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VIDEO: Quiksilver Pro Highlights

Posted by: on March 6th, 2010

Taj wins this one and the caravan heads south to Bells… Highlights video from Quiksilver PR.

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Bobby Martinez Claims Billabong Pro Tahiti Over Taj Burrow

Posted by: on May 20th, 2009



Bobby Martinez (USA), 26, has claimed the 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti, defeating fellow finalist Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in idyllic conditions in the Final. Photo: ASP/ CI/ ROBERTSON via GETTY IMAGES

Bobby Martinez (USA), 26, has claimed the 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti, defeating fellow finalist Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in idyllic conditions in the Final. Photo: ASP/ CI/ ROBERTSON via GETTY IMAGES



TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Tuesday, May 19, 2009, Wednesday in Australia) – Bobby Martinez (USA), 26, has taken out the Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui, defeating fellow Finalist Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, in clean three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at Teahupoo.


Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti survived a marathon waiting period, culminating on the second-to-last available day in improving conditions that peaked for a climactic Final.


Martinez surfed a near-flawless heat, opening up with an impressive 8.73 out of a possible 10 before putting his opponent in a combination situation with a Houdini-esque 9.73 out of a possible 10. Netting the highest heat total of the event, an 18.46 out of a possible 20, Martinez claimed his second Billabong Pro Tahiti and fourth elite tour win, establishing himself as one of the premier tube-riders in the world.


“I feel great and a bit emotional,” Martinez said. “I feel wonderful. I waited for the good ones out there and just got lucky. There weren’t too many waves and I was lucky enough to get a couple of good ones and not fall. Things just seemed to work out for me today. I really don’t know what to say. It feels really special.”


The form surfer of the event, Martinez surfed the majority of his heats on borrowed equipment, having broken most of his surfboards early in the waiting period.


“I actually borrowed a board from Alain Riou (local Tahitian surfer),” Martinez said. “He rides Darren Handley shapes and the board was the same dimensions and pretty much the same board I ride. It was great to find that as yesterday, I was a bit skeptical about today in terms of the conditions and my equipment, but everything worked out perfectly.”


Martinez, who is without a major sponsor at the moment, has rocketed himself from 19th to 7th on the ASP World Tour ratings with today’s win, putting him in excellent position for the remainder of the year.


“I’m not thinking about money right now, but rather I’m thinking about the feelings I have,” Martinez said. “I didn’t start surfing to make money. I started for me, and to win today, you cannot put a price on the feelings I have. I’m really going to let it sink it and enjoy it. It’s a great result, but it’s a long year and anything can happen. Joel (Parkinson) has a great lead, and now that this event is over, my focus goes to the next one.”


Burrow’s efforts in the Final were nothing short of spectacular, collecting an 8.17, a 7.93 and a 7.33, but they were not enough to overtake the Martinez stranglehold on the event.


“I definitely had fun but it was tricky against Bobby (Martinez),” Burrow said. “He had a dream heat. The conditions looked pretty good for your forehand because the judges like seeing you pump on your forehand in the barrel. On your backhand, you just have to park it in the pit and you can’t do much, but Bobby did everything he had to out there and deserved the win. I still had a fun Final, but hard to enjoy out there because I was in a combination situation the whole time.”


Burrow now moves into the No. 2 position on the ASP World Tour ratings, setting the Western Australian up well as he eyes up the next events.


“I’ve had two keepers in terms of results and I’m hungry,” Burrow said. “I’m still kicking and I’m looking to win. The next few events, I feel really strong at and I’m going to do whatever it takes to win. I’m stoked to get a result at Teahupoo, I haven’t done well here in a few years so it sets me up really well for the rest of the year.”


Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23, former ASP World No. 39, was the “Cinderella Story” at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Having failed to advance through a heat in the opening two events of the season, the Basque Country’s first ever ASP World Tour competitor stormed past Californian sensation Dane Reynolds (USA), 23, former event winner Damien Hobgood (USA), 29, Australian veteran Tom Whitaker, 29, and reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, en route to a Semifinals berth.


“I’ve had a tough draw throughout the event, but that’s what has kept me motivated,” Aranburu said. “Coming up against the best guys out there, you need to lift your ability. Beating Kelly (Slater) for me is one of the biggest achievements I’ve ever had. I’ve been looking up to him for so long, and just being on tour with him is an honor. To beat him is a major achievement for me.”


The career-best result was halted at the hands of eventual winner Martinez during one of the most exciting heats of the event. Despite coming up short to Martinez (15.23 to the Californian’s 17.17), Aranburu’s equal 3rd place finish boosts the European to 19th on the ASP World Tour ratings.


“Bobby (Martinez) is one of the best out there,” Aranburu said. “I had one good one, but he got two good ones, and that was it. It’s my best result ever and I am stoked. I have lots of confidence going into the next events. I just want to go home and train and try new boards for Brazil and J-Bay. The biggest thing for me is to know that if I can do it once, I can do it twice.”


Michael Campbell (AUS), 35, opened his final day affair with a close win over fellow ASP Dream Tour veteran Taylor Knox (USA), 38, in the Quarterfinals, but the goofy-footer’s precision forehand approach wasn’t enough to overtake a rampaging Burrow in the Semifinals.


“It felt like I was a bit out of rhythm in the Semifinal,” Campbell said. “I wasn’t able to capitalize on the waves I got and Taj (Burrow) posted a couple of really strong scores mid-heat that left me wanting.”


Although falling short of a Finals berth, the journeyman competitor’s equal 3rd place finish boosts him from 29th to 16th on the ASP World Tour ratings.


“This is going to do a lot for my cause,” Campbell said. “I’ve had average results this year and last year too, so a third is pretty special for me. All of the heats have been hard and sometimes the luck goes your way. I’ve had a bit of luck this time around, but I’ve also spent some time here and I know it pretty well. Stoked to get a result and looking forward to the next one.”


Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, suffered an unfortunate Round 3 loss at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but after two event wins to open the season up, the Gold Coaster remains the frontrunner on this year’s ASP World Tour ratings.


The next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil from June 27 to July 5, 2009.


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1 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 18.46

2 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.10



SF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.86 def. Michael Campbell (AUS) 10.00

SF 2: Bobby Martinez (USA) 17.17 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 15.23



QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.33 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.06

QF 2: Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.84 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 10.17

QF 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.93 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.67

QF 4: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.66 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 10.66



Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 13.17 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 10.16

Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.57 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.67

Heat 7: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 12.56 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.16

Heat 8: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 9.43 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.40



1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 3000 points

2 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 2318 points

3 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 2208 points

4 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 2196 points

5 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 2174 points

6 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 2076 points

7 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 2025 points

8 – Tom Whitaker (AUS) 1932 points

9 – Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 1886 points

10 – Kieren Perrow (AUS) 1742 points

10 – Taylor Knox (USA) 1742 points

10 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 1742 points


Billabong Pro Tahiti Completes Eight Heats in Shifting Conditions

Posted by: on May 15th, 2009



Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 7, netted the day’s high heat total of a 15.33 out of a possible 20 in Round 2. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES

Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 7, netted the day’s high heat total of a 15.33 out of a possible 20 in Round 2. Photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES



TEAHUPOO, Tahiti (Wednesday, May 13, 2009, Thursday in Australia) – The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui navigated challenging weather patterns today, completing eight heats amidst varying wind and swell conditions.


Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti ran the final two heats of Round 1 today before the opening six heats of Round 2 despite putting competition on hold at various points to wait out inclement weather.


“It was definitely a struggle out there today and I wasn’t very happy with what the weather was doing,” Luke Egan, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. “The winds and swell were shifting quite a bit this morning which was frustrating, but the afternoons have been providing the best windows for running the contest so thankfully we were able to pick off a few heats at the end of the day.”


Despite the challenges faced today, the world’s best surfers logged some excellent performances.


Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 7, netted the day’s highest heat total of a 15.33 out of a possible 20, comboing his opponent Marlon Lipke (DEU), 25, with razor-sharp backhand tube sense en route to his Round 2 heat win.


“I actually thought Marlon (Lipke) started out with a really good one and that made me pretty nervous,” Burrow said. “I guess he wasn’t able to get deep enough and didn’t really get the score though. After that, I just had to select the ones that let me get in the tube long enough and was able to grab a couple of 7’s so it turned out well for me.”


Despite opening up the season with an equal 3rd, Burrow stumbled at Bells Beach with an equal 17th. The perennial ASP World Title contender will look to rebound in Tahiti, a venue that has historically been difficult for him.


“I’ve had an up and down start to this season,” Burrow said. “Went well on the Gold Coast and was unlucky at Bells and now we’re here at Teahupoo. I haven’t got a result out here in a few years, but I’m staying up the road at Papara with the Riou family and I’ve been putting some time into this event so hopefully it pays off.”


Burrow will face ASP Dream Tour veteran Kieren Perrow (AUS), 32, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti


Josh Kerr (AUS), 25, into his second jaunt on the elite ASP World Tour, caused the upset of the day, eliminating current ASP World No. 3 Fred Patacchia (HAW), 27, in the dying moments of their Round 2 bout. After sitting with priority for over 10 minutes, Kerr steamrolled through a backhand double barrel to get the highest single-wave score of the day, an 8.83 out of a possible 10, and come away with the win.


“It was a long wait being patient and there wasn’t really anything coming through,” Kerr said. “I was losing it a bit out there, but thankfully, I had priority when that set came through and the wave I took was the good one. I got the score and am stoked to move through.”


Kerr will battle Michael Campbell (AUS), 35, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.


C.J. Hobgood (USA), 29, former ASP World Champion (2001) and past winner at the Billabong Pro Tahiti (2004), dominated the opening heat of Round 2 today, netting a 14.50 out of a possible 20 to eliminate Phillip MacDonald (AUS), 30, from Billabong Pro Tahiti competition.


“Phil (MacDonald) and I had a free surf before and it was sunny and we got some fun ones then when we started the heat, the squall hit us,” Hobgood said. “He (MacDonald) sat there waiting for a wave that never came and I notched up some backup scores. You never want to win heat like that. It was unfortunate for him, but at the end of the day, that’s professional surfing sometimes.”


Currently rated No. 5 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, Hobgood is in an excellent position to capitalize at the infamous lefthanders of Teahupoo.


“I look forward to coming here every year and Tahiti is definitely one of my favorite stops on tour,” Hobgood said. “I’ve had a pretty good start to the year, but it’s going to take a lot to catch Joel (Parkinson) at this point. I’m hoping for a good result here.”


Hobgood will take on Jay Thompson (AUS), 25, in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.


Thompson, first replacement surfer on the ASP World Tour and current ASP World No. 14, continued his roll this season, eliminating dangerous young gun Jeremy Flores (FRA), 21, in Round 2 of competition today. Thompson secured the highest single-wave score of the day, an 8.83 out of a possible 10, for an excellent backhand pit.


“Jeremy (Flores) can be really, really dangerous out here,” Thompson said. “He’s spent a lot of time in Tahiti and knows the wave really well so I wasn’t taking him lightly at all. It’s pretty difficult out there, but you can still pick a couple in between the wind and rain. Fortunately for me, that one at the end really opened up and allowed me to get through.”


Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.


Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for a moderate WSW swell to continue through the next couple of days, with projected favorable winds for tomorrow.


When competition resumes, up first will be Taylor Knox (USA), 27, up against Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 7 of Round 2.


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Heat 15: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.00

Heat 16: Mick Campbell (AUS) 15.84 def. Roy Powers (AUS) 5.87



Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.50 def. Phillip MacDonald (AUS) 0.77

Heat 2: Jay Thompson (AUS) 13.83 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.37

Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.50 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 11.50

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.33 def. Marlon Lipke (DEU) 6.67

Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.16 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.50

Heat 6: Michael Campbell (AUS) 13.66 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.84



Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Heiarii Williams (PYF)

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)

Heat 10: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 14: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)

Heat 15: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)

Joel Parkinson Claims Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Solid Conditions at Kirra

Posted by: on March 11th, 2009



Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, has won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, defeating fellow finalist Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, in solid six-to-eight foot (3 metre) surf at Kirra.

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, has won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, defeating fellow finalist Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, in solid six-to-eight foot (3 metre) surf at Kirra.



KIRRA, Australia — Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, has won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile, defeating fellow finalist Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, in solid six-to-eight foot (3 metre) surf at Kirra.


After a 12-year hiatus, today’s action brought the ASP World Tour back to Kirra for the Finals of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Whilst it was not classic Kirra, the challenging conditions at the historic pointbreak offered churning barrels with massive scoring potential.


Parkinson, winner of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in 2002, was fearless from the outset in the hard-fought Final, collecting an excellent 8.83 out of a possible 10 on his opening ride, breaking his board in the process.


“That first wave was a good one but I came down funny on the floater and buckled my board,” Parkinson said. “I came in and just got energized when I heard the score and everyone on the beach really pumped me up. The crowd is awesome. There are so many people. Down here you don’t really see it, but from the water you can see the crowd on the hill and all along Coolangatta and even down Kirra Point. I could hear them roaring – it was amazing.”


The hometown favorite would return to the lineup to collect a bevy of high scores, including a 7.50 and an 8.17, before nailing his second perfect 10 of the day, pushing his heat total to an unsurpassable 18.84 out of a possible 20.


“I was thinking it has been a long time between drinks [ASP World Tour event wins],” Parkinson said. “Until the hooter blew, I didn’t know what emotion to feel. It’s the kind of thing where you’re surrounded by a lot of people and it’s not until you pull yourself back and you’re together with family and friends, that’s really when you feel all of your emotions. Right now I’m on a high and I’m buzzing, it will be a few hours to let it all sink in.”


Parkinson now sits atop the ASP World Tour ratings, in excellent position for his 2009 campaign for the ASP World Title.


“There’s still a long way to go and there are a lot of dangerous surfers out there,” Parkinson said. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. It is a long year with a lot of stops [on the Dream Tour]. It is going to be a great year.”


De Souza, former ASP World Junior Champion and into his first Final ever in an ASP World Tour event, was unable to find a rhythm against Parkinson, only grabbing a 7.00 out of a possible 10 as a noteworthy score.


“I saw Kirra break a couple of years ago but I am too young to have seen it break like it has in the past,” De Souza said. “These are the best waves so far during my time in Australia. I am really glad with everything. Second Place for me is an amazing result. I will just keep trying to do the same thing at the next event.”


Despite not claiming the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, De Souza’s Runner-Up finish today sees him rocket to No. 2 on the ASP World Tour ratings, putting himself in excellent position for the season ahead.


“It was my first Final ever so I’m happy and glad with my performance,” De Souza said. “I will just try to keep focused and determined for the rest of the year. It is amazing for me. It is a big thing that has happened in my life this Final.”


Mick Fanning (AUS), 27, former ASP World Champion (2007) and two-time past winner of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (’05, ’07), surfed the heat of the event this morning, narrowly going down to Parkinson, 19.93 to 17.66.


“Cyclone Hamish turned it on for us,” Fanning said. “It’s one of those days where you can have one of the best surfs of your life or one of the worst surfs of your life. It wasn’t the best surf of my life, but it was definitely up there.”


The incredible conditions provided the ideal forum for the two locals to raise the performance bar, and while the lead flip-flopped several times throughout the Semifinal, it was Parkinson’s perfect 10 that would nail the coffin shut.


“I didn’t see Joel’s 9.90 but I saw his 10,” Fanning said. “When his head popped out, I knew. I said to myself I would give that a 10. Congratulations to him, he surfed an awesome heat.”


Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, finished Equal 3rd at today’s Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, going down to eventual event Runner-Up De Souza in Semifinal 2.


“I felt really lost at sea,” Burrow said. “It was a total lucky dip, then the wind squall came through and it got even more wild and washed out. Every time a wave came that looked any good, Adriano [de Souza] was sitting next to me with priority. I was just really unlucky. Last time I surfed here, I got a perfect 10 as a wildcard, so I have good memories of Kirra. I would have loved a 10 at the end of that heat. I’m just looking forward to the next event now.”


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1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.83

2 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.30



SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 19.93 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.66

SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.84 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5.34



1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 1200 points

2. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 1032 points

3. Taj Burrow (AUS) 876 points

3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 876 points

5. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 732 points

5. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 732 points

5. Adrian Buchan (AUS)732 points

5. Damien Hobgood (USA) 732 points


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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

Heats Announced for 2009 Kickoff at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Posted by: on February 27th, 2009



Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 3, will face Mikael Picon (FRA), 29, and one of the event wildcards in Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 3, will face Mikael Picon (FRA), 29, and one of the event wildcards in Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.


COOLANGATTA, Aus — The world’s best surfers are gearing up for the opening event of the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile, at Snapper Rocks from February 28 through March 11, 2009.


Event No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will see the return of reigning and nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 36, in his bid for an unprecedented tenth crown, but a swath of the world’s top talents will be standing in his way.


Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 3, is one of the few on a short list of favored athletes who could potentially usurp Slater, and Burrow’s reputation in righthand pointbreaks such as Snapper Rocks is unrivaled by most.


“The first couple of weeks I was having a hell time and enjoying the summer, but beginning in January, I’ve been training full on,” Burrow said. “I’ve been working with Johnny Gannon, and he’ll be traveling the season with me. We’ve been training harder than ever before and I’ve been working on my flexibility and fitness and I feel like I’m surfing better than ever before.”


With his progressive bag of tricks and his penchant for lightning-fast surfing, Burrow enters into Snapper Rocks as one of the favorites, and will look to kick off his 2009 ASP World Title campaign at the opening event.


“I think my surfing certainly suits warm water righthand pointbreaks and I’m always excited for the opening event of the season,” Burrow said. “To get to surf Snapper Rocks with only one or two guys out is really special and I hope we get waves. I don’t plan on changing too much in terms of my game plan this season. I felt like I was surfing really well last year and made few mistakes. Kelly (Slater) was just in really scary form last season so we’ll see what happens.”


Burrow will open up his 2009 season against Mikael Picon (FRA), 29, and one of the event wildcards in Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.


Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 4 and former Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast winner (2002), is excited to start off the 2009 season at home on the Gold Coast.


“I can’t wait,” Parkinson said. “I’m excited for another good year and hopefully we get really good waves. It’s such a bonus to start the season here at home where I’m familiar with everything and know the banks really well. I’m really excited.”


Parkinson has long been heralded as one of the leading contenders for the ASP World Title, but a career-high Runner-Up finish in 2002 and 2004 is as close as he has gotten.


“I’ve just been surfing a lot and training a lot,” Parkinson said. “Just trying to get everything sorted before the season starts. In regards to Kelly (Slater), I haven’t really figured that one out yet. You just have to be bigger, stronger, faster and more determined. I’m hungry this season though.”


Parkinson will battle Dane Reynolds (AUS), 23, and Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23, in Round 1 of competition when the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast commences.


Jeremy Flores (FRA), 20, current ASP World No. 10, will enter into his third season on the ASP Dream Tour in 2009, and after two Top 10 finishes, the prodigious natural-footer is emerging as one of the dominant surfers of the new class.


“I don’t have any specific goals for this season,” Flores said. “I am very happy with the way my past two years have gone, finishing in the Top 10, and I’m only 20, so I’m just taking it in, gaining experience and training hard. Maybe in a couple of years I will go for the ASP World Title, but until then, I am just living the Dream.”


Flores will face Roy Powers (HAW), 28, and Tim Boal (FRA), 25, in the opening heat of competition when Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast competition commences.


The 2009 ASP Top 45 will kick off this season’s Dream Tour at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, which boasts a waiting period from February 28 – March 11, 2009.


The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast is a mobile event, with Snapper Rocks serving as the primary venue, but utilizing nearby Duranbah Beach, Greenmount, Kirra, Burleigh Heads and as far north as Stradbroke Island should conditions call for it.


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The event will incorporate the Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile, the opening event of the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour.


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Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Roy Powers (HAW), Tim Boal (FRA)

Heat 2: Bobby Martinez (USA), Ben Dunn (AUS), Dustin Barca (HAW)

Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tiago Pires (PRT)

Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Heitor Alves (BRA), Phillip MacDonald (AUS)

Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Damien Hobgood (AUS), Drew Courtney (AUS)

Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Taylor Knox (USA), Marlon Lipke (DEU)

Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Dane Reynolds (USA), Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), TBA

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Dayyan Neve (AUS), TBA

Heat 10: Taj Burrow (AUS), Mikael Picon (FRA), TBA

Heat 11: Luke Stedman (AUS), Dean Morrison (AUS), Greg Emslie (ZAF)

Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Mick Campbell (AUS), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)

Heat 13: Chris Ward (USA), Nathaniel Curran (USA), Nic Muscroft (AUS)

Heat 14: Kai Otton (AUS), Chris Davidson (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 15: Tim Reyes (USA), Michel Bourez (PYF), David Weare (ZAF)

Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Gabe Kling (USA), Jihad Khodr (BRA)


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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

Trials February 27, 2009

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.

Interstate surfers win at Billabong Taj’s Small Fries in WA

Posted by: on January 19th, 2009



Taj and Jack.

Taj and Jack.

Jack Robinson is just 11 years of age, showed his potential by making all three finals

Jack Robinson is just 11 years of age, showed his potential by making all three finals



Yallingup, WA — In excellent surf at Yallingup in the remote south west of Western Australia, interstate surfers Soli Bailey (Byron Bay NSW) and India Payne (San Remo Victoria) have won the under 16 Boy’s and Girl’s divisions of the prestigious Billabong Taj’s Small Fries national event.

While the interstate surfers managed to take the two premier divisions, WA surfers also shone through at this event lead by the exciting potential of Margaret River 11 year old surfer Jack Robinson who made all three finals which included a massive scoring win in his under 12 division. Robinson won his under 12 final with outstanding scores of 9.63 and an 8.5 out of 10 and in his under 14 final was close to winning having scored the finals top scoring ride of a 7.5 but had to settle for 3rd place in that final without a reasonable second scoring ride. Jack also placed 3rd in the under 16 final.

Other WA surfers who really excelled today included Alex Durant (1st place under 14 Girls), Creed MacTaggart (2nd place 16 Boys) and Shaun Manners (2nd Place 12 Boys).

As expected the surf conditions were superb throughout this event which finished at Main Break Yallingup and the youngsters reveled in the conditions.

Taj was onhand throughout and the current World Number 3 rated surfer closed the event by saying “ It’s so good to see fantastic young surfers competing at such a high level – the kids are coming from everywhere and striving to get better and I know my local boardriders club at Yallingup and the community love this event  – we’re lucky to have such a great area for waves and to serve up the conditions to these kids is just perfect.”

Soli Bailey and Jack Robinson tied for honours of the standout surfers today – Bailey by winning two divisions across under 14 and under 16 and Robinson care of his three finals performances and super high scores spread through the finals.

Bailey commented on his performance here saying “We’ve had great waves here and it’s a really cool event. I’m going to Hawaii next month and to surf these waves is sort of a good lead up with lots of power and size – I’ll stay on for a few days here because it looks like there’s some big waves coming – the place is fantastic”

India Payne’s win was the biggest of her career and also one of the closest as she managed to edge out local Yallingup girl Mikaela Greene by just 0.5 of a point.

“That was so close, we were changing the lead throughout the final and I was so relieved when the siren went and I was in front – it’s a great event to win because the waves are always so good here and to have Taj Burrow watching us all surf the finals was a really good feeling”

There were numerous excellent performances today across all finalists but special mention must go to Sunshine Coast Queensland pair Kai Hing (4th place under 12’s) and Eli Steele (2nd place under 14’s) who performed well all week and their long trip to the south west proved well worthwhile.

Results across all divisions can be found via the Surfing Australia website at and a gallery of shots from this quality event will also appear on the website in a few days.

Without doubt, all surfers left the event today feeling super about surfing in one of Australia’s richest areas for class surf and all those who remain eligible will be eager to surf this event again next year!


Taj Burrow on Track to Take Top Honors at Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro

Posted by: on November 2nd, 2008



Taj Burrow takes to the skies in Round 3 at Praia da Vila in Imbituba.

Taj Burrow takes to the skies in Round 3 at Praia da Vila in Imbituba.



IMBITUBA, Brazil (Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008) – Taj Burrow (AUS) has made it abundantly clear that he made the trek to Brazil to win the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro.

The current World No. 2 amassed the highest heat total of the event to take out former tour surfer Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 18.10 to 13.17 today. If Burrow goes on to win the event, it will mark his fourth ASP World Tour victory in Brazil.

“I’m feeling good and confident, just warming up, feeling my board, the waves and the water, so I’m happy to be here in Brazil,” Burrow said. “I really want to win this contest.”

Brazil’s punchy beach breaks suit Burrow’s style perfectly, allowing him to use his aerial antics to delight the fans on the beach and the judges alike. Today was no exception.

“I’m surfing pretty comfortably,” Burrow said. “It’s good when the jet-skis pick you up and you can surf a lot of waves. It’s really fun out there because you can try trick maneuvers and do aerials.”

World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) also made his heat today. Though Durbidge would love nothing more to finish the year second behind nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and ahead of Burrow, he’s trying to take it all in stride at the moment.

“I just try to not think too much about it,” Durbidge said. “I’m just trying to have fun and enjoy Brazil, so let’s see what happens.”

Replacement surfer Marco Polo (BRA) free fell to a last minute victory over World No. 12 Kai Otton in the first heat of the day. Otton led the majority of the Round 3 bout, but suffered his third Round 3 loss in as many events when Polo earned an 8.67 with a minute and a half to go.

“It was like a Final,” Polo said. “In the end I was out there waiting for a wave, hoping for a big one and then right at the end of the heat I dropped in on a set wave, did two maneuvers and finished with a huge floater. It was a very great wave and I very happy to move on.”

Leonardo Neves (BRA) equaled his best result of his rookie season by beating Jordy Smith (ZAF) today. Currently sitting No. 39 in the ratings – a big result in Brazil is crucial for Neves to requalify as a Top 27 surfer on the ASP World Tour.

“When I saw Marco Polo turn his heat with the last wave I got a really nice energy from him and I felt confident before my heat,” Neves said. “The crowd was rooting for him and then for me, so I thought, ‘today is the Brazilian day.’ I had luck in my heat and caught two good waves, so I’m stoked. I need a very good result here to go to Hawaii more relaxed and keep my spot on the tour.”

The other two Brazilian surfers still in contention for the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Crown are rookie Heitor Alves and former ASP World Tour surfer and event wildcard Bernardo Miranda.

Fred Patacchia is the only Hawaiian still competing in the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro. He beat Hizunome Bettero (BRA) to lock down a Round 4 duel with lone Californian Timmy Reyes. Florida’s Hobgood brothers and North Carolina’s Ben Bourgeois round out the Americans still competing.

France’s two-man contingent are also still in contention after advancing from Round 3. Jeremy Flores (FRA) earned a 9.80 – the highest single wave score of the event – to beat replacement surfer Marcio Farney (BRA) 17.97 to 12.00. Miky Picon (FRA) beat Mick Campbell (AUS) 15.84 to 12.86.

Guaranteed equal 9th or better results are season-bests for Burgeois and Daniel Ross (AUS). Ross convincingly eliminated Chris Ward (USA) courtesy of a 9.33 in his scoreline today.

“There are some good lefts out there and I picked up a good one, surfed it well and got a good score,” Ross said. “To get good waves you have to massacre them. I’m looking to make more heats and I hope to have another good one against Tom Whitaker, we are good mates.”

Ross and Whitaker will meet in Heat 3 of Round 4 which may well be held tomorrow. Australian Dayyan Neve is also still surfing the event and is matched up with Miranda in Heat 6.

Another call on competition status will be made tomorrow morning at 7:30am. For more information

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Marco Polo (BRA) 14.17 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.00
Heat 2: Leonardo Neves (BRA) 12.33 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.40
Heat 3: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 13.10 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 10.60
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.97 def. Marcio Farney (BRA) 12.00
Heat 5: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 14.00 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.20
Heat 6: Daniel Ross (AUS) 16.83 def. Chris Ward (USA) 13.33
Heat 7: Mikael Picon (FRA) 15.84 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.86
Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.10 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.17
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.83 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.10
Heat 10: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.00 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.90
Heat 11: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 14.34 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 13.84
Heat 12: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 12.33 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 7.83
Heat 13: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.34 def. Jano Belo (BRA) 7.10
Heat 14: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.83 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 4.43
Heat 15: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.50 def. Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 9.60
Heat 16: Tim Reyes (USA) 13.67 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 5.20

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro Round 4 Heat Draw:
Heat 1: Marco Polo (BRA) vs. Leonardo Neves (BRA)
Heat 2: Ben Bourgeois (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 3: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 4: Mikael Picon (FRA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 6: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 7:C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 8: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)