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Mick Fanning’s Back-to-Back

Posted by: on September 28th, 2009
Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 2, has claimed the 2009 Quiksilver Pro France. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 2, has claimed the 2009 Quiksilver Pro France. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

SEIGNOSSE, France -– Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, has just claimed his second consecutive ASP Dream Tour event, taking out the 2009 Quiksilver Pro France presented by Orange over fellow Finalist Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, in punchy one-to-three foot (0.5 – 1 metre) waves at Les Bourdaines.

Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France opted to utilize today’s swell to complete the event given the dismal surf forecast for the remainder of the waiting period. Despite today’s challenging conditions, the world’s best surfers executed well, blending their rapid-fire approach with progressive fin-free and aerial surfing.

Fanning continued to build momentum through the final day of competition before erupting in the Final with a flurry of excellent scoring rides, a 7.83, an 8.83 and a 7.33 in the opening half of the competition.

“I was really fortunate to get those couple of good ones at the start because I really ran out of gas there at the end,” Fanning said. “It’s two back-to-back events where I have had to surf four heats on the final day to get the win and it takes a lot out of you. The conditions were deteriorating and I was fortunate to get those scores on the board early on.”

Today’s victory marks the second in a row for Fanning, having proven victorious in Southern California last week. The win further cements Fanning in second position on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, cutting the distance between himself and frontrunner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, from 936 points (pre-France) to a scant 146 points heading into Spain.

“It’s back on,” Fanning said. “Everyone though Joel (Parkinson) was going to run away with it and it’s unfortunate for him that he fell out early, but I’ve put in a lot of work to get these last two wins and I’m just psyched on heading into the rest of the season.”

Durbidge was in excellent form throughout the final day of competition, eliminating a rampaging Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, compatriot Ben Dunn (AUS), 23, and lethal local Patrick Beven (FRA), 31, en route to the Final. Although surfing well, the big Australian couldn’t overcome Fanning’s speed in the trying conditions.


“I felt good and fit as but I was trying to push my turns too hard on a couple of waves and I was caught in the bump a lot so I guess that’s the difference from the other heats today,” Durbidge said. “The conditions were a bit bumpier and I couldn’t get any clean sections out there. It feels good to be in the Final though, it’s the best I’ve done this year and coming from a 3rd at Trestles, it is petty good.””

Durbidge’s Runner-Up finish rockets him from 7th to 4th on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, placing him in solid position heading into the remainder of the year.

“That’s good news (ratings jump) but my goal is just to finish the year off good and be in a good position to start next year,” Durbidge said. “I would like to finish the year inside the Top 5 for sure so I hope to keep things rolling.”

Tiago Pires (PRT), 29, ASP Dream Tour sophomore, halted what many considered to be the juggernaut of the event when he eliminated reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, in the Quarterfinals of the Quiksilver Pro France.

“I’m over the moon right now,” Pires said. “Kelly (Slater) is my favorite surfer and I have so much respect for him. I knew I had to wait for the bigger waves to get the scores to beat him. I’ve had a really tough year, but have been training very hard for this and I’m so happy to get through.”

While the Floridian opened up with some fluid-yet-explosive surfing on his backhand to amass a daunting 17.43 out of a possible 20 heat total, it was Pires who would answer back with a 9.57 followed by a 8.13 to take the heat.

“After I put up that first big score, I was still needing another really big one so I knew I had to wait,” Pires said. “Kelly (Slater) likes to stay busy and he keeps getting scores all the time, but I still had to wait for a good one. I had been watching all day and I knew there would be sets so when it came, I just put everything I had into it.

Although Pires would eventually go down to Fanning in the Semifinals, his Equal 3rd place finish sees him bolt from 33rd to 23rd on the ASP World Tour ratings.

“I couldn’t have asked to a better start to these next events in France,” Pires said. “I’ve worked very hard and I am hoping to turn things around during the European leg. I feel comfortable here – it feels like home and I believe I can put up some very good results.”

Patrick Beven (FRA), 31, who gained entry into the event through the Moskova Trials, had a banner run at the Quiksilver Pro France, eliminating current ASP World No. 1, Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, as well as ASP Dream Tour stalwarts Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, and Bobby Martinez (USA), 27, before falling to Durbidge in the Semifinals.

“Bede (Durbidge) is a great surfer and he pushed me in a couple of average waves,” Beven said. “I was feeling really tired in that heat, I didn’t eat today and focused so hard on each of my heats. I was a bit confused out in the line-up and I didn’t catch the good ones. I was a little stressed halfway the heat and I didn’t surf as good as in my previous heats.”

Supported by thousands of spectators throughout the final day of competition, the giant-killer Beven put on a show using smart heat tactics and razor-sharp backhand turns to prove a standout in the Les Bourdaines beach beaks.

“The crowds pushed big time in that event,” Beven said. “They were behind me and it felt so good when the crowds cheered after my waves. It is a big part of my result today and I hope I can keep that confidence for the next events on the ASP WQS. I am stoked to get the chance to show my surf and beat some of the world’s best surfers. That run today is pretty unbelievable.”

The hunt for the 2009 ASP World Title has become even more interesting with the early elimination of frontrunner Parkinson and the win from Fanning. They’ll battle other top seeds C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, Durbidge and Slater as the ASP Dream Tour continues the European leg.

Highlights from the Quiksilver Pro France will be available at www.quiksilverlive.com

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.66

2 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.87

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.76 def. Patrick Beven (FRA) 12.90

SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.43 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.33

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.70 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 13.60

QF 2: Patrick Beven (FRA) 14.86 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.00

QF 3: Tiago Pires (PRT) 17.70 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 17.43

QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.00 Taj Burrow def. (AUS) 12.33

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.33 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.40

Heat 2: Ben Dunn (AUS) 13.83 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.37

Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 11.43 vs. Taylor Knox (USA) 10.30

Heat 4: Patrick Beven (FRA) 14.10 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 12.67

Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.23 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.33

Heat 6: Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.83 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 9.36

Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.40 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.00

Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.74 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.40

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (After Quiksilver Pro France):

1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5896 points

2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 5750 points

3 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 4872 points

4 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 4792 points

5 – Kelly Slater (USA) 4638 points

6 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 4573 points

7 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 4417 points

8 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 4384 points

9 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 4314 points

10 – Taylor Knox (USA) 4216 points

Bede Durbidge Steals Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro and World No. 2 Title

Posted by: on November 3rd, 2008

 

 

 

Bede Durbidge wins the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro.

Bede Durbidge wins the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro.

 

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro

Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour

Imbituba, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Oct. 28-Nov. 5, 2008

 

IMBITUBA, Brazil (Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008) –Bede Durbidge (AUS), 25, claimed his third ASP World Tour career win with a victory at the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Imbituba, Brazil, today. Durbidge beat France’s Jeremy Flores 17.76 to 9.86.

 

“I was totally in rhythm with the waves and Jeremy was on the other side of it,” Durbidge said. “I just tried to pick up those rights. I didn’t really get a good score on the lefts the whole time, so I was hunting those rights and also tried to get good waves in the beginning and surf relaxed. I felt great today, Jeremy was surfing so good and I knew that I had to push my turns.”

 

Durbidge reclaims the World No. 2 position he held earlier in the year with the win, and heading into the last event of the year in Hawaii as the defending champion, has a good shot at finishing runner-up to nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA). He was rated 4th going into the event.

 

“It is pretty cool,” Durbidge said. “I’m second to Kelly at the moment and he’s my hero so I am stoked. I will try  to put everything and all of my energy into finishing the year that way so let’s see what happens.”

 

Previous to his 1st place finish today, the best Durbidge had done in Brazil was equal 9th.

 

“It feels awesome,” Durbidge said. “Brazil definitely has one of the best crowds on tour, the fans are just great and I had an incredible day.”

 

The final berth against Durbdige was Flores’ first. The 20-year-old was the youngest surfer in history to qualify for the ASP World Tour, and in just his second year on tour, has already proven himself. Unfortunately for him, Durbidge was unstoppable today.

 

“I’m happy with my result, but sad about the final,” Flores said. “I couldn’t do anything. Bede didn’t give me the time to try to. He got a 9.43 and the only two bombs out there. I didn’t see anything. I was just trying to get anything and I couldn’t – he was ripping for sure.”

 

Flores has been surfing on an injured ankle for the past few events and, despite not feeling his best, has still had a great season. He sits 10th on the ASP ratings.

 

“I was injured in a few events this year,” Flores said. “I’m don’t think I’m 100 percent, but I’m back to having good heats, getting some results and I’m much more confident now.”

 

Flores surfed against the only other French competitor on the ASP World Tour, Miky Picon, 29, in the semifinals. Their respective 2nd and 3rd place results today were career bests for both surfers.

 

“It was a really good event,” Flores said. “I had fun and Miky surfed good too. That was more important for me probably, his requalification for the tour next year. It was incredible to compete with him in the semifinals.”

 

Picon, who lost a tight heat to Flores in the semifinals, was equally pleased to have had the opportunity to share the experience with his friend.

 

“It was a very good heat, the first heat of the year with no pressure, because I was surfing against Jeremy, so anyone who went to the final was good for me,” Picon said. “It was amazing, the feeling that I felt surfing with Jeremy in the semifinal. If I won it was perfect, if I lost it would still be a good result, so I’m happy that my friend went to the final.”

 

Picon competed on the ASP World Tour in 2006 but failed to finish within the Top 27 to requalify for the following year’s tour. The Frenchman was forced to compete on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) in 2007 to find his way back amongst the elite in 2008. His equal 3rd finish today bumped him from 26th to 18th on the ASP ratings and virtually eliminates the possibility that he will suffer the same fate he did two years ago.

 

“I’m so happy,” Picon said. “Right now I’m requalifying with this result for next year, so that’s amazing and that gives me a lot more confidence for the tour next year.”

 

With Flores and Picon requalifying, and Tim Boal (FRA) joining the tour via a WQS Top 15 finish, France will boast three surfers on the ASP World Tour next year – a new record.

 

Hawaii’s Fred Patacchia Jr., 26, equaled his best result in Brazil with an equal 3rd finish at Imbituba, but was unable to take out a rampaging Durbidge in the semis to find himself in another 2008 final (he finished 2ndin Bali earlier this year).

 

“It was a tough heat, the conditions have changed a lot, in the earlier heats we had 8.00 and 9.00 point scores, and in that heat I had to wait forever,” Patacchia said. “I was trying to get the best waves but it didn’t work out, Bede surfed a smart heat and got the best waves.”

 

Patacchia’s highest year-end rating on the ASP World Tour was World No. 14 in 2005 – his rookie year. Now rated 11th and heading into the final event of the year held at home in Hawaii, Patacchia may well post a career-best rating in 2008.

 

“Yeah, it is always good to get a great result, so I’m happy,” Patacchia said. “I always look forward to surfing at home, theTriple Crown is always incredible for me, so I’m just looking forward to relaxing and being at home, surfing Pipe, Haleiwa, Sunset.”

 

The final event of the 2008 ASP World Tour will be held at the Banzai Pipeline from December 8-20, 2008. For more information, visit www.aspworldtour.com.

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Final Results:

Final: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.76 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.86

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Semifinal Results:

Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.00 def. Mikael Picon (FRA) 13.73

Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.33 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 8.50

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Quarterfinal Results:

Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 18.06 def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 14.03

Heat 2: Mikael Picon (FRA) 12.23 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 11.83

Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.17 def. Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 12.30

Heat 4: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.83 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 9.40

 

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Round 4 Heat Results:

Heat 1: Leonardo Neves (BRA) 13.83 def. Marco Polo (BRA) 8.44

Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.00 def. Ben Bourgeois (USA) 11.40

Heat 3: Daniel Ross (AUS) 13.50 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 13.00

Heat 4: Mikael Picon (FRA) 15.67 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.50

Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.60 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.50

Heat 6: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 14.34 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 13.00

Heat 7: Heitor Alves (BRA) 17.23 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.50

Heat 8: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.43 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 13.83

 

Top 10 Surfers on the 2008 ASP World Tour after the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro:

1. Kelly Slater (USA)            8042

2. Bede Durbidge (AUS)       6780

3. Taj Burrow (AUS)            6324

4. Joel Parkinson (AUS)       6180

5. C.J. Hobgood (USA)         5860

6. Adriano de Souza (BRA)   5748

7. Adrian Buchan (AUS)       5370

8. Mick Fanning (AUS)         5310

9. Bobby Martinez (USA)      5282

10. Jeremy Flores (FRA)      5214