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

Posted by: on December 10th, 2009

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

Fanning Wins Hurley Pro Trestles, Claims US$105k and ASP World No. 2 Spot

Posted by: on September 20th, 2009
Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007), has taken out the Hurley Pro Trestles, claiming the richest prize purse in surfing history, US $105,000. photo: ASP/ CI/ ROWLAND via GETTY IMAGES

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007), has taken out the Hurley Pro Trestles, claiming the richest prize purse in surfing history, US $105,000. photo: ASP/ CI/ ROWLAND via GETTY IMAGES

LOWER TRESTLES, California (Saturday, September 19, 2009) – Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007), has taken out the Hurley Pro Trestles, besting fellow Finalist Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, to claim the richest winner’s prize purse in surfing history, US$105,000.


Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Hurley Pro Trestles enjoyed rippable swell at the start of the waiting period before enduring three consecutive lay days to culminate in today’s marathon of barrier-breaking action. With mind-blowing surfing going down from Round 4 through the Finals in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Lower Trestles, it was the lightning-fast Australian who turned up the juice against Reynolds to claim his first-ever ASP Dream Tour win in California.


“I’m overwhelmed,” Fanning said. “I’d like to congratulate Hurley and a huge thank you to them. I’d like to congratulate Dane (Reynolds) too. The sort of thing that he did, he’s only the start of what we’ll see in the next few years, so thanks for inspiring all of us. The conditions this week been very difficult, but that’s surfing. You’ve got to surf in all kinds of stuff, you can’t sit there and imagine one perfect wave at Trestles.”


In addition to racking up US$105,000 for today’s efforts, Fanning’s win rockets him from 7th to 2nd on the ASP World Tour ratings, bringing him right back in the hunt for the 2009 ASP World Title.


“If you win an event you’ve got to beat everyone,” Fanning said. “It’s not just Kelly (Slater) I beat, you’ve got to get through everyone. That was just part of the path. Kelly’s amazing, but I’m just stoked to have a Final with Dane. The win doesn’t really change my approach to the title. I was sitting in seventh before this event and I was looking to climb up the ratings. I wasn’t really that happy where I was. I did some work and if it does happen again this year it’s going to be pretty big. I guess it’s more about building momentum again this year and getting the hunger back.”


Despite falling short in the Final, Reynolds was a regular standout at the Hurley Pro Trestles, posting the top two single-wave scores of the event (a 9.70 and a 9.67) with his futuristic blend of progressive surfing.


“It was a good time,” Reynolds said. “You can’t win the first one (Final), can you? I got an I.V. before the Final. I was cramping up really bad. I’m not used to surfing this much in one day. Sometimes I surf this much, but not this many heats and it’s different when you’re not milking every section. Trestles is almost like a skate park. It’s just soft enough to where you can push it around, but it’s pushy enough to where you don’t have to work too hard. Unfortunately this event wasn’t great, but it turned on for the last day and it had some good moments.”


Today’s Runner-Up finish marks a career best result for the young Californian, vaulting Reynolds from 20th to 11th on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings.


“I was starting to feel pretty discouraged because I had three 17ths in a row,” Reynolds said. “That beats you down a bit and it feels good to make some heats. I enjoy competing and today was a fun day.”


Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, former event winner (2006) and current ASP World No. 7, was in sterling form all event, taking out Kai Otton (AUS), 29, and Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, in the Quarterfinals and Semifinals respectively, before falling to a rampaging Reynolds in one of the standout clashes of the event.


“I was feeling good but I probably came up against the hardest competitor at the moment,” Durbidge said. “Dane (Reynolds) can get a score out of nothing and he’s starting to show his full potential now and it’s really scary. Still through, 3rd place is great confidence going in to the European leg. It’s a turning point in my year to get a 3rd here. Hopefully I can take the momentum over to Europe and come out Top 5.”


The race for the 2009 ASP World Title has been shaken up a bit after the Hurley Pro Trestles, with current frontrunner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, bowing out in Round 3, opening the door for challengers to gain some ground. Formerly boasting a 1,404 point lead over former ASP World No. 2, C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, Parkinson’s lead has now been cut to 936 points ahead of Gold Coast stablemate Fanning.


Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion and defending event winner, wowed throughout the Hurley Pro Trestles, dispatching of rookie Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 24, and Heitor Alves (BRA), 27, today before getting stuffed by a hyper-focused Fanning in their Semifinal heat.


“I didn’t go out there with any sort of game plan,” Slater said. “I was just trying to feel it out and I kind of read it wrong. The heat before, they had a lot of waves, and I didn’t think priority was really going to matter, but a lot of times, you have priority and there’s pressure to take that first one (wave), and it’s bumpy and the second or third one is real glassy. That happened in Dane’s heat and he got those real good ones, but that’s just the way it goes. I wasn’t really feeling it today anyway. Someday you feel it and you’re on and sometimes not. I kind of struggled through my first couple of heats anyhow.”


Slater, who wore the heavy public expectation of hunting down his 10th ASP World Title in 2009, started the season uncharacteristically with three consecutive 17ths. The Floridian then rallied with a win in Brazil before netting a 9th in South Africa, and although today’s Equal 3rd place finish at the Hurley Pro Trestles moves him from 8th to 6th on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, Slater was guarded when discussing the remainder of the year.


“I’m still planning on going to Europe,” Slater said.


Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, led the rookie charge at the Hurley Pro Trestles, finishing equal 5th and moving from No. 25 to No. 21 on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings.


Highlights from the Hurley Pro Trestles are available via www.hurley.com/hurleypro/

Downloadable media is available at www.hurley.com/downloads/hurleypro

Next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour is the Quiksilver Pro France from September 23 to October 4, 2009.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.40

2 – Dane Reynolds (USA) 13.10

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.77 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.23

SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.26 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 10.74

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.83 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.50

QF 2: Dane Reynolds (USA) 18.20 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 12.50

QF 3: Kelly Slater (AUS) 13.84 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 8.17

QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.50 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.00

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.67 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 5.83

Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.00

Heat 3: Taylor Knox (USA) 9.50 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 3.67

Heat 4: Dane Reynolds (USA) 13.60 def. Rob Machado (USA) 10.94

Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.83 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 12.50

Heat 6: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.16 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.27

Heat 7: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.83 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.96

Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.63 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.43

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 RATINGS:

1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5486 points

2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 4550 points

3 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 4348 points

4 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 4272 points

5 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 3974 points

6 – Kelly Slater (USA) 3906 points

7 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 3760 points

8 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 3685 points

9 – Taylor Knox (USA) 3616 points

10 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 3582 points

ON FOR AUSSIES WHEN TRESTLES RESUMES

Posted by: on September 17th, 2009

 

Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, will take on former ASP World Champion (2001) C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30. photo: ASP/ CI/ MORRIS via GETTY IMAGES

Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, will take on former ASP World Champion (2001) C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30. photo: ASP/ CI/ MORRIS via GETTY IMAGES

 

 

LOWER TRESTLES, California (Wednesday, September 16, 2009) – The Hurley Pro Trestles, Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, has been called off today, with only small, inconsistent surf on offer at Lower Trestles this morning.


With three days remaining in the waiting period after today, and only one full day of competition left to run, the Hurley Pro Trestles will look run the world’s best surfers in the best possible conditions on offer. 


Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.


Surfline, official forecaster of the Hurley Pro Trestles, is calling for today’s combination swell to dissipate throughout the next couple of days before tracking some southwest energy later in the week.


When the event recommences, up first will be former event winner Bede Durbdige (AUS), 26, up against compatriot Kai Otton (AUS), 29.

Highlights from past days’ Hurley Pro Trestles will be available via www.hurley.com/hurleypro/

 

A LIVE HD showing of the Hurley Pro Trestles will be available via www.fuel.tv 

 

Downloadable media is available at www.hurley.com/downloads/hurleypro

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com 

 

 

HURLEY PRO TERSTLES ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)

Heat 3: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)

Heat 4: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Rob Machado (USA)

Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)

Heat 6: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 7: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Top Seeds Dominate Round 3 of Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro

Posted by: on July 3rd, 2009

 Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, former ASP World Junior Champion (2004) and current ASP World No. 5, was in solid form today and will look to bring home a title to Brazil at the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro. Photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, former ASP World Junior Champion (2004) and current ASP World No. 5, was in solid form today and will look to bring home a title to Brazil at the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro. Photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro

Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour

Imbituba, Santa Catarina, Brazil

June 27 – July 5, 2009

IMBITUBA, Santa Catarina (Thursday, July 2, 2009) – Challenging three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves pulsed through the main site at Praia Vila today as the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro completed Round 3 of competition, narrowing the remaining field down to the final 16 surfers. 

Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro saw the ASP’s top seeds take command during Round 3, with seven of the current ASP Top 10 advancing through to Round 4.

 

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, former ASP World Junior Champion (2004) and current ASP World No. 5, was in sensational form this morning, navigating the pulsing lefthanders with ease to net the highest heat total of the day, a 16.20 out of a possible 20.

 

“The surf is still pretty difficult but there are good lefts coming through and I was able to find two high-scoring ones,” De Souza said. “Greg (Emslie) is such a dangerous competitor and is capable of getting really good scores. I knew I would have to surf at my highest level. My equipment feels good and I am feeling much more confident after getting through that last round.”

 

With the advancement into Round 4 of the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro, De Souza has already netted his best finish in six seasons of competing in Brazil (first as a wildcard, then as an ASP World Tour competitor). With today’s eliminations of countrymen Heitor Alves (BRA), 27, and Neco Padaratz (BRA), the young natural-footer is the sole remaining Brazilian left in competition.

 

“I feel like a huge weight has been lifted and almost feel like I won the contest,” De Souza said. “I was very nervous before that heat and felt like I had a big rock mentally preventing me from getting past that round. Now that I’m through, I feel like I can get a big result here. I am sad that Heitor (Alves) has been eliminated – he is such a good surfer and needed a result here. Hopefully I can keep going and get a big result for Brazil.”

 

De Souza will face Jeremy Flores (FRA), 21, in Round 4 when competition resumes.

 

Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion, continued to experiment with equipment in his Round 3 victory over Ben Dunn (AUS), 23, today. Having stretched the boundaries on competitive surfboards for the last several months, including his Round 2 victory on a self-shaped, asymmetrical quad-fin, the Floridian’s equipment has been a central topic of much-heated debate within the surfing world.

 

“I seem to be riding a new board every time I go for a surf,” Slater said. “This one I just rode was an epoxy swallow-tail and seemed to go really well in these conditions. I’ve spent the lay days hanging with some friends here in Brazil and having a few fun surfs around town. I’ve pretty much just been cruising and testing out some equipment.”

 

After suffering three, uncharacteristic equal 17th place finishes thus far in 2009 (his worst competitive run since becoming an ASP World Tour competitor), Slater now finds himself with a current ASP World No. 25 rating and a mountain of challenges between him and an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title this season.

 

“I obviously haven’t had the results I desired this season so a lot has to happen for me to even be in the running for the world title,” Slater said. “But I guess that takes the pressure off for me at these events. I go into heats and I’m more looking to play the spoiler than net a result myself. I’m stoked to be getting through heats though. This is my best result of the year already and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

 

Slater will face current ASP World No. 8 Tom Whitaker (AUS), 29, in Round 4 when Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro competition resumes.

 

Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, defending Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro winner and current ASP World No. 14, survived a hotly contested Round 3 bout with ASP Dream Tour rookie Michel Bourez (PYF), 23.

 

“Conditions were pretty tough out there and Michel (Bourez) started out pretty strong before I was able to put some scores up,” Durbidge said. “He got me last year in France so it was good to get another one back on him. He’s such a strong competitor and really dangerous is most conditions. I feel like I’m surfing well though and hopefully I can put together a solid result here in Brazil and get a bit of momentum going in my season.”

 

C.J. Hobgood (USA), 29, former ASP World Champion (2001) and current ASP World No. 4, punctuated the afternoon’s competition with the highest single-wave score of the day, a 9.17 out of a possible 10, for a series of fully-committed forehand power gaffs on a roping lefthander.

 

“Michael (Picon) always does well here and I wanted to make sure I got the first wave on him,” Hobgood said. “The last time we surfed against one another was in Indonesia and he got the first wave on me and that won the heat for him. So getting the first wave was my strategy heading into the heat and it paid off. The wave really stood up and allowed me to get a bunch of turns in. There are still good waves out there and this is probably the most contestable I’ve ever seen Praia Vila. Hopefully the waves stay good tomorrow.”

 

When Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro competition recommences, first up will be defending Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro winner Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, up against another past winner in Brazil (2005) Damien Hobgood (USA), 29, in Heat 1 of Round 4.

 

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am for a possible 7:30am start to the (potentially) final day of the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro.

 

Highlights from today’s Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro will be available via www.aspworldtour.com

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

HANG LOOSE SANTA CATARINA PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.83 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.83

Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.00 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 4.50

Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.67 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 12.53

Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.20 def. Greg Emslie (ZAF) 13.87

Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 11.00 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 7.10

Heat 6: Dustin Barca (HAW) 13.07 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.33

Heat 7: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 13.40 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 10.74

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.17 def. Neco Padaratz (BRA) 14.67

Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.24 def. Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.16

Heat 10: Tim Reyes (USA) 14.50 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 12.07

Heat 11: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.53 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 10.46

Heat 12: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.50 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 7.00

Heat 13: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.17 def. Michael Picon (FRA) 9.24

Heat 14: Mick Campbell (AUS) 14.90 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.10

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.00 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 3.87

Heat 16: Chris Ward (USA) 13.50 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 10.86

 

HANG LOOSE SANTA CATARINA PRO ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)

Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)

Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 4: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)

Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)

Heat 7: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Chris Ward (USA

 

Wave Pools: Good or Bad for the Sport of Surfing?

Posted by: on June 3rd, 2009

A very interesting article from 5ones.com. In a recent ESPN article, Kelly Slater listed somethings he would like to see changed as to the way the ASP runs and operates, including the introduction of wave pools. The author of this article agrees. Interesting to hear RealSurfers’ thought on the matter.

Click to read: Wave Pools: Good or Bad for the Sport of Surfing?

Shari

Bobby Martinez Claims Billabong Pro Tahiti Over Taj Burrow

Posted by: on May 20th, 2009

 

 

Bobby Martinez (USA), 26, has claimed the 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti, defeating fellow finalist Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in idyllic conditions in the Final. Photo: ASP/ CI/ ROBERTSON via GETTY IMAGES

Bobby Martinez (USA), 26, has claimed the 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti, defeating fellow finalist Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in idyllic conditions in the Final. Photo: ASP/ CI/ ROBERTSON via GETTY IMAGES

 

 

TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Tuesday, May 19, 2009, Wednesday in Australia) – Bobby Martinez (USA), 26, has taken out the Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui, defeating fellow Finalist Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in clean three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at Teahupoo.

 

Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti survived a marathon waiting period, culminating on the second-to-last available day in improving conditions that peaked for a climactic Final.

 

Martinez surfed a near-flawless heat, opening up with an impressive 8.73 out of a possible 10 before putting his opponent in a combination situation with a Houdini-esque 9.73 out of a possible 10. Netting the highest heat total of the event, an 18.46 out of a possible 20, Martinez claimed his second Billabong Pro Tahiti and fourth elite tour win, establishing himself as one of the premier tube-riders in the world.

 

“I feel great and a bit emotional,” Martinez said. “I feel wonderful. I waited for the good ones out there and just got lucky. There weren’t too many waves and I was lucky enough to get a couple of good ones and not fall. Things just seemed to work out for me today. I really don’t know what to say. It feels really special.”

 

The form surfer of the event, Martinez surfed the majority of his heats on borrowed equipment, having broken most of his surfboards early in the waiting period.

 

“I actually borrowed a board from Alain Riou (local Tahitian surfer),” Martinez said. “He rides Darren Handley shapes and the board was the same dimensions and pretty much the same board I ride. It was great to find that as yesterday, I was a bit skeptical about today in terms of the conditions and my equipment, but everything worked out perfectly.”

 

Martinez, who is without a major sponsor at the moment, has rocketed himself from 19th to 7th on the ASP World Tour ratings with today’s win, putting him in excellent position for the remainder of the year.

 

“I’m not thinking about money right now, but rather I’m thinking about the feelings I have,” Martinez said. “I didn’t start surfing to make money. I started for me, and to win today, you cannot put a price on the feelings I have. I’m really going to let it sink it and enjoy it. It’s a great result, but it’s a long year and anything can happen. Joel (Parkinson) has a great lead, and now that this event is over, my focus goes to the next one.”

 

Burrow’s efforts in the Final were nothing short of spectacular, collecting an 8.17, a 7.93 and a 7.33, but they were not enough to overtake the Martinez stranglehold on the event.

 

“I definitely had fun but it was tricky against Bobby (Martinez),” Burrow said. “He had a dream heat. The conditions looked pretty good for your forehand because the judges like seeing you pump on your forehand in the barrel. On your backhand, you just have to park it in the pit and you can’t do much, but Bobby did everything he had to out there and deserved the win. I still had a fun Final, but hard to enjoy out there because I was in a combination situation the whole time.”

 

Burrow now moves into the No. 2 position on the ASP World Tour ratings, setting the Western Australian up well as he eyes up the next events.

 

“I’ve had two keepers in terms of results and I’m hungry,” Burrow said. “I’m still kicking and I’m looking to win. The next few events, I feel really strong at and I’m going to do whatever it takes to win. I’m stoked to get a result at Teahupoo, I haven’t done well here in a few years so it sets me up really well for the rest of the year.”

 

Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23, former ASP World No. 39, was the “Cinderella Story” at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Having failed to advance through a heat in the opening two events of the season, the Basque Country’s first ever ASP World Tour competitor stormed past Californian sensation Dane Reynolds (USA), 23, former event winner Damien Hobgood (USA), 29, Australian veteran Tom Whitaker, 29, and reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, en route to a Semifinals berth.

 

“I’ve had a tough draw throughout the event, but that’s what has kept me motivated,” Aranburu said. “Coming up against the best guys out there, you need to lift your ability. Beating Kelly (Slater) for me is one of the biggest achievements I’ve ever had. I’ve been looking up to him for so long, and just being on tour with him is an honor. To beat him is a major achievement for me.”

 

The career-best result was halted at the hands of eventual winner Martinez during one of the most exciting heats of the event. Despite coming up short to Martinez (15.23 to the Californian’s 17.17), Aranburu’s equal 3rd place finish boosts the European to 19th on the ASP World Tour ratings.

 

“Bobby (Martinez) is one of the best out there,” Aranburu said. “I had one good one, but he got two good ones, and that was it. It’s my best result ever and I am stoked. I have lots of confidence going into the next events. I just want to go home and train and try new boards for Brazil and J-Bay. The biggest thing for me is to know that if I can do it once, I can do it twice.”

 

Michael Campbell (AUS), 35, opened his final day affair with a close win over fellow ASP Dream Tour veteran Taylor Knox (USA), 38, in the Quarterfinals, but the goofy-footer’s precision forehand approach wasn’t enough to overtake a rampaging Burrow in the Semifinals.

 

“It felt like I was a bit out of rhythm in the Semifinal,” Campbell said. “I wasn’t able to capitalize on the waves I got and Taj (Burrow) posted a couple of really strong scores mid-heat that left me wanting.”

 

Although falling short of a Finals berth, the journeyman competitor’s equal 3rd place finish boosts him from 29th to 16th on the ASP World Tour ratings.

 

“This is going to do a lot for my cause,” Campbell said. “I’ve had average results this year and last year too, so a third is pretty special for me. All of the heats have been hard and sometimes the luck goes your way. I’ve had a bit of luck this time around, but I’ve also spent some time here and I know it pretty well. Stoked to get a result and looking forward to the next one.”

 

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, suffered an unfortunate Round 3 loss at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but after two event wins to open the season up, the Gold Coaster remains the frontrunner on this year’s ASP World Tour ratings.

 

The next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil from June 27 to July 5, 2009.

 

Highlights from the Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui will be available via www.billabongpro.com

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 18.46

2 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.10

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.86 def. Michael Campbell (AUS) 10.00

SF 2: Bobby Martinez (USA) 17.17 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 15.23

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.33 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.06

QF 2: Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.84 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 10.17

QF 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.93 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.67

QF 4: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.66 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 10.66

 

REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 13.17 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 10.16

Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.57 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.67

Heat 7: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 12.56 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.16

Heat 8: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 9.43 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.40

 

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10:

1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 3000 points

2 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 2318 points

3 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 2208 points

4 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 2196 points

5 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 2174 points

6 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 2076 points

7 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 2025 points

8 – Tom Whitaker (AUS) 1932 points

9 – Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 1886 points

10 – Kieren Perrow (AUS) 1742 points

10 – Taylor Knox (USA) 1742 points

10 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 1742 points

 

Upsets and Action Abound as Billabong Pro Tahiti Reignites at Teahupoo

Posted by: on May 19th, 2009

 

 

Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23, current ASP World No. 39, caused the upset of the event this morning, eliminating reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, in Round 2.

Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23, current ASP World No. 39, caused the upset of the event this morning, eliminating reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, in Round 2.

 

 

TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Monday, May 18, 2009, Tuesday in Australia) – Following four consecutive lay days, the Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui roared back to life this morning, with the world’s best surfers tackling the three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves on offer at Teahupoo.

 

Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti saw perennial favorites C.J. Hobgood (USA), 29, Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, and Michael Campbell (AUS), 35, advance through to the Quarterfinals alongside Taylor Knox (USA), 38, current ASP World No. 14 and longest-serving competitor on the ASP Dream Tour, who eliminated current ASP World No. 1 Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, from competition this afternoon with a staggering 9.03 out of a possible 10 single-wave score in the final heat of the day.

 

“It was one of those heats where we were jockeying for position in the beginning,” Knox said. “I got a 6 and then it went flat. Joel (Parkinson) was tired of waiting and used his priority on a wave that didn’t offer much. Then that really good one came through and I was in position for it. I really thought there were going to be more waves in that heat and that I’d need more than a 6 in my score line, but that’s the way it worked out. I won my heat so I’m stoked and will go home happy now.”

 

While this afternoon’s four Round 3 heats laid the groundwork for some intense Quarterfinal match-ups, it was this morning’s completion of Round 2 that provided some of the day’s most dramatic upsets and exciting action.

 

Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23, current ASP World No. 39, caused the upset of the event, eliminating reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, in Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti. For Aranburu, it would mark his first heat win of the 2009 ASP World Tour season; the young Basque surfer putting up an impressive 17.27 heat total to Slater’s 15.00.

 

“Kelly (Slater) is the best competitor and the best surfer in the world and I was just trying to stay focused out there so I could get my own waves,” Aranburu said. “Once I got that first score I almost felt more pressure because I was surfing against Kelly and I know what he can do with his priority. I just tried to put the pressure off and luckily I got a second good score and it worked out.”

 

The win was no easy feat as the pair locked in the highest-scoring heat of the event, but Aranburu’s near-perfect 9.77 out of a possible 10, for an extremely deep backhand barrel in the opening minutes of the bout, assisted the European in his landmark victory.

 

“I was lucky to get that first wave,” Aranburu said. “I paddled deep because I knew I was going to need a big score against Kelly (Slater) and when I was paddling into it, I thought I was going to fall, but I made it, so I’m happy.”

 

Aranburu will now face current ASP World No. 9 Damien Hobgood (USA), 29, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti when competition resumes.

 

For Slater, today’s disappointing result marks his third, consecutive equal 17th place finish in 2009, leaving many to ponder the iconic Floridian’s state of mind in regards to his campaign for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title.

 

“That may have just given me an excuse for a big, long vacation,” Slater said. “I don’t know yet. It’s really decision time for me. With that many 17ths, you’re really hard-pressed to win an ASP World Title. I’m not here to just make up the numbers, but I don’t want to fall off the map either – I guess I kind of have though. Numbers-wise, I’m still within the possibility of getting in late in the year, but I don’t know. I guess I have a lot on my mind.”

 

Slater has yet to confirm if he will attend Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil, from June 27 to July 5, 2009.

 

While Aranburu’s historic win provided the highlight for the day, Round 2 had plenty of dramatic action to offer.

 

Mick Fanning (AUS), 27, former ASP World Champion (2007) and current ASP World No. 2, pulled out a buzzer-beating heat win during his Round 2 bout with compatriot Ben Dunn (AUS), 23. Requiring an above-average score with time running out, Fanning got to his feet just prior to the heat-ending horn and proceeded to pig-dog his way to an excellent 9.17 out of a possible 10 to secure an exciting, come-from-behind victory.

 

It’s pretty hard out there,” Fanning said. “We were fighting for 3’s until the end. I tried to get a few little ones at the beginning and tried to find the barrel – there just weren’t many out there. I was just praying one would come up, and one did and you just have to surf and hold on. I heard the ‘five’ on the countdown paddling in and I just hung on and got through.”

 

Fanning will face fellow Australian Tom Whitaker, 29, in Round 3 when the Billabong Pro Tahiti recommences.

 

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, current ASP World No. 3, suffered an injury during the morning’s warm-up session when he landed on his hindquarters on the reef, but that didn’t stop the prodigious South African from posting the day’s second highest heat total (a 16.33 out of a possible 20) en route to his Round 2 victory over Heitor Alves (BRA), 27.

 

“I took a fall earlier while warming up and luckily it wasn’t anything serious,” Smith said. “It wasn’t affecting me in my heat luckily, but I saw that Heitor (Alves) got off to a good start and I didn’t watch it too much before I went out. I didn’t think there were many barrels out there, but I was able to find one. It’s tough out there. It’s not an epic day, but there are good waves and Luke (Egan) is doing a great job with the calls.”

 

Andy Irons (HAW), 30, former three-time ASP World Champion and past winner of the Billabong Pro Tahiti (2002), is currently on sabbatical from full-time competition, but accepted a wildcard to compete in the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The Hawaiian continued his sensational roll through Round 2 today, displaying his characteristic, preternatural backhand tube sense en route to victory.

 

“Competing again is a bit like riding a bike, but it’s a little scary,” Irons said. “I’m a little rusty, putting the jersey back on and getting a feel for things. If we had waves like this anywhere else, I’d be stoked, but when you think of Teahupoo, you think of eight-to-10-foot barrels. So it’s different, but there are still fun waves.”

 

Irons caused a major upset today in the elimination of 2008 ASP World Runner-Up Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, from Billabong Pro Tahiti competition during Round 2.

 

“Bede (Durbidge) is a tough draw,” Irons said. “He’s fit and strong and last year’s World No. 2 and he’s no slouch. He’s a cool guy and I have a lot of respect for him. He is having a bit of a bad run at the moment, but I’m sure he’ll turn that around. It’s unfortunate that there was a bit of a lull during that heat, but I was able to get a couple of waves and I’m stoked to get through. Thanks to Billabong for letting me surf in the event.”

 

Irons will tackle an in-form Bobby Martinez (USA), 26, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti in the opening heat of the day when action resumes.

 

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for the current short-period SW swell to maintain throughout tomorrow before being replaced by a long-period SW in the coming days.

 

Event organizers will reconvene at 6:30am tomorrow morning to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.

 

Highlights from today’s Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui will be available at www.billabongpro.com

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

 

REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) 11.50 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.63

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.26 def. Heiarii Williams (PYF) 9.67

Heat 9: Andy Irons (HAW) 13.16 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.00

Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) 9.17 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 7.94

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.67 def. Dustin Barca (HAW) 8.80

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.33 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.34

Heat 13: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 17.27 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 15.00

Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.06 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 9.00

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.84 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 11.43

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 14.16 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 4.50

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.50 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 6.17

Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.04 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.40

Heat 3: Mick Campbell (AUS) 15.07 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.50

Heat 4: Taylor Knox (USA) 15.46 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5.57

 

REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 5: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Heat 7: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)

Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)

 

UPCOMING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:

QF 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)

QF 2: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

QF 3: TBA

QF 4: TBA

Billabong Pro Tahiti Completes Eight Heats in Shifting Conditions

Posted by: on May 15th, 2009

 

 

Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 7, netted the day’s high heat total of a 15.33 out of a possible 20 in Round 2. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 7, netted the day’s high heat total of a 15.33 out of a possible 20 in Round 2. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

 

 

TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Wednesday, May 13, 2009, Thursday in Australia) – The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui navigated challenging weather patterns today, completing eight heats amidst varying wind and swell conditions.

 

Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti ran the final two heats of Round 1 today before the opening six heats of Round 2 despite putting competition on hold at various points to wait out inclement weather.

 

“It was definitely a struggle out there today and I wasn’t very happy with what the weather was doing,” Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. “The winds and swell were shifting quite a bit this morning which was frustrating, but the afternoons have been providing the best windows for running the contest so thankfully we were able to pick off a few heats at the end of the day.”

 

Despite the challenges faced today, the world’s best surfers logged some excellent performances.

 

Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 7, netted the day’s highest heat total of a 15.33 out of a possible 20, comboing his opponent Marlon Lipke (DEU), 25, with razor-sharp backhand tube sense en route to his Round 2 heat win.

 

“I actually thought Marlon (Lipke) started out with a really good one and that made me pretty nervous,” Burrow said. “I guess he wasn’t able to get deep enough and didn’t really get the score though. After that, I just had to select the ones that let me get in the tube long enough and was able to grab a couple of 7’s so it turned out well for me.”

 

Despite opening up the season with an equal 3rd, Burrow stumbled at Bells Beach with an equal 17th. The perennial ASP World Title contender will look to rebound in Tahiti, a venue that has historically been difficult for him.

 

“I’ve had an up and down start to this season,” Burrow said. “Went well on the Gold Coast and was unlucky at Bells and now we’re here at Teahupoo. I haven’t got a result out here in a few years, but I’m staying up the road at Papara with the Riou family and I’ve been putting some time into this event so hopefully it pays off.”

 

Burrow will face ASP Dream Tour veteran Kieren Perrow (AUS), 32, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti

 

Josh Kerr (AUS), 25, into his second jaunt on the elite ASP World Tour, caused the upset of the day, eliminating current ASP World No. 3 Fred Patacchia (HAW), 27, in the dying moments of their Round 2 bout. After sitting with priority for over 10 minutes, Kerr steamrolled through a backhand double barrel to get the highest single-wave score of the day, an 8.83 out of a possible 10, and come away with the win.

 

“It was a long wait being patient and there wasn’t really anything coming through,” Kerr said. “I was losing it a bit out there, but thankfully, I had priority when that set came through and the wave I took was the good one. I got the score and am stoked to move through.”

 

Kerr will battle Michael Campbell (AUS), 35, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

 

C.J. Hobgood (USA), 29, former ASP World Champion (2001) and past winner at the Billabong Pro Tahiti (2004), dominated the opening heat of Round 2 today, netting a 14.50 out of a possible 20 to eliminate Phillip MacDonald (AUS), 30, from Billabong Pro Tahiti competition.

 

“Phil (MacDonald) and I had a free surf before and it was sunny and we got some fun ones then when we started the heat, the squall hit us,” Hobgood said. “He (MacDonald) sat there waiting for a wave that never came and I notched up some backup scores. You never want to win heat like that. It was unfortunate for him, but at the end of the day, that’s professional surfing sometimes.”

 

Currently rated No. 5 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, Hobgood is in an excellent position to capitalize at the infamous lefthanders of Teahupoo.

 

“I look forward to coming here every year and Tahiti is definitely one of my favorite stops on tour,” Hobgood said. “I’ve had a pretty good start to the year, but it’s going to take a lot to catch Joel (Parkinson) at this point. I’m hoping for a good result here.”

 

Hobgood will take on Jay Thompson (AUS), 25, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

 

Thompson, first replacement surfer on the ASP World Tour and current ASP World No. 14, continued his roll this season, eliminating dangerous young gun Jeremy Flores (FRA), 21, in Round 2 of competition today. Thompson secured the highest single-wave score of the day, an 8.83 out of a possible 10, for an excellent backhand pit.

 

“Jeremy (Flores) can be really, really dangerous out here,” Thompson said. “He’s spent a lot of time in Tahiti and knows the wave really well so I wasn’t taking him lightly at all. It’s pretty difficult out there, but you can still pick a couple in between the wind and rain. Fortunately for me, that one at the end really opened up and allowed me to get through.”

 

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.

 

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for a moderate WSW swell to continue through the next couple of days, with projected favorable winds for tomorrow.

 

When competition resumes, up first will be Taylor Knox (USA), 27, up against Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 7 of Round 2.

 

Highlights from today’s Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui will be available via www.billabongpro.com

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 15: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.00

Heat 16: Mick Campbell (AUS) 15.84 def. Roy Powers (AUS) 5.87

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.50 def. Phillip MacDonald (AUS) 0.77

Heat 2: Jay Thompson (AUS) 13.83 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.37

Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.50 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 11.50

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.33 def. Marlon Lipke (DEU) 6.67

Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.16 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.50

Heat 6: Michael Campbell (AUS) 13.66 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.84

 

REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)

Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)

Lay Day for Billabong Pro Tahiti, Improved Conditions Forecast

Posted by: on May 11th, 2009

 

 

Marlon Lipke (DEU), 25, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, was a standout in yesterday’s Round 1 action. The young goofy-footer will take on stalwart ASP World Tour veteran Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti when competition commences. Photo: ASP/ CI/ ROBERTSON via GETTY IMAGES

Marlon Lipke (DEU), 25, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, was a standout in yesterday’s Round 1 action. The young goofy-footer will take on stalwart ASP World Tour veteran Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti when competition commences. Photo: ASP/ CI/ ROBERTSON via GETTY IMAGES

 

 

TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Sunday, May 10, 2009, Monday in Australia) – The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui has been called off for the day, with lumpy four-foot (1.5 metre) swell and onshore winds replacing the near-perfection of yesterday.

 

Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti saw the opening 14 heats of the man-on-man elimination Round 1 completed yesterday, and with the forecast calling for improved conditions in the coming days, event organizers opted to hold competition off for the day.

 

“We obviously don’t have the idyllic conditions that graced us yesterday with the swell a bit lump and the wind onshore,” Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. “We’ve called competition off for the day, but are monitoring swell and winds for the coming days and it looks like we may be running again soon. We’ll be back tomorrow morning to make another decision.”

 

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7am start.

 

When competition resumes, first up will be Heitor Alves (BRA), 27, against 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, in Heat 15 of Round 1.

 

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for the current fetch of Southeasterly swell to pulse through the day with variable winds before being replaced by a more favorable WSW swell on Tuesday and Wednesday with improved winds.

 

Highlights from yesterday’s Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui are available at www.billabongpro.com

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

REMAINING BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 15: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 16: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)

Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)

Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Marlon Lipke (DEU)

Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)

Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBA

Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)

Parkinson Leads ASP Top 45 into the Jaws of the Billabong Pro Tahiti

Posted by: on May 8th, 2009

 

 

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 1, will look to further cement his ratings’ lead at the 2009 Billabong Pro Teahupoo. Photo: ASP/ CI/ WILSON via GETTY IMAGES

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 1, will look to further cement his ratings’ lead at the 2009 Billabong Pro Teahupoo. Photo: ASP/ CI/ WILSON via GETTY IMAGES

 

 

TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Thursday, May 7, 2009) – The 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui is days away from commencing with the world’s best surfers descending upon the tiny town of Teahupoo at ‘the end of the road’ for Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, running from May 9 – 20, 2009.

 

This year’s event will run the new format, seeding all competitors directly into man-on-man elimination heats, with the Top 16 seeded directly into Round 2 while the remaining surfers battle it out in Round 1.

 

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 1, has been in devastating form this season, collecting two wins in two events with an eye on an inaugural ASP World Title. The phenomenal natural-footer has demonstrated incredible focus thus far and is the frontrunner heading into Tahiti.

 

“The difference this year has been my understanding of what it takes to get the best out of myself and then my desire to do what it takes,” Parkinson said. “Making sure that every day, I am better prepared than what I was the day before and that preparation is specific to each contest that I compete in.”

 

Parkinson’s recent results at the Billabong Pro Tahiti have been impressive, netting equal 3rd place finishes in 2007 and 2008, establishing himself as a legitimate contender at Teahupoo.

 

“I do feel like over the years I have become more familiar with the wave and whilst Teahupoo is never predictable, it is reassuring to know that I have done the work here before.” Parkinson said. “I am excited to go back there this year and build on my results from the last two years.”

 

Despite his excellent results this season and his solid track record at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Parkinson is wary of the many challenges he’ll face as the world’s best surfers angle for a result in Teahupoo’s ledging lefthanders.

 

“I think everyone will be in the mix for a win,” Parkinson said. “Remember, it is only the third event so everyone is still keen to do well – myself included. But on an individual side of things, the wildcards will be sure to shake things up like they have the first two events. Andy Irons will be challenging for the title. And of course Mick (Fanning) will be a threat because he is the best surfer right now and probably the hungriest.” 

 

Parkinson is seeded directly into Round 2, where he’ll meet one of the advancing surfers from Round 1.

 

Fred Patacchia (HAW), 27, current ASP World No. 3, has been in sizzling form this season, racking up a 9th and a 3rd in his first two events on the ASP World Tour before collecting an impressive win at the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Prime 6.0 Lowers Pro in Southern California over the weekend.

 

“I’ve been really focusing on my backhand surfing,” Patacchia said. “My first couple years on tour, I felt like my backhand attack wasn’t good enough. I’d go into a heat feeling negative and defeated. This year, I’m feeling confident and more prepared. I’ve made some slight changes with my boards and that’s made a big difference. No big plans for Tahiti, just pull in deep and come out. Not much to it.”

 

Patacchia came as close as runner-up in Tahiti in 2006, but the young Hawaiian is keen to improve his personal best at the infamous lefthander in hopes of maintaining a solid footing in the ASP World Tour ratings.

 

“I love getting shacked,” Patacchia said. “Tahiti is one event I’d love to win. I don’t necessarily feel comfortable, but I know for a fact I feel more comfortable than most of the Top 45. I’d love to break into single digits. I’m sick of getting second. I want to win an event.”

 

Patacchia is seeded directly into Round 2, where he’ll meet one of the advancing surfers from Round 1.

 

Bruno Santos (AUS), defending event champion who surfed from the trials to the title in 2008, will join former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW), 30, and Von Zipper Trials Winner Heiarii Williams (PYF) as wildcards in the 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti.

 

Santos, Irons and Williams will face Kai Otton (AUS), 29, Jihad Khodr (BRA), 25, and Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 23, respectively in Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

 

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are tracking a head-high Southwest swell for the upcoming weekend before a stronger system moves into place early the following week.

 

The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui boasts a waiting period from May 9 through May 20, 2009.

 

The event webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Mikael Picon (FRA)

Heat 2: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 3: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Nathaniel Curran (USA)

Heat 4: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)

Heat 5: Drew Courtney (AUS) vs. Marlon Lipke (DEU)

Heat 6: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 7: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 8: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)

Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)

Heat 10: Jihad Khodr (BRA) vs. Andy Irons (AUS)

Heat 11: David Weare (ZAF) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 12: Jay Thompson (AUS) vs. Greg Emslie (ZAF)

Heat 13: Tim Boal (FRA) vs. Nic Muscroft (AUS)

Heat 14: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 15: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 16: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

 

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. TBA

Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBA

Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBA

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBA

Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. TBA

 

 

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