pro at Trestles Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.10 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.30
SF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 15.10 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.10

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.84 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.03
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.04 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.66

Hurley Pro at Trestles Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.87 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.53
QF 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.43 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.77
QF 3: John John Florence (HAW) 17.37 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 9.26
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.87 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.33

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.17 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 12.23
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.67 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.00
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.44 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.33
QF 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 16.20 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.13

The next events on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour are the Roxy Pro France, which runs from September 23 – 29, and the Quiksilver Pro France, which runs from September 25 to October 6, 2014.

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SA Surfers Join ASP World Title Contenders for High-Performance Showdown at Trestles

September 9th, 2014 No comments
Travis Logie (seen here on his way to 5th place in 2013) will be determined to post another good result at the 2014 Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles  Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz

Travis Logie (seen here on his way to 5th place in 2013) will be determined to post another good result at the 2014 Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles  Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz

South Africa’s Jordy Smith (Durban), Travis Logie (Durban) and Bianca Buitendag (George) are amongst the world’s best surfers who have arrived at Southern California’s Lower Trestles to contest the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles which will be held during the waiting period from 9 – 20 September.

The events are Stops No. 8 and 7 respectively on the Samsung Galaxy ASP Men’s and Women’s World Championship Tours (WCT) which determine the annual ASP World Surfing Champions

“Trestles is a very consistent wave and for high-performance surfing there’s no better wave in the world, especially when conditions are good. It’s great to have a longer waiting period this year so we can take advantage of the best waves,” said ASP Commissioner, Kieren Perrow.

“In order to do well at Lower Trestles surfers will need to show a variety of manoeuvres and really push the boundaries and I can’t wait to see what the ASP Top 34 and Top 17 have in store. On the men’s side Gabriel Medina will be one to watch but, when the waves are big enough, Jordy Smith can be devastating. I’m really looking forward to having the women at the competition this year and I’m excited to watch Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright compete because of their power turns.”

“The forecast is looking great. It looks like we’re going to have some really fun waves for the first few days and there’s a promising outlook for the second week.”

“I feel really good and confident and I just want to perform and get a good result here,” said Gabriel Medina, the current ASP World No. 1. “The Brazilians are so passionate about all sports and I think we really need a Brazilian World Champion, especially in surfing. It’s going to be great for Brazil, it’s going to be great for surfing and it’s going to be great for me. I’m really excited.”

“It’s been a roller coaster year for me,” said Jordy Smith, the current ASP World No. 14 and 2013 Hurley Pro 3rd place finisher. “I feel like my surfing’s been really on point and I’ve had some of the best heats of my life, but this year’s just not been the year for me. My focus now is to get some results for the back end of the year and get in a great position for next year. Trestles is a wave that really suits me and I want to make the Final here and win it.”

Smith faces current ASP World No. 11 Josh Kerr (AUS) and 24th ranked Tiago Pires (PRT) in his Round 1 heat.

Travis Logie, who dropped to No. 31 on the rankings after a foot injury forced him to withdraw from his Round 2 heat in the last event in Tahiti, will be determined to repeat or better his 5th place finish in the 2013 Hurley Pro at Trestles where he defeated Joel Parkinson (AUS), Nat Young (USA) and reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) on his way to the quarterfinals.

Now living in Hollywood, California, Logie needs to climb into the Top 22 on the rankings in order to re-qualify for the 2015 ASP WCT. He will be up against defending Hurley Pro champion Taj Burrow and fellow Australian Adrian Buchan in his opening encounter when the contest gets underway.

“Lower Trestles is the event that I’m most excited for this year because it will smash the performance barriers for women’s contest surfing,” said Women’s Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “I’m looking to see progression, and I know that the girls have been practicing innovation. I’ve seen them doing it and I can’t wait to see them bring it to the competition.”

“Lower Trestles is one of my favourite waves in the world, if not the favourite,” said Carissa Moore, reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP World No. 1. “It really gives you the opportunity to let loose and get creative. There’s a really tight Title Race this year and with four events left we’re starting from scratch because there’s such a level playing field.”

Bianca Buitendag goes into Trestles ranked No. 7 and comfortably inside the top 10 that re-qualify on the ASP Women’s WCT. The 2013 Rookie of the Year, who turns 21 on Thursday, will be looking to improve on her early exit in the last event at Huntington Beach and secure a spot in the top 5 of the rankings heading into the last three events of the year.

The ASP Heritage Series will recommence at the Hurley Pro at Trestles with a battle between historic rivals 1989 ASP World Champion Martin Potter and 1991 ASP World Runner-Up Brad Gerlach. The ASP Heritage Series, designed to honour the icons of the sport, was launched at the J-Bay Open this year where surfing legends Tom Curren and Mark Occhilupo squared off in rifling six-to-eight foot Jeffreys Bay. Curren emerged victorious, securing a Perfect 10-point ride in the process. The Potter/Gerlach bout will take place during the event window.

Surfline, official forecasters for the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles, have called for:

The first few days of the event waiting period will see a very fun, rippable mix of Southern Hemisphere SSW swells. For Tuesday and into Wednesday morning the 9th-10th, it will be primarily fading swell leftover from this weekend. By Wednesday afternoon we’ll see a new pulse of SSW swell slowly fill in that will be strongest later Thursday and Friday. A strong, long period and long lasting SW swell will build in for the 15th-18th, with slow easing surf for the final couple days of the event waiting period.

The Hurley Pro at Trestles and the Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles will be held from Tuesday, September 9, until Saturday, September 20, 2014 and will be webcast LIVE via aspworldtour.com.

Hurley Pro at Trestles Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS), Carlos Munoz (CRI)
Heat 7: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS)

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Mahina Maeda (HAW)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Johanne Defay (FRA)

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Gabriel Medina Triumphs Over Kelly Slater in Monstrous Surf at Billabong Pro Tahiti

August 26th, 2014 No comments
ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA), 20, storms to victory at the Billabong Pro Tahiti after defeating the 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in a thrilling final.  Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz

ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA), 20, storms to victory at the Billabong Pro Tahiti after defeating the 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in a thrilling final.  Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz

TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Monday, August 25, 2014): The world’s best surfers put everything on the line as they battled the world’s most dangerous wave in an historic Finals day at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, stop No. 7 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT).

The 12-man field still in contention on the Final Day took on perilous conditions and monster 12-to-15 foot barreling waves, the biggest of the season, in pursuit of victory. It was Gabriel Medina (BRA) who clinched the victory and claimed the coveted title of Billabong Pro Tahiti Champion after an unbelievable day of competition and what is being dubbed the best WCT contest in history.

The win over 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) is Medina’s third WCT victory of the year, after triumphing at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and Billabong Rio Pro, and sees him extend his lead in the 2014 ASP World Title race.

The pair were neck and neck throughout the Final, with each posting a series of excellent nine-point scores. Medina held the lead with the tiniest of margins, 0.03, and the heat came down to the last wave from Slater and a nail-biting wait for the score. The American needed a 9.33 but came in just shy at 9.30 and Medina took the win to solidify his place as ASP World No. 1 going in to the final four events of the season. The Brazilian previously dispatched Kolohe Andino (USA) and Bede Durbidge (AUS) on route to the thrilling finale.

“I don’t really know what to say,” said Gabriel Medina. “I’m so blessed to have these conditions at ‘Chopes and surf against all these guys. This is such a special event and I’m just so happy right now. Kelly (Slater) is a legend of surfing and it’s the best feeling ever to win. The waves were big and perfect and this feeling is amazing. I love surfing and to get these waves is incredible. I want to thank ASP for the event and I’m so happy to be part of this.”

Today marked Slater’s first WCT final of the year and his best result of the 2014 season. The result moves the four-time Billabong Pro Tahiti winner up from sixth to second place on the ASP WCT rankings, putting him in serious World Title contention. Slater left the competition with two Perfect 10s and 14 excellent nine-point rides after overcoming John John Florence (HAW) and Owen Wright (AUS) before facing Medina in the Final.

“What can you say? The ocean delivered for us today… this week,” said Kelly Slater. “It was incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it and today will go down as one of the best days of surfing in my career, no question. Congratulations to Gabriel (Medina). He was in rhythm all event and specifically in the Final, and he’s on fire this year. We switch gears big time for Trestles next and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. There’s a lot of work ahead.”

Fearless charger Bede Durbige (AUS) secured his best ever result at the Billabong Pro Tahiti after making it to the Semifinals where he was knocked out by eventual event winner Medina. Despite a number of brilliant performances through the competition, and a Perfect 10 in the Quarterfinals, he was unable to match the scores of the Brazilian and finshed in equal 3rd. The result sees him move up one place to World No. 13.

“Gabriel (Medina) is such a tactician in his approach and it worked perfectly,” said Bede Durbidge. “It’s such a bummer but I’m so glad to be part of this day. It was so special to surf against one of my best mates (Adrian Buchan) in the heat before and we’ve been surfing together since we were 13. This is such a great day for ASP and I’m stoked to be a part of it.”

Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence faced eventual runner-up Slater in the second Semifinal which was one of the most exciting heats ever seen at Teahupo’o. Florence delivered an epic performance and posted four nine-point rides, including a near-perfect 9.90. The heat ended in a tied, with each surfing holding a 19.70 heat total, but Slater edged the win with the highest single-wave score, a Perfect 10. The equal third place finish puts Florence in 12th place on the WCT rankings.

“I don’t really know how I feel but that whole heat and everything that happened was crazy,” said John John Florence. “I’m so so stoked. My first ride was so good; it was insane. It was so glassy and nice out there.”

The Andy Irons Most Committed Performance Award is given out every year to the standout surfer of the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Previous winners include John John Florence (2013), Ricardo dos Santos (2012) and Jeremy Flores (2011). This year’s award goes to Owen Wright (AUS) for his commitment, passion and courage during the event. Wright was knocked out of the competition by Slater in the Quarterfinals, but not before he posted a Perfect 10 in Heat 4.

“This feels amazing and I’m so honored to get this award,” said Owen Wright. “During this event so many guys have gone hard. I’ve watched Andy (Irons) for so long and I can’t imagine what he’d be doing if he was here. To get fifth place here feels so special and this award just tops it off.”

South Africa’s Jordy Smith was eliminated in Round 2 and ended the event in equal 25th place. Travis Logie, a Semifinalist in Tahiti in 2011, injured his foot on the reef in Round 1 and was forced to withdraw from the event.

The next stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour will be the Hurley Pro at Trestles from September 9 – 20, 2014. The event will be webcast LIVE on ASPWorldTour.com

Billabong Pro Tahiti Final Result:
1- Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.96
2- Kelly Slater (USA)18.93

Billabong Pro Tahiti Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.67 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 4.17
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.77 def. John John Florence (HAW) 19.77

Billabong Pro Tahiti Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 19.87 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.43
QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.27 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.27
QF 3: John John Florence (HAW) 19.67 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 17.76
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.80 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 16.10

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.40 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.66
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.53 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 6.16
Heat 3: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 19.33 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.77
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 19.87 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 12.83

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.66, Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.73, Tiago Pires (PRT) 6.84
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.37, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.57, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.00
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 18.16, Kai Otton (AUS) 12.10, Brett Simpson (USA) 8.67
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.44, Owen Wright (AUS) 16.74, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 12.50

ASP World Championship Tour Rankings (after event #7 – Tahiti)
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 46150 points
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 38350
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 36150
4. Michel Bourez (PYF) 34500
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 34400
6. Taj Burrow (AUS) 33700

14. Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) 18900
31. Travis Logie (Durban, ZAF) 8250

Watch all the highlights from the Billabong Pro Tahiti at www.aspworldtour.com.

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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

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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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Gabriel Medina wins Fiji Pro and moves back to top of ASP WCT rankings

June 6th, 2014 No comments
Gabriel Medina (BRA) celebrates his victory at the Fiji Pro with runner-up Nat Young (USA)  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Gabriel Medina (BRA) celebrates his victory at the Fiji Pro with runner-up Nat Young (USA)  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

TAVARUA, Fiji (Friday, June 6, 2014): A thrilling finals day saw Brazilian Gabriel Medina reign supreme by winning the Fiji Pro, stop No. 5 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), and moving back to the top of the ASP WCT rankings.

Competing in n three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) surf at Cloudbreak near Tavarua Island, Medina recorded his second WCT victory of the season by defeating 2013 Rookie of the Year, Nat Young (USA), in a hard-fought final.

The Brazilian got out of the gates first while Young waited 10 minutes before posting a score. Medina answered back with a near-perfect 9.87 for a series of barrel sections and sizzling snaps to extend his lead. Young fought hard but Medina’s additional 8.53 left the American in need of two high scores for the win. Young was unable to break the combination, cementing Medina’s fourth career ASP WCT victory.

“It’s great to be back at the top of the ratings, it’s still early but I’m feeling good,” said Gabriel Medina. “I’ve never surfed at Jeffreys Bay before but I’m going home after this to prepare and I’ll be working hard. Nat (Young) is a great guy and that was a good final against him. I was so nervous inside those barrels, I couldn’t see anything, but when I came out I was stoked. Thanks to the Namotu guys who were supporting me. Thanks to everyone in Fiji, I just love it here especially with a win.”

Young posted his best result of the 2014 season today after finishing his third WCT final as runner-up. He topped reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning on route to the final but, despite being on excellent form throughout the competition, wasn’t able to find the scores he needed to surpass Medina for victory.

“Third final and third runner-up finish so that’s frustrating,” said Nat Young. “I felt good. My boards felt good and I waited for a good one to start the final with. Unfortunately, I got a little out of rhythm and Gabriel (Medina) found waves with more opportunity. He’s been surfing really well so he was always going to be hard to beat, but I felt like I had it in me. Runner-up is a good finish, my best of the year, so hopefully it’s good for the momentum heading into J-Bay and Tahiti.”

Michel Bourez (PYF), the rankings leader going into Fiji, was defeated by Young in the first semi-final and secured a third-place finish moving him to No. 2 in the rankings.
“I’m really disappointed with that because I made a mistake on my second to last wave,” said Bourez. “Nat (Young) is one of the guys that I thought would get a good result out here. He’s amazing and he surfs so good and I’m super happy that he ended up making the final. I’m so pleased that I made it to the semis and got another good result.”

Kolohe Andino (USA) backed up his Billabong Rio Pro runner-up finish with an equal 3rd place in the Fiji Pro after facing eventual event winner Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the second semi-final.

“It was a good event for me,” said Andino. “Gabriel (Medina) kind of went nuts in our semi and I needed better waves. That’s okay though, I’ve had two really good results back-to-back and I’m having a lot of fun. Next event is Jeffreys Bay and it hasn’t been a WCT event since I’ve been on tour so I’m really excited to surf it.”

South Africans Jordy Smith and Travis Logie finished equal 13th and equal 25th respectively in the Fiji Pro. Smith was the top scorer on opening day of the event but was ousted in Round 3 by Felipe Toledo (BRA). Logie bowed out in a Round 2 duel with Adrian Buchan (AUS)

The next stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the J Bay Open at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, from July 10 – 21, 2014.

For more information, check out aspworldtour.com.

Fiji Pro Final Result:
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.40 def. Nat Young (USA) 14.77

Fiji Pro Semifinal Results:
Semi-final 1: Nat Young (USA)14.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.10
Semi-final 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.50 vs. Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.57

ASP World Championship Tour Rankings (After stop #5 – Fiji Pro)
1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 30950
2 Michel Bourez (PYF) 28750
3 Kelly Slater (USA) 28600
4 Taj Burrow (AUS) 26750
5 Joel Parkinson (AUS) 26400
6 Adriano De Souza (BRA) 24900
7 Nat Young (USA) 24150
8 Mick Fanning (AUS) 22650
9 Kolohe Andino (USA) 18500
10 Josh Kerr (AUS) 18250

11 Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16650
24 Travis Logie (ZAF) 7250

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Lightfoot and Smith clinch ASP Pro Junior titles at Billabong Junior Series in Mossel Bay

April 28th, 2014 No comments
Dylan Lightfoot carves a powerful cutback at Outer Pool at Mossel Bay on his way to victory in the first stop on the Billabong Junior Series on Sunday  Photo: Dylan Lightfoot Facebook

Dylan Lightfoot carves a powerful cutback at Outer Pool at Mossel Bay on his way to victory in the first stop on the Billabong Junior Series on Sunday Photo: Dylan Lightfoot Facebook

Dylan Lightfoot and Emma Smith clinched their respective men and women’s Pro Junior titles at the first stop on the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS which was completed in consistent one to1.5 metre waves in Mossel Bay on Sunday.

The victories see the pair take an early lead in the rankings to select the three men and one woman who will represent ASP Africa at the 2014 ASP World Junior Surfing Championships scheduled for the end of October.

Lightfoot, 19, from Jeffreys Bay, took the momentum from his top 16 finish in an ASP QS event in Argentina last weekend into this event by convincingly winning his opening heat. The third seed then placed second to Cape Town’s Jordy Maree in Round 2 before getting revenge by defeating Maree in their Man-on-man semi-final encounter.

In the final Lightfoot used a patient strategy, picking off the best lined up waves across the Outer Pool point, to defeat top seed Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) whose tactics of catching plenty of waves and going for big manoeuvres saw him relegated to the runner-up berth.

“The waves were a lot harder than what they looked. There was a lot of chop on them, and the big ones were no good,” said Lightfoot. “I was looking for the middle waves, the ones that had more potential across the inside. I’m just so stoked with my first win of the year and am looking forward to the upcoming contest season. This has been an amazing event, and the waves have been so much fun throughout.”

Lightfoot pocketed R8 000 and 750 rankings points for the victory along with the Nixon WTA (Winner Takes All) Award of a Nixon Supertide watch for the highest heat score of the event, 16.5 out of a possible 20 points in his semi-final win.

Zakarian, who won every heat he contested up to the final, collected R4 000 and 563 points for placing second and also picked up the VonZipper Brainblast-Off award for completing a big backhand air reverse in the VZ Airshow.

Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) justified her top seeding in the women’s 20-and-under division, winning her opening encounter, placing second to Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach) in the semis and then clinching the title in a low scoring final. Smith took home R4 000 and earned 750 points which puts her in pole position for a second consecutive appearance at the ASP World Junior Championships in October.

See more details, including video footage of each day’s action, at http://www.aspworldtour.com/events/2014/mjun/1029/billabong-junior-series-presented-by-bos

Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS
Results: Stop No 1

ASP Pro Junior Women’s Final
1. Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay)
2. Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach)
3. Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay)
4. Jade Mets (Durban)

ASP Pro Junior Men’s Final
1. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
2. Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)
=3. Shane Sykes (Salt Rock)
=3. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)

The second event in the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS is scheduled for Cape Town on August 8 – 10.

The series, which also includes Surfing South Africa (SSA) Pro Surf Tour (PST) events for U14, U16 and U18 boys and girls plus U12 boys, is supported by BOS, Playstation, Samsung, Nixon, DaKine, KR Fins and VonZipper.

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Bianca Buitendag claims career best runner-up finish at Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia

March 11th, 2014 No comments
Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, South Africa) in action during her runner-up finish at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks in Australia today  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, South Africa) in action during her runner-up finish at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks in Australia today Credit: ASP / Kirstin

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag produced her career best performance to reach the final of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, before finishing runner-up at the first stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) at Snapper Rocks, Queensland, Australia today.

Buitendag, 20, (Victoria Bay) posted a convincing victory over Lakey Peterson (USA) in their semi-final match-up held in excellent one to 1.5 metre waves to reach the final of a WCT event for the first time in just her second year at the top level of women’s surfing.

The 2013 ASP Women’s Rookie of the Year’s hopes of a fairytale maiden victory were dashed by five time ASP Women’s World Champion and Snapper Rocks local, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), who won her fifth Roxy Pro title with a dominant showing.

Buitendag’s confidence boosting run to the final, during which she also defeated 2013 ASP No. 2 Tyler Wright (AUS) in the quarter-finals, Alessa Quizon (HAW) in Round 4 and Laura Enever (AUS) in Round 2, sees the South African jump to No. 2 on the 2014 Women’s WCT going into the next event, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia, starting on 2 April.

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, Stop No. 1 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT, was won by Gabriel Medina, 19, who became the first Brazilian winner of the event and the first goofy-foot surfer (rides with right foot in front) to clinch the title since 2004.

Medina scored a sensational come-from-behind victory over home-town favourite and 2012 ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson who had led throughout the 35 minute final after opening his account with a ride of 9.0 (out of 10). As he had done against Taj Burrow (AUS) in the semis and three-time ASP World Champ, Mick Fanning (AUS), in the quarters, Medina kept his challenge going until the final seconds of each heat, scoring buzzer-beating victories on each occasion.

South Africa’s Travis Logie finished 13th overall after defeating Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence in Round 2 before falling to Burrow in Round 3. Jordy Smith, ranked No. 4 at the end of 2013, was uncharacteristically eliminated early in the event to finish equal 25th.

All the action from the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast events can be found at www.aspworldtour.com

Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ
Results

Final
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.80 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.47
Semi-Finals
Semi-final 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.40
Semi-final 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ
Results

Final
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.33 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.27
Semi-Finals
Semi-final 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.13 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.10
Semifinal 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.70 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.67

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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 third in Hunter Ports Women’s Classic in Australia

February 23rd, 2014 No comments
Bianca Buitendag (George, South Africa) performs a trademark vertical backhand turn on her way to third place in the ASP 6-Star rated Hunter Ports Women’s Classic in Australia  Credit: ASP / Hayden-Smith

Bianca Buitendag (George, South Africa) performs a trademark vertical backhand turn on her way to third place in the ASP 6-Star rated Hunter Ports Women’s Classic in Australia Credit: ASP / Hayden-Smith

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag employed her trademark vertical backhand manoeuvres to clinch third place in the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic, a 6-Star rated ASP Qualifying Series (QS) event in Newcastle, Australia today (Sunday).

Buitendag was in sparkling form, winning three of the four heats she contested on her way to the semi-finals before bowing out to Alessa Quizon (HAW) by 11.83 vs. 14.50. The 20 year-old from George collected US $1 900 (about 21 000) and 2 080 points which moved her up to No. 7 on the ASP Women’s QS rankings after three events.

The confidence boosting performance was ideal preparation for Buitendag’s campaign on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s WCT which gets underway at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Queensland on 1 March. In 2013 she finished her inaugural year at the highest level ranked No. 8 and was crowned the Rookie of the Year.

The Hunter Ports Women’s Classic was won by Malia Manuel who defeated fellow Hawaiian Alessa Quizon in the final. SA’s Sarah Baum (Durban) finished equal 13th and Faye Zoetmulder ended equal 67th.

The Burton Toyota Pro, a 6-Star ASP QS men’s event, which ran in conjunction with the women’s event as part of the 2014 Surfest Newcastle Australia, was won by Matt Banting who beat fellow Australian Nathan Hedge in the final earlier today.

Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) and David van Zyl (Durban) were the highest placed South Africans in equal 17th place with US $2 000 and 625 points each. Slade Prestwich (Durban) ended equal 49th, Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) were equal 73rd and Michael February (Kommetjie) placed equal 97th.

Lightfoot also reached the quarter-finals of the Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior, finishing equal 13th overall.

See www.surfest.com for full results, photos, videos and more.

ASP Qualifying Series Rankings (After Newcastle)

Men
1 De Souza,Adriano BRA 6564
2 Banting,Matt AUS 3729
3 Hedge,Nathan AUS 3470
4 Hermes,Tomas BRA 3000
5 Martin,Charles GLP 2716

South Africans
42 De Vries,Beyrick ZAF 1005
51 Van Zyl,David ZAF 855
81 Staples,Dale ZAF 610
89 February,Michael ZAF 536
93 Prestwich,Slade ZAF 500
155 Lightfoot,Dylan ZAF 190

Women
1 Manuel,Malia HAW 5580
2 Quizon,Alessa HAW 5280
3 Moore,Carissa HAW 3500
4 Melamed,Nage HAW 3120
5 Le Car,Maud FRA 3000

South Africans
7 Buitendag,Bianca ZAF 2460
16 Baum,Sarah ZAF 1570
62 Zoetmulder,Faye ZAF 433

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South Africa’s Grant Baker Wins Arnette Punta Galea Challenge In Massive Surf

December 23rd, 2013 No comments
Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) rides one of his event winning waves at the Arnette Punta Galea Challenge in Basque Country, Spain on Sunday  Credit: Steve Robertson

Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) rides one of his event winning waves at the Arnette Punta Galea Challenge in Basque Country, Spain on Sunday Credit: Steve Robertson

Punta Galea, Spain (Sunday, December 22, 2013) – A spectacular day of surfing on the Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour saw South Africa’s Grant “Twiggy” Baker take the win at the Arnette Punta Galea Challenge in Basque Country, Spain on Sunday.

The large Atlantic Ocean swell pumped consistent big waves into the Punta Galea Harbour point with surfers agreeing that wave faces were in the 30 feet range all day.

Baker, 40 years of age and from Durban in South Africa, controlled the 45 minute final from start to finish utilising perfect positioning and taking the biggest and best waves to finish with a near perfect score of 29.01 out of a possible 30.

“What a day for me, it just got better each heat and in the final I felt like I actually peaked and it just worked out perfectly” said Baker. “This wave surprised us. It is a legitimate big wave in the world of big wave surfing and we all really enjoyed the challenge.”

Today’s win sees Baker leading the Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour rankings for this season and well positioned to win this year’s Big Wave World Tour Title.

“It’s the aim to try and win the Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour Title and today’s win certainly has me well placed, but there are three event to go and I really have to focus on each event and be ready for when they might run.”

Baker (centre) celebrates  with runner-up Nic Lamb (left) and Ken Collins, both from Santa Cruz California  Photo: Steve Robertson

Baker (centre) celebrates with runner-up Nic Lamb (left) and Ken Collins, both from Santa Cruz California Photo: Steve Robertson

Finishing second and third and not far behind Baker were USA/Santa Cruz pair Nic Lamb, 2nd place on a final tally of 28.21, and Ken Collins on 24.87 in 3rd.

“I would have love to have won today and I think it got down to Baker’s last wave where he was in a slightly better position than myself to catch that wave” said 25-year-old Lamb.

“I’m still happy with second. Ken (Collins) and myself are here representing Santa Cruz and to place 2nd and 3rd sees us both well in touch on the world rankings and I’m looking forward to the next three events, two of which are on our home coastline in North America – Mavericks and Oregon.”

Punta Galea offered an amazing spectacle for the large crowds, estimated above 10 000, who lined the picturesque 400 meter cliff face that overlooks the break in an amazing natural auditorium setting.

Local Basque surfer Adur Letamendia from nearby Zarautz was the highest placed European making the final and placing 4th ahead of Ramon Navarro from Chile and David Bustamante (Basque/Spain).

Australian waterman Jamie Mitchell placed 7th overall, narrowly missing the final when he was edged out in his Semi-final by Navarro.

The water safety team were kept extremely busy all day with numerous snapped leashes and a particularly dangerous inside rocky section to the break where many surfers had to be towed from. One such incident saw rider and ski come to grief on the rocky point.
Apart from that, the day was managed superbly by competitors and organisers.

Three event locations remain on the Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour, Mavericks in California, Nelscott Reef in Oregon and Todos Santos (Mexico) with a waiting period through to March 31st.

The events only run if and when a large swell and good surface conditions coincide with surfers given a few days notice to get to the location and surf.

Results: Arnette Punta Galea Challenge
1st Grant Baker (South Africa/Durban) 29.01
2nd Nic Lamb (USA/Santa Cruz) 28.21
3rd Ken Collins (USA/Santa Cruz) 24.87
4th Adur Latamendia (Spain/Zarautz) 23.57
5th Ramon Navarro (Chile) 14.34
6th David Bustamante (Spain) 0.00

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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.