20th SIARGAO CLOUD 9 SURFING CUP Becomes a QS Event..

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in ASP WQS, News, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

  This year’s Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup, slated to run in the Philippines this September, will be a historic event. It has been running for 20 years, but this fall will be the Cup’s first to offer ASP Qualifying Series (QS) points. The contest event will now be co-sanctioned by both ASP QS and Asian Surfing Championship (ASC), giving competitors a unique opportunity to better their respective standings in each league. Defending champion Putra Hermawan (IDN) is looking forward to competing in an even bigger event and taking full advantage of the chance to compete for both ASP QS and ASC points simultaneously. “Surfing Cloud 9 is like surfing my home break, Lacerations, in Nusa Lembongan,” Hermawan said. “Last year was my first time to surf at Cloud 9 and I’m so excited to go back there again.” With ASP heading to the break, local surfers like Osot Alcala (PHI) will have the chance to compete among some of the sport’s top athletes in the world. “The locals are super excited to have the ASP and ASC here at Cloud 9,” Alcala said. “We want our chance to surf against some of the best and can’t wait until September.” Siargao’s governor, Francisco T. Matugas, has been a driving force behind getting this event on the world stage. Along with offering more opportunity for the surfers, a QS rating is a chance for the region to put a spotlight on its waves and its talent. Surfing continues to gain footing in Asia and the Siargao is another step up in the upward mobility of the sport there. The president of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, plans to attend the opening ceremonies, a sign of the growing popularity of surfing in the country. The ASP sanction will also create a huge draw for both regional and international of surfers, furthering the Asia Pacific region’s standing as integral part of competitive surfing. “I’ve been lu Tim Hain, General Manager of the ASC, has also been instrumental in the deal to co-sanction the event, working closely with the local government and surfing community to make the 2014 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup the biggest and best in the series’s history. “When the ASC first sanctioned an event here at Cloud 9 in 2012, it was our goal to see a dual sanctioned ASP-ASC event here one day,” Hain said. cky enough to see Cloud 9 first-hand and it truly is one of the world’s best waves,” said Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia General Manager. “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make these events happen so I’d like to thank the people of the Philippines and everyone who’s involved.” The 20th Annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup will run from September 24 to 28, 2014. SOURCE – ASP.   Share this: Like...

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Adriano And Carissa 2014 Hurley Australian Open Of Surfing Champions

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in ASP WQS, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

Two of the world’s most recognised surfers, Brazilian Adriano de Souza and Hawaiian Carissa Moore, have stormed to the winner’s podium in the Men’s and Women’s 6-star World Qualifying Series divisions of the 2014 Hurley Australian Open of Surfing. De Souza’s win at iconic Manly Beach comes just one week after a finals appearance at Pipeline in Hawaii and adds to his list of career wins at locations such as Bells Beach-Australia, Jeffrey’s Bay South-Africa and Rio Brazil. De Souza overcame a very in-form Julian Wilson in the final. De Souza’s score was a whopping 17.20 pts to Wilson’s low 8.34pts, thanks to a super quick start that saw the Brazilian rack up two excellent waves before a strong southerly change whipped up conditions. Wilson, the event’s No. 1 seed, had been in sizzling form all week, barely putting a foot wrong. His repertoire throughout the early rounds included lightening-quick airs, full rail carves and clean backhand and forehand hits, but in the decider the wheels fell off. To the disappointment of friends and fans, Wilson fell on what for him are routine moves. By winning the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing, De Souza pockets $25,000, was awarded 3,500 all-important WQS ratings points and logs another stat in the history books. “It feels amazing to be the first Brazilian to win the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing!” De Souza said. “I’ve got so much respect for Julian Wilson, he’s number six in the world and the best guy in the event. I was lucky that he fell off a few times in the final. It’s great to have the support from the Brazilian guys in the event and the fans on the beach. It’s the perfect start to my year. It’s been such a great event, thank you to everybody.” Wilson was obviously disappointed with his momentary form slump in the decider, but takes a lot of positives as he looks ahead to the next events. “I just couldn’t build any momentum and I just felt like I was rushing,” said Wilson. “I had a really fun week in challenging conditions, I had some good heats and I was only one spot from the win. If I came here and lost early it wouldn’t have done me any good, but I’ll take a lot of confidence into the rest of the year.” Two-time and reigning ASP Women’s World Champion, Carissa Moore, dropped one of the best single maneuvers by a female surfer this web content provider has ever seen on her way to winning the women’s final over fellow Hawaiian Alessa Quizon. Obviously a world champ knows how to surf, but one particular layback snap Moore did was next-level. Completely controlled, fins out, full layback at speed – it was epic. The performance benchmark for women’s surfing was lifted higher with that single move. You can guarantee Moore’s rivals...

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Finals Day At The Hurley Australian Open

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in ASP WQS, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

After seven huge days of surfing that began with 144 competitors we are now down the to the final eight in the blue ribbon division here at Manly. The Men’s Quarter Final match-ups include some of the big, established names – all guys with World Championship Tour experience. No. 1 event seed Julian Wilson, continues to blaze through the draw. Wilson has barely put a foot wrong. Today the world rated #6 nailed a couple of massive inverted, frontside air reverses to register one of the highest two-wave combined heat totals of the round. Wilson scored a super impressive 18.27 points out of a possible 20 and he needed to – against the defending finalist, Evan Geiselman, Wilson was always going to have to surf a tight heat. Geiselman is so good in small waves, his score of 17.50pts would have seen him progess from every other heat of the round. A tough loss for the American … Wilson is pretty clear with his intentions, he wants the title! “I’m here because I want to win,” Wilson said. “I want to start winning events. I had a really consistent back half of last year, but didn’t get a win and I just want to get that ball rolling early this year. It takes a few years of travelling on the ASP World Tour to get comfortable with everything like boards, where to stay and the rest. It’s really hard to get on there and start winning right away. I’m coming into my fourth year now and I feel a lot more comfortable about what I need to do to be ready for every event.” Also looking super sharp is Frenchman Jeremy Flores. This guy spent much of his teenage years living in Sydney, Australia so the conditions at Manly are something he is very familiar with. Today Flores disposed of another experienced campaigner, Heitor Alves of Brazil. Picking a winner is always a tough ask at surf competition, but as a perennial top-10 finisher on the WCT Tour, you’d have to expect Flores is a favourite on the final day. He’s got the moves, he’s got the experience, he’s got the determination and he sounds pumped! “These are the best waves all week, it’s small but rippable so everyone is really excited,” said Flores. “I’m really happy to be into the Quarterfinals, lately I haven’t been at my best in these sort of small waves, so to make some heats at this event is good for my confidence. Manly has been really fun, with the music, the skating, the pro junior surfing, it’s sick! I like the vibe here.” Similarly matched to Flores in these beach break conditions is Brazil’s Adriano de Souza. Physically, de Souza is one of the smaller surfers on tour, but his repertoire and precision make him on of the best. Like Flores, he is...

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Sunshine Coast Surfers Impress At The Hurley Australian Open

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

The Sunshine Coast contingent all progressed through to the next rounds of surfing yesterday, stamping a mark on the Manly Beach break. First heat of the morning saw Kai Hing , Hurley Australian Open of Surfing event wildcard score a epic last minute wave that clocked in at 7.83 out of a possible 10 to jump from 4th to 2nd place and advance into the next round. 16-year-old Hing will now take on Luel Felipe (BRA), Billy Stairmand (NZL) and Alejo Muniz (BRA) when competition resumes. Sophie McCulloch surfed in the last heat of the day, putting Bethany Hamilton on the ropes requiring an 8 point ride, however Sophie held on and was the eventual winner.. Mitch Coleborn progressed easily into Round 3 , and Dimity Stoyle and Keely Andrew will surf together in Heat 6, Round 3, and Sophie into Heat 11 up against Malia Manuel and Sage Erickson. In small testing conditions at Manly,Adriano De Souza (Brazil) won the opening heat of the morning at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing today, with fast and hard power surfing. De Souza is fresh from a great start to his competitive season, finishing 4th at the ASP 5-Star at Pipeline in Hawaii, where the big surf is a stark contrast to today’s tiny conditions. “It’s great coming from Hawaii to Manly, to be a professional surfer you have to be able to surf in all conditions,” De Souza said. “Summer here in Australia usually has smaller surf than in winter, but it’s good to be here and get used to the smaller waves after three months in Hawaii. Snapper is right around the corner, and I’m doing the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing and Newcastle to get loose and ready for it.” Conner Coffin (Santa Barbra, CA/USA) and his Californian counterpart Dane Reynolds (Ventura, CA/USA) won through Heat 18 of Round 2 in 1st and 2nd position. Coffin got off to an early lead, while Reynolds snuck into 2nd in the last five minutes of the heat. “I’ve had a couple heats with Dane (Reynolds) in the past and it’s always rad,” Coffin said. “For some reason the waves are always like this, I feel like we’re always having these weird small wave heats. I’m super stoked to get through that one. It was anyone’s game out there. The game plan was to go out and ride the waves that break, because there wasn’t many of them. I think I only caught two waves and they happened to be good ones.” Reynolds’ appearance at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing has attracted a lot of interest from surf fans, media and his fellow competitors. All eyes were on him today to see how he’d handle the tough conditions and he did what he does best, made the most of every section on offer, throwing the tail and carving all the way into...

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Surfers Put On A Show In Small Waves At The Hurley Australian Open 2014

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

Despite smaller surf today, the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing was able to charge through half of Round 2 of the men’s and Round 1 of the women’s ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series divisions. Competition was fierce as this is the first ASP 6-Star event of the year and precious ranking’s points and prize-money are on the line. Julian Wilson (Sunshine Coast, QLD/AUS), Hurley Australian Open of Surfing’s No. 1 seed after he finished 6th on the ASP World Championship Tour last year, started the day with an impressive win in the difficult conditions. Wilson scored an 8.50 (out of a possible 10) for two explosive backhand turns and advanced into the Round of 48, with last year’s ASP Australasia Pro Junior champion Jake Sylvester (Newcastle, NSW/AUS) also advancing in 2nd position. “It’s tricky out there this morning,” Wilson said. “I wanted to go left, it’s easier to go backside when it’s small. That 8.50 was easily the best wave that came through during the heat, it was only two manoeuvres, but you have to make the most of the opportunities out there. I’m ready for a big year, my equipment feels good and I’m feeling healthy. I just want to keep the momentum that I had through the end of last year.” Nikki Viesins (USA) posted the highest single wave score of the women’s event today, earning a near-perfect 9.50 (out of a possible 10). This is Viesins first time in Australia and she’s making the most of the Florida-like conditions. “I come from Florida where the surf is small most of the year so I felt really comfortable in those conditions,” Viesins said. “I’m really excited to be here, this is my first time in Australia. It’s really beautiful here, this event is super cool and I’m loving it. I saw the Opera House, I went on a ferry and I’ve been enjoying the surf.” Yadin Nicol (Yallingup, WA/AUS), snuck through a tricky heat at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing this morning, catching a wave that saw him jump from 3rd to 2nd place in the last 45 seconds of the 25 minute heat. In the process Nicol eliminated local Manly surfer Nick Butler (Manly, NSW/AUS) who got bumped out of 2nd place in front of an adoring hometown crowd. “Nothing was going right for me at all out there,” Nicol said. “It was slow and I should have probably tried to catch more waves at the start of that heat. Everytime Nick (Butler) stood up the whole beach was screaming, it’s a bummer for him to lose like that.” Oney Anwar (Indonesia) equaled the event’s highest single wave score when he posted a monster 9.50 (out of a possible 10) in his Round of 96 heat win today. Anwar was on fire, excelling in the conditions that saw other surfers struggle, finishing the heat with the...

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Kelly Slater Dominates The Volcom Pipe Pro 2014

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in ASP WQS, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater (Florida, USA) has won the Volcom Pipe Pro in epic, triple-overhead barrels with a series of stunning performances that made the win seem inevitable from his first ride. This was Slater’s 66th Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) tour win, his eighth ASP victory at the Banzai Pipeline, and an inspiring start to his 24th season on the world tour. Slater celebrates his 42nd birthday next Tuesday. The Volcom Pipe Pro is a $130,000 5 star rated ASP event. Runner-up today, after a late charge in the final, was Brazil’s Wiggolly Dantas, 24. Third place was local boy Mason Ho, 25; and fourth was Adriano De Souza (26, Brazil). Slater ended the event with five of the top 10 wave scores of the competition, including a perfect 10 (10, 9.83, 9.77, 9.73 and 9.53). He also owned the top heat score of the event – 19.77 out of 20, posted in the Round of 32 this-morning. As the most decorated surfer at this most famous of all surfing locations, it’s events like these that allow Slater uncrowded “Pipe time” to finesse his performance. Unlike other professional athletes, surfers can never get private time at a competition venue; this is as close as it gets. Clearly, Slater’s multiple hands-free late drops and torquing bottom turns into the barrel were a step up from what we even saw here in December, when he won the Pipe Masters. His trajectory of improvement in this sport continues to climb as he pushes his own limits from session to session. “This was some of the best Pipe I’ve ever surfed in my life,” said Slater. “There were some really gnarly, intense, kind of vicious waves this morning. It was really doubling up, a new swell, it was a little bit wonky. “There were a couple waves that I got right in that little sweet spot where you can just barely make the wave. It did feel like there was definitely some room out there to work on things and the opportunity was there because when the wave gets really intense, you’ve got to just totally commit, and you can see if a guys committed or not, and you can choose to be like that.” Reflecting back on his relationship with Pipeline: “I remember coming here when I was 12 years old, I met Joey Buran on the trail the morning after he won the Pipe Masters in 1984. I think back on that time… I came down here to watch and the first wave I saw just barreled and spat and I felt like this big door… this whole other world just opened up to me on that day. I fell in love with Pipeline that moment and it’s been my favorite wave ever since. And the challenge never ends. There were definitely waves out there today that I wish...

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Congrats To Kelly Slater Winner Volcom Pipe Pro 2104

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in ASP WQS, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

Kelly Slater the 11th World  Champ, has won the 2014 Volcom Pipe Pro with a brilliant display of surfing , the seven time Pipe Master Champ, completed the final day with epic backdoor and Pipeline barrels.. More news to come including full highlights of todays action..   Volcom Pipe Pro 2014 Mens / Final  1st, 2000Pts, $ 20,000 –  Kelly Slater 2nd, 1500Pts, $ 10,000 – Wiggolly Dantas 3rd, 1125Pts, $ 6,500 – Mason Ho  4th, 984Pts, $ 5,500 – Adriano De Souza   Share this: Like...

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Floridian Evan Geiselman Posts Highest Score At The Volcom Pipe Pro.

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in ASP WQS, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

Twenty year-old Floridian Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach) stole the show at the Volcom Pipe Pro today, eliminating defending event champion John John Florence (Hawaii) in solid 10-foot barrels with the highest heat score of the competition. Counting top scores of 9.63 and 8.9, Geiselman’s total of 18.53 out of 20 stands unbeaten. He is now one of 32 surfers remaining as the event prepares for its final day – likely to be either tomorrow or Wednesday.   Geiselman and California’s Parker Coffin set to work early in their 25-minute, 4-man heat. Relative rookies on the ASP World Tour, both are very familiar with the hustle and pressure that comes with having four surfers jostling on a peak. Florence rarely surfs 4-man heats these days, being a world title contender on the ASP’s man-on-man Championship Tour. At Pipeline, format makes a huge difference. Both of Geiselman’s waves consisted of critical, late air-drops into deep tubes before being blasted out by the blasting spit of the barrel. Coffin was also impressive with a 9.4 tube ride. “I got that first one and I saw that it sparked everyone’s eyes,” said Geiselman. “Then (Parker) got his and we just kind of put the pressure on John, and not having priority… it’s tough.” On his (His near-perfect score): “Parker was actually giving it a really good look,” said Geiselman. “I saw his eyes light up and he was actually where it was a little more makeable. I was deeper than him but I thought I can’t let him start out with such a good score off the bat, so I’d go anyway. But I made it. It worked out. It was just one of those heats where everything went my way.” In the heat prior, 11-time world champion Kelly Slater (41, Florida) would have suffered the same fate as Florence had it not been for a late double barrel ride at Backdoor that he ultimately didn’t make. Fortunately, the first half of the ride earned enough points to edge him through with a total of only 10.6 points – uncharacteristically low for Slater at Pipe where he is regarded a “master”. He advanced in second behind an in-form Chris Ward (California). “When you don’t have that priority phase in your heat, you don’t have the freedom to take off and line up where you want. Some waves maybe you want to ease into, some waves you maybe want to take a deep line across it… there are a lot of variables when there are four guys in the lineup. It’s just a different game. It’s equally fair, but it’s equally tough for everyone.” Australia’s Brent Dorrington – a standout from day one when the contest was held in small sandbar rights, continued his run today in dramatically different conditions. With both a huge barrel and the worst wipeout of the day, he...

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