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Jordy Smith the top seed for the Mr Price Pro Ballito

July 5th, 2010 No comments

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Durban’s Jordy Smith, currently ranked No. 2 on both the ASP World Title and ASP World Rankings, is the top seed for 11th edition of the Mr Price Pro Ballito which starts today and runs until Sunday 11 July on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

The 5-Star rated Mr Price Pro Ballito is Stop No. 20 of 38 on the ASP Men’s Star schedule for 2010 and offers US $120 000 (approx R900 000) in prize-money along with invaluable points on both the ASP World and local ASP Africa rankings.

The event has attracted a field of more than 90 international and local competitors with Smith being joined by a clutch of current ASP World Title contenders including 2000 Mr Price Pro winner and current World No. 16 Taylor Knox (USA), Chris Davidson (AUS) and Durbanite Travis Logie.

There is also a solid contingent of former ASP World Tour campaigners in David Weare (Durban), Nathan Hedge (AUS), Royden Bryson (Cape Town), Greg Emslie (East London) and Ricky Basnett (Bluff), who is the only South African to have won the Mr Price Pro title (2006).

Basnett comes into the first internationally rated event to be staged in South Africa this year in sparkling form, having finished 9th in the recent event in Sri Lanka where he was the highest placed SA surfer.

The Mr Price Pro Ballito presents the current crop of South African pros competing internationally with the ideal opportunity to register points on the ASP World Rankings in their home waters and the likes of Brandon Jackson (Durban North), Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) and rising stars Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), Chad du Toit (Berea), Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie) and Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), who won the Mr Price Pro Junior event on Sunday, will be eager to take advantage.

The Mr Price Pro Ballito uses a mobile event format that takes the contest to the beach on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast offering the best waves on each day. Tune in to East Coast Radio for daily live updates and all the action will be LIVE on the webcast at www.mrpricepro.com.

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About ASP:

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior 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. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

SA surfers post great results in ASP events on both sides of Atlantic Ocean

May 19th, 2010 No comments

Travis Logie throws a rooster tail of spray on his way to 3rd place in Brazil - photo Daniel Smorigo

South African surfers posted great results in Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) events on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean on the weekend with Travis Logie placed third in the 6-Star rated Saquarema Pro in Brazil while Rosanne Hodge, Tarryn Chudleigh and Sarah Baum finished equal ninth in the 6-Star women’s Swatch Girls Pro in France.

Logie’s super-fast surfing was tailor-made for the one to two metre beach-break waves that pumped throughout the Brazilian event and the Durbanite was the only one of the nine South Africans in the event to reach the last 24.

”I couldn’t find the best waves but I got the win that’s the most important,” Logie said after defeating Gabriel Villaran (PER) in the Round of 16 on Saturday. “This place is awesome and the waves have been perfect for the competition since the first day.”

Logie went on to oust Brazilian Wiggolly Dantas in the quarterfinals on the final day before coming up short against fellow ASP World Title Race campaigner and eventual runner-up Marco Polo (BRA) in the semis. The event was won by Brazilian Willian Cardoso.

Logie pocketed US $5 000 and 1 688 points which elevated him to No. 34 on the combined ASP World Rankings which are headed by Taj Burrow (AUS) with SA’s Jordy Smith in the No. 2 spot.

Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) posted the next best result by a South African when he placed equal 25th after finishing third behind Logie and Jihad Khodr (BRA) in the Round of 48, collecting $1 500 and 578 points. Brandon Jackson (Durban North), Ricky Basnett (Bluff), Chad du Toit (Durban) and Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie) all placed equal 49th with 300 points and $300 while Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) and Umhlanga’s Beyrick de Vries and Kyle Lane were Round 1 casualties.

ASP World Rankings
(After event Saquarema Surf Pro International)
1 Burrow,Taj AUS 24125
2 Smith,Jordy ZAF 22191
3 Slater,Kelly USA 21750
4 Andre,Jadson BRA 20977
5 Hobgood,C.J. USA 19484

South Africans (in the top 200)
34 Logie,Travis ZAF 8057
43 Bryson,Royden ZAF 6723
71 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 4163
78 Jackson,Brandon ZAF 3701
115 Weare,David ZAF 2334
172 Joubert,Shaun ZAF 1289
182 Fahrenfort,Damien ZAF 1141
190 Basnett,Ricky ZAF 1005

Meanwhile on the other side of the Atlantic, a strong contingent of South African girls overcame tough onshore conditions, 1 to 1.5 metre waves and a host of the world’s best female surfers in the Swatch Girls Pro at Hossegor on the Bay of Biscay coast of France.

ASP Women’s World Title Race campaigner Rosanne Hodge (East London) and Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie) advanced through two rounds of competition to reach the last 12 where they were joined by Sarah Baum (Athlone Park), 16, who started in the Round of 60.

“The whole 25 minutes was just paddling and duck diving under waves so you have to find the ones which connect up to the inside section through to the beach. It is a really hard contest with all the girls surfing so well at the moment so I am stoked to get through to the next round,” Baum, 16, said after grabbing second spot behind ASP Women’s Star ratings leader Sally Fitzbgibbons (AUS) and ahead of Bethany Hamilton (HAW) and Sage Ericsson (USA) to move into the last 12.

All three ended up third in their respective heats to place equal 9th overall in the event with earnings of US $900 and 1 800 points. Chudleigh is now the highest ranked SA girls on the ASP Women’s Star Rankings, holding the No. 13 spot just ahead of Bianca Buitendag (George) who placed 19th in France.

Nikita Robb (East London) joined Buitendag in 19th place overall while Chantelle Rautenbach (Melkbosstrand) finished equal 37th. The event was won by three-time and reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) who beat Coco Ho (HAW) in the final.

ASP Women’s Star Ratings
(After Swatch Girls Pro)
1 Fitzgibbons,Sally AUS 7440
2 Wright,Tyler AUS 6240
3 Enever,Laura AUS 5760
4 Miley-Dyer,Jessi AUS 5640
5 Blanchard,Alana HAW 5280

South Africans
13 Chudleigh,Tarryn ZAF 4728
14 Buitendag,Bianca ZAF 4680
17 Hodge,Rosanne ZAF 4440
17 Robb,Nikita ZAF 4440
24 Baum,Sarah ZAF 4080
41 Rautenbach,Chantelle ZAF 3153
78 Zoetmulder,Faye ZAF 700

Baum was also in outstanding form in the Swatch Girls Pro Junior (U/20) event held at the same venue, defeating both the eventual winner, Courtney Conlogue (USA), and runner-up, Coco Ho, in the earlier rounds. Baum just missed out on reaching the four-person final to finish equal 5th overall. Buitendag and Rautenbach finished equal 17th with Chudleigh equal 25th.

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Pictured: Travis Logie (Durban) throws a rooster-tail of spray as he cuts back on his way to third place in the Saquarema Pro in Brazil on the weekend
Photo: Daniel Smorigo / ASP South America

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About ASP:
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior 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. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

Royden Bryson wins O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Scotland + ASP Africa News

April 20th, 2010 No comments

Royden Bryson wins Scotland O'Neill

Royden Bryson’s red hot surfing overcame the frigid water and air temperatures, including snow falls on Saturday, to win the O’Neill Cold Water Classic, 6-Star rated ASP World Tour event, at Thurso East in Scotland on Sunday.

The 27 year-old from Cape Town was in sensational form throughout the event, defeating former ASP WQS champion Nathaniel Curren (USA) in the quarters, Shaun Cansdell (AUS) in the semis and experienced former Dream Tour campaigner Yuri Sodre (BRA) in the final.

Bryson, who finished runner-up in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Cape Town last year, pocketed US $20 000 (approx. R150 000) and collected 3 000 precious ratings points which rocketed him up to No. 22 on the combined ASP World Rankings, the second highest South African behind Jordy Smith who is currently No. 3.

“I am just so excited to win,” Bryson said. “I feel like I’ve had a lot of close results recently and to actually get there and win again feels amazing.”

Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), 17, was the next highest placed Saffa in Scotland, reaching the last 24 before being eliminated by Curren and Bryson for 17th place overall. Brandon Jackson (Durban North), David Weare (Durban) and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) all placed equal 25th.

2010 ASP World Rankings (After event No. 10 – O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland)

1 Burrow,Taj AUS 22375
2 Durbidge,Bede AUS 14433
3 Smith,Jordy ZAF 14199
4 Fanning,Mick AUS 14044
5 Slater,Kelly USA 13750

South Africans (Top 200)

22 Bryson,Royden ZAF 6517
76 Jackson,Brandon ZAF 2750
78 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 2656
89 Logie,Travis ZAF 2253
132 Weare,David ZAF 1466
146 Joubert,Shaun ZAF 1194
178 Fahrenfort,Damien ZAF 775
189 Basnett,Ricky ZAF 705

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Shaun Joubert takes Quiksilver Pro Junior title in Durban

Shaun Joubert took the early lead on the 2010 ASP Africa Pro Junior rankings when he literally flew to victory in the Grade 2 Quiksilver Pro Junior at North Beach in Durban over the Easter weekend.

The Southern Cape matriculant, who had been training in Hawaii and competing in Australia prior to returning to SA for the first event on the local series, clinched the title with a spectacular aerial manoeuvre to outpoint Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) in the final.

“It’s so great to win an event again,” said an elated Joubert on the podium. “To be honest one does get a bit despondent sometimes on the WQS (World Qualifying Series) because sometimes you travel so far and get knocked out early, so it’s really good to know that I can still win heats.”

Reigning ASP Africa Pro Junior champion Chad du Toit (Durban) and Matt Bromley (Kommetjie) ended equal third after losing out in the semis while Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), Devin Lane (Umhlanga), 15 year-old Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie) placed equal fifth following quarterfinal exits.

The next event on the schedule, the Grade 1 Billabong Pro Junior Dolphin Coast runs from Sunday to Tuesday, 25-27 April using a mobile venue format that will take the contest to the best waves available between Umhlanga and Ballito on each day.

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SA girls clash in ASP Women’s World Tour event in Sydney

The Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, sees South Africa’s two representatives – Rosanne Hodge, 23, and Nikita Robb, 21, (both from East London) – matched up against each other in Round 1.

The SA pair also have second seed and former ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER) in their opening heat where the top two advance directly to Round 3 while the third placed finisher has to contest Round 2.

Hodge, in her fourth year at the top level of women’s surfing, has started her 2010 campaign with three consecutive ninth place results and currently shares the No. 11 spot in the rankings, just outside the top 10 who automatically requalify at the end of the year.

Robb, in her rookie year, has posted a ninth and a pair of 17th place finishes and finds herself ranked equal 16th and in need of a good result to kick-start her campaign.

The Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic will run from April 21 through 26, 2010 on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia and will be webcast LIVE via www.beachleyclassic.com

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Jordy and Travis head for stop No. 3 in ASP World Title Race in Brazil 

Durbanites Jordy Smith and Travis Logie, SA’s representatives in the 2010 ASP World Title Race, will be winging their way to Imbituba in Brazil for the Billabong Santa Catarina Pro, Stop No. 3 of 10, which runs from April 23 to 2 May.

Smith, 22, who is being touted as a possible ASP World Champion in his third year as a Dream Tour campaigner, currently occupies the No. 3 spot in the ASP World Title rankings after reaching his first final in the opening event on Australia’s Gold Coast and following that up with 5th place at Bells Beach.

Brimful of confidence thanks to victories over several of the world’s highest ranked surfers, Smith will be going all out to record his debut ASP World Title event victory in the Brazilian beach breaks.

Logie, who mounted a successful charge to requalify for the top tier last year, has suffered two equal 33rd place results and joins a group of six other competitors who are yet to win a heat this year and are ranked equal 39th.

The 30 year-old whose lightening fast surfing saw him spend four years at the highest level prior to an injury ridden 2008 season saw him drop out of the rankings, will be equally determined to equal or better his best result of 9th in Brazil and force his way into the top 32 before the Dream Tour is cut from 45 members after event No. 5 in Tahiti in August.

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Pictured: Royden Bryson (Hout Bay, Cape Town) raises the highland sword event trophy after winning the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland. Photo courtesy O’Neill

Issued on behalf of:

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

Compiled & Distributed by:

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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 governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior 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. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

South African surfers advance at Burton Toyota Surfest in Australia

March 12th, 2010 No comments

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Three South African surfers have advanced to the business end of the Burton Toyota Surfest in Newcastle, Australia, touted as the world’s biggest surfing event with more than 750 competitors.

Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie) posted an impressive display to move into the semifinals of the Newcastle Women’s Open, a 1-Star rated ASP Women’s World Qualifying Series event, along with Chantelle Rautenbach (Melkbosstrand) while Brandon Jackson (Durban North) progressed to the last 16 in the Burton Toyota Pro, a 4-Star Men’s WQS event that was won by fellow Durbanite Travis Logie last year.

Chudleigh, 19, in her first WQS event of the year, conquered the messy one metre plus waves and onshore winds to rack up both the highest single ride score, 7.83 out of 10, and heat total, 13.33 out of 20, in the women’s event.

Rautenbach advanced in second place in the same heat while Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) was eliminated in the previous round.

Jackson, also in his first WQS event of 2010 and the No. 12 seed, started his campaign in the Round of 32 of the Burton Toyota Pro with a comprehensive 13.0 to 10.54 man-on-man victory over New Zealand’s Billy Stairmand. Jackson will face Michael Spencer (AUS) in the Round of 16 when competition resumes.

Former Capetonian Damien Fahrenfort, who finished 17th in the previous WQS event in Australia in February and the No. 10 seed here, is up against another Australian in Darren O’Rafferty in Heat 12 of the Round of 32.

Earlier Chad du Toit’s outstanding run in the event came to an end in the Round of 48. The 19 year-old from the Berea in Durban has been the form surfer amongst the SA contingent in Australia, placing 3rd and 9th in highly competitive Pro Junior (U20) events last month and advancing through four rounds at Newcastle before being ousted in equal 33rd place with prize-money winnings of US $850.

Saffas Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie), Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) and Ricky Basnett (Bluff) were eliminated in earlier rounds.

The Newcastle Women’s Pro crowns the champion on Saturday and the Burton Toyota Pro ends on Sunday. All the action is webcast LIVE at http://www.aspaustralasia.com/live/2010/surfest/index.php starting at 11.30pm each evening.

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Jordy Smith set to fly at Boost Mobile Surf Show this weekend

Jordy Smith put on a solid performance in the warm-up session for the Boost Mobile Surf Show at Bondi Beach in Sydney Australia earlier today (Friday). The 22 year-old Durbanite and current ASP No. 2 will surf all weekend in what is the first ASP event at this iconic surf beach in 22 years.

Smith will be up against the likes of reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), nine-time world champ Kelly Slater (USA), current ASP No. 1 Taj Burrow (AUS) and exciting talents such as Australians Owen Wright and Josh Kerr with a US $32 500 prize pool at stake.

Crowds of more than 20 000 are expected with the world’s best surfers set to put on an awesome display of futuristic surfing.

Issued on behalf of:

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Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: colin@aspafrica.com

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About ASP:
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior 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. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

Nikita Robb and Rosanne Hodge qualify for 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour

December 10th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Nikita Robb in action in Costa Rica earlier this year. Photo: Sanchez / ISA 
Wednesday, December 10, 2009 – In a massive boost for women’s surfing in South Africa, both Nikita Robb and Rosanne Hodge have qualified for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour giving the country two representatives at the highest level of women’s competition surfing for the first time since the two-tier system was introduced in 1992.

Hodge , 22, qualified for her fourth consecutive year on the Dream Tour when she finished No. 10 on the yearend ASP Women’s World Tour rankings after the completion of the Billabong Pro Maui in Hawaii yesterday. The East Londoner, ranked No. 9 going into the final event, spent an anxious 24 hours awaiting the outcome when she was eliminated in Round 3.

Rebecca Woods (AUS) overtook her in the ratings by advancing to the quarterfinals, but the balance of the lower ranked opponents were eliminated and Hodge clinched the last automatic re-qualification spot and a place amongst the world’s best competitive female surfers for yet another year.

Robb, 20, also from East London, has been waiting for confirmation of her spot among the elite of women’s surfing since the final event on the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) in Ro de Janeiro in October. A fifth place in that event saw her jump to No. 9 on the yearend WQS rankings where the top six qualify for the top-tier World Tour.

However, three of the girls ranked in the WQS top six were also competing on the World Tour and could double-qualify if they stayed in the top 10 on the Dream Tour, with their WQS spots then going to the girls ranked Nos. 7, 8 and 9. Coco Ho (HAW) and Paige Hareb (NZL) were comfortably placed on the World Tour rankings and Robb’s fate lay in the performance of Rebecca Woods (AUS) in the final event.

Robb’s heart must have sunk into her heels when Woods was relegated to a cutthroat, sudden-death Round 2 heat after placing third in her opening match-up in Maui. And even more so when Woods appeared to be struggling in the Round 2 encounter. But Woods rallied and snatched second place by a miniscule 0.20 of a point and then went on to defeat former ASP World Champion Chelsea Hedges (AUS) in Round 3, cementing her No. 9 ranking and enabling Robb to take her place in the highest flight in 2010.

“I couldn’t be more stoked,” Robb said of her qualification. “I’ve had a really long time thinking about what will happen if I qualify or if I didn’t, but you can never really comprehend the happiness of when you get that phone call saying ‘Well done, you have just qualified for the 2010 WCT’.”

“Where too from here? Preparation, getting good boards, training and last but not least enjoying surfing and living my dream! It’s funny, at the start of the year I was working in gardens trying to get enough money to follow the WQS. Now, at the end of the year, I’ve achieved something I’ve wanted for so long. So I guess I’m really excited about next year and I have a feeling 2010 is going to be a good year for me.”

Robb becomes only the third South African female surfer to reach the highest echelons of the women’s world surfing after Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) and good friend and fellow East Londoner Rosanne Hodge. Next year will be her first outside the Pro Junior (U20) ranks where she secured a number of international event victories and accolades and a string of national titles.

2010 ASP Women’s World Tour Qualifiers

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Silvana Lima (BRA)
Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Coco Ho (HAW)
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Melanie Bartels (HAW)
Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
Paige Hareb (NZL)
Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
Carissa Moore (HAW)
Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Bruna Schmitz (BRA)
Nikita Robb (ZAF)
ASP wildcard to be decided
For more on Nikita see www.nikitarobb.co.za

For more information on both of South Africa’s two highest rated female surfers see www.aspafrica.com

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About ASP:

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior 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. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

Travis re-qualifies + Sunset delivers + Mammoth surf

December 8th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Invitees and alternates in the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau were out practising at Waimea Bay in Hawaii yesterday as wave reached heights of 13 metres (40 foot)

Tuesday 8 December 2009 – South Africa’s Travis Logie has qualified for the 2010 ASP World Tour, professional surfing’s highest level of competition, after a gruelling campaign that saw him finish No. 13 in the yearend ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) rankings.

Logie, who spent four years amongst the world’s top 45 ranked surfers before dropping of the Dream Tour at the end of 2008, went into the final two WQS events in Hawaii ranked No. 11 and needing to advance through one heat to ensure his spot in the Top 15.

Elimination in his opening heats in both events left the 30-year-old Durbanite waiting on the sidelines as first Tanner Gudauskas (USA) and then Dusty Payne (HAW) overtook him. But the rest of his closest rivals were ousted in the subsequent rounds at Sunset Beach and Logie secured a well deserved place back at competitive surfing’s top table.

“I’m really stoked that all the hard work, training and travelling has paid off,” Logie said, shortly after arriving back in South Africa. “I’m really excited to be back on the tour for what will be my fifth year.”

Logie’s commitment to re-qualifying saw him compete in 21 of the 41 events on the 2009 WQS, the highest number by a South African and a total matched by only four of the nearly 1 000 other WQS members worldwide. He clinched a confidence-boosting victory in a 2-Star rated event in Australia early in the campaign before netting his biggest points haul in his home town when he placed 5th in the 6-Star Prime rated Quiksilver Pro Durban in April.

ASP World Tour title contenders Joel Parkinson and fellow Australian Mick Fanning along with Hawaiians Sunny Garcia and Dusty Payne fought out the final of the 6-Star rated O’Neill World Cup of Surfing in tricky 3 – 4 metre waves at Sunset Beach. Garcia, the 40-year-old veteran chasing a record 7th Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, opened his account with an incredible tube ride than earned him 9.47 points out of a possible 10 but could not find a second high scoring ride.

Parkinson clinched victory with rides of 7.0 and 6.17, matching Hawaiian legend Michael Ho’s record of three wins in the World Cup, and rocketed into the lead in the Triple Crown ratings, which he won last year. Garcia held on for second place in the event, which earned him a wildcard into the Billabong Pipeline Masters, with Fanning third and Payne a distant fourth.

Damien Fahrenfort posted the best results by a South African in the event, winning his opening encounter and then recording the highest heat total of Day 3, and the sixth highest total of the entire event – 16.27 out of 20 – before being ousted in the Round of 64.

Brandon Jackson went into the Hawaiian leg rated No. 15 on the WQS and in contention for an ASP World Tour spot. Like Logie, Jackson could not advance out of his first heats at Haleiwa and Sunset and dropped to No. 24 in the yearend rankings, which will give the 22-year-old from Durban North excellent seeding for the WQS contests in the first six months of 2010.

Royden Bryson (Cape Town) advanced through one heat at Haleiwa and none at Sunset to end the year ranked No. 36. Fahrenfort came in at No. 67 and Rudy Palmboom (Bluff), who won both his opening match-ups in Hawaii but was then eliminated in the Round of 96, closed his 2009 campaign rated No. 81.

Warwick Wright (Durban) was the highest ranked of the Saffas who did not compete in Hawaii at No. 81, followed by Antonio Bortoletto (Durban) at No. 87 and Daniel Redman (Umdloti) just outside the top 100 at No. 105

O’Neill World Cup of Surfing (Event No. 41 of 41)
Sunset Beach, Hawaii
Results:
Final:
1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) – $20,000 – 3,500 points
2. Sunny Garcia (HAW) – $10,000 – 3,063 points
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) – $5,100 – 2,625 points
4. Dusty Payne (HAW) – $4,900 – 2,494 points

ASP World Qualifying Series
2009 Yearend Rankings

1 Ross,Daniel AUS 15744
2 Gudauskas,Patrick USA 14876
3 Andre,Jadson BRA 14813
4 Melling,Adam AUS 14638
5 Wright,Owen AUS 14338
6 Munro,Luke AUS 13713
7 Thompson,Jay AUS 13638
8 Yeomans,Nathan USA 13419
9 Payne,Dusty HAW 13194
10 Simpson,Brett USA 13150
11 Wilkinson,Matt AUS 12850
12 Gudauskas,Tanner USA 12569
13 Logie,Travis ZAF 12344
14 Polo,Marco BRA 12331
15 Thornton,Blake AUS 12325

South Africans (in the top 150)

24 Jackson,Brandon ZAF 11431
36 Bryson,Royden ZAF 10213
67 Fahrenfort,Damien ZAF 8222
74 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 7875
81 Wright,Warwick ZAF 7550
87 Bortoletto,Antonio ZAF 7101
105 Redman,Daniel ZAF 6451
125 Smith,Jordy ZAF 5644
130 Basnett,Ricky ZAF 5551
147 Richards,David ZAF 5246

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Billabong Pipeline Masters
Stop No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour
Pipeline, Oahu/Hawaii
December 8 – 20, 2009

Fanning and Parkinson face off at Pipeline for 2009 ASP World Title

After nine events on the 2009 ASP Dream Tour, the race for the ASP World Title will culminate in a showdown between two lifelong friends at the final event of the season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, which will also decide the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, from December 8 – 20, 2009.

Mick Fanning, 28, former ASP World Champion (2007) and current ASP World No. 1, will face Gold Coast stable mate and current ASP World No. 2, Joel Parkinson, 28, in the hunt for the 2009 ASP World Title as the two battle a minefield of the world’s best surfers and Pipe specialists at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

While the rest of the Top 45 fight for ratings points and prize-money and the 16 Pipeline specialists battle for prestige, only Fanning and Parkinson can win the 2009 ASP World title, with Parko having to finish two places ahead to overtake the current No. 1.

Jordy Smith, the current ASP No. 10, has been seeded into Round 3 of the event and will be going all-out to improve his yearend ranking. A top 8 finish in the ratings will see the 21-year-old Durbanite guaranteed of preferential seeding for the entire 2010 season while a top 5 place will earn significant performance bonuses from his sponsors.

Greg Emslie, rated No. 31 and just 137 points shy of the No. 27 spot that will automatically qualify for the 2010 Dream Tour, starts in Round 2. The East London based veteran campaigner needs to advance to Round 3 to have any chance of an incredible 10th year in the top fight, while progressing to the last 16 will probably ensure him of a spot.

David Weare occupies the No. 41 position and still has a mathematical chance of requalifying. But the Durbanite starts in Round 1 against Pipe standout Hank Gaskell, who won the Xcel Pro at Sunset Beach last month, and Weare faces the daunting task of having to place first or second at Pipeline to move into the Top 27 in the rankings.

All the action from the Billabong Pipeline Masters can be followed live at www.billabongpro.com starting at 8pm (SA time) daily.

The massive swell currently pounding the North Shore of Oahu has scoured all the sand off the Pipeline Reef which should produce epic waves for the event. While the waiting period starts today and runs until 20 December, it is unlikely that the event will get underway before the swell starts to drop on Thursday.

See www.aspafrica.com for more details on the Billabong Pipeline Masters, including the draw for the first three rounds.

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Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines
Stop No. 7 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour
Honolua Bay, Maui/Hawaii
December 8 – 20, 2009

Rosanne Hodge in contention to requalify for 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour

The Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines will kick off the event’s 13 day waiting period tomorrow and the globe’s finest 17 competitive female surfers will take on Maui’s famed righthand pointbreak of Honolua Bay to do battle for the Vans Triple Crown title as well as the valuable ratings points towards requalification for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour.

Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) has already clinched an unprecedented third straight ASP Women’s World Title in just her third year on the tour and Hawaiian teenager Alana Blanchard leads the Triple Crown ratings.

South African eyes will be focused on Rosanne Hodge, 22, from East London who is currently ranked No. 9 and needs to finish in the Top 10 on the yearend leaderboard to requalify for a fourth successive year on the ASP Women’s World Tour.

Hodge has finished third and fifth in her last two years in this event and needs to stave off the challenge of the eight girls currently ranked behind her to remain at the highest level of women’s surfing.

Attention will also be on the performances of Coco Ho (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL) and Rebecca Woods (AUS). If that trio all end in the Top 10 in the yearend rankings, then South Africa’s Nikita Robb, who finished the year ranked No. 9 of the Women’s WQS, will qualify for her first year on the ASP Women’s World Tour, potentially giving SA two representatives on the Women’s Dream Tour for the first time since it was introduced in 1992.

All the action can be followed live at www.billabongpro.com/maui09/ and the waiting period runs from today until 20 December.

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Quiksilver Eddie Aikau set to run as MAMMOTH waves hit Hawaii

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, fueled by Monster Energy, the only big wave contest to be sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is set to run at Waimea Bay in Hawaii today as mammoth waves in the 8-13 metre range (25-40 foot) batter the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii.

Featuring 28 selected invitees, including South Africa’s Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, and 26 alternates, all drawn from amongst the world’s best big wave chargers, the ‘Eddie’ honours the memory of legendary Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau.

The event is on standby to start at 7pm (SA time) tonight and further details, including a live webcast of the action, profiles of the athletes, history of the event and much more can be found at http://live.quiksilver.com/2009/eddie/

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Travis Logie remains on track for return to ASP World Tour as Joel Centeio wins Reef Hawaiian Pro

November 24th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Haleiwa local Joel Centeio celebrates winning the Reef Hawaiian Pro at his home break and taking the early lead in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing standings Photo: ASP / CI/ Kirstin via Getty Images

Tuesday 24 November 2009 – South Africa’s Travis Logie remained on track for a return to the elite ASP World Tour in 2010 despite being eliminated in his first heat at the Reef Hawaiian Pro won by Haleiwa local Joel Centeio in double overhead waves in Hawaii yesterday.

Logie, 30, finished equal 33rd in the 6-Star Prime rated ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) event, collecting 1 181 precious ratings points which added just 56 points to his overall tally. That saw the Durbanite drop one spot to No. 11 in the rankings but maintained his position in the Top 15 on the leaderboard going into the final WQS event of the year.

Needing to advance through one round to virtually assure himself of re-qualification, Logie placed third in a wave starved opening encounter where he required a score of just 1.24 points to overtake Jay Thompson (AUS), who went on to finish third in the event and cement his place on next year’s Dream Tour.

Royden Bryson was the only other SA surfer to reach the last 64 at Haleiwa. The Capetonian won his Round of 96 clash but was eliminated in fourth place in the hit and miss surf on Saturday where occasional waves provided the opportunity to record excellent scores but the majority of the world’s best surfers posted two-wave heat tallies of less than 10 points out of a possible 20.

Brandon Jackson, the second highest ranked Saffa, slipped four places to No. 24 after his early exit from the event and goes into the final event on the 2009 WQS, the 6-Star Prime rated O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, needing to place ninth or higher to give himself a chance of finishing in the Top 15.

Centeio’s victory earned the 26 year-old Hawaiian US $20 000 (approx. R150 000) and sees him take the early lead in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – Triple Threat where the overall best surfer across the two WQS events and the season-ending ASP World Tour event – the Billabong Pipeline Pro – will pocket $50 000 and a $10 000 one-of-a-kind Nixon watch.

The 12-day waiting period for the O’Neill World Cup starts today but, with the biggest swell of the Hawaiian winter forecast to arrive within 24 hours, the event is only likely to get underway tomorrow. All the action from the event can be followed live at www.triplecrownofsurfing.com

Reef Hawaiian Pro – Haleiwa, Hawaii
Results:

Final
1st – JOEL CENTEIO (Haleiwa, HI, USA), Heat score: 14.76 (9.33, 5.43) $20,000
2nd – CJ Hobgood (Florida, USA), Heat score: 13.74 (8.07, 5.67) $10,000
3rd – Jay Thompson (Australia), Heat score: 12.17 (7.0, 5.17) $5,100
4th – Alain Riou (French Polynesia), Heat score: 5.27 (4.5, 0.77) $4,900

Semis (1st and 2nd advance; 3rd & 4th eliminated)
S1: Joel Centeio (HAW), Jay Thompson (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Kai Otton (AUS)
S2: CJ Hobgood (FL), Alain Riou (PYF), Hank Gaskell (HI), Dion Atkinson (Aus)

Quarters
Q1: Kai Otton (AUS), Jay Thompson (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
Q2: Joel Centeio (HAW), Damien Hobgood (USA), Roy Powers (HAW), Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Q3: Hank Gaskell (HAW), Dion Atkinson (AUS), Torrey Meister (HAW), Adrian Buchan (USA)
Q4: Alain Riou (PYF), CJ Hobgood (AUS), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Nathan Yeomans (USA)

ASP WQS Ratings (After Reef Hawaiian Pro – Event No. 40 of 41)
1 Ross,Daniel AUS 14975
2 Gudauskas,Patrick USA 14876
3 Andre,Jadson BRA 14813
4 Wright,Owen AUS 14338
5 Melling,Adam AUS 14288
6 Thompson,Jay AUS 13638
7 Yeomans,Nathan USA 13419
8 Munro,Luke AUS 13263
9 Simpson,Brett USA 13150
10 Wilkinson,Matt AUS 12850

South Africans (Top 150)
11 Logie,Travis ZAF 12344
24 Jackson,Brandon ZAF 11431
34 Bryson,Royden ZAF 10213
69 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 7875
70 Fahrenfort,Damien ZAF 7854
76 Wright,Warwick ZAF 7550
82 Bortoletto,Antonio ZAF 7101
102 Redman,Daniel ZAF 6451
126 Basnett,Ricky ZAF 5551
140 Richards,David ZAF 5246

For more information on the ASP Africa members, including profiles and rankings, visit www.aspafrica.com

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About ASP:
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Three SA surfers eliminated from Reef Hawaiian Pro; Bryson & Logie yet to surf

November 19th, 2009 No comments

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Thursday 19 November 2009 – South Africans Brandon Jackson, Rudy Palmboom Jnr. and Damien Fahrenfort were eliminated from the 6-Star Prime rated Reef Hawaiian Pro yesterday, leaving only Royden Bryson and Travis Logie still in contention in the penultimate event on the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the first event in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

The event got underway last Thursday on the first day of the 12-day waiting period, with former Capetonian Fahrenfort advancing to the Round of 96 when he placed a comfortable second in his opening encounter held in wind affected 1 to 1.5 metre waves at Haleiwa.

Five consecutive days with strong winds, plenty of rain and small waves saw the event remain on hold until yesterday when the balance of the Round of 128 and the first 14 (of 16) heats in the Round of 96 were run in clean one metre surf.

Palmboom, 21, from the Bluff demonstrated the experience he gained from a great run in the corresponding event last year, easily winning his opening heat to join Fahrenfort in the last 96, along with Jackson (Durban North) and Bryson (Cape Town), both of whom were seeded to start in that round.

Fahrenfort was the first to be ousted, placing third in his heat behind Hawaiian standout Bruce Irons and emerging Brazilian star Alejo Muniz. Jackson could not find a second high-scoring ride to add to his best ride of 5.57 out of 10 and placed fourth. Palmboom suffered a similar fate when, needing a score of 6.10 to finish second and advance, he fell just short with a ride of 5.50 points.

The result is a blow to Jackson’s hopes of qualifying for the elite ASP World Tour for 2010. Rated No. 20 on the WQS going into this event, Jackson now needs a minimum of a semi-final finish at the last event of the 2009 season, the 6-Star Prime rated O’Neill World Cup of Surfing which starts 10 Kms away at Sunset Beach next Tuesday, to have any chance of finishing in the top 15 on the yearend ratings.

Bryson will start his campaign in the Haleiwa event in Heat No.15, the first heat to be run when competition resumes, while Logie (Durban), currently ranked No. 10 on the WQS but as yet not assured of a spot in the top 15 at yearend, gets his challenge underway in Heat No. 3 of the Round of 64.

The waiting period for the Reef Hawaiian Pro runs until Monday 23 November and all the action can be followed on the live webcast at www.triplecrownofsurfing.com where there are also videos of every heat already run. Note that Hawaii is 12 hours behind South Africa, e.g. 8am in Hawaii is 8pm in SA.

REEF HAWAIIAN PRO

Day 2 RESULTS:

Round of 128: Results shown in order of 1st place through 4th. 1st & 2nd advance

H12: Rudy Palmboom (ZAF), Hodei Collazo (EUK), Izuki Tanaka (JPN), Kai Barger (HAW)
H13: Sunny Garcia (HAW), Shaun Ward (USA), Christophe Allary (REU), Danny Fuller
H14: Adam Robertson (AUS), Ola Eleogram (HAW), Dane Gudauskas (USA), Bruno Rodrigues (USA)
H15: Ruben Gonzalez (PRT), Jesse Merle-Jones (HAW), Jack Perry (AUS), Ross Williams (HAW)
H16: Yuri Sodre (BRA), Torrey Meister (HAW), Dylan Graves (PRI), Kamalei Alexander (HAW)

Round of 96:
H1: Granger Larsen (HAW), Jarrad Howse (AUS), Nathaniel Curran (USA), Dylan Melamed (HAW)
H2: Bruce Irons (HAW), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF), Pablo Paulino (BRA)
H3: Flynn Novak (HAW), Taylor Lincoln (AUS), Brad Ettinger (USA), Drew Courtney (AUS)
H4: Cory Lopez (USA), Jay Thompson (AUS), Dylan Goodale (HAW), Brandon Jackson (ZAF)
H5: James Taipan Wood (AUS), Evan Valiere (AUS), Leonardo Neves (BRA), Luke Munro (AUS)
H6: Joel Centeio (HAW), Nathan Hedge (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Nic Muscroft (AUS)
H7: Andre Silva (BRA), Marcia Farney (BRA), Jihad Khodr (BRA), Yadin Nicol (BRA)
H8: Tanner Gudauskas (USA), Leigh Sledley (AUS), Luke Campbell (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
H9: Nathan Yeomans (USA), Hank Gaskell (USA), Gony Zubrieta (ESP), Heat Joske (AUS)
H10: Alain Riou (PYF), Aritz Aranburu (EUK), Shaun Gossman (AUS), Gavin Gillette (HAW)
H11: Hodei Collazo (EUK), Brian Toth (PRT), Neco Padaratz (BRA), TJ Barron (HAW)
H12: Dion Atkinson (AUS), Marco Polo (BRA), Rudy Palmboom (ZAF), Jason Shibata (HAW)
H13: Sunny Garcia (HAW), Bernardo Miranda (BRA), Ola Eleogram (HAW), Thiago Camaro (BRA)
H14: Clay Marzo (HAW), Tim Reyes (USA), Adam Robertson (AUS), Shaun Ward (USA)

South Africa’s Rosanne Hodge (East London), currently rated No. 9 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, will also be in action in the event at Haleiwa in the Vans Hawaiian Pro, a specialty event featuring the ASP top 16 ranked females plus four wildcards.

For more information on the ASP Africa members, including profiles and rankings, visit www.aspafrica.com

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About ASP:

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior 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. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

Million Dollar finale to ASP World Tours kicks off in Hawaii

November 12th, 2009 No comments

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Thursday 12 November 2009 – The waiting period for surfing’s first US $1 million series of events kicks off in Hawaii later today as 144 men take to the waves in the 6-Star Prime rated Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first of three men’s and three women’s events in the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing that will crown the 2009 ASP World Champions, decide the men’s ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the qualifiers for the 2010 ASP World Tours.

The first event will get underway at 8pm SA time after Triple Crown Executive Director Randy Rarick made the decision to send the first round of heats out in 1 – 1.5 metre waves at Haleiwa.

Anticipation is at an all-time high after Vans’ announced that they will add $175 000 in Triple-Threat bonuses to the $825 000 in prize-money at stake in the events. $50,000 will be awarded to the men’s Triple Crown series champion, an extra $50,000 for the Billabong Pipeline Masters winner, a $50,000 bonus goes to the ASP World Champion, and a $25,000 bonus to the women’s Triple Crown champion.

The three events in the men’s Triple Crown are the Reef event (Nov 12-23), the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach (Nov24-6 Dec), the final event on the WQS, and the Billabong Pipeline Masters at Pipeline (Dec 8-20) that will crown the 2009 ASP World Champion.

The women also start out at Haleiwa with the Vans Hawaiian Pro (Nov 17-23), a specialty event featuring the ASP top 16 plus four rising stars, followed by the inaugural Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, the penultimate event on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, and culminating at the Billabong Pro Maui where the Women’s World Champion will be decided.

Nine South Africans will be involved in the pressure-cooker competitive atmosphere for the finale to the 2009 ASP season, all of them with career changing scenarios at stake as the world’s best surfers take on what are considered the worlds most challenging waves.

Jordy Smith is the best placed of the Saffas, comfortably ensconced at No. 10 on the ASP World Tour rankings. Smith significantly raised his competition game plan in his second year on the Dream Tour after finishing 2008 rated No. 26, just inside the re-qualification cutoff point of No. 27. The 21 year-old Durbanite collected the Triple Crown Rookie of the Year award back in 2006 when he finished runner-up to Andy Irons (HAW) at the Sunset Beach event and he also reached the final there last year, sustaining a knee injury that prevented him from competing at Pipeline.

Smith has elected to recharge his competitive juices rather than compete in the Haleiwa event this year, but will be going all-out to win at Sunset Beach and become the first Saffa to capture an event title in Hawaii since the introduction of the two-tier ranking system in 1992. Then its on to his first event at Pipeline where his initial goal will be to improve his yearend ranking to No. 8 and preferential seeding on the 2010 ASP World Tour, before pushing on to try and finish amongst the Top 5 and earn substantial performance related bonuses from his sponsors.

Fellow World Tour campaigners Greg Emslie (East London) and David Weare (Durban) have opted to miss both the Haleiwa and Sunset Beach events and will be jetting out of SA on 30 November so they can spend a full week practicing at Pipeline rather than competing elsewhere in the lead up to the crucial showdown in the season ending event.

Emslie, who turns 33 the day before he leaves, is right on the re-qualification bubble at No. 31 in rankings. SA’s most successful pro surfer with career prize-money earnings of $607 525 is only 137 points behind the No. 27 spot and while a 17th place finish will be enough to make that up, the East Londoner probably needs 9th place to ensure he secures an unprecedented 10th year at surfing’s highest level of competition.

Weare, 29, faces a bigger hurdle after a tough 2009 season that sees him ranked No. 41 and nearly 700 points shy of re-qualification. The super-fit Durbanite is upbeat about his chances, even though he needs to manoeuvre his way past the world’s best competitors and the top Hawaiian pros with their intimate knowledge of the break and into the final at Pipeline to have a mathematical chance of a top 27 finish.

On the WQS, Travis Logie justified his decision to fly from Canada to the Canaries by picking up 1 575 points at the Santa Pro last week and consolidating his No. 10 ranking going into the last two events in Hawaii. The 30 year-old Durbanite, who spent four years at ASP’s top table before dropping out at the end of last year, has waged a tenacious campaign on The Grind this year and is well inside the top 15 who will qualify for the 2010 Dream Tour.

Logie has not competed at Haleiwa or Sunset Beach since 2005 but is seeded into the Round 64 in both events this year and, as he only needs to advance through one round of competition to improve his ratings tally, he looks a good bet for a return to the top flight in 2010.

Brandon Jackson, 22, leap-frogged into the No. 15 ratings slot after his outstanding 3rd place in Canada two weeks back, but slipped up when he was ousted in his first heat in Santa Cruz last week and dropped back to No. 20 going into the Hawaiian leg. The talented Durbanite starts in the Round of 96 at Haleiwa and Sunset and needs a semi-final berth in one of the events, or two quarterfinal finishes, to claim a career defining step up onto the World Tour.

Capetonian Royden Bryson, a former two-year campaigner on the ASP World Tour, gave himself a mathematical chance of re-qualifying by emulating Logie with a 17th place finish in the Canaries. The 27 year-old now occupies the No. 29 position and needs a minimum of pair of semifinal results to press for a Top 15 ranking.

Former Capetonian Damien Fahrenfort matched his career best 6-Star Prime event result of 5th place at Santa Cruz last week and he and Rudy Palmboom Jnr. from the Bluff are now just 50 points apart ranked No. 67 and No. 66 respectively. They start their campaigns in the Round of 128 in both events and will be psyched to take full advantage of the bonus 40% increase in ratings points available in the Prime rated events and pushing hard to improve their rakings going into 2010 when the ASP will implement the much vaunted ‘one world ranking’ system that combines WQS and World Tour points.

Last but by no means least, Rosanne Hodge stormed into the top 10 on the ASP Women’s World Tour rankings last week when she followed up her career best 3rd place result in Portugal with a 5th place finish in Peru. The 22 year-old from East London is now No. 9 going into Hawaii and will be looking to consolidate her position in the top 10 to ensure she re-qualifies for a fourth successive season in the highest echelon of women’s surfing.

Hodge will warm-up in the specialty event at Haleiwa before charging at the penultimate event of the year at Sunset Beach and then looking to repeat or better her excellent results in the season ending event in the epic barrels at Honolua Bay on Maui, the only Triple Crown event not run on the North Shore of Oahu.

The race for the ASP Women’s World Title is a four-way battle between reigning and two-time champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), who leads the ratings; Brazilian Silvana Lima, who is the only two-time event winner this year; former World champ Sofia Mulanovich, who won the last event in her home country of Peru to move into the No. 3 spot, and 18-year-old Hawaiian, Coco Ho.

The 2009 men’s crown is a straight shootout between Australian buddies Mick Fanning, the 2007 ASP World Champion, and Joel Parkinson, the defending Triple Crown champion, each of whom have won three events this season. Parkinson needs to finish two positions higher than Fanning in the Billabong Pro Pipeline to overtake his compatriot and clinch his first World title.

All the action throughout the six events can be watched via live webcasts at www.aspworldtour.com or www.triplecrownofsurfing.com

The events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Reef Hawaiian Pro (WQS men) – Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, Nov, 12-23
Vans Hawaiian Pro (Specialty women) – Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, Nov, 17-23

Gidget Pro Sunset Beach (Women’s World Tour) – Sunset Beach, Nov. 24-Dec. 6
ONeill World Cup of Surfing (WQS men) – Sunset Beach, Nov. 24-Dec. 6

Billabong Pro Maui (Women’s World Tour) – Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20
Billabong Pipeline Masters (Men’s World Tour) – Banzai Pipeline, Dec. 8-20

For more information on the ASP Africa members, including profiles and rankings, visit www.aspafrica.com

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The 2009 ASP Men’s World Champion will be decided in the epic waves at Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii

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About ASP:

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior 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. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

Brandon Jackson 3rd in O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada : Jumps to No. 15 on WQS

November 2nd, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Brandon Jackson in action on the final day of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Canada where he finished third overall Photo: Sergio Villalba

Durbanite Brandon Jackson finished third in the 6-Star rated Oakley Cold Water Classic Canada at Tofino on Vancouver Island on Saturday to jump from No. 20 to No. 15 on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) rankings.

Jackson, 22, from Durban North, started the final day by marching past Mark Matthews (AUS) in their quarterfinal encounter but came up short against Jay Thompson (AUS), the first alternate for the 2009 ASP World Tour, in a semifinal match-up held in stormy 1-1.5 metre waves.

“I’m really stoked on the aspect that I got 1800 points out of this result,” Jackson said. “I was hoping to get 1600, it’s a super bonus. To surf all week and not get the win is tough, but I’m really stoked on the outcome.”

The result earned Jackson US $5 000 (approx. R37 000) and 1 875 precious ratings points which replaced the 875 points he was carrying as his seventh best score of the year. The net gain of 1 000 points elevated him into contention for a spot amongst the world’s Top 45 ranked surfers on the 2010 ASP World Tour.

The event produced a fairy-tale finish when local Tofino surfer Peter Devries trounced the world-class lineup of international stars to become the first Canadian to win a WQS event, in the first WQS event to be staged in Canada. Devries started in Round 1 and won every heat bar his Round of 48 match-up, leaving runner-up Jay Thompson in comboland from the 10 minute mark in the final, to collect the US$20 000 winner’s paycheque.

Four 6-Star Prime rated WQS events remain on the 2009 WQS schedule, two of them overlapping this week as events take place simultaneously in the Canary Islands and in Santa Cruz, California, and the final two at Haleiwa and Sunset Beach in Hawaii.

Jackson has opted to compete in the Santa Cruz event at Steamer Lane, the fifth and final leg of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series, and will be hoping to continue his rich vein of form in the second half of 2009 to wrap up qualification before the notoriously difficult Hawaiian contests.

Meanwhile fellow Durbanite Travis Logie did not manage to improve his ratings total in Canada, finishing equal 37th and slipping from No.10 to No. 11 when he was overtaken by Dusty Payne (HAW) in the rankings. Logie has chosen to jet back across Canada and the North Atlantic to compete in the Santa Pro on Lanzarote Island in the Canaries where he hopes the world-class left of San Juan will give him better opportunities to improve his ranking before the Hawaiian leg.

Logie will be joined in the Canaries by Durbanites Warwick Wright and Antonio Bortoletto along with Capetonian Royden Bryson, who at No. 31 can still force his way into contention for a top 15 finish if he can reach the final and benefit from the 40% increase in ratings points awarded in 6-Star Prime rated events.

Capetonians Dave Richards and Sean Holmes and Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) will start from Round 1 in the Californian event while Rudy Palmboom (Bluff), Damien Fahrenfort (California) and Jordy Smith (Durban) will join Jackson in starting in Round 2. Smith is the No. 2 seed for the event which he won in 2007.

For more information on the ASP Africa members, including profiles and rankings, visit www.aspafrica.com

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