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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.

For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.

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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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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ASP Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@aspworldtour.com

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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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ASP Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@aspworldtour.com

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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.

ENDS

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ASP Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@aspworldtour.com

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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

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

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

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Jordy Smith flies SA flag at J-Bay Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Fanning crowned ASP World Champion :: Slater wins Pipe Masters :: Florence takes Triple Crown

December 15th, 2013 No comments
Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, with his third ASP World Championship Title trophy  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, with his third ASP World Championship Title trophy Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Spectacular three to four metre waves at Pipeline in Hawaii provided the platform for an historic final day to the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season as Mick Fanning (AUS) was crowned the ASP World Surfing Champion for the third time, Kelly Slater (USA) won his seventh Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons title and John John Florence (HAW) clinched his second Vans Triple Crown of Surfing award earlier today.

Needing to reach the semi-finals of the yearend event to secure the World Title or risk having Slater, 41, overtake him by winning the event, Fanning, 32, produced two nail-biting, last minute, come-from-behind heat victories in Round 5 and the quarter-finals to secure the crown before Slater even took to the surf on the final day.

Fanning joins surfing legends Tom Curren (USA) and Andy Irons (HAW) as a three-time world champion, a record surpassed only by Australian Mark Richards (4) and Slater with 11 titles.

“I’ve never put myself in the same circles as Tom Curren and Andy Irons,” Fanning said. “Tom is such an enigma and was so instrumental in injecting style into our sport. Andy … what hasn’t been said about Andy? He was such a legend and he was such a good friend. I’m honoured to be a part of this group. I was happy with one title and I was overwhelmed with two. With three? I don’t have words for that.”

Slater did everything expected of his charge for an unprecedented 12th World Title today, leaving 2012 Triple Crown Champion, Sebastian Zietz (HAW), and 2012 World Champion and defending Pipe Masters champion, Joel Parkinson (AUS), needing to replace both their counting scores in his quarter- and semi-final match-ups respectively.

Slater went on to defeat Florence, 21, in a hard-fought, 35-minute Final that ended with less than half-a-point separating the two.

“It was a strange final,” Slater said. “John John (Florence) and I both waited for a while and neither of us really got a score until late in the match. I knew it was going to be a sprint and it was probably a little advantageous not to have priority in the final as I was able to go for a lot of waves instead of wait for those that took a while to eventuate.”
With the biggest crowds ever witnessed packing the beach at Pipeline, and the gravitas of Slater’s 56th elite tour victory apparent, the greatest athlete the sport has ever produced was emotional on the final day of 2013.

“Last year, someone asked me what excited me in the end years of my career and I said I would like to surf a final at Pipe against John John (Florence) so that’s pretty special today,” Slater said. “To win is even better. I want to surf against the best surfers at the best waves – that’s why I’m on tour. I was obviously emotional today, especially after Mick (Fanning) clinched the title in the quarters. I don’t know what happens for me in 2014 but I think that has pissed me off just enough to come back.”

Speculation surrounding Slater’s eventual departure from the ‘Sport of Hawaiian Kings’ has been present at the season-ending event for the past several years, often supported by questions regarding motivation, legacy and physicality. The iconic American addressed these rumours unprompted today while on stage collecting his seventh Billabong Pipe Masters trophy.

“Today was one of the most special days in my life,” Slater continued. “It’s a day I have dreamed about since I was a little kid – big, perfect, West-angled Pipeline and a showdown at the Pipe Masters. If I had stepped away from the sport five years ago, I wouldn’t have had today. I want more days like this so I’m definitely back next year.”

Today marked John John Florence’s second Vans Triple Crown Title in three years, but his runner-up finish in the final event forces him to hang on to his life-long dream of one day hoisting the Pipe Masters trophy. The youngster, who lives right at Pipe, battled Slater with a series of exciting exchanges during the final 10 minutes, coming painfully close.

“This is my second Triple Crown but it feels pretty special,” Florence said. “The first year, I wasn’t really thinking about it. I was young and just having fun. This year, I came into the Triple Crown wanting to win it, but I honestly didn’t think I had a chance until we got to the final day at Pipe. This result has me motivated for next year. It’s eating my inside how close I was, but I’m still stoked.”

South Africa’s Jordy Smith, who missed the final event of the year due to an injury to his big-toe suffered at the penultimate event in Portugal in October, finished 2013 ranked No 4 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings, up eight places from his 2012 ranking.

Compatriot Travis Logie, who placed 25th at Pipeline, ended the year ranked No. 25 and will join the world’s top 34 ranked surfers on the 2014 ASP WCT thanks to his top 10 finish in the ASP Qualifying Series rankings. The top 32 on the rankings plus two ASP wildcards for next year will be announced tomorrow.

Highlights from the Billabong Pipe Masters are available via www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 16.37
2 – John John Florence (HAW) 15.90

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 18.30 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 5.00
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.63 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.84

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.03 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 16.90
QF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 16.77 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.00
QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.80 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.80
QF 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.83 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 6.00

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.00 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.50
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.67 def. Nat Young (USA) 7.26
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.60 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 4.33
Heat 4: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.27 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.76

2013 ASP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR (WCT) RANKINGS – FINAL
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 54 400 points
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 54 150
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 48 450
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 43 150
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 42 900
6. Julian Wilson (AUS) 40 950
7. Kai Otton (AUS) 39 600
8. Nat Young (USA) 38 000
9. Josh Kerr (AUS) 36 100
10. John John Florence (HAW) 35 150

25. Travis Logie (ZAF) 14 700

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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.