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LATEST NEWS FROM NOOSA – TICKETS NOW ON SALE ON-LINE FOR SURF CITY EVENTS

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

As the off-beach entertainment for the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing, presented by Golden Breed, heats up, with additions to the program coming thick and fast, tickets went on sale on line last week for four ticketed events to be held at the Surf City village at Lions Park.

  • Richard Tognetti’s The Glide, with vision by Jon Frank and Jack McCoy, promises to be an outstanding performance, combining the master violinist’s twin passions for surf and music. Also featuring Satu Vanska and other members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Supported by Peter Howe and Tim Gaze.
  • Noosa Longboards presents Gidget’s Girls Night Out. A perfect retro fit, featuring special guest Kathy Kohner, (the original Gidget), live music, movies and a ‘50s swimsuit parade.
  • Going Vertical. The world premiere of the long-awaited documentary of the shorboard revolution will be a night to remember for surfers of all ages, with Bob McTavish, Dick Brewer and a host of surf stars in attendance.
  • Saturday Night at Surf City, with six great acts, headlined by The Beautiful Girls and Ash Grunwald. The climax to a week of killer entertainment.

Earlybird ticket prices now available, including a Platinum Pass to all ticketed events for just $165.

www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com

Hotline 07 54735676


Hawaiians Dominate Completion of Round 2 at the Billabong Pipeline Masters

Posted on December 12th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

John John Florence (HAW), 16, wildcard and youngest the competitor in the Billabong Pipeline Masters, was dominant once again today.

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

PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Friday, December 11, 2009) – Competitors reveled in the gently groomed four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) barrels of the Banzai Pipeline today as the remaining nine Round 2 heats of the Billabong Pipe Masters were completed before competition was called off for the day.

Event No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pipe Masters marks the third and final stop of the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series) and the Hawaiians ruled the day’s proceedings, taking six wins in nine heats.

John John Florence (HAW), 16, wildcard and youngest the competitor in the Billabong Pipe Masters, was dominant once again today, effortlessly threading both the Backdoor rights and the Pipeline lefts with pancahe and aplomb to net the day’s highest heat total, an 18.90 out of a possible 20, to eliminate ASP World No. 27, Heitor Alves (BRA), 27.

“I’m just going crazy out there with only three people out,” Florence said. “There are so many fun waves and I was just trying to catch as many as I could while I had the chance. It’s good to know the lineup out here when it’s smaller because a lot of times they run along the reef faster and those right barrels get really small and can be tough to make it out of.”

Florence will take on Bobby Martinez (USA), 27, in Round 3 when the Billabong Pipe Masters resumes.

Andy Irons (HAW), 31, former three-time ASP World Champion and former four-time Pipe Masters Champion, continued his blitzkrieg on the competitive field this afternoon, navigating his way through several Backdoor pits to dispatch Drew Courtney (AUS), 30, in the final heat of the day.

“I’m having a lot of fun in the event,” Irons said. “The waves have been really good the past two days and they look like they’re going to be getting really good tomorrow. I’m really enjoying putting the jersey on again and am excited to get a result here before I start back full-time in 2010.”

Irons faces Damien Hobgood (USA), 30, in the upcoming Round 3 when the Billabong Pipe Masters resumes.

Chris Ward (USA), 31, current ASP World No. 37 and last year’s event Runner-Up, is in need of a solid result to vault himself into the qualification cutoff for the 2010 ASP Dream Tour, but if today’s inspired approach in the lethal Backdoor barrels was any indication, the combustible Californian knows what it takes to win at the Pipeline.

“It’s going to take good barrel riding and charging because the waves are going to get good here over the next couple of days and I’m really looking forward to it,” Ward said. “I’m looking forward to some big barrels. Finishing runner-up to Kelly (Slater) last year was pretty rad. I would have loved to win the Pipe Masters and the Triple Crown, but this year’s a new year and I’d love to win the Pipe Masters.”

Ward will battle Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 27, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pipe Masters.

Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 17, put in a juggernaut performance in the early proceedings today, showing an uncanny rapport with the Backdoor righthanders.

“Backdoor is one of my favorite waves,” Morrison said. “I look forward to it all year and I spend another six weeks here just to try and get my barrels. I love it. Spending time here, for myself, it makes me a little more comfortable out there and it’s nice when you’re competing – it’s nice to know a break.”

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for a prime 10-to-12 foot (3-4 metre) swell to build for tomorrow.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.

When competition resumes, up first will be current ASP World No. 27, Adrian Buchan (AUS), 27, up against fellow ASP Dream Tour competitor Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, in Heat 1 of Round 3.

The Billabong Pipe Masters will be webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com and www.triplecrownofsurfing.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

REMAINING BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 8: Torrey Meister (HAW) 14.83 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.00

Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) 16.93 def. Sion Milosky (HAW) 8.37

Heat 10: Chris Ward (USA) 15.50 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 14.66

Heat 11: Flynn Novak (HAW) 14.17 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.84

Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) 18.90 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 3.24

Heat 13: Gavin Gillette (HAW) 14.20 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 8.97

Heat 14: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 14.16 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 13.17

Heat 15: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 16.44 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 15.67

Heat 16: Andy Irons (HAW) 18.40 def. Drew Courtney (AUS) 9.74

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)

Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Torrey Meister (HAW)

Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)

Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. John John Florence (HAW)

Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Flynn Novak (HAW)

Heat 6: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Michael Picon (FRA)

Heat 7: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Chris Ward (USA)

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Hank Gaskell (HAW)

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Liam McNamara (HAW)

Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)

Heat 11: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Bruce Irons (HAW)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)

Heat 13: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)

Heat 14: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Shane Dorian (HAW)

Heat 15: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Gavin Gillette (HAW)

Heat 16: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)


Stephanie Gilmore Claims Billabong Pro Maui and Vans Triple Crown

Posted on December 10th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, claimed her third consecutive Billabong Pro Maui title today as well as her second Vans Triple Crown title. photo: ASP/CI/SCHOLTZ va GETTY IMAGES

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, claimed her third consecutive Billabong Pro Maui title today as well as her second Vans Triple Crown title. photo: ASP/CI/SCHOLTZ va GETTY IMAGES

Billabong Pro Maui
Stop No. 7 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour
Honolua Bay, Maui/Hawaii USA
December 8-20, 2009

HONOLUA BAY, Maui/Hawaii (Wednesday, December 9, 2009,Thursday Australia time) – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, took out the final stop on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour today, the Billabong Pro Maui, in clean four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) conditions at the iconic pointbreak of Honolua Bay over Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 26, clinching her third consecutive Billabong Pro Maui title after three years of competition at the premier event. Gilmore wrapped up her dominating season amongst the Top 17 by claiming her second consecutive Vans Triple Crown title today as well.

Gilmore capped the year off in appropriate form after claiming her third ASP Women’s World Title at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, when she advanced over Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 18, in the Semifinals, en route to defending her flawless record at the Billabong Pro Maui while claiming the prized Hawaiian specialty series and the beefed up $25,000 prize purse supplied by Vans.

“Once again, Maui has just been incredible and to win this event three times in a row is just awesome,” Gilmore said. “I couldn’t have been happier with the way things have gone today. Winning the Vans Triple Crown is definitely up there with winning the World Title and it’s definitely one of the biggest accolades of surfing professionally. I can’t believe it’s all happening again, it’s awesome.”

Gilmore absolutely dominated the day’s proceedings, blitzing the highest heat total of the entire 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour season by surfing a near-perfect heat of 19.67 out of 20 to usurp Samantha Cornish (AUS), 29, in her Quarterfinals heat before topping Fitzgibbons and Mulanovich en route to her second ASP Women’s World Tour win of 2009.

“I guess it’s a little surprising,” Gilmore said. “I would have thought that the highest heat total would have gone down yesterday with all of the barrels. Today there are still some rippable waves out there, but I don’t know. I just went surfing.”

Mulanovich campaigned through a lengthy day of competition, topping Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 23, Australian veteran Rebecca Woods (AUS), 25, and ASP Women’s World No. 2 Silvana Lima (BRA), 25, but was unable to top Gilmore for the victory and claimed a runner-up finish at the final event of the year to finish her season ASP Women’s World No. 3.

“It’s been a great day,” Mulanovich said. “Congratulations to Steph (Gilmore). She’s a champ and a hero to all of us and thanks to the sponsors of the event and my family and friends. It’s been a great event.”

Fitzgibbons navigated the Honolua Bay lineup with poise and maturity beyond her years and posted some amazing scores before falling in her Semifinals bout against Gilmore, but clinched an impressive heat victory over Coco Ho (HAW), 18, in the Quarterfinals on the way to her third place finish.

“I always love surfing heats with Coco (Ho),” Fitzgibbons said. “She always pushes my level up and I usually have my best heats with her. She’s also a really great friend. I wish there were more waves so we could have dueled a little bit more. She surfed amazing this year and my hat goes off to her.”

Lima, who smashed one of two perfect 10-point rides during the Billabong Pro Maui with amazing barrel riding in yesterday’s action, was in stellar form for the final day of competition, but was overtaken by former Peruvian ASP Women’s World Champion, Mulanovich, in the dying minutes of their Semifinals heat, taking a third place finish to wrap up her year while finishing ASP Women’s World No. 2 for 2009.

“The waves were a lot smaller than yesterday, but it was still good,” Lima said. “Sometimes the heats were slow, but the conditions were still great.”

For Billabong Pro Maui highlights, videos, photos and more log on to www.triplecrownofsurfing.com or www.billabongpro.com

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

Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Final:
1 –
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.00
2 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.17

Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Semifinals Results:
Heat 1:
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.03 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.94
Heat 2: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.83 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.70

Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1:
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.83 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 15.83
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 19.67 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 7.26
Heat 3: Silvana Lima 16.70 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 7.20
Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.77 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 6.50

Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Round 3 Result:
Heat 8:
Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.50 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.17

Final 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings

1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)

2. Silvana Lima (BRA)

3. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)

4. Coco Ho (HAW)

5. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)

6. Melanie Bartels (HAW)

7. Chelsea Hedges (AUS)

8. Paige Hareb (NZL)

9. Rebecca Woods (AUS)

10. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)

11. Samantha Cornish (AUS)

12. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)

13. Alana Blanchard (HAW)

14. Bruna Schmitz (BRA)

15. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)

16. Amee Donohoe (AUS)

17. Megan Abubo (HAW)

18. Layne Beachley (AUS)


Lay Day for Pipeline Masters BUT – Final Day for Billabong Pro Maui ON

Posted on December 10th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

Samantha Cornish (AUS), 29, was a standout yesterday at Honolua Bay. photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

Samantha Cornish (AUS), 29, was a standout yesterday at Honolua Bay. photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

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

HONOLUA BAY, Maui/Hawaii – The last of seven stops on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour season, the Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines, is on this morning in good six foot (2 metre) conditions at Maui’s iconic pointbreak of Honolua Bay and will crown a champion by day’s end.

The culmination for the ASP Women’s World Tour season plays a critical role in several surfers’ campaigns towards requalification for the 2010 ASP Women’s Dream Tour. The Billabong Pro Maui also represents the final event of the Vans Triple Crown, which boasts an additional prize purse of $25,000 to this year’s winner.

Due to a compromising interference by a non-competitor in the Heat 8 of Round 3 yesterday, this morning’s action will rerun the heat and follow through with Quarterfinals, eventually crowning the 2009 Billabong Pro Maui and Vans Triple Crown champion by day’s end.

“We’ve got good six foot waves today and we want to capitalize on this swell, so we’ll crown a champion this afternoon,” Rodney Kilborn, Billabong Pro Maui Contest Director, said.

Yesterday’s action saw three-time ASP Women’s World Champion and two-time Billabong Pro Maui champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, clinch the day’s highest heat total while overtaking the Vans Triple Crown Ratings. ASP Women’s World No. 2 Silvana Lima (BRA), 25, was also a leader in yesterday’s competition, earning the day’s only perfect 10-point ride with a throttling barrel.

The Billabong Pro Maui will begin at 8am local time. For live scores, heats on demand, photos, video and more, log on to www.triplecrownofsurfing.com or www.billabongpro.com

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

Billabong Pro Maui pres. By Hawaiian Airlines Quarterfinal Match-Ups:

QF 1: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (HAW)

QF 2: Samantha Cornish (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)

QF 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Melanie Bartels (HAW)

QF 4: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. TBD


Greg Long Wins Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau

Posted on December 10th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.
Greg Long (USA), 2009 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Champion. photo: ASP/ CESTARI

Greg Long (USA), 2009 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Champion. photo: ASP/ CESTARI

WAIMEA BAY, Oahu/Hawaii After 25 years with most of those spent waiting, Waimea Bay delivered an event of legendary proportions today at the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, Fueled by Monster Energy. It was 25 years to the day since the first “Eddie” was held and waves of up to 50 feet poured in to Oahu’s North Shore as if on cue. With younger brother Clyde still in the lineup, at age 60, joined by the contemporary top guns of big wave riding, a packed arena celebrated every gutsy ride in brilliant sunshine befitting of a tribute to local hero Eddie Aikau.


When all was said and done, it was California’s Greg Long, 26, (San Clemente) who made a late charge in the final heat of the day to claim the $55,000 winner’s purse. Long committed to an unbelievable never-say-die attack, securing all four of his top scores – several of them death-defying and one of them a perfect 100-point ride, in macking 40- to 50-foot waves. It was the high point of his career to-date – pretty incredible given that he only rode Waimea for the first time this week.


“I’m so happy just to be here, invited into the biggest event of big waves in the world with all my heroes, I’m so excited,” said Long.


“It’s a dream come true for me. Riding big waves is my passion and I’ve been following The Eddie since I knew exactly what it was, I was probably 12-years-old just getting into surfing. Since then, I’ve had every single poster from Brock Little to Bruce Irons on my wall. I look to those guys for inspiration and to be standing up here with Sunny (Garcia) and Kelly Slater is a dream come true for me. I never would have thought that this is my first year surfing the event and to come away with a victory is really a childhood dream become real.


“I’m still standing here in awe and I want to go check the scores to make sure someone isn’t going to come here and take this away.


“It really is about the wave and celebrating the ocean. It’s what we do: go out there and ride big waves. The respect and camaraderie in the lineup you don’t find in too many places in the world, and this event really encapsulates everything that’s great about surfing: the friendships you make in the water and looking out for one another.”


The Monster Drop Award, for the most hellacious-but-successful takeoff of the contest, went to Chile’s Ramon Navarro, who also finished fifth overall. This is his first time as an invitee into the event. Navarro’s winning wave was one of the last of the competition; a huge, seemingly endless drop on his backhand, followed by a detonation of whitewater that he emerged from and then stuck with all the way to the beach. He earned a perfect 100 points.


Navarro first came in 2004 to surf Waimea with an invitation from good friend and fellow contestant today, Kohl Christensen. He baked empanadas and sold them to pay his rent and learn the ropes. Today was pay day. Navarro won $10,000 for the Monster Drop Award, and $2,000 for fifth place. It was a great result for someone who almost didn’t surf today after his pregnant wife was accidentally injured on the beach.


“This is a dream for me,” said Navarro. “I want to say thank you to Kohl Christensen, Dusty Middleton and all the crew because those are the guys that invited me here and taught me how to surf The Bay. I appreciate everything from these guys.”


Nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Florida, USA), who won here back in January of 2002, placed second after leading the score board from the first second heat of the day. Long turned the tables on him in the final hour of competition. All Slater could do was look on in as much disbelief as the frenzied crowd who were at that point ready to celebrate with anyone. Slater earned $10,000. Third was Hawaii’s Sunny Garcia, earning $3,000. Fourth was defending Eddie champion Bruce Irons (Kauai), $3,000.


Navarro’s buddy Christensen can lay claim to the most devastating wipeout of the day that remains burned in every mind here today. He also posted several solid scores, but a wipeout like his is as unforgettable as a win.


The call to wait for today and the ensuing result was mind-boggling, especially since many were questioning not running yesterday in 40-foot surf. By afternoon, all concerned were stunned that 79-year-old contest director and big wave icon George Downing had kept his cool so well and timed it perfectly for a second peak in swell energy. The past 48 hours of massive surf is the largest sustained episode to hit the Hawaiian Islands in 40 years.

From the moment the event was declared “on” at dawn, to the final gut-wrenching wipeouts that came with the peaking swell of afternoon, the air was filled with salt spray and adrenaline. Not a square foot of sand or lava rock was empty as a capacity crowd of over 50,000 packed the natural amphitheater of Waimea Bay to experience the pairing of Mother Nature and the men who ride her mountainous surf.


The insane wipeouts that dropped like dominoes, the hairball air drops and perfect scores, the 28 surfers of the event who put their lives on the line in honor of Aikau today – it all made for the greatest day of the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau’s history.

Waimea Bay’s best known big-wave rider and first life-guard, Eddie Aikau, was smiling down on his successors today. Along with the surfers, he would have admired Hawaiian Water Patrol for keeping the lineup and the surfers safe all day yesterday and today. There is no greater collection of guardian angels of the sea than the lifeguards of the North Shore.


Everyone came out in support of Hawaii’s big wave gift to the world, including football: The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, along with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Oahu Visitors Bureau came together with support that enabled highlights of the day to reach all four corners of the globe.


Mahalo to Hawaii’s Oceanic Cable, who along with the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing took today’s action live, all day, throughout the Hawaiian Islands.FUEL TV will air a one-hour highlight show in the United States: 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET on Friday, December 11, 2009. The show will re-air several times over the weekend.


The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, Fueled by Monster Energy, is the only ASP sanctioned big wave event in the world.


For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com



Showdown for the ASP Crown at Billabong Pipeline Masters

Posted on December 8th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.
Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, will battle for the 2009 ASP World Title at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, will battle for the 2009 ASP World Title at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

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

PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii 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 from December 8 – 20, 2009.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 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 (AUS), 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.

“It’s been a few years since the ASP Title has come down to Pipe and I’m really stoked that it’s between myself and Joel (Parkinson),” Fanning said. “I guess it’s like a dream come true coming down to Pipeline and I’m really excited. There isn’t going to be any sand on the reef and hopefully we get a couple of really good days.”

Although Parkinson mounted an impressive assault throughout the first half of the year, an ankle injury sustained while training in Bali saw the Australian’s lead dwindle before being overtaken by Fanning, who has won three of the last four events.

“I’ve built up momentum throughout the back half of the year starting at Trestles, and I’m in the lead,” Fanning said. “I guess all of the pressure is on Joel now because he needs to get a third. I’m just concentrating on myself and am going to try and make as many heats as possible and make it as hard as possible for him.”

If Fanning’s incendiary performances this season are any indication, the lightning-fast natural-footer will be a force to be reckoned with heading into the final event, but Pipeline’s elusive and at-times dangerous nature will ultimately decide the victor.

“I guess surfing Pipeline is like meeting a really big guy in a dark alley and sometimes you escape and sometimes you can’t,” Fanning said. “It’s intimidating. Everyone’s on the beach watching and you’ve got to go.”

Although Fanning possesses a solid ratings’ lead, Parkinson remains collected heading into the final bout of the year, and will draw upon his preternatural affinity with the wave at Pipeline to put forth his best effort.

“It’s definitely exciting to see the ASP title come down to Pipe,” Parkinson said. “Mick (Fanning) was in form all throughout Sunset and I feel like I’m in form as well and it’s going to be a great match-up. Pipeline is one of the most awesome waves ever. It’s close to the beach. It’s a natural amphitheatre and it’s only 50 yards out and you’re surfing a wave that could kill you, so it’s pretty exciting.”

In addition to hunting down his inaugural ASP World Title, Parkinson is also out to defend his Vans Triple Crown Title – a feat made easier with an emphatic win at Sunset Beach yesterday.

“I’m excited to defend my Vans Triple Crown title,” Parkinson said. “After losing Haleiwa in the Quarterfinals, I thought I’d have to win Sunset and my focus wasn’t 100 percent on the Triple Crown anymore, it was more on Pipe, but now that I’ve won Sunset I’d love to win the Vans Triple Crown again.”

The scenarios for the 2009 ASP World Title heading into the Billabong Pipeline Masters are as follows:


– Fanning finishes 33rd through a 9th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 3rd or better to overtake.


– Fanning finishes 5th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 2nd or better to overtake.


– Fanning finishes 3rd at Pipeline, Parkinson needs win the event to overtake.


– If Fanning finishes 2nd or better at Pipeline, he will clinch the 2009 ASP World Title.

Surfline, official forecasters for the Vans Triple Crown, are projecting for the current fetch of 20-25 foot surf to build through tomorrow before declining over the next several days.

Event organizers will convene tomorrow at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.

The Billabong Pipeline Masters will be webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com and www.triplecrownofsurfing.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Jihad Khodr (BRA) vs. Gavin Gillette (HAW)

Heat 2: Gabe Kling (USA) vs. Kalani Chapman (HAW)

Heat 3: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Marcus Hickman (HAW)

Heat 4: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)

Heat 5: Nathaniel Curran (USA) vs. Liam McNamara (HAW)

Heat 6: David Weare (ZAF) vs. Hank Gaskell (HAW)

Heat 7: Bruce Irons (HAW) vs. Reed McIntosh (HAW)

Heat 8: Nic Muscroft (AUS) vs. Sunny Garcia (HAW)

Heat 9: Michael Picon (FRA) vs. Manoa Drollet (PYF)

Heat 10: Shane Dorian (HAW) vs. Kamalei Alexander (HAW)

Heat 11: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Jonah Morgan (HAW)

Heat 12: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Flynn Novak (HAW)

Heat 13: Dustin Barca (HAW) vs. Sion Miloski (HAW)

Heat 14: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Danny Fuller (HAW)

Heat 15: Jay Thompson (AUS) vs. Mason Ho (HAW)

Heat 16: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) vs. Jamie O’Brien (HAW)

BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 2: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. TBA

Heat 3: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs. TBA

Heat 4: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. TBA

Heat 5: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 6: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. TBA

Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 10: Chris Ward (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. TBA

Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. TBA

Heat 13: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 14: Tim Boal (FRA) vs. TBA

Heat 15: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 16: Drew Courtney (AUS) vs. TBA

BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBA

Heat 6: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 7: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBA

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 11: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBA

Heat 13: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 14: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 15: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 16: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. TBA


Dan Ross Wins ASP World Qualifying Series

Posted on December 7th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

Dan Ross (AUS), 25, 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 1!. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

Dan Ross (AUS), 25, 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 1!. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, December 5, 2009) – Daniel Ross (Wooloweyah, AUS), 25, has handidly won the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), further cementing his reputation as one of the most dangerous surfers on the 2010 ASP Dream Tour and emphatically announcing his comeback to the world’s elite.

The dedicated Aussie launched an absolute blitzkrieg on an international field of up-and-comers hungry to find their way onto the elite stage of the ASP World Tour, solidifying his position as a qualifier well before the end of the 2009 season, before attaining the No. 1 seed in bombing surf at the ASP WQS 6-Star PRIME O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach.

“There are a lot of surfers that do fall off the tour their first year and that shows how high the level of surfing and competitiveness is on the World Tour,” Ross said.  “You need to be so well balanced and tuned in on all levels, physically, emotionally and mentally. For me, this year, it was a mixture of hard work in all these areas, not just my surfing. I was focusing on learning and having fun with it all. It’s easy to get motivated when you are really enjoying what you do.”

Although Ross’ season on the ASP WQS was the polar opposite in comparison to his last qualification run for the ASP Dream Tour, Ross carried the addictive feeling of success as the crucial motivating factor on his 2009 campaign where he absolutely dominated this year’s field.

“The last time I qualified it came down to the last event of the year the very last heat of the year,” Ross said. “I needed to place 4th or better in a field of 100 and every heat was stacked with either World Tour surfers or Hawaiian specialists. The surf was huge and I made it to Final. The feeling was unbelievable.  I ran up the beach into a team of mates that were screaming and holding their arms in the air. I’ll never forget it. It was the best day of my life.”

Despite Ross’ obvious success on the ASP WQS this year, the Australian powerhouse also credits a more relaxed approach to this year’s competition as a helpful factor in his sensational season while maintaining his focus on victories.

“This season has been more of a relaxed approach as I have been focusing a lot on my coaching role within Red Bull and I guess that has taken the pressure off competing,” Ross said. “I wrote down at the start of the year that one of my goals was to win two 4 or 6-Star events, purely for the fact that I wanted to get chaired up the beach and experience that feeling of winning, knowing that on that day you did everything in your power to come out on top. No one else could take it from you. That’s the feeling I have now from the year that I’ve had.”

Although Ross fell off the ASP World Tour after his rookie year, the young natural-footer is confident that he has learned valuable lessons that will assist him with his 2010 campaign amongst the world’s finest surfing talent.

“I never saw my first year on tour as unsuccessful,” Ross said. “I had made it onto the Tour and was living the dream that I always had as a young kid. I was surfing well and having an amazing time traveling with a bunch of my good mates and people I idolize. Along with that comes the pressure of trying to do well and keep your spot amongst the best surfers in the world. With the seeding that I had from being the last qualifier, it was a difficult task. The only event that I had an okay seeding was in Brazil and I placed 5th.”

Now that Ross has sealed the deal as the winner of the ASP WQS in 2009, he’s most looking forward to competing at the iconic event of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, surfing’s longest running professional surf contest, where he will take center stage at one of Australia’s prized amphitheatres to compete in front of his friends and family.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the Bells event,” Ross said. “There is so much prestige and energy surrounding that event. Running down those stairs for a heat is an incredible feeling. Plus, I will have a lot of my family down there to watch, especially my nephews Jaspur and Taiig.”

To watch Dan Ross compete in the final event on the 2009 season log on to www.triplecrownofsurfing.com to watch the event LIVE.

To catch the final ASP WQS ratings, log on to www.aspworldtour.com after the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing to see who has earned their place onto the ASP Dream Tour for 2010.


Stephanie Gilmore Preps to Defend Billabong Pro Maui Title

Posted on December 7th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

Steph Gilmore preps for the Billabong Pro Maui. See Top Stories, right.

HONOLUA BAY, Maui/Hawaii – Freshly crowned three-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, claimed the 2009 ASP Women’s World Title last week and now the sensational Australian is leading the planet’s finest female surfing talent to the Billabong Pro Maui where she will attempt to defend her event title at the last contest on the ASP Women’s World Tour for 2009.

Gilmore, who cracked the history books last week as the first surfer, male or female, to claim three consecutive ASP World Titles after three years on the ASP World Tour, will look to further solidify her authority as the leader of the women’s surfing world at the Billabong Pro Maui. Gilmore is also carrying a flawless record to Hawaii’s Valley Isle, with two consecutive victories on Maui and will be out to keep her perfect record alive and well while striving to take out the Vans Triple Crown title, which will be decided by the end of Billabong Pro Maui competition.

“I only have one event win and the Vans Triple Crown title is still on the line,” Gilmore said. “Although I have a more relaxed approach to this event now that the title has been decided, I’d love to finish the year up with a win. I know that everyone will be surfing hard with the Triple Crown title up for grabs and I’m looking forward to it.”

Now that the stylish regular-footer has wrapped up her goal of a third ASP Women’s World Title, the pressure has eased off of Gilmore entering the Billabong Pro Maui, allowing her to take a more relaxed approach to competition.

“It’s definitely a luxury to be in this position heading into Maui because it allows me to relax a bit,” Gilmore said. “It looks like we’re going to have good waves and I’m looking forward to surfing Honolua Bay with just one other girl out. Honolua Bay is a magical place and it provides a great arena for surfing.”

Carissa Moore (HAW), 17, is fresh off of her first ASP Women’s World Tour win at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach after earning a main event berth via the trials. Moore, who will be a rookie on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, has already made an abrupt impression on ASP Women’s World Tour competition and will start from the trials once again at the Billabong Pro Maui. The up-and-coming regular footer is hoping she can march through several more heats at Honolua Bay despite the tough competition.

“I’m still so excited about Sunset and I’m looking forward to Maui,” Moore said. “I don’t get over to Maui much and there are going to be some local girls charging and I’m not that familiar with the break. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I’m excited about the challenge of surfing with the girls.”

Although the young Hawaiian has not spent a full season on the ASP Women’s World Tour yet, Moore has entered events via wildcard and trials entries in the past and has had success amongst the world’s finest on the center stage that the ASP Women’s World Tour provides. Despite the experience over her fellow rookie competition the humble Hawaiian is just viewing these events as good experience and feels she has no advantage entering the 2010 season.

“I’m excited about next year and thrilled that I can surf in these last two Hawaiian events,” Moore said. “It’s nice to compete in these World Tour events without having the pressure of ratings, but I know next year will be a clean slate when I get to Snapper Rocks and I don’t really think I have much of an advantage next year.”

The Billabong Pro Maui holds a waiting period from December 8 through 20, 2009. Event information can be found via www.triplecrownofsurfing.com or www.billabongpro.com

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


GILMORE WINS 3RD CONSECUTIVE ASP WORLD TITLE

Posted on November 30th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.
Stephanie Gilmore

Stephanie Gilmore

SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, November 28, 2009) – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, has claimed her third consecutive ASP Women’s World Title today, making history as the only surfer ever to win the prestigious crown each year they have competed at the elite ASP World Tour level (men’s or women’s).

The clinching was somewhat unexpected as today’s competition began with six surfers in contention for the 2009 ASP Women’s World Title. With each heat advancement and the narrowing of the field at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, Event No. 6 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, the irrepressible Gilmore navigated her way to her third ASP Dream Tour Title.

“It’s surreal to win for a third time,” Gilmore said. “It’s amazing! I woke up this morning and knew it was going to be a good day. The waves were building and you sort of get that fuzzy feeling throughout the day. I really don’t even know what to think about it. I just want to thank everyone for the support that I’ve had throughout the whole year.”

Gilmore, who was focused on preparing for the Final at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, had remained intentionally aloof to the ASP Women’s World Title possibilities on the final day of competition, and was surprised when informed she had clinched the historic crown.

“I didn’t even know it was happening,” Gilmore said. “I was preparing for the Final and gearing up and then to know I had won, my head was a bit light. To go to Honolua and not have to worry about the title going into the event is just so relaxing.”

The phenomenal natural-footer would go on to finish 3rd in the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, solidifying another sterling result on this season’s ASP Dream Tour, further cementing her position as the most dominant female surfer in the world.

“I’m starting to feel more comfortable on the Women’s World Tour and go into events differently,” Gilmore said. “You get to know the breaks and it’s still my third year and I love traveling and competing and it’s such a special thing to get paid to do. I’m looking forward to next year and seeing different conditions and different waves on tour, I think there might be a couple of new stops, so yeah, I’m looking forward to having good heats and good waves.”

Gilmore’s 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour Results:
 Win at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast
 Runner-Up at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells
     Beach
 Runner-Up at the Commonwealth Bank Beachley
     Classic
 Equal 5th Place Finish at the Rip Curl
     Pro Search
 Runner-Up at the Movistar Peru Classic
 3rd at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach
 TBD at the upcoming Billabong Pro Maui
While the ASP Women’s World Title has already been decided, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (an ASP Specialty Series) rages on with the final event of the year, the Billabong Pro Maui running at Honolua Bay from December 8 – 20, 2009.

Highlights from the event are available at www.triplecrownofsurfing.com

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com


Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Announces Invitees and Alternates

Posted on November 18th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.

What it takes . . .

What it takes . . .

WAIMEA, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, November 17, 2009) – Quiksilver.com/Eddie launches today with the announcement of the 28 coveted Invitees and 24 Alternates to this year’s 25th Anniversary celebration of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, fueled by Monster Energy. The ASP sanctioned event will be held on one day, between December 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010, when waves exceed the 20‐foot minimum threshold and Invitees contend for the $98K prize purse. The traditional opening ceremony honoring this silver anniversary will be one to remember, taking place at 2pm, December 3rd, 2009, at Waimea Bay.

INVITEES

Andy Irons, Hawaii

Brian Keaulana, Hawaii

Brock Little, Hawaii

Bruce Irons, Hawaii

Carlos Burle, Brazil

Clyde Aikau, Hawaii

Darryl Virostko, California

Greg Long, California

Jamie O’Brien, Hawaii

Jamie Sterling, Hawaii

Kelly Slater, Florida

Keone Downing, Hawaii

Makuakai Rothman, Hawaii

Mark Healey, Hawaii

Michael Ho, Hawaii

Noah Johnson, Hawaii

Peter Mel, California

Reef McIntosh, Hawaii

Ross Clarke-Jones, Australia

Rusty Keaulana, Hawaii

Shane Dorian, Hawaii

Sunny Garcia, Hawaii

Titus Kinimaka, Hawaii

Tom Carroll, Australia

Grant “Twiggy” Baker, South Africa

Ibon Amatriain, Euskadi

Ramon Navarro, Chile

Takayuki Wakita, Japan

ALTERNATES

Kala Alexander, Hawaii – Aikau Family Pick

Pancho Sullivan, Hawaii

Garrett McNamara, Hawaii

Kohl Christensen, Hawaii

Dave Wassel, Hawaii

Keoni Watson, Hawaii

Nathan Fletcher, Hawaii

Ian Walsh, Hawaii

Danny Fuller, Hawaii

Kalani Chapman, Hawaii

Taylor Knox, California

Chava Greenlee, Hawaii

Jamie Mitchell, Australia

Myles Padaca, Hawaii

Tony Moniz, Hawaii

Darrick Doerner, Hawaii

Ken “Skin Dog” Collins, California

Ross Williams, Hawaii

Derek Ho, Hawaii

Paul Paterson, Australia

Anthony Tashnick, California

Koby Abberton, Australia

Laurent Pujol, France

Laurie Towner, Australia

HONORARY INVITEES

Mark Foo, Hawaii

Todd Chesser, Hawaii

Tiger Espere, Hawaii

Jay Moriarty, California

Peter Davi, California

Lester Falatea, Tahiti

Monster Energy will be presenting the Monster Drop Specialty Award for the surfer who makes the most critical drop and rides out of it during the event. The judges will determine the winner the day of the competition and will present the chosen surfer with a unique Monster Drop Specialty Award Trophy.

Held in honor of the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau gathers the most skillful and dynamic big‐wave surfers from around the globe. It is the world’s longest running and most prestigious big‐wave invitational.

The universal appeal and strength of “The Eddie” is a testament to the human spirit it honors and that we all seek to connect with: a life lived with passion, dedicated with meaning, and exited from heroically. Just 31 when he lost his life in an attempt to save others, Aikau has physically been gone now for as long as he was here. But far from being forgotten, his life story is now woven into the fabric of Hawaii.

The Eddie has only run seven times in the past 24 years. You don’t want to miss it when the Bay calls the momentous day. Go to Quiksilver.com/Eddie for swell updates, happenings from the North Shore, and to sign up for text alerts, to make sure you’re the first to know when the Bay calls the day.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com