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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.


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

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



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



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


March 14 – Biggest Ever Showdown of Australian Boardriding Clubs in Sydney

Posted by: on February 27th, 2009



Taj Burrow surfing for Yallingup at the WA leg.

Taj Burrow surfing for Yallingup at the WA leg.



ASP Surfers Mick Fanning (Kirra), Taj Burrow (Yallingup), Joel Parkinson (Snapper Rocks), Tom Whitaker (Bronte), Chris Davidson (North Narrabeen) and Josh Kerr (Snapper Rocks) all confirmed starters

The 2009 Jim Beam National Surftag final is set to be the biggest surfing showdown in Sydney in over a decade with many of the world’s best surfers set to line up for the love of their club and big prize money.

Sixteen of Australia’s top Boardriding Clubs have  qualified from the regional eliminations and all will be chasing bragging rights as Australia’s premier Boardriding Club along with the richest prize pool in Club surfing in Australia with $12000 allocated for 1st place.

No other event in Sydney can boast a field that includes the likes of 2007 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning along with super stars of the sport like Joel Parkinson, Tom Whittaker and Josh Kerr and with club passion driving these surfers the action is certain to be amazing.

North Narrabeen are the defending Jim Beam Surftag champions and with local knowledge again in their favour will go into this year’s event confident they can win three in a row, but, never has a field of this quality lined up and this years winning club will legitimately lay claim to being Australia’s top boardriding club.

Former ASP World Tour surfer Toby Martin will head up the Dee Why team and Toby commented on his clubs chances by saying,   “The boys are pumped for this event, they have been training hard and I really think that making the final four is very possible and once a team is in the final then anything can happen – It’s great to have qualified for the finals and as a team we are looking forward to the challenge.”

In conjunction with the Jim Beam Surftag Final, Friday March 13 will see 60 elite Boardriding Club champions from all over Australia compete for the Jim Beam Boardriders Cup – an individual championship national field selecting surfers from Boardriding Clubs. This field will include surfers like Luke Dorrington (Snapper Rocks), Toby Martin (Dee Why), Dion Atkinson (Seaford South Australia) and former world number three Dave Macauley (Margaret River WA).

The  FCS Manufacturers Cup will also make up a part of the action  which will see Surfboard Labels JS (QLD), Warner (NSW), Murriginals (WA) and Island (VIC) go head to head for the $3000 winners cheque along with the title of being the best manufacturers surfing team in Australia!

The big one however is the Jim Beam National Surftag title and the sixteen qualified teams set to line up are –


·         South Coast – Werri and Ulladulla

·        Sydney South – Cronulla

·        Sydney City – Bronte

·        Northern Beaches – Queenscliff, Curl Curl, Dee Why and North Narrabeen

·        Far North NSW – LeBa


Queensland –

·        Snapper Rocks Teams 1 and 2  

·        Kirra

WA –

·        Yallingup

·        Margaret River

SA –

·        Seaford – Mid South Coast


·        13th Beach – Surfcoast / Bellarine Peninsula.