Articles tagged with "2008"


Posted by: on November 14th, 2008


The adventure of an extraordinary man, Alex Bellini.

The adventure of an extraordinary man, Alex Bellini.



Twenty-nine year old Alex Bellini, from Aprica in Valtellina, Italy, is rowing across the Pacific Ocean from Lima, Peru to Sydney, Australia, alone and unassisted.

He set off on February 21, 2008 and is planning to reach Sydney sometime at the end of November 2008, after over 9 months and 18,000 km (10,000 nautical miles), always risking to be drifted away by the winds and the unfavourable sea currents.

After having walked across the Sahara Desert in 2000 and the Alaskan ice in 2002-2003, Alex rowed across both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in 2005. 

His new challenge today is to cross the Pacific Ocean on his own in his 7.5m boat. Alongside the equator with only his oars and the strength of his arms: an extreme sporting challenge, which is both complex for the physical and psychological effort and praise to his determination.

Alex’s aim is to raise money for the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and, particularly, for the vaccination of refugees in North Uganda.

For Alex’s day by day adventure visit his website


For further information on the arrival of Alex Bellini in Australia please contact Valentina Marturano.

Contact: Valentina Marturano

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney

Tel: (02) 9392 7939

Fax: (02) 93927935

[email protected]

Masters Crowned At Qld State Surfing Championships

Posted by: on November 11th, 2008



Currumbin Waters Chris Brooks tube rides his way to a O/40 men’s state crown at the third and final round.

Currumbin Waters Chris Brooks tube rides his way to a O/40 men’s state crown at the third and final round.


Printpoint Queensland Masters Surfing Circuit

November 8-9, North Stradbroke Island.

SURFING’s elder statesmen proved they can still mix it in the wave stakes going toe-to-toe for prestigious state crowns at the third and final stop of the Printpoint Queensland Masters Surfing Circuit at North Stradbroke Island. 

Main Beach provided the ideal backdrop for the one-day tournament with the state’s hottest masters unleashing some big moves in highly contestable 3ft wedgy beach break conditions.  

For a third year running, a 60-strong field made the crossing to battle it out across six separate divisions for elusive state titles. The 17 surfers, who will represent Queensland at the Australian Open Surfmasters in ‘09, were also determined.

In a tightly-contested senior men’s (over 28) final, Currumbin gun Mark ‘Richo’ Richardson out-duelled Sunshine Coast surfer Peter Boyd (Moffat Beach) to claim a hat trick of round wins and a Queensland title.


Moffat Beach surfer Peter Boyd shredding Main Beach to pieces en route to winning the over 35 men’s final

Moffat Beach surfer Peter Boyd shredding Main Beach to pieces en route to winning the over 35 men’s final



In a low-scoring final, Richardson made the most of an early wave score (6.17) to dominate proceedings.

Despite a late charge by Boyd, Richardson held his nerve to net a heat-high 7.67 ride in the final minute of the final.

The perennial master’s champion finishing on a two-wave combined total of 13.84 (out of a possible 20) to Boyd’s 9.97. The Gold Coast pairing of Simon Massey and Michael Betts finishing in third and fourth respectively.


Richardson was beaten by Moffat Beach ace Boyd in the over 35 men’s final but still gained enough points to earn the series title.


The progressive surfing action continued in the 0/40’s with Currumbin Waters Chris Brooks capping off his 2008 campaign in style, defeating Nick Ryan (Mermaid Beach), Terry Landsberg (Currumundi) and David Masters (Mooloolaba) to seal a prestigious state crown.

Gold Coast surfers continued to feature in the O/45’s with Palm Beach surfer Mark Traucnieks dusting fellow Gold Coaster Andrew Harris (Currumbin), Sunshine Coast surfer Paul Fisher (Buderim) and Stradbroke Island local Criag Frampton to stitch up his second round win of the year as well as a state crown.


Despite his fourth placing, Frampton surfed away with Tooheys Extra Dry ‘Wave of the Weekend” for the tournament’s highest individual wave score, a near perfect 9.67 out of a possible 10. 

In the 0/55 men’s final, Gold Coast surfing legend Paul Neilsen (Burleigh) surfed away with winner’s trophy, unleashing a lethal attack of forehand moves. Nielsen was awarded the state title after three consecutive wins. 

Marcoola’s Neville Williams won the 0/50 final as well as the overall state title.


The exclusive three-event series continues to set the benchmark for surfers aspiring to a national master’s title. Divisions include senior men (0/28), O/35, O/40, 0/45, O/50 and O/55. 

For more information please check out or call the Surfing Queensland office on (07) 5520 1165.

7X ASP Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley Announces Retirement

Posted by: on October 10th, 2008



Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 3 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, officially announced her retirement from full-time competition today, effective at the end of the season.

Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 3 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, officially announced her retirement from full-time competition today, effective at the end of the season.


MANLY BEACH, Australia (Friday, October 10, 2008) – Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 3 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings, has officially announced her retirement from full-time competition, effective at the end of the year.

“I feel like now is a really good time, even though I am in my career best form, because I am an all-or-nothing kind of girl and to achieve the goals I set for myself in surfing, I have to give it my all and I’m not,” Beachley said. “I have to be honest with myself – I’m not commiting 100% time and energy and effort and focus into winning world titles. It doesn’t mean that I can’t win world titles, but my priorities are beginning to shift and my focus and my passion in business and charity work and my ambassador roles is beginning to have more appeal to me than competing for a living. I feel like I’ve achieved everything that I’ve wanted to and that it is good to go out while I’m still in top form.”

Beachley’s announcement comes as a surprise to the surfing community, given that the iconic natural-footer is surfing better than ever and currently challenging for the ASP Women’s World Title once again, sitting in No. 3 spot on the ratings at present.

“I feel like I’m surfing the best I have in my whole career,” Beachley said. “Nothing has really changed on tour except for my attitude. It’s my lack of commitment to winning. I base my choices off my experiences and my experience has told me that you have to be 100% focused and also love you’re doing. Even though I love what I do, I’m beginning to love what I’m doing out of the water more. My passion for competitive surfing has been diluted, and to achieve success and to win world titles, you can’t afford for it to be diluted too much. So now I’ve had to make a decision and I’m convinced I’m doing the right thing.’

The Sydney-sider is the most accomplished female surfer in the history of the sport, winning a record seven ASP Women’s World Titles (1998-2004, 2006), scalping 29 elite tour victories, and collecting countless accolades as one of surfing’s most recognizable figures.

“There’s been millions of highlights,” Beachley said. “I think every time that I stopped in my tracks and had to pinch myself and ask ‘is this real?’ have been the highlights of my life. Finding myself in the most random places on Earth, donning a bikini with a board under my arm and just staring out into the ocean in disbelief that I get to do that for a living. One of the greatest achievements was winning my first event back in 1993 and winning my first ASP Women’s World Title back in 1998. Those were both enormous acheivements for me.”

While stepping away from full-time professional surfing, Beachley hasn’t ruled out donning the jersey again should she receive an invite, and will continue to be a force both in and out of the surfing world with her clothing line, her numerous charities and other high-profile projects.

“I have my own brand, Beachley Athletics, which I really want to put a lot more time and energy and effort into,” Beachley said. “I don’t think it’s achieving the success it deserves because I can’t commit enough resources to it. I have my charity, Aim for the Stars. I’ve just begun promoting my book, Beneath the Waves. I will still stage the Beachley Classic. I love women’s surfing. I’m really passionate about it. Just because I’m walking away from the Tour doesn’t mean I’m walking away from women’s surfing. I’ll still be there as a supporter and a believer and also pursuing a career in the media.”

Beachley is competing this week at her signature event, the Beachley Classic, held in Manly, Australia.

“I feel like I’ve created a legacy and that’s something to be incredibly proud of,” Beachley said. “I’ve instilled hunger and passion into the future generations of female competitive surfing coming up through the ranks. I know Steph (Gilmore) looks at me and wants what I got. It was Lisa Andersen before me that gave me the motivation to become seven-times ASP Women’s World Champion. That kind of drive and dedication that it takes to be a champion is the legacy I think I am leaving behind and it’s something I’m very proud of.


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LAST DAY for Surf is. . . Sex On Fire

Posted by: on September 30th, 2008

What fun this has been. I stuffed up on the last day though. I forgot to get Don to change the lyric line today. So, we’ll go with the same one to finish up then. You can enter more than once if you like.

So, to win Kings of Leon Only By The Night framed album artwork, signed by the band, or a signed copy of this newly released CD, with the single Sex On Fire, check out the competition page for the last day.

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Bourez Eliminates Durbidge, Slater Could Clinch ASP World Title No. 9 Tomorrow

Posted by: on September 24th, 2008



Tahitian wildcard Michel Bourez caused his second major upset of the Quiksilver Pro France today, eliminating current ASP World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS). Bourez eliminated Joel Parkinson (AUS) in Round 2 yesterday.

Tahitian wildcard Michel Bourez caused his second major upset of the Quiksilver Pro France today, eliminating current ASP World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS). Bourez eliminated Joel Parkinson (AUS) in Round 2 yesterday.

HOSSEGOR, France (Tuesday, September 23, 2008) – Tahitian wildcard Michel Bourez may have hindered Kelly Slater’s 2007 ASP World Title hopes by knocking him out of the Quiksilver Pro France last year, but he certainly helped the Floridian’s cause today.

Bourez beat ASP World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) – one of only two surfers factoring in whether or not Slater can clinch his ninth ASP World Title in France – by posting a near-perfect heat total today. Bourez opened the heat with a 9.80, backed it up with a 9.77 and left Durbidge searching for 19.57 points to swing the scenario his way.

“The heat was really good,” Bourez said. “There were a couple of really good rights and lefts out there but the rip was really strong and I needed to catch the first wave so that is what I did. I got that first left and I didn’t know it was a 9.80, I thought it was just an 8.00 and then I got that 9.77 after and Bede was combed so I’m stoked.”

Bourez is currently rated 14th on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) – the top 15 competitors on that series qualify for the ASP World Tour at year’s end. Having eliminated an eight-time ASP World Champion in Slater at this event last year, and then outside hopefuls for the 2008 ASP World Title in Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Durbidge this week, Bourez certainly seems to have the skills to mix it up amongst the world’s best.

“It doesn’t feel too good to be interfering with the title because those guys are here to win and I’m just here to beat those guys,” Bourez said. “Hopefully I’ll be here to beat those guys next year. I’m just in this event to prove myself and surf good waves – we surf really small waves on the WQS so I’m stoked to have a heat like that.”

Slater is now two steps closer to ASP World Title No. 9 after today’s proceedings. The scenario coming into the event was such that should Slater win the event, with Durbidge bowing out before the Final and ASP World No. 2 Taj Burrow being eliminated before the Semifinals, he would win the 2008 title in France.

Durbidge is out and Slater is into Round 4 after winning a tough heat over wildcard Joan Duru (FRA). Duru had the heat lead until Slater found two 8.00s late in the heat – he admitted that he has been slightly rattled by being so close to clinching ASP World Title No. 9 and that his surfing in France is not what it has been in earlier events this year.

“That heat, even though I had a couple good scores, was under what my average has been all year,” Slater said. “There hasn’t been a stellar performance by me yet but I guess the good news is that it can only get better.”

Slater could potentially win the title tomorrow, but he knows that winning the event and watching Burrow lose in Round 4 or the Quarterfinals are both best-case scenarios.

“I’d like to do it here but I don’t expect that is going to happen,” Slater said. “Taj looks good.”

Burrow beat injury replacement wildcard Gabe Kling (USA) in Round 3 today. With the ASP World Title so close to being a done deal, Burrow has his eyes on a different title – winner of the Quiksilver Pro France.

“The title is pretty much decided so I’m just looking to win events,” Burrow said. “I’ve come close to winning a couple of events this year, so I would like to take this one out – that’s all I’m really thinking about, not really the points situation. It is cool to be sitting second and keeping Kelly on his toes.”

Burrow will have to get by high-flying rookie Dane Reynolds (USA) first. Reynolds beat fellow 2008 Dream Tour rookie Jordy Smith (ZAF) in an exciting aerial affair today. The first 20-minutes of the heat were ultra-exciting, unfortunately, when the waves went flat two-thirds of the way through the heat, Smith still needed a combination of scores to beat Reynolds.

“I had fun,” Reynolds said. “It’s kind of a shame it turned out like that in the end. We didn’t have waves for the last 10 minutes. It doesn’t take much for him to get a score, well… he was combed, but he could have gotten a 9.00 and then a 7.00. He could have gotten that easily but the heat didn’t come around for him.”

Reynolds has now beat Smith twice in ASP World Tour competition, winning their heat in Tahiti earlier this year.

“It’s sort of a fluke I think because I definitely look at him and see him doing things I couldn’t dream of doing,” Reynolds said. “But with contests that’s just the way it goes sometimes, it’s definitely junky and rippy and funny out there, it just went my way. I’ll be nervous when I meet him again for sure.”

Chances are excellent the Quiksilver Pro France will wrap up tomorrow. An official decision will be made at 8am local time.

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Round 3 Quiksilver Pro France Results:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.17 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.50

Heat 2: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 10.83 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 8.50

Heat 3: Ben Dunn (AUS) 14.00 def. Chris Ward (USA) 7.84

Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.67 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 12.83

Heat 5: Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.33 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 12.00

Heat 6: Luke Stedman (AUS) 12.56 def. Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 12.5

Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) 15.00 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 12.46

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.00 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 13.00

Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.34 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 9.77

Heat 10: Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.26 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.50

Heat 11: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 13.43 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.33

Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.83 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 8.17

Heat 13: Michel Bourez (PYF) 19.57 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.67

Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.00 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 7.57

Heat 15: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.17 def. Daniel Wills (AUS) 8.13

Heat 16: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.17 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 6.73


Round 4 Quiksilver Pro France Match-ups

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)

Heat 2: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 3: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)

Heat 5: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

Heat 6: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Pancho Sullivan (HAW)

Heat 7: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)

Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)

Heat 10: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)

Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)

Heat 13: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)

Heat 15: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Daniel Wills (AUS)


Heat 16: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)

8:30am Start at Les Bourdaines for Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro France

Posted by: on September 23rd, 2008

HOSSEGOR, France (Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008) – Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro France will resume at Les Bourdaines in Seignosse, France this morning. A new swell is expected to build throughout the day, peaking tomorrow morning.

World No. 6, Adriano de Souza (BRA) will meet South Africa’s Travis Logie in the first heat of the round. Competition will commence at 8:30 am.

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Round 3 Quiksilver Pro France Match-ups

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)

Heat 2: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 3: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)

Heat 5: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

Heat 6: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Pancho Sullivan (HAW)

Heat 7: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)

Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)

Heat 10: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)

Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)

Heat 13: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)

Heat 15: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Daniel Wills (AUS)

Heat 16: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)

Quiksilver Pro France

Stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour

South West Coast of France

September 19-28, 2008

Surf is . . . Sex On Fire

Posted by: on September 23rd, 2008

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Flores and de Souza Make their Moves at the Quiksilver Pro France

Posted by: on September 22nd, 2008



De Souza shakes Aranburu's hand after their action packed Round 2 clash.

De Souza shakes Aranburu



HOSSEGOR, France (Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008) – Twenty-year-old Jeremy Flores (FRA) and 21-year-old Adriano de Souza (BRA) have a few things in common. They both qualified for the ASP World Tour as WQS No. 1 surfers, they are both rated in the ASP World Tour Top 10 and they both won their Round 2 Quiksilver Pro France heats held at Les Estagnots today.

De Souza currently sits in 6th on the ASP ratings, Flores 10th – they both are in a position to improve their ratings at the Quiksilver Pro France now that three of the Top 10 surfers have bowed out of the competition with 33rd place results.

Reigning ASP World Champion and World No. 5 Mick Fanning (AUS) and World No. 4 Joel Parkinson (AUS) lost their Round 2 heats yesterday. Former three-time ASP World Champion and World No. 9 Andy Irons (HAW) failed to show up for his Round 2 heat against Jihad Kohdr (BRA) today.

De Souza used that knowledge as extra incentive to win a seesaw battle against Aritz Aranburu (EUK) this morning. Aranburu surfed well but will have to wait until the next event in his native Basque country to please the European fans who were out in force today.

“I saw Fanning and Parko lose last night and thought, ‘this is a big opportunity for me to get into the Top 5,’” de Souza said. “That was a tough heat. Aritz had the crowd on his side so it was pretty hard to win but I’m really happy, the waves were really pumping. This event is very important for me so I’m just going to try my best.”

Flores surfed solidly to eliminate Australia’s Dan Ross today. Flores has been outspoken about the pressure he feels to perform at home in France – but he may have stumbled on a solution for that stress this morning.

“I woke up late and got here five minutes before my heat but I felt good because I did not have time to feel any pressure,” Flores said.  “It is great to have all this support from so many people on the beach. I haven’t got through many heats in the past in France so when it happens people are definitely pushing and it is a pleasure. All this support makes me want to win even more and that is why when I lose I am even more frustrated.”

Portugal’s Tiago Pires won a tough heat over Timmy Reyes (USA) to advance to the next round of the Quiksilver Pro. With the exception of a 3rd in Indonesia, Pires has been unluckily eliminated from several close heats this year and has a scoreline riddled with 33rds and 17ths to show for it. He went all out on a wave at the end of his Round 2 duel and earned a 9.00 to advance.

“I’ve had some really tight heats so it feels good to make it through this one,” Pires said. “That wave I earned a 9.00 for was full anger,” Pires said. “I hadn’t caught any good waves and I didn’t want to lose that heat so I just put all my energy into those turns and it paid off.

The fourth and final European to surf in the Quiksilver Pro today, Miky Picon (FRA), was eliminated by Brazil’s Heitor Alves. Alves earned 15.17 points to Picon’s 4.77.

“I had a tough heat yesterday where I could not get any waves so I went out really motivated to surf well,” Alves said. “I was more focused today; I found the rhythm and managed to get an 8.00 then a 6.00 so I am pretty happy to win like that.”

Alves is currently rated 29th on the ASP World Tour and is looking to put in a performance similar to his semifinal showing in California last week. The top 27 guys on the ASP World Tour requalify for the tour the following year – the top 15 guys on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) and three wildcards replace the bottom 18 surfers at year’s end.

“I am definitely chasing a big result here in France and I will be more and more focused and prepared because any heat will be important for me. I hope I can requalify without having to surf the last WQS events.”

Californian’s Bobby Martinez and Chris Ward won their Round 2 heats, as did Hawaii’s Fred Patacchia and Florida’s Damien Hobgood. Australians advancing today included Kai Otton, Mick Campbell and Luke Stedman.

The next call on competition status will be made tomorrow at 8:30am.

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Today’s Round 2 Quiksilver Pro France Results:

Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.50 def. Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 11.90

Heat 6: Jihad Khodr (BRA) 9.93 def. Andy Irons (HAW) n/s

Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.5 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.83

Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.17 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 7.10

Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) 12.26 def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 11.34

Heat 10: Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.66 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 2.10

Heat 11: Luke Stedman (AUS) 15.43 def. Ben Bourgeois (USA) 14.84

Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.00 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 10.23

Heat 13: Chris Ward (USA) 12.43 def.  Royden Bryson (ZAF) 10.93

Heat 14: Tiago Pires (PRT) 15.50 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 14.84

Heat 15: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.67 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 13.17

Heat 16: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.17 def. Mikael Picon (FRA) 4.77

Top Seeds Struggle on Day 1 of the Quiksilver Pro France – Fanning, Parkinson Out

Posted by: on September 21st, 2008



Kieren Perrow earned a perfect 10 after emerging from this barrel and doing a huge floater.

Kieren Perrow earned a perfect 10 after emerging from this barrel and doing a huge floater.



HOSSEGOR, France (Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008) –Eight of the ASP World Tour’s Top 10 surfers were sent to Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France today. Two of them are out of Quiksilver Pro contention after losing their elimination round heats held late this afternoon.

Reigning ASP World Champion and current World No. 5 Mick Fanning (AUS) came into the Quiksilver Pro France as the defending event champion – he will leave with his second 33rdplace result of the year. Fanning was beaten by less than a point by injury replacement surfer and former Top 45 surfer Gabe Kling (USA) in shifty conditions.

“Mick has been one of my favorite surfers and I can’t really believe that happened,” Kling said. “It was so hard out there and him needing that small of score… I just got lucky but I’ll take it. I’m stoked to win though, he’s a reigning world champion.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), World No. 4, was also beaten in Round 2. He lost to Tahitian wildcard Michel Bourez, the same surfer who eliminated eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) from the Quiksilver Pro last year.

Slater’s Round 1 heat was won by wildcard Joan Duru. His Round 2 heat was nearly won by wildcard Tim Boal (FRA). Slater trailed for much of his Round 2 bout with Boal, but he came back at the end of the heat and then sealed the deal with a last-minute 9.00.

“I felt alright in that heat but all day something has been off, I’m not sure what it is,” Slater said. “I had a feeling Tim was going to get a score, even before he got that first good one – I had a feeling was going to get a score and get back in the heat. He was patient and just sat waiting for the rights. It’s the wildcards and the low seeds that have been giving me trouble all year. I have to look out more for those guys than the top guys it seems like.”

Slater, like many of the top seeded surfers who lost heats today, said that the shifting, unpredictable nature of France’s beach breaks are a huge factor in making heats in Hossegor. Even Andy Irons, the Top 45 surfer who has fared the best in France over the years, was sent to Round 2 today. He meets Jihad Kohdr (BRA) in Heat 6.

“This is a tough place for a contest,” Slater said. “It’s really amazing that Andy won this contest three times and got a second the year before that because the waves change so much and it really is the luck of the draw out in those heats. The guy who gets the best waves is going to win and it happens a lot here at this contest.”

Slater admitted that the opportunity to clinch his ninth ASP World Title in France (should he win the event and his closest competitors bow out soon) was toying with his nerves and might have been a factor in his having to surf Round 2 today.

“It probably just has my head a little bit – thinking about it,” Slater said. “It’s hard to get that monkey off your back, thinking you had the chance to do something like that. I guess I have been thinking about it a little bit over the last week and I just haven’t gotten in sync so far. That heat I felt pretty good, still not great, but I got a couple of good scores – those lefts panned out for me and allowed me to get a couple big moves.”

World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) scraped through the last heat of the day – Heat 4 of Round 2. Only he and Taj Burrow (AUS) are mathematically capable of keeping Slater from clinching in France should he win the event.

Burrow was the only Top 5 surfer to win his Round 1 heat today – he enjoyed the afternoon off after beating Tim Reyes (USA) and Boal earlier in the day.

“A few red singlets have lost today because the conditions are so difficult,” Taj said. “The tide changes so much here that you really just have to go out there and take what you are dealt, so I was just trying to pick the right waves and put up a couple of good scores. I didn’t do anything amazing but I got a couple.” 

Burrow comes into the Quiksilver Pro France fresh off a final berth in California. Burrow led most of that final but suffered a last minute loss to Slater and had to settle for second. The loss was especially difficult given it significantly decreased any hope the current World No. 2 had of winning the 2009 ASP World Title.

“That was a hard one to swallow,” Burrow said. “Kelly has pretty much won the title, mathematically it’s next to impossible to catch him, so I’m just trying to win a few events.”

Kieren Perrow (AUS) was awarded a unanimous perfect 10 for a deep barrel followed by a big free-fall floater in Round 1. Perrow competed on the ASP World Tour from 2001 to 2004 before requalifying this year. His perfect 10 previous to today’s was earned in Tahiti in 2001.

“That wave was just perfect,” Perrow said. “I could see it was going to double-up when I paddled over that second one. I haven’t had a 10 in years so it was good to get barreled and get one. The wave was so good anyone would have got a 10 on it.” 

Perrow forced Fanning into Round 2 with the ride, but just barely.

 “When I heard that I got a 10 I still thought I’d be in second,” Perrow said. “I still thought I’d need a score because they hadn’t read out my 5.0 and I only thought I had a 3.5. Even then it was pretty close still, Mick didn’t need much and he was right behind me. It would have been disappointing to get a 10 and lose.”

The next call on competition status will be made tomorrow morning at 7:30. It is looking likely that Round 2 will resume at Les Estagnots again tomorrow.


Quiksilver Pro France Round 2 Results:

Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.67 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 15.00

Heat 2: Gabe Kling (USA) 12.07 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.00

Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.00 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.67

Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.00 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 9.44



Quiksilver Pro France Round 1 Results:

Heat 1: Ben Dunn (AUS) 12.84, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.06, Leonardo Neves (BRA) 8.6

Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 17.13, Jay Thompson (AUS) 15.2, Daniel Ross (AUS) 10.1

Heat 3: Roy Powers (HAW) 13.6, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.56, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.9

Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.97, Jihad Khodr (BRA) 6.63, Andy Irons (HAW) 2.34

Heat 5: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.67, Bobby Martinez (USA) 13.40, Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 5.83

Heat 6: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 15.50, Nic Muscroft (AUS) 13.84, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.50

Heat 7: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.16, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.60, Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.30

Heat 8: Joan Duru (FRA) 10.50, Kelly Slater (USA) 9.94, Chris Ward (USA) 9.90

Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.67, Tim Reyes (USA) 11.50, Tim Boal (FRA) 5.77

Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.00, Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.40, Gabe Kling (USA) 13.5

Heat 11: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.94, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.67, Mikael Picon (FRA) 10.34

Heat 12: Daniel Wills (AUS) 16.17, Heitor Alves (BRA) 4.74, Bruce Irons (HAW) 2.77

Heat 13: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 13.80, Luke Stedman (AUS) 12.83, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.10

Heat 14: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.16, Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.63, Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.10

Heat 15: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 14.50, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 14.30, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 9.44

Heat 16: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 15.66, Royden Bryson (ZAF) 13.34, Luke Munro (AUS) 7.76

Quiksilver Pro France

Stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour

South West Coast of France

September 19-28, 2008

Melanie Bartels Wins Billabong Girls Pro Rio in Rifling Barrels at Barra da Tijuca

Posted by: on September 18th, 2008


Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, en route to her phenomenal victory at the 2008 Billabong Girls Pro Rio.

Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, en route to her phenomenal victory at the 2008 Billabong Girls Pro Rio.



Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

Billabong Girls Pro Rio

Stop No. 4 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour

Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 10 – 18, 2008

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Wednesday, September 17, 2008) – Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, has won the 2008 Billabong Girls Pro Rio, defeating fellow finalist Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, in rifling four foot (1.5 metre) barrels at Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro today.

Event No. 4 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Billabong Girls Pro Rio survived through a grueling five-day lay period to culminate in excellent conditions today, with the ASP Top 17 putting in some of the best performances in ASP history.

Bartels, who rockets up from 14th to 6th on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, collects her second career Dream Tour win (her first as a full-time member) with today’s victory at the Billabong Girls Pro Rio.

“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m just overwhelmed right now,” Bartels said. “My last win was in 2006 as a wildcard at Sunset so to be able to come out on top today, in these conditions, is really special. The waves started to deteriorate towards the end, but I was able to grab a couple of scores against Sofia (Mulanovich) and I was really just surfing my own heat out there and doing my own thing. I was having fun.”

The Hawaiian, who was unable to make the second event of the season, has rebounded in spectacular form today, defeating the reigning ASP Women’s World Champion during the Semifinals in what some are calling the best heat in women’s professional surfing history (19.00 def.18.50) before taking down Mulanovich in the Final.

“After that Semifinal with Steph (Gilmore) I was filled with a lot of confidence,” Bartels said. “The waves pumped for that heat and we were trading barrel after barrel. That’s the most fun I’ve had in a heat in a long time. I had a tough start to the year with sponsors and results, but that just made me really hungry and after today, I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year.”

Mulanovich, who solidifies her position at No. 2 on the ASP Women’s World Tour ratings with today’s runner up finish, continues to collect consistent results in 2008 with her third Finals appearance of the season.

“Another Final is a good result for me,” Mulanovich said. “Of course I would have liked a win, but congratulations to Mel (Bartels), she was on fire. I just couldn’t find the scoring waves in the Final so maybe things will be different next time. The next event is in Sydney and after that it is at home in Peru so I am looking forward these next few events.”

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, reigning ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, was in sensational form today, netting the event’s only perfect 10-point ride and backing it up with an 8.50, but was still unable to overcome Bartels in the Semifinals.

“You can’t be too disappointed when you lose a heat like that,” Gilmore said. “Mel (Bartels) surfed amazing and deserved that win. I did everything I could out there and there wasn’t much more I could do. Mel got two really good waves and I got one really good one.”

Gilmore also earned the Kustom Best Wave Award for her phenomenal perfect 10-point backdoor barrel, reiterating her dominating form, but the young Australian is more aware than ever of how close the race for the 2008 ASP Women’s World Title has become.

“You can’t count anyone out of it these days,” Gilmore said. “Mel (Bartels) is one of my favorite surfers and it was only a matter of time before she went off this year. The next stop is in Manly and I have a pretty good track record out there so hopefully I can regroup and put in another result there.”

Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion was another potential champion this morning, dispatching of local favorite Silvana Lima (BRA), 23, in their Quarterfinal bout, but was unable to overcome her Peruvian opponent in the Semifinals.

“I couldn’t buy a wave out there,” Beachley said. “I think the Semifinal before us took all the waves then so that was a bit of a disappointment. A 3rd is a good result, but it’s two years since I’ve had a win and I’m certainly ready for one.”

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Billabong Girls Pro Rio Final Results:

1 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 14.34

2 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.60

Billabong Girls Pro Rio Semifinal Results:

Semifinal 1: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 19.00 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.50

Semifinal 2: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.67 def Layne Beachley (AUS) 9.46


Billabong Girls Pro Rio Quarterfinal Results:

Quarterfinal 1: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 8.84 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 5.23

Quarterfinal 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.47 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 8.50

Quarterfinal 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.74 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.60

Quarterfinal 4: Layne Beachley (AUS) 14.83 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.33


Current ASP Women’s World Tour Ratings: After Event No. 4 of 8

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 3516 points

2 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 3504 points

3 – Layne Beachley (AUS) 3036 points

4 – Samantha Cornish (AUS) 2628 points

5 – Amee Donohoe (AUS) 2424 points

6 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2112 points

7 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 2028 points

8 – Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 1836 points

9 – Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 1824 points

10 – Rebecca Woods (AUS) 1632 points

11 – Megan Abubo (HAW) 1452 points

11 – Julia De La Rosa (PER) 1452 points

13 – Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 1440 points

14 – Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 1260 points

14 – Karina Petroni (USA) 1260 points

14 – Nicola Atherton (AUS) 1260 points

17 – Serena Brooke (AUS) 1080 points

18 – Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 912 points*