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Billabong presents Trilogy – A Taylor Steele Film

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

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Boost Mobile Pro of Surf presented by Hurley

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Boost Mobile Pro of Surf presented by Hurley
Stop No 6. of 10 on the 2007 Foster’s ASP World Tour
Lower Trestles, California USA
September 9-15, 2007

LIVE on www.aspworldtour.com and www.boostmobilepro.com

BOOST MOBILE PRO PRESENTED BY HURLEY GOES LIVE WORLDWIDE SEPT. 9-15

LOWER TRESTLES, California (Monday, Aug. 27, 2007) The Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley, the only 2007 Foster’s ASP World Tour event on the U.S. Mainland, brings the planet’s best surfers to the world via a live webcast at www.BoostMobilePro.com. Last year’s Boost Mobile Pro webcast set new standards in live online viewing and in 2007 the webcast experience will be elevated yet again as the World’s top surfers compete for $300,000 in prize money.
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Hot Tuna summer of ‘69 surf results

Monday, August 27th, 2007

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What a great start to the bank holiday weekend with the third leg of the UK Pro Tour undergone at Widemouth Bay. With excellent summer conditions and small 1-2 ft clean waves the tour riders showed off their incredible talent in what was seen as quite challengeable surfing conditions. With the contest kicking off early doors sat morning and surfers and spectators flooding down Friday night to enjoy the event, the first heat of the day was the groms under 12’s followed by the under16 girls and boys.

The u12’s divisions once again saw a mass of entries with our youngsters becoming even more enthusiastic and involved in surfing. A great final was seen with youngster Harry Timson taking the title for yet another year running. Newquay based surfer Timson went on to say;

“I’m stoked I’ve had a good time in Widemouth Bay Bude, I’ve been having lots of fun and getting some very good results,” said young Timson. “I couldn’t have expected anything more, so I’m happy and confident for the next events.”

The u16 boys winner Josh Piper proved himself after a close final between Jack Butler, 2nd, Tom Good, 3rd and Alex Baker, 4th.Local Watergate Bay Boy Piper eventually came to the front after an exceptional surf with dropping conditions he pulled through to take the u16’s title. The last heat of the day was the u16’s girls with Gwen Spurlock once again shocking the crowds with her dominant surfing style hitting her bottom and top turns with force and with style, Gwen caught two good waves early in the heat, Holly tried to catch up but couldn’t quite get there resulting in a win from Gwen.

Sunday saw the men’s open heats in the water, starting off with round two of the men’s divisions great surfing was seen by all contenders who were putting all they had into surfing well and seeking to take the title for this event. Mark “Egor” Harris who is currently seeded in first position in ratings surfed well making it through to the semi-finals where he unfortunately was knocked out by “Hot Tuna’s” Micah Lester and Johnny Fryer. Hot tuna team riders Toby Atkins and Micah Lester showed a great performance with Micah throwing his spray all the way to the finals. With an unfortunate lack of waves and loss of momentum, the budding 27 year old found it hard to catch the waves needed to put him in to the leading positions.

Previous tour winner, Micah went on further to say;

“I am so excited to be back here for yet another year running, the tour is getting better every event location I come to. Widemouth Bay is a great mobile location with stunning views and waves to be had. Unfortunately, I didn’t take the waves I needed to win, coming from Australia I find the tides hard to work with and the waves I needed just didn’t seem to come through for me.”

The Hot Tuna women’s final took to the water also with a fantastic new entry by Dara Penfold from Australia dominating the final, scoring a perfect ten on her last wave. However a fantastic performance was put in by Beth Maison who was the runner up followed by Irelands Easkey Britton and Croyde based surfer Kathleen Spears.

While conditions were even more challenging for the final, given the light on-shore winds that made the ocean surface bumpy, wave size and consistency was there, making for highly contestable surf. Known for his powerful surfing and strong rail-to-rail turns, Lamiroy commandeered the 25-minute final to bring home the win. “It was a satisfying result”, Lamiroy went on to say;

“I’m stoked to still be going strong. I hope I’m out there when I’m 70.”

“I guess they were looking for big turns and hard turns, I had to be on top of my game in the final, if you lose one inch in conditions like this with these guys out there- they’ll just take it over, so I’m feeling pretty lucky.”

The Relentless Money Move for the most progressive maneuver went to Ollie Adams with his incredible air reverse winning him the £250 prize money
“I had a fantastic event and look forward to winning an event tittles on the tour in the future”, Ollie quoted.

What a great Bank holiday weekend with Hot Tuna being our main sponsor for this event and our new on going tour sponsors G-Shock, Skinners ale and relentless energy drink providing us with great entertainment, refreshments and food throughout the weekend. Not to forget to mention K38 rescue services that provided safety cover.
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Hot Tuna summer of ’69 surf event

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

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Vans collaborate with Pukas

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

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Vans has produced a shoe range in collaboration with Pukas, the world renowned and leading surfboard producer in Europe. Pukas have taken the iconic classic slip-on style and produced four unique colourways featuring the repeated Pukas logo.

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Jordy Smith wins Sooruz Lacanau Pro 6 star WQS!

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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Jordy Smith (Zaf) won today the first 6 Star WQS event of his career, defeating Spanish Basque surfer Arits Aranburu (Euk) in a 35-minute final, where the two men had to face testing 5 to 7 ft messy waves. Scoring a heat total of over 16 points, Smith was unbeatable throughout the battle, keeping a confident smile on his face while he was running on the beach to paddle back out due to the strong currents.

“I’m just so stoked… I’ve been chasing this victory for the last months as I made a few finals this year but couldn’t get the crown. It’s done now so I’ll just enjoy this result and still keep going to Hossegor to try and go further.”

“It’s good to be that close to the Foster’s ASP World Tour, it’s been on my mind and I’ve done it almost. I will still be going for a possible WQS world champion title so I’ll try to keep it away from Tiago Pires (Prt),” said the 19-year-old man with a large smile on his face.

With his victory in the 2007 Sooruz Lacanau Pro, former ASP Junior world champion Smith rushes up to first place on the international WQS ratings and secures 12 200 points, more than enough to be relaxed for the rest of the year. Asked about the ratings, Smith ended “I don’t really care… I’m not going to think about that because I haven’t until now and it’s been working good so I’ll keep having fun, that’s it.”
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Romain Cloitre wins Rip Curl Pro Junior in France today!

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

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Romain Cloitre (REU) has outclassed a quality field of 96 young professional surfers to win the Rip Curl Pro Junior 3 star contest in Seignosse, France today, in great 3-4ft (1-1.5m) waves.
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USA surfer Ben Bourgeois wins Rip Curl Boardmasters WQS in England today

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Fistral Beach, Newquay, UK: The Men’s Rip Curl Boardmasters 5 star World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfing contest came to a close this afternoon, with former Foster’s ASP World Tour surfer Ben Bourgeois (USA) defeating Brazilian excitement machine Heitor Alves in tricky, 2-3ft (1m) surf.

The Rip Curl Boardmasters started one week ago with 168 surfers, but at 4pm today there were only two competitors left standing on the winner’s podium. For Bourgeois, the win launches him to second on the WQS Ratings, just 24 points behind WQS Tour leader Tiago Pires (PRT).

“I haven’t won a contest in so long, so just being up there and getting that feeling is so awesome. I’m stoked,” said Bourgeois after the presentation.

“I’ve been on a little roll lately and I just wanted to keep it going here in England. I was just trying to take it heat by heat and it all came out my way at the end. I’m so happy.”

Bourgeois took control of the 35-minute final from the very start, locking in 5.33 and 7.33-point rides on his first two waves. The North Carolina-born surfer then posted an 8.67 on his fourth wave to cement his spot in first with a two-wave combined score of 16.00 points.

Alves fought hard to come back, but the high scoring waves he continually found all week eluded him when the time mattered most this afternoon.

“I am disappointed to not win the final, but I am so happy to finish second to Ben here in Newquay,” said Alves. “I think I surfed well this week, but just didn’t get the right waves today in the final and missed the opportunities.”

The Brazilian’s road to the final was no easy task, facing current WQS No. 3 Jay Thompson (AUS) in the semi-finals and Foster’s ASP World Tour surfer Dayyan Neve (AUS) in the quarter-finals before that. The small, fast conditions were perfectly suited with his radical style though and the goofy-footer overcame both hurdles with ease.

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Eden Eco Board

Friday, August 10th, 2007

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Professional surfer Nathan Hedge rides the latest Eden Project eco surfboard – the most sustainable board in the world – on Fistral Beach, Newquay for the Eco Tag Team Contest at the Rip Curl Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival.

The vast majority of the 750,000 boards sold each year are made from oil-based plastics with little thought to the environmental impact of either their manufacture or disposal. The Eden eco board project has been running for four years with the aim of seeing all boards manufactured using sustainable materials and processes.

Difficult weather conditions for the first day of the Oakley Pro Junior

Friday, August 10th, 2007

The ASP tour caravan stopped at the Grande Plage, Lacanau for this third leg of the European Pro Junior Circuit. Like in the contest before, the surfers had to wait all day for the hoped-for swell which never arrived, forcing the organizers to cancel the contest. The 30 centimetre off-shore waves from the morning didn’t change much by the afternoon, only the wind changed from east to north/north-west, destroying the quality of the waves.
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Defending Champion David Weare (Zaf) Eliminated From The Rip Curl Boardmasters In Round 3

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Newquay’s Fistral Beach resembled a lake for most of the day yesterday, but action at the Rip Curl Boardmasters was well and truly back on today, with Round 3 of the Men’s 5 star World Qualifying Series event being held in contestable 2-3ft (1m) surf.

Retired Foster’s ASP World Tour surfer Jake Paterson (AUS) paddled out in Heat 1, matching up against current Foster’s ASP World Tour No. 23 Adriano De Souza (BRA), Wade Goodall (AUS) and local Mark Harris (GBR). The Brazilian was the standout in the small conditions, but Paterson did enough to secure second and a spot in Round 4.
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