Cooper Chapman wins Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior at Surfest Newcastle Australia

Cooper Chapman wins Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior at Surfest Newcastle Australia

Cooper Chapman wins Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior at Surfest Newcastle Australia

Merewether Beach, NSW/AUS (Sunday, 16 February, 2014) 

NORTH NARRABEEN’S Cooper Chapman has won the junior men’s competition at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior 1-Star event at Merewether beach.

He defeated Matty King (AUS) (13.55) Kanoa Igarashi (USA) (11.65) and Jackson Giles (AUS) (8.35) in the four man final.

The last remaining local surfer Kurtis Herman, and form surfer of the event over the past two days, Leonardo Fioravanti, were both bundled in the quarter-finals.

At just before 6.30pm – nearly three hours after the final was originally scheduled – Chapman, a 19-year-old natural-footer, ripped apart wave mush at The Cliff, some 500 metres north of the Merewether contest site.

Organisers were hampered by a lack of swell today at the preferred Merewether contest site but had to wait until the completion of the Burton Toyota Pro International Trials at The Cliff.

Only then could the quarter-finals of the Pro Junior commence.

Just before 4.30pm, the light offshore wind gave way to a strong southerly change accompanied by a drenching downpour.

Chapman’s dominance in the final was stamped inside the first minute of the heat when he scored a 9.75 (out of a possible 10) and he followed that impressive effort with 7.25 just three minutes later.

The result was all but secured inside the first five minutes of the 25 minute heat.

“Just after the heat started there was a left bomb. I snapped a great turn and knew it’d score well in those conditions,” he said.

Chapman was lucky the decision to continue with competition despite appalling conditions was not up to him or he wouldn’t have pocketed the $2000 first prize.

“I was saying they should have called it off. Dad rang me and said we were going to get smashed by a southerly and seeing the swell was coming from the north-east I just thought it was going to be a total mess.

“I did the maths and figured we’d get $312 each if they called it off at the quarters.

“I wasn’t concerned about the points so much but hey, now I’ve got the two grand (for winning), I’m glad they didn’t call it off,” he said.

Winners are grinners.

Chapman said he was staying in Newcastle with a relative and was focused on this week’s 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro which starts tomorrow at Merewether beach.


Michael Wright Crowned the 2014 Chiko MP Classic Champion

Michael Wright
Michael Wright

Michael Wright (Lennox Head, NSW/AUS) chaired up the beach by his sisters Tyler and Kirby. Pic ASP/Will H-S

COOLANGATTA/QLD (Sunday, 2nd February, 2014) – The 2014 Chiko MP Classic came to a climactic finish today with an all-star action packed final with Michael Wright taking out the event followed by Garrett Parkes, Bede Durbidge and Tom Whitaker who finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. The final was one of the most exciting heats of the event, with surfer’s placings constantly shuffling, and the final four surfers fighting hard to take home the prestigious Chiko MP Classic title and Michael Peterson replica surfboard.

Michael Wright (Lennox Head, NSW/AUS) showed competitive maturity beyond his years as the 17-year-old took down a current WCT surfer – Durbidge, a former WCT surfer in Whitaker and ASP QS campaigner Parkes. Wright was left needing a score in the 7-point-range in the final five minutes, he caught a wave and unloaded two deadly turns, breaking his board on the third, but the turns were some of the best seen all event and a score of 8.10 was punched in by the judges and a worthy winner was crowned.

“It was great to have MP’s mum present me with a board, that was a huge honour,” Wright said. “This event had so many good surfers in it, I can’t really believe I won. I got that good wave at the end and then I broke my board and I didn’t know if I’d get a good score and it turned out that I did and it was enough to win. I’m so happy. I’ve had some problems with my back and I almost didn’t compete, but I’m so glad that I did.”

Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay, NSW/AUS) took his time in the final waiting almost 10 minutes to catch his first wave, but from then the flood gates opened. Parkes was on any wave he could find, launching and landing multiple technical aerials, but not earning enough to overtake Wright.

“It was a really hard final with a WCT surfer, a former WCT surfer and one of Australia’s best up and comers,” Parkes said. “I really wanted to win, but second is still a pretty good start to the year. I just want to get on a roll in the next few events and really have a solid year.”

Bede Durbidge (Gold Coast, QLD/AUS), the Chiko MP Classic No.1 seed was the standout surfer of the event, posting excellent scores all event for a variety of powerful carves and explosive snaps. In the final he struggled to find a wave that allowed him to open up, and had to settle for third in a very tight heat that saw 1st and 4th separated by only 1 point.

“I really wanted to win this event!” Durbidge said. “I think it must have been the hardest 1-Star ever, the level of surfing was so high. It was great to see Mikey (Wright) get the win though, he’s a great surfer and he was on fire all event. He got that great wave in the final and if he didn’t break his board it probably would have been a 10-point-ride.”

Tom Whitaker (Bronte, NSW/AUS), former ASP WCT surfer, used superior wave selection and raw power surfing to fight through the field of 96 surfers all the way to an impressive 4th place finish.

“I don’t compete much anymore so it’s nice to be on the podium,” Whitaker said. “Bede (Durbidge) and I were having a laugh that I was in blue and he was in red, NSW verses QLD! I really wanted to beat him. It was a great event, the surf was incredible and a good way to get into the Aussie leg of the ASP QS.”

Some of the event’s other standouts include Stu Kennedy (Lennox Head, NSW/AUS) who posted a near perfect Round 3 heat with two excellent scores to amass a heat total of 18.90 (out of a possible 20), Adam Melling (Lennox Head, NSW/AUS) the event’s No.2 seed who finished equal 7th place and consistently posted excellent score and finally New Zealand’s Billy Stairmand who finished equal 5th place was on fire all event, but fell one spot short of making the Final.

The 2014 Chiko MP Classic will run from Feb 1 – 2. For more information log on to

The 2014 Chiko MP Classic is proudly supported by Surfing Queensland, ASP, Chiko, Gold Coast City Council, Be the Influence, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, World Surfaris, HIF, Coastalwatch Plus, Surfing Life Magazine, and 5 and a half eyewear

About MP
Michael Peterson is one of Coolangatta’s original ‘Coolie Kids’. He was on the forefront of the shortboard revolution in Australia in the 1970s and was one of the most successful professional surfers of his era, winning at Bells Beach three times, and claiming the first ever man-on-man surfing competition event win at the Stubbies Pro at Burleigh Heads, in classic conditions over Mark Richards. MP passed away last year and will forever be remembered as one of Australia’s favourite surfing sons because of his feats in competition and because of the way he dominated sessions at Kirra as featured in the cult surf film Morning of the Earth.


ASP World Tour Stars And Past Greats To Turn Out For Clubs At Be The Influence Australian Boardriders Battle Final In Cronulla 25 – 26 January

Joel Parkinson soaring to lofty heights at the QLD State round

2012 ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson soaring to lofty heights at the QLD State round. PIC Surfing Aust

COOLANGATTA/QLD (21st January, 2014):

ASP World Champions Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore lead a stellar line-up of current stars and past greats contesting this weekend’s (25-26 January), two-day final of the Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle in Cronulla.
The event is sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professional (ASP), which allows Australian ASP World Championship Tour surfers the opportunity to represent their local boardriders and compete with their club mates.

The event is the biggest grassroots, boardriders event series in Australian surfing history with more than $100,000 in prize money. It involved Australia’s best boardriders clubs in seven State qualifying rounds and culminates in a two-day, National Final for 16 clubs at North Cronulla this weekend.

Each club team of seven will include two juniors (1 male and 1 female), four Open age surfers (3 male and 1 female) and one over 35 surfer (male or female). An exciting event format will see club teams battle it out in Pairs competition, five-person Teams competition and a Skins competition. The National Final will include a lucrative, club-take-all Skins format across 10 heats with a $1000 jackpot in each heat.

The clubs to contest the final are:

NEW SOUTH WALES: Merewether Surfboard Club, Avoca Boardriders, Werri Beach Boardriders, Elouera Boardriders, North Narrabeen Boardriders, Queenscliff Boardriders, Cronulla Sharks Boardriders.
QUEENSLAND: Snapper Rocks Surfriders, Kirra Surfriders, D-Bah Boardriders
VICTORIA: Torquay Boardriders, 13th Beach Boardriders
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Yallingup Boardriders, Margaret River Boardriders
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Seaford Boardriders
TASMANIA: South Arm Boardriders

Snapper Rocks Surfriders boast an all-star line-up including five-time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, 2012 ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson and ASP World Tour competitor Mitch Crews. The team is rounded out by leading juniors Holly-Sue Coffey and Quinn Bruce, former pro tour veteran Jay Phillips and leading Pro Junior Mitch Parkinson.

Other ASP World Tour surfers competing this weekend include Dion Atkinson (Seaford), Taj Burrow (Yallingup), Matt Wilkinson (Avoca) and Laura Enever (North Narrabeen).

North Narrabeen is also bursting with top professional contenders alongside Enever including Davey Cathels, Cooper Chapman and Nathan Hedge.

Former ASP World Tour competitors taking part include Hedge, Jake Paterson (Yallingup), Dave Macaulay (Margaret River), Nathan Webster (North Narrabeen), Luke Egan (Merewether), 1999 ASP World Champion Mark Occhilupo (Cronulla) and seven-time ASP World Champion Layne Beachley (Queenscliff).

Forecasts for this weekend suggest a small NE swell will swing to a building S swell during the day to 2-3ft by the afternoon. The wind is likely to swing S and strengthen out of the SSE during the afternoon. The 2-3ft swell is expected to remain on Sunday with moderate S to SE winds.

The event will be televised live both days on Fuel TV and streamed at

Member for Cronulla, Mark Speakman, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome the top 16 boardriders clubs in the nation to Cronulla Beach for the final of the Australian Boardriders Battle.

“The Australia Day long weekend is a special weekend, and what better way is there to celebrate than witnessing some of the nation’s finest surfers in action here in Cronulla. I encourage competitors and spectators to enjoy all that Cronulla has to offer, from the delicious food and wine at our restaurants and cafes, to the fantastic shopping and the spectacular coastline of the nearby Royal National Park.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said: “Congratulations to all 16 clubs who have beaten tough competition to qualify for the inaugural Australian Boardriders Battle to be held at the spectacular Cronulla Beach.

“The NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, is proud to a part of this event. Hosting the final of this national series at Cronulla is a great event win for NSW.”

This event is supported by the Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking initiative, part of the Australian Government’s National Binge Drinking Strategy addressing youth binge drinking and raising awareness of the long and short term impacts of harmful drinking among young people through sport sponsorships and other activities.

The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly supported by Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking, Billabong, Toyota, Nikon, Surfing Australia, Surfing NSW, Destination NSW, the Association of Surfing Professionals and Milwaukee.


Tiago Pires Reflects on Injury Plagued 2013, Readies for Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Tiago Pires

Tiago Pires (PRT), 33, would withdraw from the 2013 season following the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

CAPBRETON, France (Tuesday, January 7, 2014) –

2014 came bearing good news for Portuguese surfer Tiago Pires, 33, whose traumatic knee-injury sustained in early spring last year kept the talent from surfing most events on the 2013 World Championship Tour. After deliberations took place throughout the culmination of the 2013 season, ASP officials announced that Pires would receive the coveted injury wildcard and be offered another chance at surfing with the World’s Elite.

We just caught up with Tiago about his past season, rehab and looking at getting another shot at the World Title race next year.

Hi Tiago, tell us how you feel after receiving the news?
I feel very relieved as I knew it was going to be a very tough decision for ASP. Usually we never have so many injuries in the same year and 2013 was a crazy one for that matter. Reading that email was almost like finding out I had qualified for the first time. Just a very positive and joyful news.

2013 was a tough one for you, can you remind us all what happened?
Yes. It was after I got back from the Aussie leg and the waves were pumping for a week non-stop. I was surfing and training in the Gym like never before and feeling as good as it gets.

I had many amazing sessions in Supertubes, Carcavelos, Ericeira and then Santa Cruz where I got hurt. This one morning it was only myself and two other friends and the waves were absolutely perfect. I had had my fair share of crazy barrels and had surfed for about two hours.

The wave where I got hurt was one of those waves where I should’ve been watching from the beach already! I was over-confident after so many barrels and decided to go on a super late but amazing looking one. As I was air dropping into the barrel my inside rail didn’t catch and the board turned left facing straight to beach. The lip landed right on my knee and pulled my front leg backwards really bad. I instantly felt a horrible pain and that was it. I was done.

Explain to us what it takes to get back to your 100 percent after such an injury.
I started doing physiotherapy right way and it was a twice-a-day kind of deal for about three months before I started surfing. Then, in September I had another episode where I landed on my knee again and it got worse again.

After surfing for two months with the same pain I decided to change doctors and went to Barcelona to get another person to look at it. After I got back from Spain and with an infiltration of Plasma in my knee I was forbidden to surf until mid-december. At the moment I’m feeling way better, doing a very intense muscle rehabilitation and I’m confident that I will be 100 percent pretty soon. Staying positive is the key!

Tiago Pires will be surfing in the opening leg of events starting March 1-12 at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia. For more information about Tiago, check out his profile on!


Piping Hot Surf Festival To Open 2014 ASP Competitive Season


Piping Hot Surf Festival

Bells Beach, Torquay, VIC/AUS (Thursday, January 2, 2014) – The inaugural Piping Hot Surf Festival will get underway tomorrow and will be the first Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event for 2014 with ASP Men’s and Women’s 1-Star QS divisions as well as ASP Australasia Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s divisions.

Piping Hot has been an Iconic Australian surf brand for decades and Danielle Lowe, General Manager of Piping Hot said that this event is a way of giving back to the sport and celebrating what their brand is all about.

“Piping Hot is really proud and excited to be kicking off the 2014 competitive season at Bells Beach, especially on the back of such an exciting string of ASP events in 2013. It’s important we give back to the sport that made us who we are, and the Piping Hot Surf Festival is the perfect way to do it,” said Lowe.

Cody Robinson (Torquay, VIC/AUS) will be looking to make his mark in both Pro Junior and the QS divisions as he takes to the water at his home break for the Piping Hot Surf Festival. Robinson is one of the most exciting up-and-coming surfers from the world renowned Torquay region and will be one to watch on this year’s ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series.

“It means a lot to have an ASP 1-Star event and a Pro Junior at Bells,” Robinson said. “It helps me push my surfing in competition coming up against surfers from interstate. It also means just that bit more because it’s my hometown everyone will be supporting me at my home break. I hope I can do them proud!”

Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia General Manager is excited to welcome in the New Year with an exciting new event at one of Australia’s most revered surf spots, Bells Beach.

“It’s great to start the 2014 ASP season in Australia,” Jordan said. “It’s summer, it’s holidays and it’s hot and it’s always exciting to have an event at Bells beach, especially with a promising surf forecast on the cards. We’re so happy to be working with a great Australian surf brand – Piping Hot to bring the best surfers from Australia and some solid international competitors to start 2014 with a bang.”

Event Surf Forecast Partner Coastalwatch PLUS have supplied the following forecast for the next four days.

Friday: Around 2 – 3ft. WIND: Light WNW 5 to 15 knots turning SW 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

Saturday: WSW swell up to 3 – 4ft. WIND: WSW 15 to 20 knots.

Sunday: SW swell 2 – 4ft. WIND: W 15 to 25 knots tending SW during the afternoon.

Monday: SW swell speculatively 3 – 5ft. WIND: WSW 15 to 20 knots.

The Piping Hot Surf Festival is presented by the Victorian Government, Surfing Victoria, ASP Australasia and supported by Coastalwatch PLUS, K-Rock, Target and Team Up.

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2014 NZ Surf Festival to Host Women’s ASP 6-Star Event Plus Men’s and Women’s Pro Junior Divisions

Taranaki local and NZ surf star Paige Hareb (NZL) at last year’s NZ Surf Festival. Pic ASP/Robertson
Taranaki local and NZ surf star Paige Hareb (NZL) at last year’s NZ Surf Festival. Pic ASP/Robertson

Taranaki local and NZ surf star Paige Hareb (NZL) at last year’s NZ Surf Festival. Pic ASP/Robertson

COOLANGATTA, QLD/Australia (Friday, December 13, 2013) – In 2014 the NZ Surf Festival will return to Taranaki, but has changed its format from the women’s WCT event that has run for the last four years, to include new divisions that will offer more opportunities for up-and-coming surfers from New Zealand and across the globe. Next year the event is set to stage a women’s 6-Star Qualifying Series (QS) event, that will feature in excess of 60 of the world’s best surfers. In Addition to the women’s QS event, the NZ Surf Festival will also feature men’s and women’s ASP Pro Junior divisions that will see the best surfers under 21, from the Asia Pacific region compete for valuable rating’s points and prize-money.
Craig Williamson, CEO of Surfing Taranaki is excited about the changes to the event for 2014 as it will allow more opportunities for up-and-coming surfers from New Zealand, and more international surfers the chance to experience Taranaki, with over 100 competitors expected to attend.

“We are thrilled to be hosting a fifth annual NZ Surf Festival and to again be featuring New Zealand’s only ASP events,” Williamson said. “It’s great to be able to run a women’s ASP Qualifying Series event alongside men’s and women’s Pro Juniors. This allows us to cater for the cream of NZ talent along with what is sure to be a strong showing of the world’s best women and junior surfers. We can’t wait to host the event and once again celebrate the waves and hospitality that Taranaki has to offer.”

Paige Hareb (NZL) the Taranaki local surfer is about to embark on her 5th year as a member of the elite Top 17 surfers on the women’s ASP WCT. Hareb loves to compete at home and is looking forward to the 2014 NZ Surf Festival giving more New Zealand surfers the same opportunity.

“It’s going to be great for the Taranaki region to bring even more people here and it’s definitely helping grow the sport of surfing in New Zealand,” Hareb said. “It’s awesome that any female Kiwi and pro junior man or woman who wants to have a go and experience some international competition can try it right on their front doorstep in Taranaki. I’m training the hardest I’ve ever trained before so if theory has it right, I expect some results next year.”

Ella Williams (NZL), newly crowned ASP Women’s World Junior Champion was thrilled to hear about the 2014 NZ Surf Festival, as she feels competing at home will give her an edge in her quest to qualify for the women’s ASP WCT.

“It’s going to be awesome to have a 6-Star here in NZ!” said Williams. “It will be great for the local surfers to be involved with. It’s a huge positive for women’s surfing in New Zealand. My plan for next year is to qualify for the Women’s WCT, to build up my points and to give myself the best chance I can to qualify and having an ever at home will hopefully give me a push in the right direction.”

Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia General Manager was quick to thank Craig Williamson and the dedicated crew at Surfing Taranaki for their continued support and can’t wait to get to NZ for next year’s NZ Surf Festival.

“During the last couple years we have had a few cancellations of 6-Stars and Pro Junior events, but thanks to hard working people like Craig Williamson and the Surfing Taranaki crew and the Taranaki community who support the event, those tours are looking strong again for 2014,” Jordan said. “The waves are great in Taranaki and the people are so warm and welcoming, I’m really looking forward to the 2014 NZ Surf Festival.”

The ASP events within the 2014 NZ Surf Festival will run from Apr 29 – May 4, 2014 featuring Women’s ASP 6-Star and men’s and women’s ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series divisions.

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Billabong Pipe Masters to Decide ASP World Title Race and 2014 Qualifiers


FanningMick Fanning (AUS), 32, will look to win a 3rd ASP World Title at the Billabong Pipe Masters.

PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Thursday, December 5, 2013) –

The 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) is nearing a close and the final event of 2013, the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, will see a showdown for the ASP World Title between Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, and Kelly Slater (USA), 41. In addition to the battle for the throne, Pipeline will also determine the final qualification slots for the elite 2014 ASP World Championship Tour.
Entering the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning holds a commanding lead on a potential third ASP World Title. In order for Slater to surpass Fanning for an unprecedented 12th crown, he must win the event. Nothing less than a victory for Slater will see him pass Fanning on the rankings. If Slater does run the road to victory at Pipeline, Fanning must finish 3rd or better to claim the title for himself.

While this year’s battle for the crown is now between two contenders, several surfers’ qualification hopes for next season’s elite hang in the balance of a performance at Pipeline. There are currently five surfers to watch sitting outside of the bubble for 2014 qualification who are all possibilities of securing a Top 34 berth for next season pending their result at the Billabong Pipe Masters. The list includes Miguel Pupo (BRA), 22, Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 28, Damien Hobgood (USA), 34, Dusty Payne (HAW), 24, and Yadin Nicol (AUS), 27. All of these surfers could qualify through either the ASP WCT or the ASP World Ranking and their minimum results needed could change depending on surfers in the Top 22 on the ASP WCT or Top 10 on the ASP World Ranking. Currently, the minimum cutoff for the ASP WCT is 14,750 points. It is important to note that these scenarios rely on surfers who are currently holding a requalification spot making no changes in their ASP WCT or World Ranking.

Miguel Pupo (BRA), 22, No. 24 on the ASP WCT, currently needs a 13th place to meet the current minimum cutoff.

Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 28, current No. 27 on the ASP WCT, needs a Quarterfinals result to finish within the ASP Top 22, while a 9th could qualify him through the World Ranking.

Damien Hobgood (USA), 34, No. 28 on the ASP WCT, currently needs a 5th or better to qualify in the Top 22, but a 9th or better could qualify him through the World Ranking.

Dusty Payne (HAW), 24, currently No 34 on the ASP WCT, who suffered an injury plagued season, could still qualify on the ASP WCT, but needs to win the Billabong Pipe Masters to do so. Payne could qualify through the ASP World Ranking, but currently needs a minimum 9th place result.

Yadin Nicol (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 32, could qualify via a 2nd place finish or better at the Billabong Pipe Masters.

Please note that these temporary results are based off of one surfer’s minimum results with no additional shift in the rankings.

When competition commences, up first will be Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 28, and Ezekiel Lau (HAW), 20, in the opening heat of competition.

A press conference featuring Slater, Fanning, reigning ASP World Champion and defending Billabong Pipe Master Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, as well as Vans Triple Crown contenders Lau and Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, will be held tomorrow at the Turtle Bay’s Surfer Bar at 11am.

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pipe Masters, have called for:

A fun size run of NW swell will show over the next few days, with a bigger NNW swell lining up for the weekend and early next week.

The Billabong Pipe Masters will be webcast LIVE via

Heat 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Joel Centeio (HAW)
Heat 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Marcus Hickman (HAW)
Heat 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Kaimana Jaquias (HAW)
Heat 5: Yadin Nicol (AUS) vs. Kahea Hart (HAW)
Heat 6: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Bruce Irons (HAW)
Heat 7: Dusty Payne (HAW) vs. Reef McIntosh (HAW)
Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Olamana Eleogram (HAW)
Heat 9: Mitch Crews (AUS) vs. Shane Dorian (HAW)
Heat 10: Granger Larsen (HAW) vs. Kalani Chapman (HAW)
Heat 11: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) vs. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 12: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)

Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. TBD
Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 8: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 9: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. TBD
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 11: Adam Melling (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. TBD

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBD


Slater Weaves His Magic, Patacchia and Reynolds in Vans Triple Crown Contention at Vans World Cup of Surfing

Kelly Slater

Kelly SlaterKelly Slater (USA), 41, finding a rare lefthander at the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach today.

SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, November 30, 2013) – Eleven-time ASP World Campion Kelly Slater rarely surfs in competition outside of elite ASP World Championship Tour events; it’s a strategy for staying balanced in his life, competing at a consistently high level, and minimizing risk of injury and strain as he moves further into his 40s. So the opportunity to see him in action at the Vans World Cup of Surfing today – a Prime rated event – in a rare heat with Dane Reynolds (USA), Heitor Alves (Brazil), and Joan Duru (France), was good reason for a maximum crowd to fill Sunset Beach.The Vans World Cup of Surfing is the second event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®.

It’s a well-known fact that Slater, 41, has enormous respect for Reynolds’ surfing, and after more than 20 years on tour, Dane is one surfer who can truly inspire him in a heat. The fact that Reynolds rarely competes these days only made the opportunity more interesting for Slater and he clearly enjoyed the volley of waves the pair engaged in today.

Waves were in the 4- to 6-foot range for their heat, offering plenty of high performance scoring potential. The fact that Reynolds is still alive in the competition also spices up his relevance, as he remains in contention for the Vans Triple Crown series title after making the semi’s at Haleiwa last week.

Reynolds led the heat from the outset, creating the type of come-from-behind opportunity that always throws fuel on Slater’s competitive fire. Slater struck in the closing minutes of the heat, finding a rare left-breaking standup tube with a fast and tight clean exit to get the beach crowd on its feet. A near-perfect score of 9.87 shot Slater to first and switched Reynolds to second for both to advance.

“(Dane) started off with a bang,” said Slater. “It was only a small wave that he caught at the start, I think he got a little tube and did a couple of turns. But you get a 7.6 on your first wave and you’re pretty much guaranteed to make the heat. He backed it up with a couple of sixes and he was kind of commanding the heat.

“That last wave… Heitor needed a low 7 to take me out. As we paddled it looked like a right. I could see there was a left on it but the right was there too, so I was going to really force my hand on the right. He saw that so he stopped paddling and I just turned left. You know, where he was, he would have got an even deeper barrel, so he could have probably got a 10 on that wave. He probably won’t like to see that video (laughs).

“There was a lot of chop and stuff but it threw out far enough to be a no-hands dry barrel. Backside, no hands is a pretty good size barrel. It was a clean exit. I was surprised.”

Slater’s two wave total of 17.37 points out of 20 was the highest of the Round of 64. While he admits he doesn’t have a special connection with Sunset Beach – saying he doesn’t like the expansive playing field and the bigger boards it requires, if he’s in it, he’s in it to win it.

Australia’s Bede Durbidge wasn’t far behind Slater on the scores today with 15.6 points. In his 15th winter in the Hawaiian Islands, Bede is well-versed at Sunset and would love nothing more than a win here. Currently double qualifying but at the low end of qualification on both the World Championship Tour and Qualifying Series, a strong finish here would take all the pressure off.

“I’ve been coming here for so many years now and I just enjoy the waves,” said Bede. “When you’re competing here, you’re just against the ocean because it’s such a big playing field out there. I just love competing in Hawaii and love the whole Triple Crown. It’s such a fun series of contest to do.

“Yesterday you saw it was 15 foot and today it’s 6- to 8-foot, and tomorrow it might be 2-foot. You’ve got to be ready for anything and that’s why it’s the Triple Crown and that’s why it’s so hard to win, because it could be 20 foot or 2 foot. You’ve got to be prepared for anything in Hawaii.

“I defintely want to win one of the events and I’d love to win Sunset. It’s always been a dream and I just would love to hold that trophy up.”

Hawaii’s Fred Patacchia – runner-up at Haleiwa last week, posted one of the highest heat scores of the day (16.46), but more importantly is now the front-runner for the Vans Triple Crown title. Michel Bourez (Tahiti), who last week beat him in the Reef Hawaiian Pro, was eliminated today and subsequently left the door open for Patacchia to make a run for it. Dane Reynolds – a semi-finalist last week and through today, is in second. Bourez is in third and still in contention with the Billabong Pipe Masters still to come.

Also posting heat wins today were Beyrick De Vries (South Africa), Wade Carmichael (Australia) and Carlos Munoz (Costa Rica). Along with Krystian Kymerson (Brazil), who advanced with a second, all four of these surfers are in contention for the JN Chevrolet Vans Triple Crown Rookie of the Year award.

While waves are expected to drop further tomorrow, the forecast for the remainder of the holding period is not strong, so there is a chance that the final of the Vans World Cup of Surfing will happen tomorrow. Tune into the LIVE WEBCAST at 7am tomorrow for the status of competition.

The Vans World Cup of Surfing holds a waiting period from November 24 through December 6, 2013 and is webcast LIVE via


The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater® is the world’s premier series of professional surfing events that will culminate with a 2-man battle between Kelly Slater (USA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) for the 2013 men’s ASP World Title. From November 12 through December 20, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, $960,000 in prize money and a number of highly coveted titles will be offered across three ASP sanctioned events, including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series champion.

Round of 64 (1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=33rd; 4th=49th)
H1: Jay Thompson (AUS) 12.37pts ; Ian Walsh (HAW) 11.84pts ; Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.17pts ; Granger Larsen (HAW) 5.67pts
H2: Adam Melling (AUS) 11.30pts Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 10.54pts ; Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.07pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 7.26pts
H3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.77pts ; Ian Gentil (HAW) 14.27pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.10pts ; Ryan Callinan (AUS) 9.75pts
H4: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 13.17pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 12.73.pts ; Nat Young (USA) 11.16pts ; Mitch Crews (AUS) 3.24pts
H5: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 15.00pts ; Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.03pts ; Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.14pts ; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 12.63pts
H6: Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.73pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 14.67pts ; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.10pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.06pts
H7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.60pts ; Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.50pts ; Brian Toth (PRI) 11.33pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 9.20pts
H8: Gavin Gilette (HAW) 11.40pts ; Kalani Chapman (HAW) 9.50pts ; Mick Fanning (AUS) 7.74pts ; Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 4.00pts
H9: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.37pts ; Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.00pts ; Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.64pts ; Joan Duru (FRA) 7.50pts
H10: Torrey Meister (HAW)10.54pts ; Krystian Kymerson (BRA)9.90pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS)9.80pts ; Travis Logie (ZAF)7.83pts
H11: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 14.73pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.00pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.57pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 4.17pts
H12: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 13.56pts ; Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.40pts ; Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.16pts ; William Cardoso (BRA) 11.60pts
H13: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.00pts ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 13.46pts ; CJ Hobgood (USA) 13.07pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 7.10pts
H14: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.20pts ; Tim Reyes (USA) 14.67pts ; Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.67pts ; Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 12.50pts
H15: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 16.46pts ; Ricardo Christie (NZL) 14.70pts ; Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.40pts ; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.04pts
H16: Joel Centeio (HAW) 16.37pts ; Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.37pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.77pts ; Mason Ho (HAW) 11.00pts


High Seeds Dominate Round 2 at the Riyue Bay ASP World Longboard Championships

Timothee CreignouTimothee Creignou (FRA) hangs ten today at the Riyue Bay ASP World Longboard Championships in China. Photo: ASP/Robertson

WANNING, Hainan Island, China (Thursday, November 27, 2013) –

Hawaii’s Kai Sallas and Australia’s Harley Ingleby lead the
charge with convincing Round 2 heat wins in fun clean 3 feet (1meter) waves at the Riyue Bay ASP World Longboard
Championships hosted by Wanning in China today.
Both Sallas and Ingleby are high performing surfers on the world longboarding scene with multiple wins over the past five years
and they were in unfamiliar territory losing their opening round heats and being forced into today’s repechage Round 2. Both
redeemed themselves with excellent wave scores and comprehensive wins to well and truly be back in contention.

“It’s a relief to get through round two” said Sallas.

“Surfing against a Chinese competitor was new for me, we don’t see many Chinese surfers so that was cool. I feel good here,
the climate and water and surrounds are a lot like Hawaii and the final days should be good for all of us.”

Ingleby is a past ASP World Longboard Champion (2009) and is always a high contender at these events and the tall
Australian looked determined during his winning heat today.

“It’s taken me a little while to really work out how to get the best scores at this venue but I’m starting to feel it” said Ingleby.

“You choose the right waves and there’s a lot of scoring potential and if the projected increase in size occurs we should be in
for a great finish to the event.”

Timothee Creignou (FRA) fought back in his close heat against Nic Jones (AUS) to take a come-from-behind late heat win.
Creignou found an excellent 8.25 ride late in the heat utilising the long nose-riding sections of the wave to take the win.

Phil Rajzman (BRA) was another high seed to impress today utilising his powerful on-face moves along with stylish hang-five
and hang-ten nose rides to easily advance over Chen Tong Ming from Taiwan.

“They were fun waves today for my heat but I definitely hope it’s bigger from here on as I feel more comfortable in larger and
more powerful surf – I think it will be bigger tomorrow so it’s good” said Rajzman.

With the swell expected to increase slightly over the final two days this event is set for an epic finish with all surfers chasing the
win and a place in history as an ASP World Longboard Champion.

When Round 3 commences tomorrow Nelson III Ahina (HAW) will take on Steven Newton (USA) in the opening heat of the day.

Live scores, photos, daily web highlights will be available via the event website at

Riyue Bay ASP World Longboard Championships Round 2 Heat Results:
Heat 1: 1st Kai Sallas (HAW), 2nd Zack Mo (CHN)
Heat 2: 1st Harley Ingleby (AUS), 2nd Emillen Fleury (FRA)
Heat 3: 1st Eduard Delpero (FRA) 2nd Jeferson Silva (BRA)
Heat 4: 1st Cole Robbins (USA), 2nd Kota Sakuroka (JPN)
Heat 5: 1st Antoine Delpero (FRA), 2nd Aurellen Maynieuz (REU)
Heat 6: 1st Jared Neal (AUS), 2nd Steve McLean (USA)
Heat 7: 1st Thomas King (ZAF), 2nd Amaro Matos (BRA)
Heat 8: 1st Timothee Creignou (FRA), 2nd Nic Jones (AUS)
Heat 9: 1st Remi Arauzo (FRA), 2nd Andre Derizans (HAW)
Heat 10: 1st Phil Rajzman (BRA), 2nd Chen Tong Ming ((TPE)
Heat 11: 1st Keegan Edwards (HAW), 2nd Tie Zhuang (CHN)
Heat 12: 1st Steven Newton (USA), 2nd Yuji Hata (JPN)


Teenagers Chapman and Moniz Impress on Opening Day of Vans World Cup


Seth MonizSeth Moniz, 16, en route to a big Round 1 win at the Vans World Cup.

SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii – (Tuesday, November 26, 2013) – Australia’s Cooper Chapman, 19, and Hawaii’s Seth
Moniz, 16, provided a glimpse into pro surfing’s future at Sunset Beach today, during the opening round of competition of
the Vans World Cup of Surfing. Sunset is recognized as one of the most challenging waves in the world, favoring years of
experience, yet these two teenagers brought a level of maturity and exciting performance well beyond their years. The
Vans World Cup of Surfing – the second event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®.

For Chapman, from North Narrabeen in Sydney, this is only his third time surfing on the North Shore of Oahu, and his first
year competing in the Vans Triple Crown. But with legendary Australian surfer/shaper Simon Anderson on his team,
making his equipment for the winter, he has an inside line on how to harness the Hawaiian power and turn it into results.
Chapman reached the round of 32 at the Reef Hawaiian Pro last week and is now in the running for the JN Chevrolet
Vans Triple Crown Rookie of the Year award.

“I had a good little sit down with (Simon) about a month before I came over,” said Chapman. “We worked out some good
boards and he just sort of gave me the run down on what made him so successful here.

“This is only my third time to the North Shore, so I’m just having a lot of fun, trying to feel out the waves. (Hawaii) kind of
suits my surfing, so hopefully that works out for me over the years. It’s just good to get a few heats under my belt in my first

“I’m siting in number 69 (ranking) after the last event which, considering I’ve only done half the year on the prime events,
I’m really pleased with. I started with the smaller events and got a few really good results and built my way up. I’m
competing with all the big guys. It’s definitely a change but it’s cool, you get to learn in every single heat. It’s the lifestyle
that I want to live, so I’ve got to give it my best shot and try to win heats.”

Seth Moniz was the youngest of a trio of Moniz boys competing today: Isaiah, 19, who lost today, and Joshua, 17, who
joins Seth to advance from the opening round. Their father Tony Moniz is their source of inspiration and insight – a former
ASP tour surfer through the ’80s and a respected big wave rider in his day. There’s also a surfing sister in their family –
Kelia Moniz. She won the ASP Women’s World Longboard title in China last week. The family lives right here on the
North Shore.

“There are so many good waves, I just got into a rhythm,” said Seth. “I got my first (score of) six and then I just kept
moving up from there. It’s fun.

“I’ve been surfing this break since I was 10, and this is such a great event to do. I love it when it’s just fun and playful. My
dad knows a lot about these breaks so he shares with us. It’s good to have him around, he just knows what boards to

Other highlights from the opening day included Brazil’s Heitor Alves, 31, who posted the highest 2-wave heat total of
18.37 points out of 20; and right behind Alves was Ezekiel Lau (Hawaii) with 18.1 points.


Waves are expected to drop from today’s 6-8 foot swell tomorrow, then rise again for serious surf in the large- to extra-
large category on Friday. Please stay tuned to to follow the competition.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater® is the world’s premier series of professional surfing events
that will culminate with a 2-man battle between Kelly Slater (USA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) for the 2013 men’s ASP
World Title. From November 12 through December 20, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, $960,000 in prize money
and a number of highly coveted titles will be offered across three ASP sanctioned events, including the Vans Triple
Crown of Surfing series champion.

Round of 128 (1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=97th; 4th=113th)
H1: Ian Walsh (HAW) 12.00pts ; Makai McNamara (HAW) 9.26pts ; Thomas Woods (AUS) 9.17pts ; Evan Geiselman
(USA) 7.44pts
H2: Makuakai Rothman 14.83pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 14.20pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 12.20pts ; Gony Zubizarreta
(ESP) 11.04pts
H3: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 14.10pts ; Ian Gentil (HAW) 13.50pts ; Santiago Muniz 13.37pts ; Jean Da Silva (BRA)
H4: Kalani David (HAW) 9.67pts ; Ryan Callinan (AUS) 7.60pts ; Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 5.57pts ; Tanner Hendrickson
(HAW) 3.56pts
H5: Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.00pts ; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 11.24pts ; Felix Messias (BRA) 8.77pts ; Sunny Garcia
(HAW) 6.34pts
H6: Seth Moniz (HAW) 14.83pts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 11.36pts ; Jack Freestone (AUS) 9.94pts ; Kaito Ohashi (JPN)
H7: Cooper Champman (AUS) 15.77pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 13.33pts ; Masatoshi Ohno (JPN) 9.24pts
H8: Chris Ward (USA) 14.93pts ; Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 13.60 ; Kahea Hart (HAW) 11.74pts ; Nathaniel Curran (USA)
H9: Heitor Alves (BRA) 18.37pts ; Alex Smith (HAW) 11.77pts ; Vicente Romero (ESP) 10.47pts ; Kaoliopuwai Kahokula
(HAW) 6.10pts
H10: Torrey Meister (HAW) 13.90pts ; Dale Staples (ZAF) 13.10pts ; Isaiah Moniz (HAW) 11.06pts ; Bino Lopes (BRA)
H11: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 18.10pts ; Marcus Hickman (HAW) 10.34pts ; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 9.94pts ; Cory Arrambide
(USA) 9.63pts
H12: Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.40pts ; Thiago Camarao (BRA) 12.03pts ; Billy Stairmand (NZL) 10.74pts ; Eala Stewart
(HAW) 5.43pts
H13: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 15.10pts ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 14.26pts ; Steven Pierson (PFY) 10.76pts ; Kevin
Sullivan (HAW) 2.17pts
H14: Tim Reyes (USA) 12.73pts ; Koa Smith (HAW) 11.07pts ; Kai Barger (HAW) 10.66pts ; Gabriel Villaran (PER)
H15: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.13pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 10.23pts ; Gabe King (USA) 9.33pts ; Gregg Nakamura
(HAW) 8.33pts
H16: Ricardo Christie (NZL) 17.44pts ; Joel Centeio (HAW) 15.93pts ; Kylen Yamakawa (HAW) 12.66pts ; Hizunome
Bettero (BRA) 8.00pts