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De Souza Takes Inaugural ASP World Tour Win at Billabong Pro Mundaka

Posted by: on October 14th, 2009
Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, collected his first ASP World Tour victory today at the Billabong Pro Mundaka, bolting up to 3rd on the ASP World Tour ratings. photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, collected his first ASP World Tour victory today at the Billabong Pro Mundaka, bolting up to 3rd on the ASP World Tour ratings. photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

SOPELANA, Euskadi/Spain (Tuesday, October 13, 2009) – Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, claimed his inaugural ASP World Tour win today, taking out the Billabong Pro Mundaka, eliminating fellow Finalist Chris Davidson (AUS), 33, in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the backup venue of Sopelana.

Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka experienced an array of conditions for the event, from clean surf on the opening day at Mundaka to a lengthy seven-day wait before a marathon 24-heat session yesterday, culminating into today’s dramatic finale.

De Souza, who had previously experienced in the ASP World Junior Championships (winning in 2003) and on the ASP World Qualifying Series winning in 2005), was rapt with his inaugural ASP World Tour victory.

“I don’t have words to express how happy I am right now,” De Souza said. “I have been working so hard for this ever since winning the ASP World Junior Championships and the ASP WQS. To finally win here in Mundaka, where the culture is so rich and the people love surfing so much, is an incredible thing. This is the most special day of my life.”

The young Brazilian dominated the crumbling lefthander of Sopelana, racking up an insurmountable 16.40 out of a possible 20 to overtake his Australian opponent, resulting in his history-making win as the first South American to take out the prestigious event win.

“The conditions have been hard for this event but we surfed the best waves that were available to us,” De Souza said. “Davo (Chris Davidson) is such a strong surfer and he has been going after a win for so long. When he beat C.J. (Hobgood) in the Semifinals, I knew it was going to be a battle. I was able to get the better waves today and that’s why I won.”

The victory rockets De Souza into a solid 3rd place on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, putting him within striking distance for a shot at the ASP World Title.

“I’m not thinking about the world title right now,” De Souza said. “I am just enjoying my win. This is the biggest win of my career and have a lot of confidence heading into the next events.”

Davidson, who’s storied career amongst the world’s best surfers has seen him qualifying and falling off tour multiple times, secured his best ever result today with his Runner-Up finish at the Billabong Pro Mundaka.

“Everything has felt special at this event for some reason,” Davidson said. “Everything has clicked and I’ve felt confident in every heat. Couldn’t find the waves in the Final, but congrats to Adriano (de Souza) – it’s a truly deserving win.”

The win vaults Davidson into 20th position on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, well within the requalification cutoff for 2010.

“It was a really crucial event for me in terms of the ratings,” Davidson said. “I was on the bubble heading into this event and knew I needed to pull something out of the bag. I’m frothing for the next event and the rest of the year.”

C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, former ASP World Champion (2001), matched his best result today, finishing equal 3rd and solidifying his position at 4th on the ASP World Tour ratings.

“I’m really stoked for Davo (Chris Davidson), but it’s disappointing at the same time,” Hobgood said. “I’m happy that I matched my best result this season, but was hoping for better. I felt like I prepared well and surfed conditions similar to this most of the week, but in the end, I couldn’t edge into the Final.”

Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion, was in stunning form throughout the event despite nursing an Ilio-tibial band strain in his knee, only losing to eventual winner De Souza in a tightly fought Semifinal bout.

“The knee felt okay today,” Slater said. “It was sore walking downhill but felt okay out in the lineup. I guess I’m still in contention (for the ASP World Title), but we’ll see how it pans out.”

The race for the 2009 ASP World Title is far from over and the world’s best surfers will battle it out in the remaining two events.

Highlights from the Billabong Pro Mundaka will be available via http://www.billabongpro.com/mundaka09/

Next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Search in Peniche, Portugal from 19 – 28, 2009.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.40

2 – Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.83

BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.84 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.53

SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.00 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 15.93

BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.00 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.97

QF 2: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.40 def. Drew Courtney (AUS) 10.10

QF 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.33 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.67

QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.33 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.60

BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 8.00 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 6.17

Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.93 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.90

Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 14.73 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.17

Heat 4: Drew Courtney (AUS) 13.26 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.74

Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.44 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.10

Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.16 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 11.44

Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.93 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 9.26

Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.60 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.43

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (After Billabong Pro Mundaka):

1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 6350 points

2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 6306 points

3 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5773 points

4 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 5748 points

5 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5524 points

6 – Kelly Slater (USA) 5514 points

7 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 5149 points

8 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 4914 points

9 – Taylor Knox (USA) 4816 points

10 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 4794 points

Quiksilver Pro Semifinalists Decided in Pumping Coolangatta Beach

Posted by: on March 11th, 2009

 

 

Joel Parkinson was near unstoppable today at Coolangatta Beach, defeating Chris Davidson and C.J. Hobgood to advance to the Semifinals where he’ll meet Mick Fanning. Photo: ASP-Scholtz via Getty Images

Joel Parkinson was near unstoppable today at Coolangatta Beach, defeating Chris Davidson and C.J. Hobgood to advance to the Semifinals where he’ll meet Mick Fanning. Photo: ASP-Scholtz via Getty Images

 

 

COOLANGATTA BEACH, Australia — The Semifinalists of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile were decided today in pumping four-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at Coolangatta Beach.

 

The opening event of the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast utilized its third venue today, having used nearby Duranbah Beach for the opening rounds before returning the primary site of Snapper Rocks and finally to today’s Coolangatta Beach where the local boys dominated Round 4 and the Quarterfinals.

 

Mick Fanning (AUS), 27, former ASP World Champion and past two-time winner of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, was in devastating form this afternoon, defeating Damien Hobgood (USA), 29, in the Quarterfinals with the highest heat total of the day (an 18.53 out of a possible 20).

 

“It was a fun heat,” Fanning said. “I was lucky to get the jump on Damo [Damien Hobgood] at the start. I wanted to wait for a good opening wave and it came. On that 9.93, I went into it and saw it chandelier’ing so I reset my feet and just tried to hit it strong. It went all white and I was lucky it had an opening. It was pretty fun.”

 

Now into the Semifinals, Fanning will find himself battling Coolangatta stable mate Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, for a spot in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Final.

 

“Joel [Parkinson] and I have been great friends since we were little kids,” Fanning said. “It will be a really tough heat. We are always pushing each other. Sometimes it’s pretty and sometimes it’s ugly, but I’m definitely looking forward to it. I don’t really know what the conditions will be like tomorrow. All of the maps that I look at said it was going to be a lot bigger than we have seen today. It could be 100-foot or it could be two-foot.”

 

Parkinson, current ASP World No. 4 and past winner of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (2002), was near unstoppable today at Coolangatta Beach, defeating Chris Davidson (AUS), 31, and C.J. Hobgood (USA), 29, in Round 4 and the Quarterfinals respectively.

 

“My Quarterfinal felt like it was a little bit bigger than my heat this morning – a lot more water moving,” Parkinson said. “My strategy stayed the same, but more effort was needed throughout the heat. It was hard to stay in position, the current out the back is so strong!”

 

Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 3, survived a photo finish against Adrian Buchan (AUS), 26, in the last Quarterfinal of the day. Requiring a score with 20 seconds left, Burrow declined the jet-ski assist to the line-up, optioning to sit in front of Kirra Point instead.

 

“I could not find a wave,” Burrow said. “The tide was filling up and I just panicked. I behind the eight-ball for most of the heat. I got kind of a keeper towards the end and my only option was to sit down the end at Kirra Point. A little slab came through and I took off late and it barreled for me and I got a little pump in to squeak out. I definitely threw a little claim in there because I was pretty sure I got the score.”

 

Burrow’s score of an 8.33 out of a possible 10 on the final wave of the day secured his Semifinals berth, but perhaps gave the Western Australian a confidence boost to go all the way this season. Long thought to be Australia’s heir apparent to the ASP World Champions’ Throne, Burrow has failed to secure professional surfing’s ultimate prize, but today’s performance could have set him on the path to glory.

 

“That ASP World Title is the plan for sure,” Burrow said. “I’m doing what I can to make it possible, so I have to tell myself that.”

 

Burrow will now face an in-form Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, in Semifinal 2.

 

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 9am at Snapper Rocks for a possible 10am start.

 

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will crown a champion tomorrow, and up first will be the local showdown between Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson in Semifinal 1.

 

Highlights from today’s Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be available via www.quiksilverpro.com.au

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

 

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINALS MATCH-UPS:

SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)

SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)

 

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:

QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.00 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 4.37

QF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.53 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.00

QF 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.86 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 6.77

QF 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.40 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.00

 

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 17.24 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 16.43

Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.90 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 10.90

Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.90 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.40

Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.30 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.50

Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.16 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.93

Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.10 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.00

Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.00 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.23

Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.33 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.33

 

Slater Starts Campaign for ASP World Title No. 10 at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Posted by: on February 16th, 2009

 

 

Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning and nine-time ASP World Champion, will begin his campaign for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning and nine-time ASP World Champion, will begin his campaign for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

 

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile

Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile

Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour

Stop No. 1 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

February 28 – March 11, 2009

Trials February 27, 2009


COOLANGATTA, Australia — Reigning and nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, will begin his campaign for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title at the Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile.

 

Event No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro will be held at the Gold Coast’s Snapper Rocks from February 28 through March 11, 2009. The Quiksilver Trials and Roxy Trials will take place on February 27, 2009.

 

Slater, who in past seasons has been reluctant to commit to a full year of competition, has announced his intentions for the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and has acknowledged the allure of a possible 10th ASP World Title.

 

“I commit to where I am,” Slater said. “I’ll be on the Gold Coast for sure. I’m pretty excited about some new equipment and am ready to surf, I think. No. 10 is alluring and is there for the attempt, but I’ll let everyone else worry about the pressure of it as well as I can.”

 

Despite the Floridian’s dominance on last year’s ASP Dream Tour, Slater admits that the acquisition of ASP World Title No. 10 will be no easy feat, especially considering the hunger and talent of returning ASP Top 45 rippers.

 

“I’m not sure whether Dane (Reynolds) and Jordy (Smith) will pull straight up to that level to start this year or not, but I know that Parko’s always hungry and Mick (Fanning) goes without saying,” Slater said. “C.J. (Hobgood) got a taste of it last year again and will come out firing for sure. Taj (Burrow) will be hungry, but I wonder how his focus will be after a couple of really great seasons and not quite the results that his surfing shows all the time – he’s always one of the best at Snapper. Bede (Durbidge) will quietly execute more people and Bobby (Martinez) is going to be the hungriest, starting the year without a main sponsor.”

 

In addition to the returning stars on this year’s ASP World Tour, a new crop of fresh faces will be joining the best surfers on the planet as they traverse the globe tearing apart the best waves in the world.

 

“I think Kerr could show some big things, but he was never able to capitalize on a great start the other year and never really backed it up when the time came,” Slater said. “I don’t expect him to make the same mistakes this time. Nathaniel Curran could quietly take a few people out. I’m really interested to see Barca and what he will do. He’s finally made the tour and I don’t know if people outside of Hawaii know how good he is yet, especially guys on the World Tour. For all of them, it’s a transition from four-man to two-man, and it’s a different field with more experience. Rookies need a good start to get out of tough seeding position as well – the first three events are key to a guy requalifying.”

 

Mick Fanning (AUS), 27, former ASP World Champion (2007), dropped seven spots to ASP World No. 8 last season, but the ultra-fit natural-footer is recharged and ready for another assault at the ASP World Title.

 

“Last year, I wasn’t motivated at all really,” Fanning said. “It was a huge learning curve for me with all the extra attention, but I had fun. I also had a hip problem throughout the year so I took a couple of events off to get on top of that. This year, I feel very focused and motivated for a big year. I am healthy and fit and everything else is going really well.”

 

Fanning will draw on his hometown experience at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, putting his years of experience at the iconic Snapper Rocks to good use.

 

“It is great to start the year off at my home break,” Fanning said. “I guess it is like when everyone has an event at their home break and you’re comfortable. You know the waves by heart and you sleep in your own bed and drive your own car. There is nothing like it – it’s great. Obviously the Top 5 will always be huge threats but I think Bede (Durbidge) and Joel (Parkinson) have something they really want this year and they are focused on getting it. I think Michel Bourez will be the biggest standout of the rookies.”

 

Bede Durbidge (AUS), 25, current ASP World No. 2, has improved his standing every year since his elite inception at 2005, and has his eyes set on the ASP World Title in 2009.

 

“I have had a good steady climb on the ratings so I guess there is only one more spot to go now,” Durbidge said. “It’s always been my goal to win the ASP World Title so I’m in a great spot now to give it a good shot. My preparation has been going really well. It’s so good to have all this time off and work on my fitness and my boards. It’s the longest break we get all year so it’s perfect to build a good fitness and set up for the year ahead.”

 

“Kelly (Slater) had nearly a perfect season last year,” Durbidge said. “He was in such good form – he was just on at every event. To take Kelly out this year is a big ask, but it is achievable and I feel I’m up to the challenge. I’m just going to focus on all the things I can do to give myself the best chance and hopefully he doesn’t have a season like last year.”

 

The 2009 ASP Top 45 will kick off this season’s Dream Tour at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, which boasts a waiting period from February 28 – March 11, 2009.

 

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile will be webcast LIVE viawww.quiksilverpro.com.au

 

The event will incorporate the Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile, the opening event of the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour.

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com