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Buitendag & Baum aim for Women’s WCT spots + Jordy, Travis and Matt in Tahiti + Beyrick 5th in France

August 13th, 2012 No comments

 

Buitendag & Baum maintain challenge for ASP Women’s World Tour spots

Jordy Smith, Travis Logie and Matthew Bromley get ready for Teahupo’o in Tahiti

Beyrick de Vries takes fifth place in Airwalk Pro Junior in France

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Buitendag & Baum maintain challenge for ASP Women’s World Tour spots

South Africans Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum maintained their challenge for coveted spots on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) when they finished fifth and ninth respectively in the ASP 6-Star rated Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro at Oceanside in California on Saturday.

Competing in peaky 0.5 to one metre waves, Buitendag, 18, (Victoria Bay) built on her confidence-boosting victory in Peru a fortnight back by advancing through a strong field of WCT and Star Tour competitors to reach the quarterfinals at Oceanside.

There she was ousted by 2012 ASP World No. 5 Courtney Conlogue (USA), placing fifth overall and earning US $1 100 (approx. R9 000) and an invaluable 1 560 rankings points, her second highest haul of the year to date.

The result sees Buitendag maintain her No. 5 ranking on the ASP Women’s Star Rankings but with an increased lead of 773 points over sixth ranked Rebecca Woods (AUS). Six women qualify for the WCT from the Star rankings annually and with three of the four women above her in the rankings – Conlogue, Malia Manuel (HAW) and Paige Hareb (NZL) – having already qualified for the 2013 ASP WCT through their elite tour results, Buitendag is now effectively in second spot.

Baum, 18, (Durban) also had a great run in the Supergirl Pro, winning her opening heat ahead of Buitendag and placing second behind Conlogue to reach the last 12 where she was eliminated by ASP World No. 6 Manuel and Buitendag.

Baum earned US $900 and 920 points for her ninth place result, moving her up from No. 12 to No. 10 in the rankings. With four of those ahead of her already qualified, she currently sits in an effective sixth place and on the cusp of giving South Africa two girls amongst the world’s top 17 ranked female surfers on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT.

Compatriot Rosanne Hodge (East London), the only other South African competing at Oceanside and a former four-year WCT member, produced her best result of 2012 with a 13th place finish. Hodge placed third behind Baum and Conlogue in their Round 24 encounter, finishing 13th overall pocketing $800 and 650 points to climb to No. 28 in the rankings.

There are three 6-Star rated women’s events still be run – one each in Spain, Portugal and the finale in the Azores Islands. The next event is the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro at Pantin in Spain starting12 September.

PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO FINAL
1 – Sage Erickson (USA) 14.00
2 – Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.00

PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 13.53 def .Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.23
SF 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) 14.03 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 10.26

PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.50 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.00
QF 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.10 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.27
QF 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.53 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.87
QF 4: Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 12.83 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.43

PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 12 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.36, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.17, Rebecca
Woods (AUS) 11.77
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.87, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.13, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 8.70
Heat 3: Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 10.83, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 10.70, Laura Enever (AUS) 7.93
Heat 4: Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.70, Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.97, Nage Melamed (HAW) 7.26

CURRENT ASP WOMEN´S STAR 2012 – TOP 10 (After Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro )
1 Conlogue, Courtney USA 11810
2 Erickson, Sage USA 9870
3 Manuel, Malia HAW 9840
4 Hareb, Paige NZL 8170
5 Buitendag, Bianca ZAF 7813
6 Woods, Rebecca AUS 7040
7 Fitzgibbons, Sally AUS 7000
8 Ado, Pauline FRA 6890
9 Mulanovich, Sofia PER 6050
10 Baum, Sarah ZAF 5490

South Africans (More than one event)
28: Rosanne Hodge ZAF 2481
56: Faye Zoetmulder ZAF 1140

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Jordy Smith, Travis Logie and Matthew Bromley get ready for Teahupo’o in Tahiti

Jordy Smith and Travis Logie, the two South Africans who qualified amongst the world’s top 32 ranked surfers for the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), have been joined by Matthew Bromley, 20 (Kommetjie) in Tahiti as they ready themselves for the Billabong Pro Tahiti which gets underway on Thursday 16 August.

Bromley is one of 16 international surfers who have received sought after invitations to compete in the prestigious Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials. They will be joined by16 local Tahitians in the trials at the notorious surfbreak of Teahupo’o with the winner plus the highest finishing Tahitian earning the two wildcards into the main event.

Smith, currently ranked No. 8 on the ASP WCT, will be determined to halt a slide that has seen him finish third, fifth, ninth and 13th in the four events completed this year. He was injured in a controversially re-run Round 3 heat against Logie held in giant surf at Teahupo’o last year and went on to miss the next two events, finishing the year ranked No. 7.

Logie, currently on the cusp of requalification in the No. 24 position, will be looking forward to Tahiti as he went on to post a third place finish in last year’s event, his best result on the ASP WCT, which contributed substantially to him qualifying for another year amongst competitive surfing’s highest echelon.

The 12 day waiting period for the Billabong Pro Tahiti runs from 16—27 August and all the action can be followed live at www.billabongpro.com/tahiti12

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for waist to shoulder high waves until Tuesday and a better, longer-period swell from a current Tasman Sea storm scheduled to move in on Thursday, 16th, and peak Friday with chest to head high surf and inconsistent overhead sets.

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Beyrick de Vries takes fifth place in Airwalk Pro Junior in France

Beyrick de Vries, 19, (Umhlanga) finished in fifth place in the Airwalk Pro Junior at Lacanau in France earlier today (Monday 13 August).

De Vries, in his final year in the Pro Junior division before turning 20 in December, turned heads with his outstanding displays in the tiny surf in France, winning all three of his heats on Day 1 of the event last Friday. He continued this form yesterday with a comfortable Round 32 heat victory and then posted a strong quarter-final win this morning.

However, de Vries only managed a third place in his semi-final encounter and was eliminated in fifth place overall.

De Vries will be joined by compatriots Davey Brand (Kommetjie) and David van Zyl (Glenashley, Durban) in the ASP 5-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro which runs from 14-19 August at the same venue.

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Pictured: Beyrick de Vries, 19, (Umhlanga) demonstrates the small-wave talent that saw him winn five consecutive heats before bowing out in the semi-finals of the Airwalk Pro Junior at Lacanau in France today

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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 surfs to victory in ASP 6-Star Movistar Pro in Peru + ASP Africa news

July 29th, 2012 No comments

 

Sunday 29 July 2012 – South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag, 18, (Victoria Bay) clinched the biggest victory of her professional surfing career yesterday when she defeated Alana Blanchard (HAW) in the final of the ASP 6-Star rated Movistar Women’s Pro presented by Rip Curl and Petrolera Sapet in Peru.

Competing in excellent one metre waves at the lefthand pointbreak of Lobitos, Buitendag used her powerful forehand attack to post a heat total of 15.00 points (out of a possible 20), earning scores of 7.0 and an 8.0 on her two best rides, to Blanchard’s 12.90 (7.9 and 5.0).

“I feel really emotional and very happy with my victory,” said Buitendag on the podium. “I never thought that I would make it past the Quarter-Finals, let alone past Sofia (Mulanovich) in the Semi-Finals. So to make it to the Finals and win the contest is such an incredible feeling. Alana (Blanchard) surfed really well, the waves were excellent throughout the whole week and this is the most important moment for me in my early career.”

The victory earned Buitendag U$ 8,000 (approx. R66 000) in prize money and 3,500 points, moving her up to 5th place on the ASP World Star women’s rankings, the highest ranking by a surfer not on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT).

“This was such a fun contest and I’m thankful for making it to the Finals,” said Blanchard. “It’s a shame I never got a good second wave to backup my score, but Bianca (Buitendag) was unstoppable throughout the entire event and she deserved the victory.”

Buitendag, who has based herself in France where she has already won three consecutive ASP Women’s Pro Junior (U20) events since matriculating last year, was dominant throughout the event in Peru.

She won her opening encounter and then placed second behind local heroine and 2004 ASP Women’s World Champion, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) to move into the Round of 24, where she again won to reach the quarter-finals. In the final day one-on-one heats Buitendag defeated Port Elizabeth born Australian Philippa Anderson before getting revenge over Mulanovich in their semi-final match-up.

Compatriot Sarah Baum, the only other South African in Peru, placed third to record her best result in an ASP 6-Star event. Baum, 18, from Athlone Park, Durban overcame ASP No. 8 Paige Hareb (NZL) and ASP No. 10 Rebecca Woods twice on her way to the semis where she was narrowly beaten by Blanchard.

Baum pocketed US $1 900 and 2080 points which moved her up to No. 12 in the ASP World Star women’s rankings. With eight of women ahead of her on the rankings currently competing on the ASP Women’s WCT, five of whom will probably re-qualify, Baum is now firmly in contention for a spot on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT with five ASP Star Series events still to be run this year

The Movistar Women’s Pro was event number 6 (out of 11) of the 2012 ASP Women’s World Star Series. The next event will be held from August 9-12 at Oceanside, California, right after the final event of the 2012 ASP Women’s Tour during July 30-August 5th at Huntington Beach.

The remaining ASP 6-Star events will be held in Europe on consecutive weeks. The first will be held in Spain from September 12-16 and the following two will be in Portugal, with the final event on the Azores Islands from September 27-30, where the top six athletes on the ASP World Star Series will qualify for the 2013 ASP WCT.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSN4P7iMAZw for video highlights of the final day of competition in Peru

MOVISTAR WOMEN´S PRO FINAL RESULT:
1st – Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) – 15.00 (8.0+7.0) – US$ 8,000 and 3.500 points
2nd – Alana Blanchard (HAW) – 12.90 (7.9+5.0) – US$ 4,000 and 2.640 points

MOVISTAR WOMEN´S PRO SEMI-FINALS RESULTS – 3rd place – US$ 1,900 and 2.080 points:
SF 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 16.25 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 15.50
SF 2: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 13.95 def. Sarah Baum (ZAF) 11.40

MOVISTAR WOMEN´S PRO QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS – 5th place – US$ 1,100 and 1.560 points:
QF 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 16.15 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 7.65
QF 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.60 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.76
QF 3: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 14.80 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 13.60
QF 4: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 12.50 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.90

CURRENT ASP WOMEN´S STAR 2012 – TOP 10 (After Movistar Women´s Pro):
01: Courtney Conlogue (USA) – 9.730 points
02: Malia Manuel (HAW) – 8.280
03: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) – 7.000
04: Sage Erickson (USA) – 6.750
05: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) – 6.663
06: Rebecca Woods (AUS) – 6.530
07: Pauline Ado (FRA) – 5.980
08: Paige Hareb (NZL) – 5.910
09: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) – 5.640
10: Alana Blanchard (HAW) – 5.400

South Africans (More than one event)
12: Sarah Baum (ZAF) – 5.220
33: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) – 1.831
52: Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF) – 1.140

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Tanika Hoffman places fourth in Billabong Sopelana Pro Junior in France

SA’s Tanika Hoffman placed fourth amongst ASP Europe’s best 20-and-under female surfers in the Billabong Sopelana Pro Junior event in France last week.

The 19 year-old from Cape Town won her Round 2 and quarter-final heats before advancing to the final when she finished runner-up to Maud le Car (FRA) in the semis.

Hoffman earned US $150 for her fourth place behind winner Cannelle Bulard (REU), le Car and Garazi Sanchez Ortun (ESP) respectively in the difficult one metre waves in the final.

All the results can be found at http://sopelana.aspeurope.com/

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Michael February advances to quarter-finals at Nike US Open of Surfing Pro Junior in California

SA’s Michael February continued his stellar run of contest performances to advance through two rounds on the opening day of the 4-Star rated Nike US Open of Surfing Pro Junior at Huntington Beach in California on Saturday.

February, 19, from Kommetjie, Cape Town, was on fire in the tricky one metre conditions, convincingly winning his opening heat and then placing second behind Hawaiian standout and current ASP North America Pro Junior ratings leader, Keanu Asing, to move into the last 16 in the event.

The Nike US Open of Surfing runs from 28 July to Sunday 5 August and includes Pro Junior events for men and women, an ASP Prime rated men’s event and the seventh and final ASP Women’s WCT event for 2012 alongside skateboarding, music concerts and a massive exhibition area.

SA’s Jordy Smith (Cape Town), Travis Logie (Durban) and Shaun Joubert (formerly Mossel Bay, now California) are seeded directly into the Round of 96 in the Prime rated men’s event. Rudy Palmboom (Bluff, Durban) is one of 32 surfers in the trials from which four will qualify for the main event.

All the action from the Nike US Open of Surfing can be followed live via http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/ starting at approximately 5pm SA time daily.

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Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: colin@aspafrica.com

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Brazilian Adriano de Souza wins Billabong Pro J-Bay

July 13th, 2012 No comments

Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, Sth Africa (Friday, July 13, 2012) – Brazilian surfer, Adriano de Souza (25, Guaruja, Sao Paulo, BRA) has won the 6-star Billabong Pro, J’Bay, which culminated today in one-to-two metre waves at Supertubes, in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Twenty-five year-old de Souza defeated Frenchman Joan Duru (FRA) in the final of the World Qualifying Series tournament to claim his tenth ASP World Tour victory and his performance today caps off an incredible week of surfing that saw 144 starters compete in some of the most flawless and consistent surf seen in the event’s 34 year history.

A total of five perfect 10 point rides were awarded in the early Rounds of the week-long event but it was de Souza, the current world rated number four, who prevailed to take top honours and the $25,000 first-place winner’s cheque.

In deteriorating conditions, De Souza was able to hold off the hard-charging Frenchman in the 30-minute decider, out-scoring Duru on a two-wave combined heat total of 16.00 points (out of a possible 20) to 13.60 points.

De Souza’s determination saw him commit to desperate measures, he rode one wave to the death, across J’Bay’s sharp rocks, cutting his feet and snapping a fin clean from his surfboard.

De Souza, who fulfilled one career aspiration in May of last year when he became the first ever Brazilian to lead the ASP Men’s World Title rankings after winning his home event in Rio de Janeiro, said winning at Jeffreys Bay has been a dream since he first visited the revered location in 2000.

“I’ve come to South Africa and to Jeffreys Bay for so many years, and have always seen the guys win the Billabong Pro, and now it’s my turn,” said De Souza. “I’m just so happy, and I’m going to remember this win for my whole life. J-Bay is a special place for me and hopefully see you again next year.”

As a full time touring ASP Men’s World Championship Tour (WCT) contender, the 3,500 star ratings points will not factor into the ASP Men’s World Title race for De Souza, he will retain his fourth place ranking heading into the next WCT event in Tahiti, the Billabong Pro, Teahupo’o, scheduled for August 16-27th.

Frenchman Duru was in outstanding form all week at Jeffrey’s Bay, with the 24 year-old accounting for the event’s biggest name in two-time and defending event champion, Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the pair’s morning Round 5 clash.

Smith, 24, had a shot at an historical three-peat today after winning at J’Bay in 2010 and 2011, but Duru surfed hard to outpoint Smith on 15.20 points to 11.73.

Finishing equal third today was Hawaiian Ezekial Lau (Haw) and Spain’s Aritz Aranburu (EUK).

The highest placed South African was local Dale Staples (ZAF) who saw his excellent run end in this morning’s Quarter Finals. Finishing equal fifth, Staples was responsible for one of the Billabong Pro’s biggest upsets when he defeated Hawaiian prodigy and current world rated number five, John John Florence (Haw) in Round 5, but the 21 year-old failed against Spaniard Aranburu in the Quarter-finals.

A special prize, the NIXON WTA (Winner Take All) award, was given to Australian goofy-foot Nathan Hedge (AUS), the former world number seven and 2005 Billabong Pro, J’Bay finalist earning the highest heat total of the event in Roun 1, a near-perfect 19.27 out of a possible 20.00.

Hedge’s prize, a Nixon 51-30 tide watch valued at over $10,000 USD. The winning timepiece features a diamond-encrusted bezel, a high polish all black subdial/hands and the South African flag at the six o’clock position.

“What a sick prize, a few years ago I was in the final with AI (Andy Irons, former three-time ASP Men’s World Champion and 2004 Billabong Pro, J’Bay champion) and he needed a perfect ten to beat me and he got it, so maybe it was AI who sent me the ten this year” said Hedge.

All the highlights and newsfeed vision from an incredible week can be found at:
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Epic Waves For Opening Day Of Billabong Pro J-Bay

July 10th, 2012 No comments

Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay – Former ASP Men’s World Tour surfer, Nathan “Hog” Hedge (Narrabeen, NSW, AUS) has matched power with perfection, scoring a perfect 10 point ride in the opening round of the 6-star Men’s World Qualifying Series event taking place at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Competitors in the US$155,000 tournament awoke to epic two-metre plus conditions on Day 1 and it was the “Hog” who stole the show, belting the long J’Bay walls and winning the crowd with his enthusiastic claims.

The semi-retired 34 year-old achieved his best world tour result at the famous J’Bay point break back in 2004, posting a finals result that boosted him to a career high 7th in the world. And today, the Hog was back to his J’Bay best, easily registering the highest two-wave combined heat total of 19.27 out of a possible perfect 20 points.

Other surfers to progress to Round 2 with wins today included reigning ASP World Junior Champion Ciao Ibelli (BRA), local favourite and Supertubes specialist Sean Holmes (ZAF), Hawaii’s Sebastien Zietz (Haw) and 2010 World Junior Champion, Jack Freestone (Gold Coast, AUS).

The excellent surf is forecasted to continue on Day 2 when 10 of the world’s highest rated campaigners are due to hit the water. Among the big-name draw cards are two-time and defending Billabong Pro champion, Jordy Smith (ZAF), Hawaiian prodigy and current world rated number five, John John Florence (Oahu, Haw), Brazilian Adriano De Souza (BRA) and former Men’s World Champion, C.J. Hobgood (FL, USA).

Organisers expect to start from 07:00am local time.

The official press launch was held last night and attended by local dignitaries Mr Makhulbulu and Councillor Virginia Cameleo Benjamin, representative of the Department of Sports, Recreation Arts and Culture.

By becoming a World Qualifying Series tournament, the Billabong Pro has this year increased its field from 38 to 144 competitors, affording dozens of local and international hopefuls a chance at competing at one of the world’s premier wave locations.

Glenn Hall crowned Mr Price Pro Ballito Champion

July 8th, 2012 No comments

Ballito, KwaDukuza, South Africa Sunday July 8, 2012  – Australian born, Irish surfer Glenn Hall, 30, secured the biggest win of his career taking out the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito defeating Nathaniel Curran, 27, (USA) in the Final at Willards Beach, in South Africa on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

The final day of competition culminated with the best swell of the waiting period as solid 1.5 metre, offshore conditions provided the idyllic arena for an action-packed day of world-class surfing.

Hall held his composure throughout the 35- minute Final, opening with an excellent 8.33 (out of ten) waiting until the final minute to regain his priority, earning more than the required score to snatch the win from Curran with his 6.67 back-up ride, winning the heat by 15.00 to 13.67 (both out of 20.00).

“It’s the biggest win of my career by far, I kinda felt like if you got the wave out there you could get the score and I was just praying for a wave at the end,” Hall said. “Nathaniel is an amazing surfer and I was pumped to have a Final against him. It was always going to be a tough heat but I’ve learnt never to be content with second and to always push for more until you’ve won.”

Hall’s victory comes off the back of a stellar competition season winning a 4 Star in China followed by a runner-up finish at the ASP Prime Lowers Pro at Trestles, California, his consistency rocketing him from 27th to 16th on the World Rankings.

“It’s still a long road ahead and I’m just going to keep trying and see where I end up,” Hall explained. “I’m not doing JBay (6 Star) and I’m proud of my choice. I came here and put all eggs into one basket because if you are here to qualify its about the Primes. That’s my focus so I’m taking it to the next event in America.”

Curran proved a standout throughout the week revealing the depth of his surfing repertoire with a combination of airs, barrels and carves but suffered a disappointing defeat in the Final losing priority and ultimately gifting the Australian the win.

“It still feels great to get a result,” Curran said. “I’ve been struggling for a year and a half so I’m stoked to make the Final. It was an awesome contest, I’ve been coming here since I was 18 and the waves are always insane. I love coming here and I can’t wait for next year.”

Taking down some big names including South African hopeful Travis Logie (ZAF) in the Quarterfinals, followed by ASP Word No. 4 Adriano De Souza (BRA) in the Semifinals, Curran’s runner-up finish sees him jump from 96th to 42nd on the World Rankings.

Adriano De Souza showed exactly why he is the World No. 4, posting convincing heat wins all week as well as the highest individual wave score of the event a 9.50 against Brian Toth (PIR) in the Quarterfinals. De Souza finished equal third falling just short of the mark against Curran in the Semis.

“I’m disappointed not to be in the Final but it’s still a good result,” De Souza said. “I came here without any pressure and Nathaniel was surfing better than me so he deserves to be in the Final. I’ll be here watching the best two guys in the event battle it out in the Final and may the best man win.”

Nat Young (USA) posted his best result of the year placing equal third, reaching the Semifinals where he was narrowly defeated by Hall with 14.50 to 14.67.  Young proved on-point throughout the week, taking down top names including former Mr Price Pro Champion World No. 8 Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the Quarterfinals.

South African’s Jordy Smith and Travis Logie placed equal fifth, the pair reaching the Quarterfinals where they were eliminated, Logie by Curran and Smith by Young.

Brian Toth (PRI) and Jack Freestone (AUS) joined the South African duo with equal fifth place results, Toth defeated by De Souza while Freestone fell to fellow Australian Hall.

The 13th edition of the Mr Price Pro Ballito proved a resounding success with record crowds and world –class surfing from 96 of the world’s finest surfers.

For more information log on to www.mrpricepro.com.

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RESULTS:

Final: 

Glenn Hall (IR) 15.00 def Nathaniel Curran (USA) 13.67

Semifinal

Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.10 def Adriano De Souza (BRA) 11.00

Heat: Glenn Hall (IR) 14.67 def Nat Young (USA) 14.50

Quarterfinals

Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.60 def Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.83

Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.33 def Brian Toth (PRT) 5.73

Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 15.00 def Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.00

Heat 4: Glenn Hall (IR) 10.44 def Jack Freestone (AUS) 9.90

LOCALS PROGRESS AT MR PRICE PRO BALLITO

July 3rd, 2012 No comments

Ballito, KwaDukuza, South Africa Tuesday July 3, 2012  - South African surfers asserted themselves against many of the world’s best with four out of five advancing through the Round of 96 at the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito on Tuesday July 2, 2012.

With clean, although at times inconsistent one-metre waves peeling through the Willards Beach lineup, positioning proved critical for surfers looking to advance on the opening day of competition.

ASP World No. 24 Travis Logie (Durban, ZAF) lead the local charge, the seasoned international campaigner prudent with his wave selection jumping from fourth into first place in the final minutes, advancing along with fellow countryman Beyrick De Vries (Umhlanga).

“It was a really tough heat, I think everyone had a pretty good score before I even took off on a wave,” Logie said. “I was getting a bit stressed out towards the end but I managed to get a set wave followed by another good one on the inside and pretty much held the lead to the end.”

Renowned for his lightening fast backhand snaps, the explosive goofy-footer (right-foot forward stance) was one of a handful of goofy-footers to win their heats on a wave that more often than not favours natural-footers.

Wildcard surfer Beyrick De Vries joined Logie in using local knowledge to out-position his opponents and completed the first of the event’s aerial reverses, to advance into the next round.

“Ballito is pretty close to home, so I feel really comfortable out there,” de Vries said. “I’ve struggled to get into Star events this year so earning a wildcard from the ASP was a massive help and I’m really stoked to get through.”

Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay, ZAF) found himself pitted against a trio of hungry Australians keeping himself in contention with a combination of power and new school maneuvers, advancing in second place behind heat winner Nathan Hedge (AUS).

“It was tough out there, there weren’t many waves but when they came, they were fun,” Joubert said. “I’ve been slugging away on the Star Tour all year so it’s great to have an event at home. My aim is just to get on that World Tour as soon as possible.”

Placing equal 9th at the Mr Price Pro Ballito last year, Joubert’s impressive early morning performance saw him eliminate World Championship Tour (WCT) campaigner Adam Melling (AUS) and Perth Standlick (AUS) to advance into the next round.

Former WCT campaigner Bernado Miranda (BRA) emerged as the day’s standout making the most of the deteriorating conditions to post the highest heat score of the day a 17.10 (out of 20.00).

“The conditions were ok, it was windy but there were still a few fun rides and if you got a good one you could do three of four turns,” Miranda said. “I had some very experienced surfers in my heat, so I just tried to pick the best waves.”

Miranda dominated the scoreboard  with a pair of 8.17 and an 8.93 (both out of ten) rides eliminating Charles Martin (GLP), Brendon Gibbens (ZAF) and ASP World No. 18 Brett Simpson (USA).

Tomas Hermes (BRA) joined his fellow countryman with an excellent 8.17 that saw him advance over Stu Kennedy (AUS), wildcard Conner Coffin (USA) and Jean De Silva (BRA).

“I’m so happy to start this event with a good performance,” Hermes said. “This is my third year in Ballito, I love this place, it has beautiful waves with a lot of power and I’m happy with my result.”

Japan’s Masatoshi Ohno enjoyed success on his backhand, securing an excellent 8.10 for his critical performance through the end section, topping a heated exchange against Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), 2009 Mr Price Pro Champion Tanner Gudauskas (USA) and Timmy Reyes (USA). .

Pipeline specialist and big wave surfer Torrey Meister (HAW) proved just as skilled in smaller waves, keeping his surfing above the lip to complete one of the biggest air- reverses of the day, advancing with an excellent 8.00 along with Jadson Andre (BRA).

Former Elite tour campaigner Nathan Hedge (AUS) enjoyed a welcome return to competition after an 18- month hiatus, earning a well-deserved victory during Round 1.

“I’m so grateful to be back in a Prime event,” Hedge said. “It’s just incredible to be back surfing this tour again.”

Heats 1 – 9 of the Round of 96 were completed before onshore winds and a high tide deemed conditions uncontestable forcing organisers to call the event off until tomorrow.

While the action in the water was put on hold,  the Mr Price Pro Ballito Festival continued to pump throughout the day with everything from skateboarding to BMX demos, live music and more keeping holiday makers entertained in the Festival area.

The next call will be at 0700h (local time) tomorrow morning for a possible 0715h start.

For more information log on to www.mrpricepro.com

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RESULTS 

Round of 96

Heat 1: Tiago Pires (POR) 11.60; Chad du Toit (ZAF) 10.40; Yuri Sodre (BRA) 10.16; Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 9.20

Heat 2: Ohno Masatoshi (JPN) 13.93; Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.56; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.77; Tim Reyes (USA) 8.30

Heat 3: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 13.67; Stu Kennedy (AUS) 12.60; Conner Coffin (USA) 11.33; Jean da Silva (BRA) 5.37

Heat 4: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.70; Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.17;  Mason Ho (HAW) 11.33; Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 10.74

Heat 5: Nathan Hedge (AUS) 12.70; Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 11.47; Adam Melling (AUS) 9.47 ; Perth Standlick (AUS) 7.53

Heat 6: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 13.44;  Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 11.50; Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 9.27 ; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 4.63

Heat 7: Brian Toth (PRI) 14.57; Garrett Parkes (AUS) 13.34; Marlon Lipke (DEU) 11.74;   Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 8.00

Heat 8: Bernado Miranda (BRA) 17.10; Charles Martin (GLP) 14.40; Brendon Gibbens (ZAF) 7.40;  Brett Simpson (USA) 7.40

Heat 9: Torrey Meister (HAW) 14.50; Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.66; Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.00; Aritz Aranburu (BRA)

Country’s top surfers ready for SA leg of ASP World Tour in July

July 1st, 2012 No comments

The country’s top competitive surfers are ready to take on more than 100 of their international foes over the next two weeks as South Africa hosts the annual mid-year two-event leg of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour.

Even though the downgrading of the Billabong Pro J-Bay to a 6-Star rated ASP World Tour event means that the all of the world’s top 34 surfers will not be competing here for the first time since 1997, 17 of those on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will join local elite tour members Jordy Smith and Travis Logie for the Prime rated Mr Price Pro Ballito starting on Monday.

Smith will be the crowd favourite in local waters after winning at Ballito in 2010 before going on win at Jeffreys Bay, a title that he successfully defended last year. The Durban born and raised current WCT No. 8, who now resides in Cape Town when not on tour, is going all out to bolster his confidence and his ASP World Tour ranking of No. 13 in his home waters.

“I haven’t had the greatest year and I think it will be good to go home and regroup and rebuild my confidence for the second half of the year,” Smith explained. “I’ve be in Reunion doing some board testing prior to the Pro as the waves are similar to Ballito (hollow right handers), so I got a lot of practice and am coming in fresh for the contest and hopefully win it.”

Durban based Logie, who was crowned the South African Surfer of the Year in Durban on Friday evening, will be equally determined to post a victory in his home event. A fierce competitor who has spent nearly seven years at the highest level of competitive surfing, Logie’s proven ability in big waves, lightening fast reflexes and the capability to pack more manoeuvres into a ride than virtually anyone make the 32 year-old a strong contender in all conditions.

“I’ve come everywhere in this event except first,” Logie said of the Mr Price Pro. “I’ve got second down to 33rd and almost everything in-between and it’s my home event so I have an enormous desire to win.”

While Smith and Logie are amongst the top seeds in both the local events, Greg Emslie, a nine-year year WCT veteran who has won nearly every contest he has entered in SA since retiring from international competition at the end of 2009, is a wildcard at Ballito and a serious threat to everyone at J-Bay.

“I am feeling great right now,” Emslie said on his preparation for the events. “I’ve been trying to get in the water twice a day and the waves have been excellent this winter season. I wake up at 4.30am and do training with my brothers, so it has been a fun build up and I’m amped!”

SA’s current crop of ASP World Tour campaigners are all entered in both events and the likes of Royden Bryson (Cape Town), Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), Brandon Jackson (Durban North), Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) will be determined to seize the opportunity to pocket invaluable rankings points and earn a share of the substantial prize-money on offer in familiar conditions.

While the Billabong Pro J-Bay event organisers have yet to announce the six wildcards in their 144-man field, the five who will join Emslie in the 96-man Mr Price Pro Ballito are Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie), SA Junior Surfer of the Year, Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) and Chad du Toit (Durban), who all received ASP Africa wildcards, with the sponsor’s wildcards going to Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) and Conner Coffin (USA).

The Ballito event will also run an eight-man trials event featuring current SA Open champion Casey Grant (Scottburgh), David Van Zyl (Glenashley), Klee Strachan (Amanzimtoti), David Weare (Durban), Dan Redman (Umdloti) and Matt Bromley, Mikey February and Davey Brand, all from Kommetjie. The top two finishers in the trials earn a berth in the main event.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), ranked No. 4 on the WCT, will be the top seed in both South African events. Smith is the second seed and other highly ranked international contenders include the Hobgood brothers – 2001 ASP World champion CJ and his equally talented twin Damien – fellow Americans Brett Simpson and defending Mr Price Pro winner Patrick Gudauskas, Brazilians Alejo Muniz, Jadson Andre and Wiggolly Dantas, Tiago Pires (POR) and Australians Matt Wilkinson, Yadin Nicol and Adam Melling.

South Africans will also get to see legendary 1999 ASP World champion Mark Occhilupo (AUS) in action as the winner of the inaugural ASP event at Jeffreys Bay back in 1984 makes a determined effort to re-qualify for elite WCT status at the ripe old age of 46.

The Mr Price Pro Ballito runs from 2 to 8 July at Willards Beach, Ballito. This Prime rated event offers US $250 000 (approx. R2.1 million) with 6 500 rankings points going to the winner and all the action can be followed via www.mrpricepro.com

The Billabong Pro J-Bay runs 10 to 15 July at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay and is a 6-Star rated event that carries a US $155 000 prize-purse and the winner earns 3 500 points on the rankings list. See www.billabong.com for more information.

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Contact:            Colin Fitch – Operations Manager

Tel:                   021 534 5738

Email:               colin@aspafrica.com

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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.

Sarah Baum surfs into ASP Women’s World Tour contention + ASP Africa News

June 9th, 2011 No comments

Sarah Baum used her patented forehand attack and full repertoire of progressive manoeuvres to clinch an outstanding third place finish in the ASP 6-Star Swatch Girls Pro France at Hossegor last Friday.

The result rocketed the 17 year-old from Warner Beach up to No. 7 on the latest ASP Women’s World Rankings and into contention for a spot on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title Race. The Top 6 on the World Rankings at the end of each year join the Top 10 from the ASP World Title Race Rankings to contest all the events on following year’s World Title Race, the series of contests that determine the annual ASP Women’s World Champion.

With three of the women ranked above Baum already well-placed to re-qualify via their World Title Race Rankings, the SA teenager is in fact currently fourth in line for one of the six qualifying spots with three Star series events still to be run in 2011.

 Starting the Swatch event in the Round of 48, Baum posted a number of excellent performances including recording the highest scoring ride of Day 2 of the event on Friday – 8.75 out of a possible 10 – and winning a tightly contested quarterfinal over elite tour member Alana Blanchard (HAW). In the semifinals Baum was ousted by eventual runner-up Sage Erikson (USA), pocketing US $2 000 and 2 080 rankings points for third place.

“I am super stoked with a third here,” Baum said. “I didn’t expect to get this far in the event. Last year I made it to the Round of 12 and I am really pleased to beat that. It is my best result for sure. All the girls are ripping and it is a great feeling to be part of it. I am heading down to Estoril on Tuesday and I am now looking towards that contest.”

The Swatch event was won by current ASP World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS). Other South African girls in the event included Nikita Robb (East London, 19th), Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, 19th), Rosanne Hodge (EL, 25th), Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie, 37th) along with Fay Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) and Tanika Hoffman (Kom) who placed equal 49th.

The entire SA girls’ contingent has travelled to Portugal for the ASP 6-Star Estoril Surf and Music Billabong Girls 2011 which runs from Friday to Sunday, 10-12 June. The final two events on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour rankings, both 6-Star rated, will be run in Spain and on the Azores Islands in September.

Swatch Girls Pro France Final Result
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.00 Def. Sage Erickson (USA) 9.70

Swatch Girls Pro France Semi-Final Results
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.67 Def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.00
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 10.77 Def. Sarah Baum (ZAF) 4.67

Swatch Girls Pro France Quarter-Final Results
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.25 Def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 7.15
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.00 Def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.90
Heat 3: Sage Erickson (USA) 8.00 Def. Suelen Naraisa (BRA) 7.20
Heat 4: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 14.25 Def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 8.40

ASP Women’s World Tour Rankings (After event #4 – Swatch Girls Pro France)
1 Conlogue,Courtney  USA 8220
2 Erickson,Sage  USA 6080
3 Fitzgibbons,Sally  AUS 5580
4 Hareb,Paige   NZL 4680
5 Woods,Rebecca  AUS 4183
6 Ho,Coco   HAW 3880
7 Baum,Sarah  ZAF 3423
8 Ado,Pauline  FRA 3160

South Africans
17 Robb,Nikita   ZAF 2143
22 Buitendag,Bianca  ZAF 1843
37 Hodge,Rosanne  ZAF 1170
37 Chudleigh,Tarryn  ZAF 1170
48 Zoetmulder,Faye  ZAF 880
77 Hoffman,Tanika  ZAF 250

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Bianca Buitendag grabs third place in Swatch Girls Pro Junior in France

Bianca Buitendag continued her sensational assault on the World’s age-group surfing scenario by grabbing third spot in the Swatch Girls Pro Junior France on Saturday.

The lanky 17 year-old from Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape, who won the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in Australia in January and finished runner-up in the U18 girls’ division of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships in Peru 10 days ago, again defeated a slew of the world’s best female surfers aged 20-and-under in France.

Buitendag earned US $350 after defeat by eventual champion Sarah Mason (NZL) in a semifinal encounter held in tricky one metre waves.

“The swell definitely dropped and although the conditions were quite nice I didn’t get any good scoring waves,” said Buitendag. “I have a Pro Junior event coming up in South Africa and it is very important to get a result there to qualify for the World Juniors.”

Mason went on to beat Demitry Stoyle (AUS) in the final held at Les Bourdaines on the Bay of Biscay coast. South Africans Faye Zoetmulder (PE) and Tanika Hoffman (Kom) finished 25th and 33rd respectively.

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Royden Bryson the top South African in South American Prime events

Royden Bryson produced the best results by the South Africans in the two Prime rated events run in South America over the past fortnight. The Hout Bay based Capetonian boosted his ASP World Tour ranking from No. 113 to No. 81 after placing 13th in the Saquarema Surf Pro International near Rio de Janeiro and following that up with 9th in the Super Surf International in Santa Catarina.

Both events were run in huge waves with the final day of the Saquarema event postponed to the Monday when the waves on the Sunday were deemed too dangerous for competition. ASP Dream Tour member Kai Otton (AUS) beat Raoni Monteiro (BRA) to pocket the US$40 000 and 6 500 points there while Brazilian prodigy Gabriel Medina,17, scored two perfect 10 point rides on the final day to claim the title from experienced Australian Tom Whittaker in the Super Surf.

Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), who qualifies for all 11 events on the 2011 Prime Series thanks to his third place finish in the 2010 ASP World Junior Title Tour, and fellow 20 year-old, Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), who leapfrogged into the top 100 on the rankings with an outstanding fifth place finish in the first Prime event of 2011, were eliminated in the first round (Round of 96) in both events.

Brandon Jackson (Durban North) and former ASP Dream Tour campaigner Travis Logie (Durban) only competed in the Super Surf event with Jackson ousted early and Logie, in his first event after recovering from a foot injury sustained in April, advanced to the Round of 48 but placed fourth in his next match-up to end the event 37th overall.

Logie has dropped from No. 28 to No. 42 in the rankings but remains the highest placed SA surfer behind Jordy Smith (Durban) who is No. 2 behind 10 times ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA). Joubert has maintained his ranking of No. 80 with Bryson now up to No. 81 while Jackson has held on to his No. 104 spot.

ASP World Tour Rankings (After Super Surf International, Brazil)
1 Slater,Kelly   USA 66200
2 Smith,Jordy  ZAF 52000
3 Fanning,Mick  AUS 43648
4 Burrow,Taj   AUS 43177
5 Durbidge,Bede  AUS 39370

South Africans (Top 200 out of 784)
42 Logie,Travis  ZAF 15162
80 Joubert,Shaun  ZAF 8570
81 Bryson,Royden  ZAF 8564
104 Jackson,Brandon  ZAF 6280
113 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 5807
141 Strachan,Klee  ZAF 4072
147 Fahrenfort,Damien  ZAF 3849
157 Gibbens,Brendon  ZAF 3357
170 Staples,Dale   ZAF 2912
176 Weare,David  ZAF 2695
178 De Vries,Beyrick  ZAF 2608

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Beyrick de Vries takes early lead in ASP Africa Pro Junior men’s rankings

Beyrick de Vries won the 2-Star rated Quiksilver Pro Junior at New Pier in Durban back in April to take the early lead in the 2011 ASP Africa Pro Junior men’s rankings which determine four of the five-man squad invited to compete in the this year’s ASP World Junior Title series.

De Vries, 18, from Umhlanga, produced an impressive display of progressive surfing to overcome Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh), 16, in the final and take home US $2 500 and 500 rankings points.

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Michael February (Kommetjie) were sidelined by Prestwich and de Vries in their respective semifinals while Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), David van Zyl (Glenashley), Matt Pallet (Cape Town) and Matt Bromley (Kommetjie) ended their campaigns in the quarters.

The ASP Africa Pro Junior men’s rankings will be finalised after the 1-Star Billabong Pro Junior at Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape from September 1-4. The top four on the season ending rankings plus the highest placed ASP Africa Pro Junior on the ASP World Tour Rankings who has not already qualified via the local rankings will join representatives from the other six ASP regions in the World Junior Title series.

The 2011 series comprises three events starting with the Oakley ASP World Junior in Bali from October 3-14, followed by the inaugural Arnette ASP World Junior in Rio de Janeiro from October 24-November and culminating in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships which will be staged as part of the recently announced Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach in Sydney from 11-19 February, 2012.

ASP Africa Pro Junior Men’s Rankings (After Quiksilver Pro Junior)

1 De Vries, Beyrick 500
2 Prestwich, Slade 375
3 Lightfoot, Dylan 281
 February, Michael 281
5 Staples, Dale  211
 Bromley, Matthew 211
 Van Zyl, David 211
 Pallet, Matt  211
9 Gibbens, Brendon 158
 Smit, Rigard  158
 Godfrey, Nicholas 158
 Baum, Sarah  158

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Mid-year international events in Durban, Ballito & Jeffreys Bay

South Africa’s traditional mid-year series of international surfing events will be kick-started by the ASP 1-Star Roxy Wahine Girls Pro Junior in Durban followed by the ASP Prime rated Mr Price Pro Ballito at Ballito in KZN and culminates in Jeffreys Bay with the Billabong Pro J-Bay, stop No. 4 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title series.

The inaugural edition of the Roxy Wahine Pro Junior to be an ASP rated event will be staged at New Pier in Durban on the weekend 18 & 19 June. The event features the country’s best 20-years-and-under female surfers competing for a prize-purse of US $2 000 with the winner also earning one of the two coveted invitations to compete in the 2011 ASP World Junior Title series.

The 12th edition of Mr Price Pro Ballito is stop No. 7 of 11 on the ASP Prime Tour and will be run from July 4-10. The event is restricted to the top 88 ranked ASP surfers who enter plus six wildcards and two trialists and offers $250 000 in total prize-money with $40 000 and 6 500 points going to the winner. The field is headed by defending event champion and current World No. 2, Jordy Smith, and includes 24 of the world’s top 34 ranked surfers.

The 26th running of the Billabong Pro J-Bay will again attract all of the world’s top 34 ranked surfers to the waves of Supertubes from July 14-24. The event offers a total purse of $425 000 with the winner earning $75 000 and 10 000 points. The seeding is headed by 10-time and reigning ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) along with former world champions Mick Fanning (AUS) and CJ Hobgood (USA), former event champions Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Australians Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow and current ASP World Title Race ranking s leader Adriano de Souza (BRA).

ASP World Title Race rankings (After event No. 3 – Billabong Pro Rio)

1 Adriano De Souza (BRA) 20500
2 Joel  Parkinson (AUS) 19200
3 Kelly  Slater (USA)  16950
4 Taj  Burrow (AUS)  16500
5 Jordy Smith (ZAF)  14750
6 Owen  Wright (AUS) 12150
7 Michel Bourez (PYF) 12000
8 Mick  Fanning (AUS) 11500
9 Bede  Durbidge (AUS) 11000
9 Tiago  Pires (PRT)  11000

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For more news on the South African based ASP Events see www.aspafrica.com. For up to date news on the events and ASP Africa members ‘like’ ASP Africa on Facebook

ENDS
Issued on behalf of:

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

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
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Tel:              +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Fax:             +27 (0) 86 684 6250
Mobile:         +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email:           lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

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.

Travis Logie and Shaun Joubert climb the ASP World Tour rankings in Brazil

February 21st, 2011 No comments

South African surfers Travis Logie and Shaun Joubert boosted their respective positions on the 2011 ASP World Tour rankings after posting excellent results in the Prime rated Hang Loose Pro in Brazil on Sunday.

Competing in hollow one to 1.5 metre waves on the tropical island paradise of Fernando de Noronha, 325 kms off the North coast of Brazil, Logie advanced to the man-on-man semi-finals before being ousted by eventual winner Alejo Muniz (BRA) who will make his debut on the ASP World Tour in Australia this week.

The 31 year-old Durbanite, who narrowly failed to requalify for the 2011 ASP World Tour, finishing 2010 ranked No. 34 with just the top 32 qualifying, earned a US $11 000 (approx. R77 000) paycheque and 4 225 priceless rankings points in Brazil.

This is the third highest of the eight results that count towards Logie’s overall ranking on the newly adopted ASP rolling 52-week rankings system. As he did not compete in the corresponding event in Brazil last year Logie did not drop any points this week and Sunday’s result moves him up from No. 34 to No. 29 on the latest rankings.

The top 32 ranked surfers after the completion of event No. 6 on the ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro New York that ends on September 15, will become the field for the remaining five events that will determine this year’s ASP World Champion.

Nineteen-year-old Joubert posted an outstanding fifth place result, surfing his way past several significantly higher ranked opponents before being eliminated by eventual event runner-up Dion Atkinson (AUS) in the quarterfinals.

In just his second year as a full time ASP competitor, Joubert collected $7 000 and a nett haul of 3 120 rankings points which saw him leapfrog from No. 118 to No. 81 in the standings. This guarantees the talented Southern Cape surfer entry into the elite 96-man field in the next Prime rated event and the opportunity to accumulate the higher ranking points on offer with the ultimate aim of qualifying for the ASP World Tour amongst the world’s top 32 ranked surfers.

However, the new rankings system worked against Rudy Palmboom who finished equal 13th on Sunday. His haul of 1 200 points was 342 points less than the 1 542 he earned for equal 17th place in this event in 2010 and the 22 year-old from the Bluff dropped two places to No. 107 in the rankings.

Brandon Jackson (Durban North) collected an additional 49 points for his 25th place finish to move up one spot in the rankings to No. 98. Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), 20, who is guaranteed a wildcard start in the 10 Prime ranked events this year due to his third place finish in the 2010 ASP World Junior rankings, picked up 650 points for equal 37th place and rocketed up the rankings from 292 to 221.

Royden Bryson, the sixth SA surfer in the event, was a first round casualty but actually rose two places in the rankings to No. 73 as those around him on the rankings forfeited more points than he did.

Meanwhile in Australia, current ASP World No. 3 Taj Burrow (AUS) repeated his 2010 victory in the ASP 4-Star rated Breaka Burleigh Pro at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast on Sunday, where South Africans Chad du Toit (Durban) and Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) finished equal 49th and 65th respectively.

Burrow will be hoping the victory is again perfect preparation for a repeat of his victory in the ASP Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, the season-opening ASP World Tour event which starts on Saturday and runs until 9 March.

FINAL HANG LOOSE PRO CONTEST 2011:
Champion: Alejo Muniz (BRA) scored 13.00 points – US$ 40,000 and 6.500 points
Runner-Up: Dion Atkinson (AUS) scored 7.14 points – US$ 20,000 and 5.200 points

SEMIFINALS – 3rd place – US$ 11,000 and 4.225 points:
SF 1: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.77 x 12.26 Travis Logie (ZAF)
SF 2: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.73 x 9.17 Heitor Alves (BRA)

QUARTER FINALS – 5th place – US$ 7,000 and 3.120 points:
QF 1: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.10 x 5.83 Masatoshi Ohno (JPN)
QF 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.67 x 10.20 Jihad Kohdr (BRA)
QF 3: Heitor Alves (BRA) 13.17 x 10.50 Hizunome Bettero (BRA)
QF 4: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.44 x 10.06 Shaun Joubert (ZAF)

ASP World Tour Rankings (After Hang Loose Pro, Fernando de Noronha)
1 Slater,Kelly  USA 69000
2 Smith,Jordy ZAF 52250
3 Burrow,Taj  AUS 45432
4 Fanning,Mick  AUS 44750
5 Durbidge,Bede  AUS 42463

South Africans (top 200 only)
 29 Logie,Travis ZAF 19708
73 Bryson,Royden  ZAF 9303
81 Joubert,Shaun  ZAF 8582
98 Jackson,Brandon  ZAF 7064
107 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 6311
138 Fahrenfort,Damien  ZAF 4236
145 Strachan,Klee  ZAF 4072
148 Weare,David  ZAF 3699
153 De Vries,Beyrick  ZAF 3512
157 Gibbens,Brendon  ZAF 3443

For further information go to www.aspworldtour.com

Ends
Issued on behalf of:

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

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel:              +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Fax:             +27 (0) 86 684 6250
Mobile:         +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email:           lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

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.

Jordy Smith ends 2010 the world’s No. 2 ranked surfer

December 20th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Jordy Smith (Durban), seen here in action at the season ending Pipeline Masters in Hawaii, finished the 2010 season as the runner-up to 10 time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the ASP World Title Race Rankings Credit: ASP/Scholtz

Monday 20 December 2010 – Jordy Smith has ended the 2010 ASP World tour Season ranked No. 2, the best result by a South African surfer since 1977 World Champion Shaun Tomson finished second in 1984.

Smith won his maiden event title at the Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay in July and also reached the final in two other events, finishing runner-up to Taj Burrow (AUS) in the season opening Quiksilver Pro on Australia’s Gold Coast and to newly crowned 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in October.

The 22 year-old Durbanite started his break-through third year on the Dream Tour, the highest level of competition surfing, with an entirely new strategy. Realising that he performed at his best when relaxed and not under pressure to get results, his mantra became “I’m just going to go out there and have fun and let the results take care of themselves.”

And the new approach really worked as a more relaxed Smith employed his patented aerial attack and futuristic manoeuvres to defeat the cream of the world’s top competitive surfers on a regular basis, only failing to reach the last eight once in the 10 events – when he was bundled out in the Round of 32 by wildcard Manoa Drollet at Teahupoo in Tahiti.

His one victory, two seconds, six fifth place finishes and one 17th, plus a couple of good results in Prime and Star rated events, saw Smith amass US $235 150 (approximately R1.64 million) in prize-money in 2010, taking his career prize-money earnings to just over $526 000 and signing up a slew of new sponsorship deals along the way.

Slater, 38, undeniably the best competitive surfer of all time, reached the final in six of the 10 events, winning four titles, and accumulated $416 000 in 2010, including a bonus of $100 000 for winning the ASP World Title.

The other five event titles were won by Burrow, rookie Jadson Andre (a 20 year-old Brazilian whose father is two years younger than Slater!), the late former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW), two-time and 2009 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and Jeremy Flores (FRA) who became the first European surfer to win an event in Hawaii by capturing the Billabong Pipeline Masters in memory of Andy Irons.

The 2011 ASP World Tour will get underway with the Quiksilver Pro on Australia’s Gold Coast at the end of February.

ASP World Title Race
2010 Final Rankings
1 Kelly Slater (USA)  69 000 points
2 Jordy Smith (ZAF)  52 250
3 Mick Fanning (AUS)  44 750
4 Taj Burrow (AUS)  42 000
4 Dane Reynolds (USA) 42 000
6 Bede Durbidge (AUS) 39 000
7 Adrian Buchan (AUS) 37 250
7 Owen Wright (AUS)  37 250
9 Jeremy Flores (FRA) 35 750
10 Adriano De Souza (BRA) 32 000

South Africans
29 Travis Logie (ZAF)  13 000 points

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Smith the only South African on 2011 ASP World Tour

Jordy Smith will be the sole South African on the 2011 ASP World Tours after fellow Durbanite Travis Logie amongst the men and Rosanne Hodge and Nikita Robb (both East London) amongst the women all failed to finish inside the cut-off criteria for requalification.

Logie, 31, did well to survive the mid-year cut from 44 to 34 on the ASP World Tour and was on the cusp of requalifying for 2011 through both the ASP World Title Rankings, where the top 22 automatically requalify, and on the ASP World Rankings, where the top 10 who have not already qualified via the World Tour rankings join the Dream Tour.

However, following a Round 1 loss in the Pipe Masters, Logie ended the year ranked No. 29 on the World Title Race Rankings and even closer on the World Tour Rankings where his 36th place saw him end just 1 723 points (less than 1 750 earned for a 13th place finish) behind Dusty Payne (HAW) who grabbed the No. 32 and final qualifying spot.

Hodge was the model of consistency in 2010, her fourth consecutive year on the ASP Women’s World Tour, reaching Round 3 in the first six events but not managing to advance to the quarterfinals, before placing 17th in the final event. She ended the year ranked No.13, significantly adrift of Rebecca Woods (AUS) who grabbed the 10th and final spot.

Robb struggled to impress the judges in her rookie season at the highest level, only posting two heat tallies of over 10 out of 20 in 14 attempts, and bowed out with three 9ths, three 17ths and a 19th which gave her a yearend ranking of No. 15.

The pair also finished well off the pace in the ASP Women’s Star rated series where the top 6 qualify for the following year’s top tier. Robb was the highest placed SA woman at No. 14 while Hodge ended her season ranked No. 22.

Royden Bryson fared best of the South African campaigners in the Prime and Star rated events, ending the year ranked No. 76. The former East Londoner now living in Cape Town won the 6-Star rated O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Scotland and put himself into contention for the US $50 000 bonus for the five-event Col Water Classic Series title before missing the next two events in that series in Canada and Santa Cruz, California.

Brandon Jackson (Durban North), who came within a whisker on qualifying for the 2010 ASP World Tour, was the only other SA surfer in the top 100, finishing at No. 100. Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) came in at No. 106 in his third campaign and Shaun Joubert, 19, from Mossel Bay, ended his first season at No. 118, achieving his objective of placing amongst the top 120 who are virtually guaranteed a start in all of next year’s Prime rated events.

ASP World Tour Rankings
2010 Men
1 Slater,Kelly   USA 69000 points
2 Smith,Jordy  ZAF 52350
3 Burrow,Taj   AUS 45432
4 Fanning,Mick  AUS 44750
5 Durbidge,Bede  AUS 42463

South Africans (Top 200 of 1089)
36 Logie,Travis  ZAF 16327 points
76 Bryson,Royden  ZAF 9601
100 Jackson,Brandon  ZAF 7015
106 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 6653
118 Joubert,Shaun  ZAF 5884
154 Fahrenfort,Damien  ZAF 4087
155 Strachan,Klee  ZAF 4072
160 Weare,David  ZAF 3799
170 De Vries,Beyrick  ZAF 3512
172 Gibbens,Brendon  ZAF 3443
173 Basnett,Ricky  ZAF 3432

ASP Women’s World Title Race
2010 Final Rankings
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
3 – Carissa Moore (HAW)
4 – Silvana Lima (BRA)
5 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER)

South Africans
13 – Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
15 – Nikita Robb (ZAF)

ASP World Tour Rankings
2010 Women
1 Fitzgibbons,Sally  AUS 12120 points
2 Enever,Laura  AUS 11520
3 Wright,Tyler   AUS 10920
3 Conlogue,Courtney  USA 10920
5 Ho,Coco   HAW 10380
6 Silva,Jacqueline  BRA 10320

South Africans (Top 50 of 130)
14 Robb,Nikita   ZAF 8520 points
19 Buitendag,Bianca  ZAF 8160
22 Hodge,Rosanne  ZAF 7680
26 Chudleigh,Tarryn  ZAF 7200
36 Baum,Sarah   ZAF 6000
48 Rautenbach,Chantelle  ZAF 4953

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