Articles tagged with "layne beachley"Posted by: Don on November 8th, 2009
Posted in: Surf culture, Top stories.Tags: Damien Hardman, layne beachley, Occy, Tom Carroll.Posted by: Shari on October 3rd, 2009
Your correspondent wandered down to the final afternoon of the Manly Festival of Surfing to catch the celebrity challenge. The weather was not kind and Huey was in one of his moods. Of course the pros are used to making the best of marginal conditions and despite the unobliging weather, there were a fair few folk on hand to watch.
As usual it was a revelation to watch just how much speed these folks were able to extract from the utterly gutless junk. Tom Carroll was particularly impressive. No matter how weak the wave, he somehow managed to steadily build up his speed so he was in a position to do something if the wave so much as offered a foot of clean face. Damien Hardman and Layne weren’t more than a few tenths of a percent behind in this department. Occy showed that he still has it as well, but the waves in his heat were few and far between, so we only got one or two flashes from the master.
That said, he still has the kind of 1000 watt personality that pulls the crowds. At the same time he seemed to genuinely get a kick out of the groms who shyly edged up to request an autograph.
Anyway, here are a few snaps…
Posted in: Contests, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf News.Tags: 2009, Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, Dee Why, layne beachley, Rebecca Woods.Posted by: Don on May 16th, 2009
Rebecca Woods (AUS), 25, current ASP World No. 8, eliminated seven-time ASP Women's World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS), 37, in Round 3 of Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic competition today, which was offically Beachley's last heat on the ASP Women's World Tour.
DEE WHY, New South Wales (Saturday, October 3, 2009) – The Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic got back underway today when the world’s finest competitive female surfers were greeted with stormy three-to four foot (1.5 metre) surf at Dee Why and completed two rounds of competition.
Today’s action saw surfing icon and seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS), 37, fall to Rebecca Woods (AUS), 25, in Round 3 in what was officially her last professional heat while reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, was victorious in a highly anticipated rematch over defending event champion Tyler Wright (AUS), 15.
Woods, who relegated Beachley to Round 2 in their opening Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic bout, eliminated the ASP Women’s World Tour veteran from competition today when they faced off in the tricky Round 3 conditions at Dee Why and advanced through to the Quarterfinals.
“It feels great to go in to the Quarterfinals and to get two wins against Layne (Beachley),” Woods said. “In these types of conditions, the waves are all over the place, so it’s really just a fight to get waves. Layne’s been on tour for nearly 20 years and she’s gotten the best of me in nearly every man-on-man heat we’ve had, so I wanted to go out there and give it one last shot, so I’m happy with that.”
The talented Australian has yet to advance past the Quarterfinals in the first two events of the2009 calendar and is hoping to break through to the Semifinals at this year’s Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic.
“I’m excited to try and work through to the Semifinals,” Woods said. “The title of Quarterfinal Queen needs to be gone. I’ve got Bartels in the next heat and she’s always a hard one, so we’ll see what happens.”
Beachley was unable to find a rhythm in what would be her career-last heat and logged her career-lowest heat total (a .50 out of a possible 20) while bowing out to Woods, but her tough luck in the Round 3 matchup has no reflection on the illustrious champions previous accomplishments.
“It’s a demoralizing way to go out, but it doesn’t depict my career at all,” Beachley said. “All I can do is laugh. To finish my career after winning seven ASP World Titles with a 0.50 heat total in my last heat is pretty comical, but very devastating at the same time.”
After an impressive Round 2 performance, Beachley was unable to find a rhythm against woods and posted only one small score before the clock ran down in her heat.
“I just couldn’t afford to buy a heat out there,” Beachley said. “At the end of the day, I’ve had a fairytale career and I guess you can’t finish with a fairytale ending.”
Gilmore, who is the current ASP Women’s World No. 1, eliminated defending event Champion, Wright, in a low-scoring affair. Wright caught a last-second wave and was unable to clinch the small score needed to advance over the reigning ASP World Champion, opening the door for Gilmore to advance through to the Quarterfinals.
“I’m glad to get the win, but I’m disappointed in my performance,” Gilmore said. “It was difficult and I think I only scraped through because Tyler (Wright) fell on her wave at the end. It’s a win though, I’ll take it. I really studied the conditions before I went out and I got out there and it was a totally different story. It just shows that no matter how much hard work you put in, the ocean’s still in control.”
After falling to the prodigious young Australian in Round 3 of last year’s Beachley Classic, Gilmore approached the rematch against Wright with more caution and her tactics allowed her to come out on top in this year’s battle.
“I took the heat a little more seriously because of what happened last year,” Gilmore said. “I take every heat really seriously and although it looks like I’m having a lot of fun I’m still working really hard and Tyler (Wright) is dangerous in all conditions. She likes bigger waves and she’s very mature. I just went out there with my game head on and worked hard.”
Silvana Lima (BRA), 24, who is the current ASP World No. 2, bashed the day’s highest heat total, an impressive 16.00 out of 20, with committed forehand surfing on the thumping Dee Why right-handers.
“The conditions are tough, but I was able to get two good rights,” Lima said. “I saw that the girls in the other heats were not hitting the closeout sections, so I was trying to smash the closeouts to get higher scores and it worked out.”
Lima, who is fresh off of her first career victory at Bells Beach and a two-time Beachley Classic runner-up, is hungry to claim back-to-back wins and is ready to better her result at this year’s Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic.
“Here we are again,” Lima said. “I’ve finished second here twice before and I’d love to win this year.”
Lima will face fellow Brazilian Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 30, in Quarterfinal No.3 when competition resumes.
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic event organizers will reconvene at 7am local time tomorrow for a possible 8am start. The event will be webcast LIVE via www.beachleyclassic.com
For all of your ASP needs log on to www.aspworldtour.com
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 8.10 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 7.50
Heat 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 7.00 def. Layne Beachley (AUS) .50
Heat 3: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.50 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.90
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.60 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 8.45
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.00 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 10.50
Heat 6: Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 14.25 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 4.10
Heat 7: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 13.15 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.25
Heat 8: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.25 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 4.45
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic Round 2 Results: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Layne Beachley (AUS) 9.15, Jesse Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.50, Amee Donohoe (AUS) 5.95
Heat 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 11.50, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 8.00, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 5.15
Posted in: News Stories, Surf history, Top stories, Video.Tags: Cape Solander, layne beachley, Ours, Tim Bonython, video.Posted by: Shari on March 9th, 2009
If you haven’t seen it yet, Layne Beachley at Cape Solander (video hosted on surfline.com)(aka “ours”). It was shot by none other than Tim Bonython. Very, very impressive pit!
Pic grabbed from online ver. of video by Tim Bonython.
Posted in: Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.Tags: Gilmore Takes ASP Womens World Tour Lead At Roxy Pro, layne beachley, Melanie Bartels, paige hareb, stephanie gilmore.Posted by: Shari on October 13th, 2008
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion, claimed the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile
Stop No. 1 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour
Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
February 28 – March 11, 2009
SNAPPER ROCKS, Australia – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion, has won the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile, defeating Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, in the Final to claim the inaugural event on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour.
Gilmore wasted no time in the Final, securing the day’s high single-wave score of a 9.57 out of a possible 10 on her opening wave for a fluid series of fin releases and power carves.
“It was a really little wave,” Gilmore said. “I had a few flashbacks from 2005 where I was trying to pick off the little ones that were going to grow down the line. Today it just so happened I picked a good one. It is important to get a good start and get a lead early in the heat.”
Gilmore’s victory today at Snapper Rocks marks her fourth consecutive win on the ASP Women’s World Tour, having claimed the last three events of the 2008 season, and puts her well on the path to a third consecutive ASP Women’s World Title.
“It’s a new start for me,” Gilmore said. “To win on your home turf, in front of all these people, it’s unbelievable.”
The phenomenal natural-footer has been a perennial event favorite at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast since claiming the title as a 17-year-old wildcard in 2005. Despite her extensive local knowledge, Gilmore had failed to secure a solid result at home since beginning her ASP Dream Tour campaign until today.
“This win is definitely more satisfying,” Gilmore said. “In 2005, I was blown away. I couldn’t believe I achieved it, but this time around it’s pleasing to know that I’ve come off a season as world champ, and I’ve done some training, so to come back out here today and win makes you feel really good.”
Bartels struggled to secure a scoring wave in the first half of the Final, only able to a post 7.50 out of a possible 10 with under five minutes to go.
“I am ecstatic right now,” Bartels said. “Surfing against Steph (Gilmore) in a heat is always a challenge for me. I know how good she is. I knew I needed to put up big scores, but no waves came through. She surfed unreal and I am just glad that I got to surf Snapper with one other person out.”
Despite the disappointing showing in Final, Bartels’ runner-up finish sees the Hawaiian rocket up the ratings from ASP World No. 7 to No. 2 heading into the rest of the season.
“To get a good result at the beginning of the year gives momentum to go into the next event and feel a little bit more confident and relaxed,” Bartels said. “I’ll just work on my surfing and see what mistakes I have done in this contest and just hope for the better in the next and try not to make the same mistakes.”
Coco Ho (HAW), 17, 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour rookie, put on an inspiring performance in the Semifinals, falling just short to eventual runner-up Bartels to finish equal 3rd.
“It feels good,” Ho said. “I’m really happy for Melanie as well. She was surfing so well out there and got the better of every exchange. With ten minutes remaining, I was just like, ’I am out at Snapper with just Mel (Bartels),’ and I am just going to focus on getting as many waves as I can and just push every turn.”
Paige Hareb (NZL), 18, fellow 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, had an impressive run at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, before falling to eventual winner Gilmore in Semifinal 1.
“Steph (Gilmore) is the local favorite and world champ,” Hareb said. “She has everything going for her at the moment. It would have been good to meet her in the Final, but I’m still happy with making it to the Semifinals.”
Requiring only an average score to take the lead in her Semifinal heat, Hareb grabbed a roping righthander with the clock ticking and belted a first turn before getting caught up in her second maneuver.
“I’m a little bit disappointed about the last wave which I came off,” Hareb said. “I knew I could have won the heat with that wave.”
Hareb finished equal 3rd at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast and now sits No. 3 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings.
Highlights from the Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile will be available via www.roxypro.com.au
The next stop on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour is the Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford New Fiesta at Bells Beach from April 8 – 13, 2009.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.07
2 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 12.50
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.33 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.16
SF 2: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 17.34 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.27
CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR RATINGS:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 1200
2 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 972
3 – Paige Hareb (NZL) 756
3 – Coco Ho (HAW) 756
5 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 552
5 – Rebecca Woods (AUS) 552
5 – Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 552
5 – Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 552
9 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 360
9 – Amee Donohoe (AUS) 360
9 – Samantha Cornish (AUS) 360
9 – Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 360
9 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 360
9 – Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 360
9 – Alana Blanchard (HAW) 360
9 – Megan Abubo (HAW) 360
17 – Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 180
18 – Layne Beachley (AUS) 0
Posted in: Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.Tags: 2008 beachley classic, asp world tour event, layne beachley, Manly, nsw, tyler wright, youngest ever.Posted by: Shari on October 10th, 2008
Australia’s Tyler Wright (AUS/Culburra/Sth Coast NSW) created history today becoming the youngest ever surfer to win an ASP World Tour event. At just 14 years of age Wright won the Beachley Classic, Women’s surfing richest event with $US100 000 in prize money – Wright defeated Brazilian Silvanna Lima in the final.
MANLY BEACH, Australia (Monday, October 13, 2008) – Tyler Wright (AUS), 14, made ASP History today as the youngest ever winner of an ASP World Tour event, defeating fellow finalist Silvana Lima (BRA), 23, at the Beachley Classic in peaky two foot (1 metre) waves at Manly Beach.
Stop No. 5 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Beachley Classic was treated to dramatic action all week, with the increased 20% ratings points wreaking havoc on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Title race before culminating in Wright’s historic win.
“This is easily the best day of my life,” Wright said. “I’m so stoked. I don’t really have the words to describe it. I knew Silvana (Lima) would be dangerous out there so I just did my best to stick to my game plan and get waves.”
Wright, who gained entry into the Beachley Classic after her impressive win at the Oakley Trials last Thursday, went on an absolute tear, defeating reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 29, and Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, en route to her Finals berth with Lima.
“These are girls that all us grommets look up to and to just be competing with them is an honor,” Wright said. “I had no expectations whatsoever this week for myself and I think that really working in my favor.”
The young natural-footer has been on a tear lately, qualifying for the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships last week before going on her giant-slaying here in Manly this week.
“It’s been an amazing two weeks,” Wright said. “I think I am just going to go home and chill out and let it all sink in next.”
Lima was in awesome form on the final day, ripping from the Quarterfinals through to Final before coming up just short in the Final, repeating her performance from last season.
“I don’t know happened,” Lima said. “The surf was really bad and I just seemed to have bad luck. It was definitely tough out there but I’m happy with my performance.”
Despite the disappointing loss to Wright, the Brazilian’s runner-up rockets her into 5th place on the ASP Women’s World Tour ratings and places her well into the race for the 2008 ASP Women’s World Title.
“It’s really tough for me – I wanted to win, but it still feels pretty good because I’m moving up in the rankings just as the tour moves into South America,” Lima said.
Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, former ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings, took over the lead from reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, last Saturday, was in excellent form today, securing an impressive 8.67 out of a possible 10 in her Semifinal bout before succumbing to an ankle injury.
“On my last turn of the wave I injured my foot it’s very frustrating but it happens all the time,” Mulanovich said. “I’ll just try and get my foot better and think to myself this is not a bad injury. I’ll get back for the next event”.
While the ankle injury remains a concern, Mulanovich is pleased with her equal 3rd place finish in the Beachley Classic and will head into her hometown of Peru as the No. 1 seed on the ASP Women’s World Tour.
Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, current No. 4 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, was in fine form this morning before succumbing to the wildcard Wright in the Semifinals.
“It’s frustrating in a heat with no waves,” Donohoe said. “You know you can get a score but nothing comes. I wanted to make the Finals and was so close, I’m pretty bummed.”
Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 3 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, had her Beachley Classic run halted by Lima, but is still a major contender for the ASP Women’s World Title and will look forward to the next event in Peru.
“I’m looking forward to Peru – it’s one of my favorite events,” Beachley said. “I came second there last year and hopefully I can go one better, then coming into Hawaii, that’s always my strongest leg. I’m frustrated and disappointed I’ve been knocked out today, but it’s been amazing to see the crowd support and it was also amazing we could get the event of the ground. I would have loved nothing more than to win and have a fairytale ending to an emotional week.”
Highlights from the Beachley Classic will be available via www.aspworldtour.com and http://www.swellnet.com.au/beachleyclassic08/
The next stop on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Movistar Classic Mancora Peru presented by Rip Curl from November 3 – 8, 2008.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
BEACHLEY CLASSIC Final:
1 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.64
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.84
BEACHLEY CLASSIC Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.00
SF 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.10 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.00
BEACHLEY CLASSIC Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.83 def. Julia de La Rosa Toro (PER) 9.60
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 12.83
QF 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.00 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2.00
QF 4: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.93 def. Layne Beachley (AUS) 12.07
ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR RATINGS: After Event No. 5
1 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4411 points
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 3948 points
3 – Layne Beachley (AUS) 3698 points
4 – Amee Donohoe (AUS) 3331 points
5 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 3194 points
6 – Samantha Cornish (AUS) 3060 points
7 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2544 points
8 – Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 2486 points
9 – Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2294 points
10 – Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 2268 points
11 – Julia De La Rosa Toro (PER) 2114 points
12 – Megan Abubo (HAW) 1884 points
13 – Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 1872 points
14 – Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 1692 points
14 – Karina Petroni (USA) 1692 points
16 – Nicola Atherton (AUS) 1476 points
17 – Serena Brooke (AUS) 1296 points
18 – Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 912 points*
*First replacement on the ASP Women’s World Tour
Tyler Wright with Layne Beachley.
Posted in: News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.Tags: 2008, 7X ASP Women's World Champion Layne Beachley Announces Retirement, beachley classic, layne beachley, Manly.Posted by: Shari on October 9th, 2008
Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 3 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, officially announced her retirement from full-time competition today, effective at the end of the season.
MANLY BEACH, Australia (Friday, October 10, 2008) – Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 3 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings, has officially announced her retirement from full-time competition, effective at the end of the year.
“I feel like now is a really good time, even though I am in my career best form, because I am an all-or-nothing kind of girl and to achieve the goals I set for myself in surfing, I have to give it my all and I’m not,” Beachley said. “I have to be honest with myself – I’m not commiting 100% time and energy and effort and focus into winning world titles. It doesn’t mean that I can’t win world titles, but my priorities are beginning to shift and my focus and my passion in business and charity work and my ambassador roles is beginning to have more appeal to me than competing for a living. I feel like I’ve achieved everything that I’ve wanted to and that it is good to go out while I’m still in top form.”
Beachley’s announcement comes as a surprise to the surfing community, given that the iconic natural-footer is surfing better than ever and currently challenging for the ASP Women’s World Title once again, sitting in No. 3 spot on the ratings at present.
“I feel like I’m surfing the best I have in my whole career,” Beachley said. “Nothing has really changed on tour except for my attitude. It’s my lack of commitment to winning. I base my choices off my experiences and my experience has told me that you have to be 100% focused and also love you’re doing. Even though I love what I do, I’m beginning to love what I’m doing out of the water more. My passion for competitive surfing has been diluted, and to achieve success and to win world titles, you can’t afford for it to be diluted too much. So now I’ve had to make a decision and I’m convinced I’m doing the right thing.’
The Sydney-sider is the most accomplished female surfer in the history of the sport, winning a record seven ASP Women’s World Titles (1998-2004, 2006), scalping 29 elite tour victories, and collecting countless accolades as one of surfing’s most recognizable figures.
“There’s been millions of highlights,” Beachley said. “I think every time that I stopped in my tracks and had to pinch myself and ask ‘is this real?’ have been the highlights of my life. Finding myself in the most random places on Earth, donning a bikini with a board under my arm and just staring out into the ocean in disbelief that I get to do that for a living. One of the greatest achievements was winning my first event back in 1993 and winning my first ASP Women’s World Title back in 1998. Those were both enormous acheivements for me.”
While stepping away from full-time professional surfing, Beachley hasn’t ruled out donning the jersey again should she receive an invite, and will continue to be a force both in and out of the surfing world with her clothing line, her numerous charities and other high-profile projects.
“I have my own brand, Beachley Athletics, which I really want to put a lot more time and energy and effort into,” Beachley said. “I don’t think it’s achieving the success it deserves because I can’t commit enough resources to it. I have my charity, Aim for the Stars. I’ve just begun promoting my book, Beneath the Waves. I will still stage the Beachley Classic. I love women’s surfing. I’m really passionate about it. Just because I’m walking away from the Tour doesn’t mean I’m walking away from women’s surfing. I’ll still be there as a supporter and a believer and also pursuing a career in the media.”
Beachley is competing this week at her signature event, the Beachley Classic, held in Manly, Australia.
“I feel like I’ve created a legacy and that’s something to be incredibly proud of,” Beachley said. “I’ve instilled hunger and passion into the future generations of female competitive surfing coming up through the ranks. I know Steph (Gilmore) looks at me and wants what I got. It was Lisa Andersen before me that gave me the motivation to become seven-times ASP Women’s World Champion. That kind of drive and dedication that it takes to be a champion is the legacy I think I am leaving behind and it’s something I’m very proud of.
For more information on Layne Beachley, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
Posted in: Manly, Surf Reports.Tags: 2008 beachley classic, chelsea hedges, layne beachley, Manly.
Great swell. The girls are in the water. Get on down there if you can.