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Showdown for the ASP Crown at Billabong Pipeline Masters

Posted by: on December 8th, 2009
Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, will battle for the 2009 ASP World Title at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, will battle for the 2009 ASP World Title at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Billabong Pipeline Masters
Stop No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour
Pipeline, Oahu/Hawaii
December 8 – 20, 2009

PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii After nine events on the 2009 ASP Dream Tour, the race for the ASP World Title will culminate in a showdown between two lifelong friends at the final event of the season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters from December 8 – 20, 2009.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007) and current ASP World No. 1, will face Gold Coast stable mate and current ASP World No. 2, Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, in the hunt for the 2009 ASP World Title as the two battle a minefield of the world’s best surfers and Pipe specialists at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

“It’s been a few years since the ASP Title has come down to Pipe and I’m really stoked that it’s between myself and Joel (Parkinson),” Fanning said. “I guess it’s like a dream come true coming down to Pipeline and I’m really excited. There isn’t going to be any sand on the reef and hopefully we get a couple of really good days.”

Although Parkinson mounted an impressive assault throughout the first half of the year, an ankle injury sustained while training in Bali saw the Australian’s lead dwindle before being overtaken by Fanning, who has won three of the last four events.

“I’ve built up momentum throughout the back half of the year starting at Trestles, and I’m in the lead,” Fanning said. “I guess all of the pressure is on Joel now because he needs to get a third. I’m just concentrating on myself and am going to try and make as many heats as possible and make it as hard as possible for him.”

If Fanning’s incendiary performances this season are any indication, the lightning-fast natural-footer will be a force to be reckoned with heading into the final event, but Pipeline’s elusive and at-times dangerous nature will ultimately decide the victor.

“I guess surfing Pipeline is like meeting a really big guy in a dark alley and sometimes you escape and sometimes you can’t,” Fanning said. “It’s intimidating. Everyone’s on the beach watching and you’ve got to go.”

Although Fanning possesses a solid ratings’ lead, Parkinson remains collected heading into the final bout of the year, and will draw upon his preternatural affinity with the wave at Pipeline to put forth his best effort.

“It’s definitely exciting to see the ASP title come down to Pipe,” Parkinson said. “Mick (Fanning) was in form all throughout Sunset and I feel like I’m in form as well and it’s going to be a great match-up. Pipeline is one of the most awesome waves ever. It’s close to the beach. It’s a natural amphitheatre and it’s only 50 yards out and you’re surfing a wave that could kill you, so it’s pretty exciting.”

In addition to hunting down his inaugural ASP World Title, Parkinson is also out to defend his Vans Triple Crown Title – a feat made easier with an emphatic win at Sunset Beach yesterday.

“I’m excited to defend my Vans Triple Crown title,” Parkinson said. “After losing Haleiwa in the Quarterfinals, I thought I’d have to win Sunset and my focus wasn’t 100 percent on the Triple Crown anymore, it was more on Pipe, but now that I’ve won Sunset I’d love to win the Vans Triple Crown again.”

The scenarios for the 2009 ASP World Title heading into the Billabong Pipeline Masters are as follows:


– Fanning finishes 33rd through a 9th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 3rd or better to overtake.


– Fanning finishes 5th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 2nd or better to overtake.


– Fanning finishes 3rd at Pipeline, Parkinson needs win the event to overtake.


– If Fanning finishes 2nd or better at Pipeline, he will clinch the 2009 ASP World Title.

Surfline, official forecasters for the Vans Triple Crown, are projecting for the current fetch of 20-25 foot surf to build through tomorrow before declining over the next several days.

Event organizers will convene tomorrow at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.

The Billabong Pipeline Masters will be webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com and www.triplecrownofsurfing.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Jihad Khodr (BRA) vs. Gavin Gillette (HAW)

Heat 2: Gabe Kling (USA) vs. Kalani Chapman (HAW)

Heat 3: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Marcus Hickman (HAW)

Heat 4: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)

Heat 5: Nathaniel Curran (USA) vs. Liam McNamara (HAW)

Heat 6: David Weare (ZAF) vs. Hank Gaskell (HAW)

Heat 7: Bruce Irons (HAW) vs. Reed McIntosh (HAW)

Heat 8: Nic Muscroft (AUS) vs. Sunny Garcia (HAW)

Heat 9: Michael Picon (FRA) vs. Manoa Drollet (PYF)

Heat 10: Shane Dorian (HAW) vs. Kamalei Alexander (HAW)

Heat 11: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Jonah Morgan (HAW)

Heat 12: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Flynn Novak (HAW)

Heat 13: Dustin Barca (HAW) vs. Sion Miloski (HAW)

Heat 14: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Danny Fuller (HAW)

Heat 15: Jay Thompson (AUS) vs. Mason Ho (HAW)

Heat 16: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) vs. Jamie O’Brien (HAW)

BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 2: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. TBA

Heat 3: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs. TBA

Heat 4: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. TBA

Heat 5: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 6: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. TBA

Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 10: Chris Ward (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. TBA

Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. TBA

Heat 13: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 14: Tim Boal (FRA) vs. TBA

Heat 15: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 16: Drew Courtney (AUS) vs. TBA

BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBA

Heat 6: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 7: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBA

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 11: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBA

Heat 13: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 14: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA

Heat 15: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBA

Heat 16: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. TBA

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

 

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.

 

Highlights from Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach pres. by Snickers will be available via www.live.ripcurl.com

 

The next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Billabong Pro Teahupoo from May 9 – 20, 2009.

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com  

 

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.40

2 – Adam Robertson (AUS) 13.37

 

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

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

 

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

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

Quiksilver Pro Semifinalists Decided in Pumping Coolangatta Beach

Posted by: on March 11th, 2009

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

 

 

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINALS MATCH-UPS:

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

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

 

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

 

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 4 RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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 –

NSW –

·         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

VIC –

·        13th Beach – Surfcoast / Bellarine Peninsula.

VIDEO:: Billabong Pipeline Masters Finals:: Kelly Slater

Posted by: on December 16th, 2008

Here’s some Finals footage from from the Pipeline Masters, which we all know Kelly won, again – included is an interview with Joel Parkinson, Adrian Buchan, and Kelly Slater.

Video from the great guys at firststoke.com

VIDEO FINAL HEAT – CJ HOBGOOD WINS BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA

Posted by: on October 5th, 2008

JUST IN:

CJ Hobgood beats Joel Parkinson in the final to win the 2008 Billabong Pro Mundaka.

Darren Reinke at www.firststoke.com is really on the ball.

He’s already got a video of the final up and ready for everyone. Have a boo:

SLATER LEADS ROUND 1 – RIP CURL PRO INDO

Posted by: on July 31st, 2008

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

Rip Curl Pro Search Somewhere

Stop No. 6 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour

Somewhere, Indonesia

July 30 – August 10, 2008

SOMEWHERE, Indonesia (Wednesday, July 30, 2008) – Round 1 of the 2008 Rip Curl Pro Search event was completed today in excellent six-to-eight foot (2 metre) waves at the secondary site, “somewhere” in Indonesia.

Event No. 6 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search bore witness to the world’s best surfers attacking a venue that many had never surfed before, all the while putting in some of the most electrifying Round 1 performances of the season.

Kelly Slater (USA), eight-time ASP World Champion and current ratings leader on the 2008 ASP World Tour, continued his dominating form today, posting the day’s only perfect 10 for an incredible double barrel on a solid eight-foot set.

Kelly Slater (USA), eight-time ASP World Champion and current ratings leader on the 2008 ASP World Tour, surfing switch-stance en route to collecting a 19.17 out of a possible 20 on Day 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Search.

Kelly Slater (USA), eight-time ASP World Champion and current ratings leader on the 2008 ASP World Tour, surfing switch-stance en route to collecting a 19.17 out of a possible 20 on Day 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Search.

“This is my first time ever surfing out here, ‘somewhere’,” Slater said. “I’ve seen it a bit on a few videos and I watched it this morning a little bit on the high tide, but my heat was my first session out there. The wave is so good and you can just sit as deep as you want on the foam ball and it seems to let you out no matter what.”

Slater, who has won four out of five events thus far on the 2008 ASP World Tour, posted the day’s highest heat total of a 19.17 out of a possible 20, putting the ASP Top 45 on notice for the remainder of the event.

“I’m taking it all heat by heat,” Slater said. “I’m just cruising in Indo with some good friends and the waves are good so I’m having a great time here. Hopefully we’ll be back at this spot in two days for Round 3.”

Slater’s incredible performance turned supernatural when, after netting his perfect 10, the Floridian phenom collected a 9.17 out of a possible 10 for an unbelievable switch-foot barrel that stunned onlookers and fellow competitors alike.

“I got a pretty good barrel out the back and then I faded my bottom turn as much as I could before pulling up into that section and I knew I would have to switch stance to make it a good score,” Slater said. “When I did that, I lost all my speed and the barrel closed over me and I was able to reset and get under the lip before coming out again. Best switch-foot wave I’ve ever had.”

Andy Irons (HAW), former three-time ASP World Champion and two-time defending champion of the Rip Curl Pro Search event (2006, 2007), was in sensational form today, netting an impressive 18.40 out of a possible 20 to advance past opponents Dane Reynolds (USA) and Dan Ross (AUS).

“It’s beautiful and wally out there and the waves are just draining all the way across the reef,” Irons said. “It’s such a beautiful place and it’s so nice to surf with just two other guys. I’m really happy to be here.”

Irons, currently sitting No. 8 on the 2008 ASP World Tour, could potentially gain some ground on this season’s ASP World Title race with a solid result in Indonesia, but the Hawaiian is taking a relaxed approach to this year’s event.

“I’m just happy to be here and it feels good to get the first heat out of the way,” Irons said. “It’s great to be here in Indonesia with my beautiful wife Lindy and all my friends. I’m just cruising and taking it all in.”

Joel Parkinson  (AUS), current No. 2 on the 2008 ASP World Tour, matched Irons’ impressive heat total of an 18.40 out of a possible 20 today, blending fantastic backhand re-entries with inpressive tube-riding.  Parkinson netted excellent scores in the opening minutes of the heat, putting opponents Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Bruno Santos (BRA) in combination situations early on.

Joel Parkinson (AUS/Gold Coast) in great form winning his opening round heat today at the Rip Curl Pro Search today. Parkinson defeated Brazil's Bruno Santos and South Africa's Jordy Smith to advance directly to round three in the excellent surf today. In a high scoring heat Parkinson posted 18.40 (out of a possible 20) to defeat Santos on 18.04 and Smith on 15.00.

Joel Parkinson (AUS/Gold Coast) in great form winning his opening round heat today at the Rip Curl Pro Search today. Parkinson defeated Brazil's Bruno Santos and South Africa's Jordy Smith to advance directly to round three in the excellent surf today. In a high scoring heat Parkinson posted 18.40 (out of a possible 20) to defeat Santos on 18.04 and Smith on 15.00.

“It’s really good out there right now and the waves just seemed to come to me,” Parkinson said. “I got a couple of solid scores at the beginning and that set me up really well. The waves just seemed to come to me throughout the remainder of the heat, but Bruno (Santos) got that bomb and I had to go back to work there at the end.”

Parkinson has had a remarkably consistent season in 2008, finishing no worse than equal 5th all year, but the current ASP World No. 2 understands that a victory in the next few events will be paramount to his 2008 ASP World Title campaign.

“I’ve had a solid year so far, but Kelly has just been untouchable basically,” Parkinson said. “Myself and the rest of the boys really need to step it up and win an event here to gain some ground on him.”

Mick Fanning (AUS), reigning ASP World Champion and past winner of the Rip Curl Pro Search (2005), is currently sitting at No. 4 on the 2008 ASP World Tour and survived a hard-fought Round 1 heat today against veteran Dream Tour campaigner Taylor Knox (USA) and lethal wildcard Owen Wright (AUS).

“The waves out there are great, but it just went lully towards the end of the heat and none of us could really get any waves,” Fanning said. “There have still been some amazing heats today and I really hope the swell hangs around.”

Bruce Irons (HAW), current No. 19 on the 2008 ASP World Tour, put on an incendiary performance this afternoon, collecting an impressive 9.77 out of a possible 10 to advance past Taj Burrow (AUS) and I Made Garut Widiart (IDN).

“The waves are really fun out here and these are the kind of waves I like surfing,” Irons said. “I was just cruising around out there and picking off fun ones.  That 9-something had a really good bowl on it and I hope the waves stick around for the rest of the comp.”

Surfline, official forecasters for the 2008 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling for today’s solid Southwest swell to maintain through tomorrow before gradually fading throughout the day.

Event organizers will reconvene at 7am tomorrow morning for a possible 7:30am start for Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Search “Somewhere” in Indonesia.

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 1 RESULTS

Heat 1: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 10.90, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.87, Jay Thompson (AUS) 7.73

Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.90, Bobby Martinez (USA) 7.50, Travis Logie (ZAF) 3.13

Heat 3: Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.10, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.34, Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 9.10

Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.84, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.33, Jihad Khodr (BRA) N/S

Heat 5: Andy Irons (HAW) 18.40, Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.17, Daniel Ross (AUS) 5.37

Heat 6: Roy Powers (HAW) 14.00, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.34, Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 11.23

Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.40, Bruno Santos (BRA) 18.03, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.50

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.17, Tim Reyes (USA) 15.00, Komang “Gogo” Suijaya (IDN) 9.33

Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.67, Taylor Knox (USA) 6.93, Owen Wright (AUS) 6.60

Heat 10: Bruce Irons (HAW) 17.77, I Made Garut Widiart (IDN), 12.43, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.83

Heat 11: Chris Ward (USA) 17.03, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 16.23, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.00

Heat 12: Kai Otton (AUS) 15.10, Ben Dunn (AUS) 10.84, Royden Bryson (ZAF) 10.40

Heat 13: Luke Stedman (AUS) 8.50, Luke Munro (AUS) 8.00, Daniel Wills (AUS) 6.10

Heat 14: Dean Morrison (AUS) 14.80, Leonardo Neves (BRA) 14.44, Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.90

Heat 15: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 17.70, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 10.67, Neco Padaratz (BRA) N/S

Heat 16: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 15.83, Heitor Alves (BRA) 10.53, Mikael Picon (FRA) 10.17

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Komang “Gogo” Suijaya (IDN)

Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)

Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. I Made Garut Widiart (IDN)

Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)

Heat 5: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Ricky Basnett (ZAF)

Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dan Ross (AUS)

Heat 7: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)

Heat 8: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)

Heat 9: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Ben Bourgeois (USA)

Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Royden Bryson (ZAF)

Heat 11: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Daniel Wills (AUS)

Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Leonardo Neves (BRA)

Heat 13: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)

Heat 14: Jay Thompson (AUS) vs. Mikael Picon (FRA)

Heat 15: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 16: Luke Munro (AUS) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

 

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