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Parkinson Defeats Victorian Wildcard Robertson to Claim Rip Curl Pro

Posted by: on April 17th, 2009



Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, has claimed the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers, Stop No. 2 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, has claimed the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers, Stop No. 2 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES



BELLS BEACH, Victoria (Friday, April 17, 2009) – Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, has claimed the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers, defeating fellow Finalist Adam Robertson (AUS), 26, trials winner and event wildcard, in pumping six-foot (2 metre) conditions at Bells Beach.


The second stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach enjoyed pristine conditions for the business end of competition, with capacity crowds turning up to watch the current ASP World No. 1 battle the local Victorian in a historic Final.


Today’s victory marks the second time Parkinson has hoisted the bell (the first being in 2004), and the reputation and acclaim associated with the iconic event is something every surfer dreams of.


“Winning at home is probably the most special win you can have but this is the most special trophy you can have,” Parkinson said. “There is not another trophy in surfing that holds the prestige and honor list that this has. To be back on the trophy again and to hold it for a year is going to be amazing.”


Parkinson’s win today makes it two for two thus far on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, cementing the stylish natural-footer’s place atop the ratings in the hunt for the ASP World Title.


“I took confidence from home and now from here I’ll take more,” Parkinson said. “People can get caught up in the whole world title race, but I always said I wanted start the year with some results – I just never thought I would start this well. There are a lot of really hungry, angry surfers that are behind me and will come out so strong in the next events. I’m just showing up to the next event with my same game plan and taking things step by step. I’ve said since the Gold Coast that the World Title is a marathon, not a sprint. There are still eight events.”


While Robertson opened up strong, it was Parkinson’s forehand flair and precision that saw the Gold Coaster net an impressive 17.40 out of a possible 20 heat total for the win.


“Robbo (Adam Robertson) and I were having a great time out there,” Parkinson said. “We were talking about what it takes to win and having a wonderful Final. I have to really pay Robbo a huge compliment because of his effort out here. For a wildcard and coming through the trials, he surfed so many heats, (I think nine) and what’s he accomplished is just so admirable.”


Robertson’s effort at the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will go down in history, as the young natural-footer’s runner-up finish is the highest ever by a Victorian at the prestigious competition.


“I guess I just got on a roll in the heat against Bede (Durbidge) and the waves were really good and they suited me,” Robertson said. “I just had to roll with it and I am really happy with the result.”


Throughout the course of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Robertson went toe-to-toe with the world’s best surfers, eliminating Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 23, Tom Whitaker (AUS), 29, Bede Durbidge (AUS), 25, among others in the process. Despite not having a major sponsor, Robertson’s nine-heat effort proved to all that he’s capable of world-class surfing


“It’s great, I feel good, I feel fit and I feel like I am surfing well,” Robertson said. “I just have to take that into the WQS (World Qualifying Series) now so that I can qualify for the ASP World Tour. The prize-money will help, but a little bit extra is always good, a bit of sponsorship. But that’s okay, it is really hard right now for a lot of people to get a sponsor, not just myself. My goal is just to go good and win prize money and keep going. I will just keep that mentality until someone comes along and if sponsorship doesn’t come along then I’ve just got to keep going good.”


Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 27, secured an equal 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (his best finish to date) with no-nonsense power surfing on his backhand before going down to Robertson in the Semifinals. Despite failing to see a Finals berth, Patacchia’s stellar start to 2009 has him sitting No. 3 on the ASP World Tour ratings.


“I am totally stoked with my start to the year,” Patacchia said. “Being a backsider out here is difficult, but I have been watching guys like Occ (Mark Occhilupo) and Tom Carroll all my life and it just takes time to figure it out. It is tricky. It is one of those waves you can surf your whole life and still have a shocker.”


Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, former ASP World Junior Champion and ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 1, is into his second season on the ASP World Tour and today’s finish matched his best result. The powerful natural-footer went on a tear through today’s proceedings, eliminating former ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 27, in the Quarterfinals before falling to eventual winner Parkinson in the Semifinals.


“This is the best result of my career so far,” Smith said. “I think it is equal with what I got at J-Bay as a wildcard. I can’t complain. I’ll maybe have a little fun tonight, a little party and celebrate with the winner. It has been pretty much good waves all week so I have been stoked to be down here. Congratulations to Joel (Parkinson), he made the Final and he surfed really well. I think this year is his year, he is certainly a world title contender.


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1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.40

2 – Adam Robertson (AUS) 13.37



SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.33 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.24

SF 2: Adam Robertson (AUS) 13.87 def. Fred Patacchia (HAW) 12.73



QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.17 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 8.66

QF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.50 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.16

QF 3: Adam Robertson (AUS) 14.26 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 12.33

QF 4: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.13 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.17


Posted by: on April 6th, 2009
Mick with a few groms.

Mick with a few groms.

TORQUAY, Australia — Victorian kids traveled up to 13 hours for a rare chance to go surfing with their heroes at Bells Beach.

Freezing storm surf was no deterrent for the liliputian army of 60 kids who were invited by the world’s best surfers to catch some waves with them at one of the world’s most famous breaks.

The “Surf With The Stars” day — the surfing equivalent of a young golfer playing a round with Tiger Woods — is put together by the pros through their athletes’ union, and is instigated by 2007 World Champ Mick Fanning. And Fanning wasn’t going to let a lingering flu stop him from hitting the icy waves with the grommets.

“Look how stoked they are, it’s all about giving them a connection and hopefully inspiring them … and it’s generally just a whole lot of fun for us too because we get to hang out and find out a bit about them as well.”

“It’s that simple,” World #16 Kieren Perrow added. “You’ve got to see these guys, some come from distant pockets of coast and they rip, especially the families that drove over six hours, each way, to come and surf with us.”

According to parent and designated driver Mark Traynor of remote Lake’s Entrance: “It’s a 13 hour round-trip.”


Sean Squires, 17, also of Lakes Entrance laughed, ”Yeah it was a long drive and we even had trouble from some bikies following us for part of the way, but it was definitely worth it just to see the guys surf up close and say ‘g’day’.”

Tom Harrison, 10, of Barwon Heads agreed, “It was crazy seeing them all out there. Mick Fanning said, ‘If you see any of us pros on a wave, just go for it’; so I rode the same wave with Bede Durbidge, I dropped in on him but he didn’t care. I got one good turn in too.”

The stoked kids came from local board-riders’ clubs all over Victoria and the day was put together with the support of Torquay Boardriders Club and the Mitchell Surfing Foundation.


Tyler Wright wins Billabong Pro Junior at Bells Beach, Qualifies for the ASP Billabong World Junior Championships

Posted by: on October 3rd, 2008



Tyler Wright takes a massive win at Bells Beach at the Billabong Pro Junior and also, by winning , qualifies for the ASP Billabong World Pro Junior Championships– Photo, Liam Robertson.

Tyler Wright takes a massive win at Bells Beach at the Billabong Pro Junior and also, by winning , qualifies for the ASP Billabong World Pro Junior Championships– Photo, Liam Robertson.

Final 12 surfers decided at the Billabong Pro Junior Men’s at Bells Beach

Thursday October 2nd 2008: Winning is everything and young 14 year old NSW surfer Tyler Wright knows how to win when it really counts.

Only a win in the final event of the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series for 2008 would allow her to qualify for the all important ASP Billabong World Junior Championships which will run at Narrabeen Beach in Sydney next January and the super competitive and talented south coast NSW surfer was able to find the form to take it out comfortably defeating Kiwi Gold Coast based surfer Airini Mason in the final.

Wright won the final comfortably on 13.75 to Mason on 12.75. Wright’s 7.5 early ride in the final proving the decisive wave in her strong win in the excellent 1m waves at Bells Beach.

First and second placings on the season ratings qualified and Wright jumped from 4th to 2nd, overtaking her already strong rival Laura Enever (Narrabeen) along the way.

“I love it here at Bells and I figured I could win this event before I came down and it’s just worked out perfectly for me” said a very happy Wright after the final.

“There was pressure all the way knowing that only a win was good enough but I sort of just put that to the back of my mind, enjoyed the great waves and focused on winning every single heat – That worked!”

Being only 14 years of age and set to take on the world’s best 20 year and under Pro Junior Women next January is holding no fears for Wright at all.

“I’ll train hard between now and January and it’s super exciting to be taking on the best from around the world – I’ll be ready for sure!”

Tyler joins fellow Sth Coast girl Sally Fitzgibbons who won the series and will also go to the World Championships hoping to defend her ASP World Pro Junior Title.

The unlucky girl today was Narrabeen surfer Laura Enever who was defeated by Wright in a close semi final and then had to watch as Wright went on to take the win and that all important 2nd place on the ratings. Enever will be hoping to still qualify for the World’s either via the trials or possibly a wild card given she placed 3rd in last years World’s.

The Pro Junior Men’s round four also enjoyed excellent 1m surf on the high tide Rincon point break at Bells Beach.

 Australia’s top 20 year and under Pro Junior men surfers put forth tremendous performances spurred on by the pressure situation most of these surfers are under also chasing qualification positions into the ASP Billabong World Pro Junior finals.

Current number four on the ASP Australasian ratings is Heath Joske and he stole the show early today posting two excellent waves of 8.75 in a big scoring heat win. His total score of 17.5 was the days  highest in his win over Blake Ainsworth (Gold Coast).

“It’s sort of sad that this is the end of my pro junior career but with great waves and qualifying for the world pro championships on the line I really have to go hard here. I had a shocking heat yesterday and managed to squeak through, I can’t afford another heat like yesterdays and from here on in I need to be scoring like I did in that heat – fairly simple really!”

Positions 2, 3 and 4 from the ratings will qualify for the ASP World Junior Championships and such is the tightness in the ratings that Tahitian Tamaroa McComb, Queensland’s Lincoln Taylor and Coff’s Harbour area surfers Jayke Sharpe and heath Joske are all through to the final 12 surfers at this event and all of them are seriously in with a chance to qualify.

Jayke Sharpe (SandyBeach/Coffs Harbour) desperately found a good final scoring ride in the final minute of his heat today to go from 4th to 2nd place and advance behind Tamaroa McComb who continues to dominate.

“That was such a close call and thankfully I’m through – It’s so close here for the qualification that I think we’re all just focused on making the final and then we’ll know we’ve done well and qualified. Heath and myself are super close on the ratings, hopefully we both make it and represent Coff’s Harbour – even better would be if Madison Williams (Diggers Beach) wins and we all qualify!”

One surfer who could seriously upset any of the top surfers from interstate is local Bells Beach resident Cahill Bell-Warren who had a big scoring win today over Newcastles Craig Anderson (Merewether) who also progressed in 2nd place in a very high scoring heat. Both Bell-Warren and Anderson need to win this event which awards a wild card into the World’s and on todays performance both are surfing well enough to be right in contention.

“Bells is my wave, I surf it every day it breaks and I know I can do really well here” said a very focused Bell-Warren after his heat win today.

“No one intimidates me here and I don’t mind if we surf the finals day in big waves or small, as long as we’re at Bells I’m confident – I think it will get down to who gets the best waves on the finals day and I’m keen I can do it.”

Bell-Warren posted the days second highest scoring heat win with a wave tally of 16.50 for his top two scoring rides which were an 8.75 and a 7.75.

With two days remaining in the waiting period and only quarter finals to finals to run organizers will assess conditions over the coming two days and attempt to finish in the best waves possible, which could well be on Saturday with a good swell forecast.  

The Billabong Pro Junior Series welcomes Virgin Blue as Billabong’s official airline partner and also acknowledges tremendous support from Panasonic, VZ, Kustom, and Surfing Victoria.

Cronulla officially a surfing reserve

Posted by: on September 6th, 2008


Boundaries of the new Cronulla Surfing Reserve

Boundaries of the new Cronulla Surfing Reserve

In early September, Cronulla officially joined 23 other National Surfing Reserve sites around Australia. Cronulla is NSW’s fifth National Surfing Reserve (the others are Angourie, Crescent HeadLennox Head and Maroubra). Recognised by the NSW Department of Lands, Cronulla is now gazetted by the department under terms of the Crown Lands Act of 1989. The zone covered extends 500 metres to sea from the mean high tide line (see map above).

Declaring a surf reserve means officially recognising its cultural and historical importance to Australian surf culture (something Cronulla and the other sites clearly have!). Beyond that, it also means that interested groups can form a Board of Management to promote and protect the site. This might for instance mean devising a management plan for the area or acting as an advocate when developments are proposed that might affect the reserve.

According to a paper published in 2007 for the 9th International Coastal Symposium, co-authors Dr. Andrew Short and National Surfing Reserves chairman Brad Farmer outline three broad purposes for declaring a surfing reserve: formal recognition of the surfing significance and quality of the surf; recognition of the long and close links of surfers and the surf spot(s); and, to assist in the long term preservation of the site for future surfers. 

The very first surfing reserve was established by the Victorian state government in 1973 at Bells Beach.