The 2014 Surfer Poll Awards….Via Surfer Magazine…….

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in ASP WCT, Industry News, News, Surfer Poll Awards, Surfing | 0 comments

    POLL WINNERS NO. 1 / JOHN FLORENCE NO. 2 / KELLY SLATER NO. 3 / GABRIEL MEDINA NO. 4 / MICK FANNING NO. 5 / JORDY SMITH NO. 6 / DANE REYNOLDS NO. 7 / JOEL PARKINSON NO. 8 / JULIAN WILSON NO. 9 / KOLOHE ANDINO NO. 10 / TAJ BURROW NO. 1 / STEPH GILMORE NO. 2 / SALLY FITZGIBBONS NO. 3 / CARISSA MOORE NO. 4 / COCO HO NO. 5 / ALANA BLANCHARD VIDEO AWARD WINNERS BEST BARREL KOA SMITH WORST WIPEOUT MYRON PORTER HEAVY WATER GRANT “TWIGGY” BAKER A.I. BREAKTHROUGH PERMFORMER NOA DEANE AGENT OF CHANGE SUSTAINABLE SURF BEST PERFORMANCE ALBEE LAYER BEST DOCUMENTARY THUNDERCLOUD BEST SHORT CHEESE II BEST MANEUVER KELLY SLATER, TOUR NOTES MOVIE OF THE YEAR STRANGE RUMBLINGS IN SHANGRI LA VIA SURFER MAGAZINE     Share this: Like...

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J-Bay Open Mens Championship Tour #6

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in ASP WCT, Competition, Surfing | 0 comments

Stakes Get Higher at J-Bay Before the Top 34 head to South Africa for the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) J-Bay Open, we take a look at who has the highest stakes at Supertubes. Most to Gain: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Ranked #33 Consistently sitting toward the bottom of the rankings, this gregarious, hard-charging Aussie needs a win to fuel his competitive fire and stay on tour. After squeaking by last year at No. 22, the goofy-footer returned to the WCT in 2014 with a new coach and commitment to contest surfing. The Tour benefits from having a colorful contestant like Wilko, but his performance in water needs to match his dynamism on land. Kelly Slater (USA), Ranked #3 The 11-time world champion missed out on his 12th title last year, and should be hungrier than ever. But some surprising oustershave kept him from winning a single contest so far in 2014, a rarity for an exacting athlete who conquers every wave with precision. Still, Slater’s consistent third- and fifth-place finishes have him ranked number three. Reigning at J-Bay would tip the scales to put the Champ back on top. Michel Bourez (PYF), Ranked #2 The second-most successful man on the 2014 WCT is sandwiched between current points leader Gabriel Medina (BRA) and perennial winner Kelly Slater (USA). Known for his powerful carve, Bourez’s ferocious forehand attack suits the steep walls of Supertubes. Right now, the former underdog is so close to number one, he can taste it. Brett Simpson (USA), Ranked #34  Simpo has everything to gain from a good performance at J-Bay. When he joined the WCT in 2010 he was a promising addition boasting polished style, and armed with the arsenal of maneuvers required for success on the big stage. ButSimpson has struggled on tour; despite his powerful surfing he’s been prone to mistakes. At the Fiji Pro in May, he was ousted in Round 2 by close friend and heat rival Nat Young; he hasn’t yet placed in an ASP WCT event this year. A spot on the podium in South Africa would not only renew his promise as a rising talent, but also his confidence as a competitor. Most to Lose: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Ranked #5 After years of being the tour’s “perennial bridesmaid,” Parko got a taste of victory with a Title win in 2012. This year, he has yet to win a contest but his high-scoring heats have put him in a precarious fifth place. A WCT veteran in his early thirties, slipping lower in the rankings could suggest that the new guard is edging him out. Despite his formidable mix of power and grace in the water, the two-time J-Bay winner has fought hard for his points. A loss at Supertubes would hamper his title campaign and potentially diminish his authority among the Top 34. Jordy Smith (ZAF), Ranked #11 Smith, a Durban local with bothpower-carves and new-school skillsto spare, has won twice at J-Bay and will again be performing on home turf....

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Kelly Slater Gives the ASP food for thought on ‘Double Points’ awarded at Fiji, Pipeline.

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in ASP WCT, News, Surfing | 0 comments

    Kelly Slater (USA) has been surfing’s “next best thing” for the past three decades. It’s an accolade that has been earned both in and out of the jersey and an accomplishment that is unprecedented in all of sports. Now the 11-time World Champ heads to Fiji donning the yellow jersey once more. During the brief intermission between the Billabong Rio Pro and theFiji Pro, Slater spoke with ASP about the road to Tavarua and lent some musings on the Tour and the surf culture at large.   #1 You sustained a number of injuries in 2013 and you obviously have had a lot going on in your life professionally at the start of this season regarding your recent split from Quiksilver. Do these types of things distract you from performing in heats or focus you further (the “wounded animal” theory)? They’re both correct at times. I think mostly I’ve been distracted and not felt super confident so far this year. The good news is I’m in a pretty consistent position with all keepers, but the bad news is those numbers lie a little. When we throw events away, I slip back so I need to get a win soon to solidify. I still have some injuries. My hip and lower back are real issues for me but when the adrenaline kicks in that dissipates. #2 Compared to the current ASP Top 34 field, what are the most dominant components of your surfing? Conversely, what are the most vulnerable components? I think I’m vulnerable for sure at waves like Margaret’s and Bells and Rio so I’m happy with results in those places. My strengths have always been carving and barrels and in the early days I feel like I had an advantage at small beachbreaks because I grew up in that and it was my bread and butter. Traveling and searching for good waves, my priorities and excitement has changed and I feel like I am much better in what we’d typify as ‘dream waves’… good, barreling reef waves. #3 To that end, do you feel that, relative to other venues on tour, the opening third of the season didn’t favor you schedule-wise? How have you still managed to find yourself out in front at this juncture? I didn’t like the sound of that first third going in, but felt if I could be in the running after those events that Fiji on would be a great place to make a move. These next four events are historically good for me. Inconsistent waves and closeout beachbreaks like Rio leave everyone open to being taken out unexpectedly by low seeds. Everyone has been vulnerable, but I’ve squeaked by a few close ones to stay out in front. On a side note, I really think Fiji and Pipe and possibly Teahupo’o and/or J-Bay should be considered “Majors” for us and be given double points. Three...

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The Spartan Claims Win Number 2 At Rio.

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in ASP WCT, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

 Michel Bourez claims his second event win of 2014,defeating Kolohe Andino in the Billabong Rio Pro. Final Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.84 vs. Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.43 Michel Bourez opened up first in the Final, blasting a 7.17 for a series of three powerful backhand turns. Kolohe Andino would catch a series of waves, his best coming in at a 5.00 for two backhand snaps. Bourez was more selective in his approach, notching a 6.67 on his second ride. In need of an 8.84, Andino would hunt down the righthand ramps on offer at Barra Da Tijuca, but the Californian was unable to complete any attempts. Bourez held on for the win, taking his second victory of the 2014 ASP WCT season, moving to No. 4 on the rankings. Billabong Rio Pro Final footage, via the ASP Semifinals SF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.73 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.17 SF 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.30 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.33 Quarterfinals QF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.50 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.37 QF 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.44 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 7.40 QF 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.83 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.67 QF4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.66 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.20 Source:- ASP Share this: Like...

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Barrels Galore and the Brazillians falter at Rio during Round 3 – 4

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in ASP WCT, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

Round 3 Heat 1: Travis Logie (ZAF) 15.50 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.00 Round 3 of the Billabong Rio Pro freatured a barrel shootout between current ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina and veteran Travis Logie. Medina wasted little time in establishing a lead, earning an 8.50 for a deep forehand barrel in the opening minute of the heat. Medina looked poised for victory when he found another forehand tube for a 6.50, but Logie’s patience paid off. With 1:30 remaining on the clock, the South African drove through an incredible forehand barrel, posting a near-perfect 9.50 for a win over the Brazilian favorite. Travis Logie’s 9.50 Barrel  “I’m just baffled,” said Logie. “That was a nice little birthday present at the end. I managed to pull a serious rabbit out of the hat. I don’t know how I did that. I just kept relaxed. It’s you against the ocean and there was nothing I could do.”  Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 12.03 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 7.33  With competition solidified as the Best of the Barrels, Nat Young took off early in Heat 2, earning midrange scores in the opening five minutes with back-to-back tube rides. Another quick barrel with a clean cutback finish improved his bottom score to a 5.93 and forced the rookie Mitch Crews to hunt down an excellent score. The Aussie found a couple tight barrels late in the heat but they lacked the depth and polished exits the judges were looking for. “It’s who’s in the right spot at the right time out there,” said Young, who advances to Round 4. Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.97 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 7.63  2011 Billabong Rio Pro Champion Adriano de Souza battled Basque talent Aritz Aranburu next and both regular-footers struggled to find a rhythm in the shifty barrels at Barra Da Tijuca. De Souza struck first, finding a crucial 7.67 that held the Brazilian in the lead throughout the heat. Aranburu took to the face with just minutes remaining, but his 3.70 for two average turns would not be enough to surpass De Souza. Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.70 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.50  Taking a cue from the other red jerseys, Aussie Julian Wilson took off early, finding back-to-back tubes in the opening five minutes. Kolohe Andino, who had yet to surpass Round 3 on Tour this year, found a tight barrel on his backhand to chip away at the lead. 10 minutes later, Andino forced the heat’s first lead change, dropping into a deep barrel, this time on his forehand, stalling to find full cover and exiting cleanly for an excellent 8.43. Wilson fought back with a long tube ride and stomped out a closing floater for a 7.00 but couldn’t find another midrange score to reclaim the lead. Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.33 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.90 Thumping barrels continued at Barra Da Tijuca as prodigious BrazilianFilipe Toledo and Australian powerhouse Bede...

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Top Seeds Tumble during Round One Billabong Rio Pro

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in ASP WCT, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

Opening day of the Billabong Rio Pro kicked off with 2011 event winner Adriano de Souza (BRA), 2013 Quarterfinalist Sebastian Zietz (HAW) and Portuguese standout Tiago Pires (PRT) in the water first in clean conditions at the powerful beachbreak of Barra Da Tijuca. The international standouts got off to a quick start, all logging small scores on the board throughout the first half of the heat. Pires established a lead with the first substantial ride of a 6.33 for two solid turns. Both De Souza and Zietz fought hard to battle back, catching a flurry of waves, but the Portugues Tiger held on to the lead, advancing directly to Round 3. Current ASP World No. 1 and crowd favorite Gabriel Medina   (BRA) wasted little time to open his Billabong Rio Pro campaign, etching a pair of 6-point rides to start. Fellow countryman Raoni Monteiro (BRA) answered back, notching a strong 7.50 of his own while Adrian Buchan(AUS) picked off a few small rides. Medina built momentum, blending his polished technical approach and his aerial game on both his forehand and backhand, strengthening his lead lead over the pack. Medina held on to the win, advancing directly to Round 3. Taj Burrow (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), and Brett Simpson (USA) battled next, with the trio sharing a series of small scores throughout the first 20 minutes. Burrow’s 5.13 placed him in the lead and while his backup ride consisted of only a midrange 4, it would prove enough for the win. With the swell leveling off, each Heat 4 contender took different strategies to attempt early scores. Joel Parkinson (AUS) rode early and frequently, breaking left for two quick 1 pointers. Injury replacement Glenn Hall (IRL) took a different tact, waiting for a sizable wave, caught his first ride four minutes in and scored a 5.67 for a powerful tail-free turn followed by a clean carve and an closeout air-reverse. But the lead didn’t hold long for Hall as Parko took advantage of a clean wave, with back-to-back cutbacks and a massive carve for a 6.5. That lead stretched beyond reach of Hall and Jeremy Flores (FRA) when he was able to drive through a barrel and added a clean cutback for a 7.17 at the halfway point. Flores chased down a two-turn wave for a 6.97 but was unable to overcome the 6.71 spread, giving Parkinson the go-ahead to Round 3 Mitch Crews tops Kelly Slater and wildcard Peterson Crisanto in Round 1 of 2014 Billabong Rio Pro.       11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) established an early lead over rookie Mitch Crews and wildcard Peterson Crisanto (AUS), with a 4.43 and 3.67 on his forehand. Crews quickly battled back, making a critical barrel on his forehand for a 7.57. The Australian quickly backed up his efforts on another righthander, lofting a clean frontside air for a 5.50, placing both Crisanto and Slater in need of excellent scores. Slater and Crisanto would hunt the lineup, but were unable to find the waves needed to...

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Billabong Rio Pro Waiting Period Begins May 7th

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in ASP WCT, Billabong Pro Rio, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

Fresh off the completion of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour now heads to the beach breaks of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Below are the Mens and Womens Round One Match Ups 2014 Men’s Billabong Rio Pro Round 1 Heat Draw: Heat 1: Adriano de Souza, Bede Durbidge, Dion Atkinson Heat 2: Gabriel Medina, Sebastian Zietz, Tiago Pires Heat 3: Taj Burrow, Adrian Buchan, Raoni Monteiro Heat 4: Joel Parkinson, Adam Melling, Brett Simpson Heat 5: Kelly Slater, Jeremy Flores, Peterson Crisanto Heat 6: Mick Fanning, Mitch Crews, David do Carmo Heat 7: Josh Kerr, Fred Patacchia, Travis Logie Heat 8: Jordy Smith, Filipe Toledo, Aritz Aranburu Heat 9: Julian Wilson, Miguel Pupo, Alejo Muniz Heat 10: Nat Young, Kai Otton, Jadson Andre Heat 11: Michel Bourez, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson Heat 12: John John Florence, CJ Hobgood, Kolohe Andino 2014 Rio Pro Round 1 Heat Draw: Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag, Malia Manuel, Alessa Quizon Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons, Coco Ho, Niki Van Dijk Heat 3: Carissa Moore, Pauline Ado, Wildcard (TBA) Heat 4: Tyler Wright, Laura Enever, Alana Blanchard Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore, Dimity Stoyle, Johanne Defay Heat 6: Courtney Conlogue, Lakey Peterson, Paige Hareb EVENT WAITING PERIOD: May 7-18, 2014 DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Jordy Smith & Tyler Wright LIVE EVENT WEBSITE: www.ASPWorldTour.com Source –Surfer Magazine. BY RAY BERGMAN   Share this: Like...

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Carissa Moore & Mick Fanning Make it Ring!

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in ASP WCT, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

      Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach champs Mick Fanning and Carissa Moore get their turns at hoisting the historic Bells Bell.  Watch Ceremony Video – Highlight: 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Day Mick Fanning & Taj Burrow clashed in the culmination of final day at the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. Highlights: Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Final Day Carissa Moore was crowned the champ, after going blow for blow with Tyler Wright in the final of the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach. Mens Final – Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.83 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.46 FINAL VIDEO     Womens Final – Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.23 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.77 FINAL VIDEO Source – ASP Share this: Like...

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