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Tags: aerial master Josh Kerr, and Damien Hobgood, Ben Dunn, Cory Lopez, Jordy Smith, O’NEILL COLD WATER CLASSIC.
Jordy Smith (South Africa/Durban) showed all his power in skill in the solid waves in Tasmania today posting the day’s top scoring ride of a 9.6 in his comprehensive round two heat win. Photo: Steve Robertson/Surfing Australia
Marrawah, Tasmania – The third day of competition at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) O’Neill Cold Water Classic and the event found itself at its third new location where surfing’s big names took to the water. A short briefing was held to review the safety measures put in place. Surfers’ gear was lightly checked and some enthusiasts even brought with them their boards and water shoes to join the event. There was a strong emphasis on safety gear and protocols when in the waters. Having protective gear and a defensive mindset in this extreme sport is always recommended.
With conditions easing ever so slightly, contest director Matt Wilson chose Marrawah’s exposed Lighthouse Beach as the spot to finish off the round of 96.
In this isolated northwest corner of Tasmania, the likes of Jordy Smith, Cory Lopez, Ben Dunn, aerial master Josh Kerr, and Damien Hobgood made the most of the powerful beach break.
There are high expectations for the 21-year-old South African surfing phenomenon, Jordy Smith – winner of this ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) tour two years ago.
And he didn’t fail to disappoint, waiting until the second half of his heat to pull out his high scoring waves. “It’s interesting being back on the WQS,” he said, “because you can go through with 5’s… I can’t get away with that on The World Tour,” he said.
This is the first time for Jordy on Australia’s island state, but he is fitting right into the Tasmanian waters,
“I met a few of the locals yesterday evening out in the water. I was asking them how to get back because it was getting pretty dark and we were pretty far from anything,” he said. “They were like, no worries catch a ride with us. It was crazy driving through the night with all the Tasmanian Devils about and stuff. We almost hit something the other day – I would have felt bad. We didn’t though, we stopped and let it cross the road.”
The heat of the day today was a battle of spectacular young talent, with 19-year-old up and coming Australian star, Owen Wright taking it out ahead of Dusty Payne, Lincoln Taylor and Wiggoly Dantas.
It was a pretty close heat,” said Owen who has been appreciating the good conditions made possible by the mobile format of the event. “The first day was incredible – the Bluff is an awesome wave,” he said. “But it’s great it’s mobile. It keeps all the options open and you can get the best waves every day.”
“I’ve been over to Tasmania before,” he said. “But never to this corner. It’s a nice untouched place – it’s an awesome place to have an event.”
As Rob Bain, O’Neill’s Asia/Pacific Marketing Manager said; “It’s not just about the surfing here. We’ve had amazing waves and most of the surfers are discovering them for the first time ever. But this is also more like a road trip – it’s about the different experiences.”
“Yesterday we had the most amazing sunset here – it went crazy purple, and later that evening we saw the most incredible bright stars in the sky I have ever seen. And the first day we were sitting in someone’s house watching this perfect reef break,” he said. “It’s all those things that make this event.”
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Tags: Elite Surf Training Camps, Elite Surfing Training Camps, Jordy Smith, Surfing Cronulla, surfing nsw.
Jordy Smith is just one superstar taking part in the Elite Training Camp initiative which will roll-out across the state in 2009. Photo: Steve Robertson/Surfing Australia
Surfing NSW H/O — Surfing NSW in conjunction with Cronulla Surfing Academy have announced a series of high performance, high quality Elite Training Camps throughout NSW in 2009.
In an effort to bring together the hottest surfing talent within the state, under the expert tutelage of current and former professional surfers, the Elite Training Camps will focus on fostering the sublime talent of the best juniors surfers.
To be held in the best surfing locations across the state, the Elite Training Camps will see the Sydney, South Coast or Mid North Coast regions utilised for the betterment of the attendees.
Involving video analysis, nutrition and fitness tutorials to better prepare the individual for the grind of competitive surfing, each Elite Training Camp will look towards fine-tuning each surfer into an athlete.
Surfing NSW CEO, Mark Windon is excited upon the prospect of such a high quality, educational series of Camps taking place on our shores.
“The Surfing NSW Elite Training Camps will provide the junior surfers within the state an opportunity to learn first hand from the best in the business,” Windon said.
“It’s such a great initiative which could possibly see the next Stephanie Gilmore or Mick Fanning raised through our Camps.”
Blake Johnson and Blake Thornton, who are both Level 2 Coaches with extensive competitive experience, will form the nucleus of the coaching staff, with former ASP World Tour competitor John Shimooka also involved in the Program; regularly bring in guest coaches or surfers to assist with the Camps.
One such current competitor involved is South African wonder-kid, and current ASP World Tour competitor, Jordy Smith – who will be attending the first camp at Lake Tabourie.
Surfing within our state is currently booming and the level of performance is through the roof, these Camps will hopefully push the kids to dizzying new heights,” Windon added.
“Not only will they learn the mechanics of becoming a more advanced surfer, they will also be schooled how to become a better athlete and deal with the life of a professional surfer.”
With the first camp set down for 20 -22 March 2009, at Lake Tabourie on the NSW South Coast, places are going fast – so don’t delay in booking your spot.
Spaces at all camps are limited so book now by contacting Surfing NSW on (02) 9349 7055.
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Tags: Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, Julian Wilson, Quik Pro Round 3 Results.
Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, 2009 ASP Dream Tour sophomore, exploded in his Round 3 heat.
SNAPPER ROCKS, Australia — The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile completed the remaining eight heats of Round 3 today in three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks, and ASP Dream Tour sophomores Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, and Dane Reynolds (USA), 23, dominated the day’s proceedings.
The opening event of the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast saw the ASP Top 45 light up the rippable banks of Snapper Rocks, and with reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, out of competition, the remaining surfers in the event took full advantage.
Smith, current ASP World No. 26, survived a hard-fought battle against veteran Taylor Knox (USA), 37, posting the day’s high heat total of a 16.47 out of a possible 20 for his progressive-yet-controlled surfing in Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro..
“Taylor (Knox) is such a great surfer,” Smith said. “If he gets any opportunity, just like we saw on his last wave, he can turn it into a good score. He always surfs really well at Snapper so I was trying to surf a smart heat and find some good waves.”
Smith will face current ASP World No. 2 Bede Durbidge (AUS), 25, in Round 4 when competition resumes.
Reynolds, who scored the first perfect 10 of the 2009 ASP World Tour season in his Round 2 heat, maintained his command of the Snapper Rocks lineup today, putting in an explosive performance to eliminate Roy Powers (HAW), 28, from Quiksilver Pro competition.
“It’s an awesome wave here at Snapper Rocks,” Reynolds said. “I’m stoked to be able to get out there and let loose on a couple. I try to just go out there and surf as if I was surfing my favorite break at home.”
Reynolds continues to push the limits of high-performance surfing, effortlessly executing tail-drifts and aerial maneuvers to net the highest single-wave score of the day, a near-perfect 9.40 out of a possible 10.
“I try not to think about it until I am out there on a wave,” Reynolds said. ‘Then you get that killer instinct and you really want to tear it up and do whatever you can.”
The Californian will come up against iconic veteran Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in Round 4 when competition resumes.
When the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast competition recommences, Round 4 will open up with former ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood (USA), 29, up against ASP Dream Tour sophomore Jihad Khodr (BRA), 25.
Highlights from today’s Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be available via www.quiksilverpro.com.au
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QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)
Heat 2: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (FRA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.50 def. Dustin Barca (HAW) 6.50
Heat 2: Jihad Khodr (BRA) 18.26 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 16.30
Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.67 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 8.27
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.50 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.50
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.10 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 14.50
Heat 6: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.83 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 11.07
Heat 7: Damien Hobgood (AUS) 14.34 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 9.00
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.33 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.84
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.34 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 12.70
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.47 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 14.17
Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.16 def. Greg Emslie (ZAF) 10.46
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.70 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.00
Heat 13: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.74 def. Drew Courtney (AUS) 11.16
Heat 14: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.23 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 13.87
Heat 15: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.10 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 10.40
Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.33 def. David Weare (ZAF) 11.16
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile
Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile
Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour
Stop No. 1 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
February 28 – March 11, 2009