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Calling all budding filmmakers!

Posted on November 12th, 2014 in Contests.
Enter the Duke Shorts surf film comp today

Enter the Duke Shorts surf film comp today

In association with the legends at Panasonic and Patagonia, Duke’s Shorts is giving all film makers the opportunity to have their short film played on a massive outdoor screen in front of thousands of people! You’ll also be in with a chance to win the amazing Panasonic Lumix GH4 camera, featuring 4K video, with 12-35mm F2.8 lens (total value $2999). There’ll be a bunch of other prizes given out on the night from Patagonia.

As the finale to the Duke’s Day celebration, Jack McCoy will be presenting his award winning film “A Deeper Shade Of Blue” on Saturday Jan 10 free for everyone, and all Duke’s Shorts finalists will have their films shown prior.

All you have to do is create a short surf film telling a story that shows “our community’s love and respect for the ocean” and/or somehow incorporate Duke Kahanamoku into your film, then send it to us by Dec 10. Easy!

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Slats does it again…

Posted on August 30th, 2011 in Contests, Top stories.

Doesn’t look like Slater’s going away anytime soon. Here’s the  bumpf about his latest triumph at Teahupo’o… now on to… NYC

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International
Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui
ASP World Title Event No. 5 of 11
Teahupoo, Taiarapu, French Polynesia

August 20 – 31, 2011
www.billabongpro.comTEAHUPO’O, Taiarapu/French Polynesia (Monday, August 29, 2011) – Ten-time and reigning World Surfing Champion, Kelly Slater (USA) is back in familiar territory, sitting at number one in the world after today claiming event 5 on the Association of Surfing Professionals 2011 Men’s World Tour, the Billabong Pro presented by Air Tahiti Nui.

The 39 year-old American surfing legend defeated Aussie tour young gun Owen Wright (Lennox Head, NSW, AUS) in the final held in two-metre plus waves at the infamous Teahupo’o break, making it two wins from four starts this season and it extends his record-breaking number of total career victories to 47.

Wright beat Slater the first three times they met, a statistic any surfers would claim proudly, but in his first ever Men’s World Tour final it all seemed to go the American’s way, with Slater controlling the heat and notching up excellent scores with his incredible display of precision tube riding.

Slater’s final two-wave combined total of 18.43 out of a possible 20 points saw him finish clear of Wright on 17.10 points, securing the 39 year-old the $75,000 US first place prize, 10,000 valuable world title ratings points and above all – a reminder to all that the best surfer ever is still well and truly, the best.

Slater’s win is the pinnacle of an incredible 10 days of action and drama in the South Pacific. On Saturday (Aug 27) the French Government issued a “Code Red” advisory warning that prohibited water craft from legally operating, a safeguard against historically large 6-to-10 metre swell that slammed Tahiti for almost 24 hours.

The warning meant the Billabong Pro was unable to run however an elite number of big-wave tow-in specialists tackled the giant waves. Throughout the course of the event, medical staff performed almost 20 treatments on injured competitors and an estimated 50+ additional treatments were given to non-competitors.

Finishing equal third today were South African Travis Logie (ZAF) and Australian Josh Kerr (AUS). Both surfers put in career-best performances to reach the semi-finals, with Kerr going down to Slater and Logie losing out to Wright.

Logie’s Teahupo’o campaign bordered on a fairy-tale finish; the 32 year-old was a late entrant to the event, rode and broke borrowed equipment, suffered multiple injuries, had to defeat close friend and world number two, Jordy Smith (ZAF) twice after a controversial heat restart and then make the final in order to guarantee his requalification before the next event in New York.

Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, put in some of the most inspiring performances of the event, bagging the biggest waves and even surfing a Perfect 20 heat in yesterday’s idyllic conditions. For his heroics, Flores was awarded the Andy Irons Award for most committed performance of the event. This is the inaugural year for the award, honouring the late ASP and 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti Champion, Andy Irons (HAW).

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1 – 
Kelly Slater (USA) 18.43
2 – Owen Wright (AUS) 17.10

SF 1: 
Kelly Slater (USA) 14.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.60
SF 2: 
Owen Wright (AUS) 19.50 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.40

QF 1: 
Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.94 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.83
QF 2: 
Kelly Slater (USA) 17.50 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 6.17
QF 3: Travis Logie (ZAF) 18.07 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 17.14
QF 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.74 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.10

ASP WORLD TITLE RANKINGS TOP 5 (After Billabong Pro Tahiti)
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 26,950 pts
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 26,500 pts
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 26,200 pts
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 22,750 pts
Owen Wright (AUS) 21,900 pts

Billabong Pro presented by Air Tahiti Nui
Teahupo’o, Tahiti – August

00:00:00 Colour Bars and tone
00:00:10 Event title
00:00:13 General colour
00:00:53 Kelly Slater (USA) – surf action
00:01:57 Kelly Slater – interview
00:02:48 Owen Wright (AUS) – surf action
00:03:20 Owen Wright – interview
00:03:35 Travis Logie (ZAF) – surf action
00:03:47 Josh Kerr (AUS) – surf action
00:04:03 Jeremy Flores (FRA) – receives Andy Irons most committed award
00:04:16 Bruce Irons – surf action
00:04:34 Raoni Monteiro (BRA) – surf action
00:04:47 Raoni Monteiro (BRA) – interview (Portuguese)
00:05:23 END OF FEED

JJ – Billabong International Media
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VIDEO: Quiksilver Pro Highlights

Posted on March 6th, 2010 in Contests, Top stories, Video.

Taj wins this one and the caravan heads south to Bells… Highlights video from Quiksilver PR.

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Chris Bertish wins Mavericks

Posted on February 14th, 2010 in Contests, Top stories.

From the official Mavericks site


HALF MOON BAY, Calif., February 13, 2010

Anthony Tashnick claims “Gnarliest Drop” Award, and Jay Moriarity Award goes to Dave Wassel

After more than three months of waiting, contestants and fans alike were rewarded for their patience with an historic day for big-wave surfing, as Chris Bertish etched his name in Mavericks lore and was crowned champion of the 2009/2010 Mavericks Surf Contest® Presented by Sony Ericsson and Barracuda Networks. With waves described by the competitors as some of the biggest they have ever paddled into, and in front of a crowd of approximately 50,000 fans, Bertish outlasted Shane Desmond, Anthony Tashnick, Dave Wassel, Carlos Burle, and Kenny “Skindog” Collins to claim the Jim Beam Jersey and a $50,000 check from prize purse sponsors Moose Guen and Jane Sutherland of MVision and Barracuda Networks. The total prize purse of $150,000 was the largest in big-wave surfing history, with $50,000 going to Bertish, $25,000 to Desmond in second, $15,000 to Tashnick in third, $10,000 to Wassel in fourth, $8,000 to Burle in fifth, and $6,000 to Collins in sixth.

2008 Champion Greg Long summed up the day perfectly while passing along the Jim Beam Champion's jersey to Bertish. “The entire book of big wave surfing was rewritten today.” Bertish, a native of Cape Town, South Africa was overcome with emotion, adding, “It was an honor just to be here today and paddle out with these other guys. I flew 36 hours to be here, and this has been a dream come true.”

via Mavericks Surf.

Northy done proud: Laura Enever wins at home

Posted on January 16th, 2010 in Contests, News Stories, Top stories.

Northy local Laura Enever took out the Girls final of the Billabong Pro Junior after beating Alessa Cuizon of Hawaii at North Narrabeen this afternoon.


Posted on January 14th, 2010 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.


NEWPORT BEACH, CA — The promise of the El Nino winter appears to have delivered for big wave surfers, as many long-standing records are ready to fall in this year’s Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy.  And more than ever before, the Monster Paddle category (just for surfers who catch their waves without any jet ski assistance) has taken center stage as the elite of the sport refocus on this elemental man-against-the-sea tradition.  Visual evidence of these landmark performances can be viewed at the event website at

While huge swells have blasted nearly every coastline of the planet in recent months, it has been the Hawaiian Islands which have had the most mind-bending proof of the power of the current El Nino weather phenomenon.  December 7-8, 2009 saw one of the biggest swells in modern history batter the northern shores of the entire Hawaiian Chain, followed by another extraordinary day of outer reef waves on Christmas.  From these historic moments of oceanic grandeur have come images which show several top big wave surfers paddling into what may well be the biggest waves ever caught by human power in the long history of the sport.

Among these superlative rides is a massive dark wall caught by Shane Dorian and Mark Healey which closed out the legendary Waimea Bay on Oahu on December 7.  Also up for consideration is another mammoth peak at Waimea ridden by Chile’s Ramon Navarro which earned the South American hero a perfect score in the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau event on December 8. And more recently, grainy, documentary photos have arrived depicting Garrett McNamara paddling into a distant peak at Outer Log Cabins, a rarely-seen outer reef far off the North Shore shoreline, previously only the domain of tow-in surfers with jet-powered watercraft.

All are likely to figure prominently as finalists for the Monster Paddle Award to be given out at the tenth annual Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards to be held in California in late April.  A panel of big wave surfing and photography experts will analyze the available images and by interpreting the known sizes of the surfers and their surfboards, calculate reliable height estimates for the face of each wave.  One will emerge as the Monster Paddle winner and will receive $15,000 out of the total event purse of $130,000.

The current world record for a paddle-in wave belongs to Taylor Knox of San Diego, California who rode a wave measured at 52 feet at Todos Santos Island off of Ensenada, Mexico during the last major El Nino episode in 1998.  Many experts are expecting an update to the Guinness Book of World Records once this winter’s measurements are complete.

Dorian and Healey are veterans of decades of big wave hunting and both concur that their shared ride at Waimea was easily the biggest either had ever caught.  “I’d been waiting 15 years for that wave,” said Dorian, of Kona, on the Big Island. “That wave, we could see it from when it was like two or three minutes away from breaking, we could see the wave coming in, everybody’s screaming on the beach and yelling and stuff… When the wave finally came in, it was SO big.  The thing was a MONSTER.  We both put our heads down and started paddling and somehow we both caught it.

“I was going no matter what,” Dorian added. “And I know Mark felt the same way. It was just fun. A party wave — a wave of that size, and it was for sure the biggest wave I’ve ever paddled into, and to do it with my real good friend, it was very….memorable.”

Mark Healey has lived down the road from Waimea all his life and has been one of its most dedicated practitioners.  But he’d never seen waves like this.

“That was the biggest day I’ve ever had at Waimea,” said Healey.  “And that wave in particular was definitely by far bigger than anything I’ve ever caught out there, for sure.”

The wave was so large it closed out all the way across the Bay, not allowing the surfers the opportunity to kick out over the top of the wave as usual, and forcing them to straighten out and take the endless tons of whitewater on their heads.  But for Healey, a renowned freediver with the ability to hold his breath for over five minutes, it was a fun experience.  The longtime friends surfaced unharmed right next to each other, hooting with excitement.

“We were pretty stoked,” said Healey. “Big waves are different, there’s a lot of brotherhood involved, stuff like that.  I’d rather have had Shane catch that wave than ride it alone.  It was cool to share a wave like that with a friend, and someone I look up to.”

McNamara, another North Shore stalwart, likes his own chances in the Monster Paddle derby.  A past winner of the XXL Paddle crown in 2007 for a huge wave at Northern California’s Maverick’s, “GMac” reckons his Outer Logs Christmas present was several notches larger.  “I don’t know how big it was,” McNamara said.  “But I do know it felt at least ten feet bigger than anything I’ve ever paddled into.  The Mavs wave a few years back was small compared to it….”

Remarkably, there may be much, much more to come.  This week the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center issued an alert confirming that the current El Nino episode had intensified in the last 30 days from “moderate” to “strong,” adding that the condition would exert a “significant influence on the global weather and climate in the coming months.”  And for surfers in the North Pacific basin, that means more enormous waves.  According to, major new swell events are lining up in the coming days, impacting the Hawaiian Islands around Monday and the West Coast around Wednesday of next week.

Categories in this year’s event include the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year, XXL Biggest Wave, Monster Paddle, Monster Tube, Surfline Best Performance, Billabong Girls Best Performance and the crowd-pleasing Verizon Wireless Wipeout of the Year.  In addition to all the latest entries in each category, full event details including formats, rules and archives of past XXL years can be seen at the event website at

Billabong ASP World Junior Champs

Posted on January 8th, 2010 in Contests, Top stories.


NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Thursday, January 7, 2010) – The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy are one day away from commencing and the world’s best juniors surfers are assembling in North Narrabeen as they prepare to hunt down the most prestigious crown in junior surfing, the ASP World Junior Title.

Contesting in their respective regional ASP Pro Junior Series throughout the 2009 season, qualifiers for the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships include 48 men and 18 women from the seven ASP regions: Africa, Australasia, Europe, Japan, North America and South America.

Pauline Ado (FRA), 18, reigning ASP World Junior Champion, failed to qualify via the 2009 ASP European Pro Junior Series (finishing 15th), but will be back to defend her crown courtesy of an ASP wildcard into the event. Last year saw the diminutive natural-footer blitz the field to become the first non-Australian ASP Women’s World Junior Champion.

Ado will face Joanne Defay (FRA) and Alessa Cuizon (HAW) in Round 1 of competition.

Bethany Hamilton (HAW), 19, last year’s ASP World Junior Runner-Up, put in an inspirational performance throughout the 2009 season. After the loss of her arm (the result of a ferocious shark attack on her home island of Kauai in 2003), the tenacious goofy-footer has been an inspiration to thousands, nearly qualifying for the prestigious ASP Women’s World Tour this season (finishing 14th on the ASP World Qualifying Series in 2009).

Hamilton will take on Sarah Baum (ZAF) and Gabriela Leite (BRA) in the opening round of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

Ado and Hamilton will have their work cut out for them as they’ll take on the likes of Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, Laura Enever (AUS), 18, and Courtney Conlogue (USA), 17, to name a few.

In addition to 18 of the world’s best up-and-coming female surfers, North Narrabeen will see a cadre of the world’s best male juniors as the contest for their respective, highly coveted ASP World Junior Title.

The 16-man VZ Trials will kick things off for the men tomorrow, with 1st and 2nd place as well as the highest-placing Billabong surfer all receiving a spot into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy.

A special appearance by Joel Parkinson (Gold Coast, Qld), 2009 ASP World Runner-Up and 2001 ASP World Junior Champion (the last Aussie to claim the prestigious crown), will take place at Narrabeen on Saturday, at 9:30am. Parkinson, winner of last season’s Vans Triple Crown, has just returned from Hawaii and will be joined by explosive Billabong stable-mate and aerial whiz Wade Goodall (Sunshine Coast, Qld). The pair will surf at Narrabeen and be available for autographs and media opportunities.

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy mirrors the competition format of the ASP World Tour and is considered the sport’s “crystal ball” for aspiring champions. In addition, a Final’s placing in the tournament affords the successful surfers an unrivalled seeding on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) that serves as a springboard to the ASP World Tour.

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy will be webcast LIVE via

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2008: Kai Barger (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)
2007: Pablo Paulino (BRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
2006: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Nicola Atherton (AUS)
2005: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
2004: Pablo Paulino (BRA)
2003: Adriano de Souza (BRA)
2002: N/A

2001: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2000: Pedro Henrique (BRA)
1999: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
1998: Andy Irons (HAW)

Finalized following VZ Trials

Heat 1: Sayuri Hashimoto (JPN), Malia Manuel (HAW), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS), Leila Hurst (HAW), Nao Ohmura (JPN)
Heat 3: Sage Erickson (USA). Alizee Arnaud (FRA), Susa Leal (BRA)
Heat 4: Bethany Hamilton (HAW), Sarah Baum (ZAF), Gabriela Leite (BRA)
Heat 5: Pauline Ado (FRA), Joanne Defay (FRA), Alessa Cuizon (HAW)
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Felicity Palmateer (AUS)

VZ Trials
Heat 1: Cody Thompson (USA), Teale Vanner (AUS), David Vlug (AUS), James Woods (AUS)
Heat 2: Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Ica Pereira-Ryan (AUS), Ryan Callinan (AUS), David Tereva (TAH)
Heat 3: Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Noah Lane (AUS), Chris Salisbury (AUS), Cooper Chapman (AUS)
Heat 4: Perth Standlick (AUS), Brett Burcher (AUS), Brent Savage (AUS), Sam Wrench (AUS)

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Qualifiers Set for 2010 ASP World Tour and ASP Women’s World Tour

Posted on December 17th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

Owen Wright (AUS), 19, 2010 ASP World Tour rookie and one of the new faces expected to make an impact amongst the world’s elite. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Wednesday, December 16, 2009) – With the culmination of the 2009 ASP World Tour and ASP Women’s World Tour in Hawaii, the qualifiers for the 2010 ASP Dream Tour season have been decided.

Taking the Top 27 surfers from the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Top 15 from the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) and three ASP wildcards, the 2010 ASP Top 45 are as follows:

ASP Top 27 (ASP World Tour)

Mick Fanning (AUS)

Joel Parkinson (AUS)

Bede Durbidge (AUS)

Taj Burrow (AUS)

Adriano de Souza (BRA)

Kelly Slater (USA)

C.J. Hobgood (USA)

Bobby Martinez (USA)

Damien Hobgood (USA)

Dane Reynolds (USA)

Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Taylor Knox (USA)

Tom Whitaker (AUS)

Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)

Dean Morrison (AUS)

Kai Otton (AUS)

Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)

Mick Campbell (AUS)

Chris Davidson (AUS)

Michel Bourez (PYF)

Ben Dunn (AUS)

Adrian Buchan (AUS)

Tiago Pires (PRT)

Jeremy Flores (FRA)

Roy Powers (HAW)

Drew Courtney (AUS)

Top 15 (ASP WQS)

Dan Ross (AUS)

Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Jadson Andre (BRA)

Adam Melling (AUS)

Owen Wright (AUS)

Luke Munro (AUS)

Jay Thompson (AUS)

Nathan Yeomans (USA)

Dusty Payne (HAW)

Brett Simpson (USA)

Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

Tanner Gudauskas (USA)

Travis Logie (ZAF)

Marco Polo (BRA)

Blake Thornton (AUS)

ASP Wildcards:

Andy Irons (HAW)

Luke Stedman (AUS)

Neco Padaratz (BRA)

The national breakdown for the 2010 ASP World Tour is:

Australian: 46.7%

American: 22.2%

Hawaiian: 11.1%

Brazilian: 8.9%

South African: 4.4%

French: 2.2%

Tahitian: 2.2%

Portuguese: 2.2%

The ASP Top 45 will be featured in the first five events of the 2009 ASP World Tour season before reducing the elite field down to 32 surfers. The 32 surfers will come directly from the top-placing members of the ASP Top 45.

The ASP Top 45 will first do battle at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast from February 27 – March 10, 2010.

Taking the Top 10 surfers from the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Top 6 surfers from the 2009 ASP Women’s World Qualifying Series (WQS) and one ASP wildcard, the 2010 ASP Top 17 are as follows:

Top 10 (ASP Women’s World Tour)

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)

Top 6 (ASP WQS)

Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)

Carissa Moore (HAW)

Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)

Lee Ann Curren (FRA)

Bruna Schmitz (BRA)

Nikita Robb (ZAF)

ASP Wildcard

Amee Donohoe (AUS)

The national breakdown for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour is:

Australian: 41.2%

Hawaiian: 17.7%

Brazilian: 11.8%

South African: 11.8%

Peruvian: 5.9%

New Zealand: 5.9%

French: 5.9%

The ASP Top 17 will first face off at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast from February 27 – March 10, 2010.

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Taj Burrow Claims Billabong Pipe Masters, Parkinson Takes Vans Triple Crown

Posted on December 17th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, is your 2009 Billabong Pipe Masters Champion. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

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

PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, has claimed the 2009 Billabong Pipe Masters, defeating fellow Finalist Kelly Slater (USA), 37, in clean three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at the Banzai Pipeline.

The final event of the 2009 ASP World Tour season, the Billabong Pipe Masters culminated the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), and provided non-stop, high-caliber action from the outset.

Burrow wasted little time in putting Slater on the ropes in the 35-minute Final, racking up a 7.00 out of a possible 10 on his opening ride for an electric air reverse followed by some solid forehand maneuvers. With deteriorating conditions, Burrow stayed busy before collecting a 5.83 for an incredible full-rotation alley-oop, putting the pressure on Slater as time ran out.

“There were perfect backdoor waves this whole event and then for the Final it went onshore,” Burrow said. “It was strictly turns. It was all about turns and hopefully doing a few airs and I dropped down to my shortboard and my plan was to just to let loose. It was tough because I knew Kelly (Slater) could do anything. Even when there was 20 seconds to go and I had priority, I was still scared. I just had nothing to lose and tried to let loose.”

Today’s victory mark’s Burrow’s first ASP World Tour win since 2007 and his first-ever win at the infamous Banzai Pipeline.

“This win feels about as good as you could imagine,” Burrow said. “For me, winning this contest is the next best thing to winning a World Title. This is the one and only event that everyone would probably pick to win and I can’t believe I’m standing here right now. It’s an amazing feeling. There are so many tough guys that you go up against in this event that I thought it was out of my reach. This is the best victory of my career.”

Burrow, who has long been considered a legitimate ASP World Title contender, is thrilled with his finish to the 2009 season looks forward to 2010 with renewed vigor and hunger to hunt down the ever-elusive ASP crown.

“This win is an excellent springboard into next season,” Burrow said. “There is nothing but confidence to take from this and I’m excited for the Gold Coast. It comes around really fast. It feels like we’re on holiday now, but the Gold Coast sneaks up on us pretty quick and I’m excited for it. Hopefully I can win some more events, but this is the number one that I’ve ever dreamed of winning.”

Slater looked near unbeatable throughout the Billabong Pipe Masters, deftly maneuvering his 5’11” craft through one incredible tube after another before running into Burrow in the Finals. While his opponent stayed busy throughout the bout, Slater waited patiently for scoring opportunities that never manifested.

“Unfortunately the Final had the absolute worst conditions of the contest, but there are still fun waves out there,” Slater said. “You could go out for a free surf and have a good time. It’s difficult to transition when you’re already expecting one thing. I had already had a couple of heats with barrels and then all of a sudden it’s completely different conditions. Still, there’s a shallow reef there, so you’re expecting one to throw out and barrel, but it just didn’t happen.”

The former nine-time ASP World Champion was in the hunt for an unprecedented seventh Pipe Masters title, but the conditions didn’t cooperate for the Floridian, despite finding the only barrel of the Final, scoring a 3.93 out of a possible 10.

“I thought the wave would be more than a three,” Slater said. “I still needed two waves, basically. There really weren’t any nine-point rides out there and had that been only a six I would have needed a seven. I thought the judges put me in a weird situation there, and in the end, nothing else came. Well, that’s not entirely true. I caught that last wave and did an off-the-top and Taj (Burrow) took off on it and just kicked off the side. He almost stood up too late and could have got an interference. Had he done that he would have only been judged on one wave. Had I landed that air reverse I could have gotten a score, but it was a long shot.”

In terms of returning in 2010 for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title, Slater is characteristically guarded.

“I don’t know if I’m going to do the tour full-time next year,” Slater said. “I’m sort of feeling it out. I’ve just competed for so many years, doing the same thing and going to the same places, it’s a little monotonous. When you find some meaning in it and it’s bigger than just going and surfing, then it becomes more exciting, but, unfortunately, this year I had a pretty lackluster year in a lot of ways, both personally and competitively and it probably showed in my surfing.”

Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, secured his best result of the season today, finishing Equal 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters to cement himself at No. 16th on the year-end ratings. Besting Damien Hobgood (USA), 30, in a tight Quarterfinal before falling to Slater in the Semifinals, Morrison put himself into excellent position heading into the 2010 ASP World Tour season.

“There’s a lot of hassling going on out there, but that’s the way it goes when it’s such a tight peak,” Morrison said. “I spend a lot of time out here at Pipeline though, so it’s nice to have made it through to the Semifinals.”

Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, continued his impressive run through the back half of the 2009 ASP World Tour season, finishing Equal 3rd today at the Billabong Pipe Masters and cracking the Top 10 in the year-end ASP ratings. Although quickly dispatching of compatriot C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, in the Quarterfinals, Reynolds was unable to negotiate the deteriorating conditions in his Semifinal bout against event winner Burrow.

“I was kind of stuck between trying to find air sections and still trying to find one of those rare tubes and ended up not doing either,” Reynolds said. “I just got stuck in the middle. I’m stoked though. It was a good way to end the year and it’s been a good event.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, was in the running for the 2009 ASP World Title before bowing out of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Round 3 of competition. Although Gold Coast stable mate Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, claimed the 2009 ASP World Title, Parkinson’s efforts throughout the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series) saw the talented natural-footer awarded with his second consecutive Vans Triple Crown Title as well as a bonus $50,000 from the Vans Triple Threat prize pool.

“This is my consolation prize to this year’s ASP World Title,” Parkinson said. “To me, the Triple Crown is the next best thing to the World Title. Last year I wanted to win the Vans Triple Crown and this year I wanted to win the ASP World Title, but I won the Triple Crown and I’m over the moon with what happened this year. I should be proud of everything I’ve done and I can’t wait for next year and I’ll be back strong for another Triple Crown and all that and I just want to thank Vans for stepping it up to a new level for putting out huge incentives for us.”

Highlights from the Billabong Pipe Masters can be found on and

While the 2009 season has come to a close, the 2010 ASP World Tour is just around the corner, and will set new benchmarks in performance as it continues to showcase the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves.

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1 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.83

2 – Kelly Slater (USA) 7.10


SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.17 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 7.00

SF 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.50 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 11.67


QF 1: Dean Morrison (AUS) 11.00 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.17

QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.24 def. Flynn Novak (HAW) 13.87

QF 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.90 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.40

QF 4: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.10 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 8.67


2009 ASP World Champion: Mick Fanning (AUS) – awarded bonus $50,000

2009 Vans Triple Crown Champion: Joel Parkinson (AUS) – awarded bonus $50,000

2009 Billabong Pipe Masters Champion: Taj Burrow (AUS) – awarded bonus $50,000


1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 6694 points

2 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 6213 points

3 – Torrey Meister (HAW) 5775 points

Wahu Surfer Grom Comps 19-20th December at Dee Why

Posted on December 15th, 2009 in Contests, For the Diary, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

Zack Lukas (Cudmirrah, NSW) will be one to look out for in the field of the Under 15s division. photo: PA/Surfing NSW

Calling all kids, calling all kids. Grab your boards and head out to the fifth event of the Wahu Surfer Grom Comps to be held on Sydney’s Northern Beach (NSW) this weekend.

There’s no turning back now with four of the seven Wahu Comps done and dusted. The powerhouse event moves from the Gold Coast to Sydney’s pristine Northern Beaches where the next breed of potential Mick Fanning’s and Stephanie Gilmore’s will take to the water.

The all-grommet event has already seen some excellent results so far, not only here in NSW but all around Australia.

A major focus for the event is the junior development aspect, promoting a fun competitive environment with the seriousness of competing in a surfing contest.

One sure starter taking part is Under 15 boys standout Zack Lukas (Cudmirrah, NSW) who says he thrives on competition whether he’s surfing at Newcastle (NSW), Surfers Paradise (QLD) or this coming weekend on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (NSW).

“I’ve surfed a few times at Dee Why and Curl Curl (both contest location options), but it doesn’t matter where I surf as I’m always up for new and different breaks to take on,” said Lukas, “At the moment all the boys are surfing really well, so I’ll be hoping for some good waves and just try to surf my best”

Featuring Under 9 and Under 11 divisions, the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp events cater for younger male and female ‘micro-grommet’ aged surfers who generally have to compete against older kids rather than kids their own age. The event features a fully professional event setup with computer scoring and commentary giving the competitors a taste of what their surfing heroes are used to on the ASP World Tour.

Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark says he’s excited about what the Wahu Grom Competitions have delivered so far.

“These prestigious junior events not only provide a perfect national junior surfing development program for our sport, but they maximise participation of budding ‘micro-grommet’ surfers from all over the country,” said Stark.

Besides the surfing, Lukas says that he loves turning up to the Wahu grom competitions with all that the event has to offer.

“I love mucking around with all the beach games that they (Wahu) provide for us. It’s so much fun and it’s such a good break from competition and watching heats.”

Divisions to be contested include Under 15 boys and girls, Under 13 boys and girls, Under 11 boys and girls, Under 9 parent assist mixed and Under 15 boys and girls Bodyboard divisions.

Apart from the surfing, there’ll be loads of other activities happening on the beach with plenty for competitors to do between heats with Wahu footys, flyers and balls bouncing and flying around left, right and centre. However the fun won’t stop there, with awesome prize packs awarded to respective divisional winners.

The event is mobile on the Northern Beaches with Curl Curl, Dee Why and Long Reef Beaches the event venue options. Competition is expected to get under way each day at 7:45am with the daily running schedule and contest location confirmed on the Surfing NSW Event Hotline (0458 247 212) after 6:45am each day of the event.

Limited entry places are still available across some divisions. To enter, contact the Surfing NSW Office on (02) 9349 7055.

The Wahu Surfer Groms Comp is proudly supported by Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.

Wahu Surfer Groms Comps Schedule:

Event 1

November 14-15 2009

Newcastle, NSW

Event 2

November 21-22 2009

Ocean Grove, Victoria

Event 3

December 5 2009

Glenelg, South Australia

Event 4

December 12-13 2009

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland

Event 5

December 19-20 2009

Northern Beaches, NSW

Event 6

January 12-13 2010

Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Event 7

January 23-24 2010

Trigg Point, Western Australia