Parkinson Takes Down Fanning to Claim Golden Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Sunday, April 24, 2011) – Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, has claimed the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger over compatriot and former two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, in an electric Final in solid six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, former two-time ASP World Champion and past winner of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (2011), will look to recreate the magic today on the final day of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger.

The second stop of the 2011 ASP World Title season, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach celebrated its 50th year of operation this season and the Southern Ocean delivered one of the best swells in recent history for the world’s best to sink their collective fangs into. Today’s Final ran in front of a capacity crowd at Bells Beach, maxing out as early as 11am with cars lined back to the center of Torquay, and the elite ASP Top 34 delivered in sensational fashion.

Leaving little to chance in the highly-anticipated Final, Parkinson opened up with an 8.53 on the first ride of the heat and drove the nail into the coffin with a Perfect 10.

“To me, Mick (Fanning) has been the form surfer of the event and I was never going to take him lightly,” Parkinson said. “I think we both had the same game plan of getting the first good one that came through and putting the momentum behind us. We scrapped for that first wave and I got the nod. Even though it was a mid-8, I knew I needed a lot more to hold him off so I just kept the pressure on from there.”

Today’s victory marks the third Bells title for the Gold Coaster and his 10th elite tour win overall.

“It’s incredible,” Parkinson said. “It’s not so much the fact that I’ve won the event, but more so that it’s the 50th anniversary. It feels that much more special. We’ve had such good waves too. I can’t remember the last time that Bells had such good waves. I’m so excited. I can’t believe this.”

Parkinson, who’s last two ASP World Title campaigns have been marred by injuries, is adamant that he is 100% healthy this season and surfing better than ever.

“I definitely feel like I’m back,” Parkinson said. “I feel like I’m surfing better than I was back in ’09 before I hurt my ankle. I’m feeling fit, I have some really good boards under my feet and I’m excited for the rest of the year.”

Parkinson vaults from 9th to 2nd on the ASP World Title Rankings.

Fanning, who last rung the bell as a wildcard in 2001, was the in-form surfer of the event, consistently notching the highest single-wave scores and heat totals from Round 1 onwards. However, the lightning-fast natural-footer was unable to overtake his Gold Coast sparring partner in the Final.

“It was a tough Final,” Fanning said. “For some reason overtime we have a heat he gets in sync real early. I tried to fight back but it was too little too late. Surfing against your mate is just like surfing against anyone else you’ve just got to go out and think about yourself and catching waves and getting scores. To have a mate beat me makes it a bit easier to swallow, but I’m still fired up for the rest of the year.”

Fanning moves from 13th to 6th on the ASP World Title Rankings.

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 24, 2010 ASP World Runner-Up, cruised through to the Semifinals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach despite admittedly feeling out of rhythm throughout the event.

“It was a nice last wave, but it was a pity I didn’t get any before that,” Smith said. “I’ve felt off all week so to get a 3rd is pretty good. I’ve got two 3rds now, which is kind of frustrating because you want to make the Final, but that’s how it goes sometimes. 3rd is better than 5th.”

Smith further cements his position at ASP World No. 3.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, flew the South American flag high through the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, scalping a number of high-profile competitors before falling to Parkinson in the Semifinal.

“I found my rhythm in the heat against Kelly (Slater),” De Souza said. “But against Joel (Parkinson) I couldn’t find any waves. I’m so frustrated because I wanted to ring the Bell, but I’m really happy with my result. Kelly is my hero, 10 x ASP World Champ, he just didn’t get any waves, then it happened to me in the next round. It happens to everyone. Next up is my home event in Brazil, I hope Brazil is proud of me and Jadson (Andre) for doing well at this event.”

De Souza goes from 9th to 4th on the ASP World Title Rankings.

Kelly Slater (USA), 39, reigning 10-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, suffered a surprise elimination at the hands of De Souza in this morning’s Quarterfinal clash. The young Brazilian left little room for the Champ to respond and an admittedly out-of-rhythm Slater saw his Bells Beach title defense cut abruptly short.

“It’s not my day, not my week and that happens,” Slater said. “For some reason you don’t make the right choices and you’re not in sync with it, I’m definitely not in the zone this week at all. Every heat of mine has had slow surf and then when there were, waves I was on the wrong ones. It’s the way it goes, you win some you lose some.”

Slater’s Equal 5th at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach sees the American holding the lead in the race for the 2011 ASP World Title heading into the next stop in Brazil.

“We’re two events in and I’ve got a 1st and a 5th so I’m averaging about a 3rd, you want to be there and higher,” Slater said. “These kind of waves favor the best guys, the guys you’re going to expect to be at the top at the end of the year and all those guys are still in the event. A 5th isn’t that bad a result, but when all the guys who you expect to be in the world title hunt finish higher than you it feels like a 17th.”

Highlights from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by FORD will be available via www.live.ripcurl.com

The next stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season is the Billabong Pro Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from May 11 – 22, 2011.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Full report coming soon…

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH FINAL RESULTS:

1 – 
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.53

2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.26

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: 
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.33 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.00

SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.87 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.23

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF 1:
 Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.66 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.16

QF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 18.00 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 11.24

QF 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.16 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.10

QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.46 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.03

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Heat 1: 
Owen Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.26

Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.97 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.66

Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 16.03 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.37

Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.37 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.93

ASP WORLD TITLE RATINGS (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):

1. 
Kelly Slater (USA) 15,200 pts

2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14,000 pts

3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13,000 pts

4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10,500 pts

4. Tiago Pires (PRT) 10,500 pts

Billabong Rio Pro Returns to Arpoador to See Top Scores in Round 2

ARPOADOR, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Wednesday, May 18, 2011) – The Billabong Rio Pro returned to Arpoador for the second consecutive day and saw top talent including C.J. Hobgood (USA), 39, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, earn the highest scores of Billabong Rio Pro Competition in clean two-to-four foot (1 metre) lefthanders to complete to Round 2.

Stop No. 3 of 11 on the ASP World Title Series, the Billabong Rio Pro not only plays a vital role in deciding the 2011 ASP World Champion, but is also an important event for competitors looking to solidify their position among the elite ranks prior to the midyear cut.

C.J. Hobgood (USA), 31, unleashed his powerful forehand repertoire on Aproador’s lefthanders in the opening minutes of his match-up against dangerous ASP World Tour rookie Julian Wilson while detonating the highest heat-total of the entire event, 16.50 out of 20. Hobgood’s impressive opening rides proved to be enough to take the win over the progressive Australian despite a late-heat press by Wilson.

“That’s what makes those heats fun to surf and it’s exciting to watch,” Hobgood said. “I have so much respect for Julian (Wilson) because these kids can come back so easily no matter what scores they need. I had a good start and had to be comfortable with my performance win or lose. It was exciting and I’m stoked to make it, I have so much fun surfing against these guys.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, current ASP World Title No. 2, stuck to his strategy of waiting for the outside set waves and matched the day’s highest single-wave score of a 9 out of 10 for powerful backhand surfing to eventually eliminate fellow countryman Kai Otton (AUS), 31.

“A strategy is a strategy and I had seen a few waves out there,” Parkinson said. “Yesterday the tide came in and just kind of killed me. The wave is pretty tricky here and it’s kind of a dog fight to try and get a wave.”

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, rebounded after a close Round 1 loss yesterday and went on an absolute rampage on his backhand in Round 2 to defeat wildcard Ricardo Santos (BRA), 20, with one of the highest heat total of the event, 16.43 out of 20.

“It’s a good rebound after yesterday’s loss and I’m really stoked with my performance out there,” De Souza said. “I just tried to capitalize on Ricardo’s mistake in that heat and was really lucky to find two good waves out there. I’m happy to see all of my friends on the beach, that’s what’s most important for me.”

De Souza used his veteran status on the elite ASP World Tour ranks to calm the nerves that come along with competing in front of his fans, but the passionate Brazilian still admitted he has high expectations for himself at the Billabong Rio Pro.

“When I started the tour I was only 17 and I would be nervous and make mistakes in my heats,” De Souza said. “I’ve been on tour for six years now and I think the experience helps me stay more relaxed and comfortable. Although I’m relaxed, I really hope I can get a good result this year. I was a little disappointed with my performance last year with the 9th and I want to do better at my home event this year.”

Adam Melling (AUS), 26, put in a deadly performance to eliminate Alejo Muniz (BRA), 21, while matching the highest single-wave score of the event of a 9 and expressed the importance of each heat win with the midyear cut rapidly approaching.

“The cut is lingering all year, so it always feels good to get heat wins” Melling said. “We’ve got the two cuts in one year and it’s on everyone’s mind. It can throw you off or you can also use it to fire you up a bit.”

Michel Bourez (PYF), 25, got the best of a hard-fought battle against Arpoador local and event wildcard Simao Romao (BRA). After several wave-for-wave exchanges, Bourez notched a 6.00 on his last ride in the remaining minutes of the heat to overtake the Brazilian talent to earn the Round 2 victory.

“Simao surfs really well and he’s from here,” Bourez said. “It was hard for me to find the right waves out there. I finally got some good scores and made my heat. That was really heavy for me because we were really tight and he had the best score. I realized I really needed a good one and that’s when I got the score.”

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, 2010 ASP World Runner-up, looked uncharacteristically sluggish in his Round 2 heat against event wildcard Peterson Crisanto (BRA), 18, but found the scores needed to keep his Billabong Rio Pro campaign alive.

“I don’t know what was going on, usually I kind of go out there and let loose and I was nursing everything,” Smith said. “I was surfing really careful because I didn’t want to blow the waves I got but I ended up blowing them anyway. I’m happy that I made the heat though.”

The Billabong Rio Pro will return to Barra da Tijuca tomorrow morning for a 7am call for a potential 7:30am start for Round 3. To watch the event LIVE log on to http://www.billabongpro.com

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

Billabong Rio Pro Round 2 Results:

Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.67 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 7.10

Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.60 def. Igor Morais (BRA) 10.17

Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.50 def. Simao Romao (BRA) 12.10

Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.43 def. Ricardo Santos (BRA) 12.66

Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.33 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 11.77

Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) 12.77 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.07

Heat 7: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.50 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 11.40

Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.74 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.17

Heat 9: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.53 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.40

Heat 10: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.50 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.70

Heat 11: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.44 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.40

Heat 12: Adam Melling (AUS) 15.00 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.27

Upcoming Round 3 Match Ups:

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Cory Lopez (USA)

Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dan Ross (AUS)

Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)

Billabong Rio Pro Returns to Arpoador to See Top Scores in Round 2

ARPOADOR, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Wednesday, May 18, 2011) – The Billabong Rio Pro returned to Arpoador for the second consecutive day and saw top talent including C.J. Hobgood (USA), 39, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, earn the highest scores of Billabong Rio Pro Competition in clean two-to-four foot (1 metre) lefthanders to complete to Round 2.

Stop No. 3 of 11 on the ASP World Title Series, the Billabong Rio Pro not only plays a vital role in deciding the 2011 ASP World Champion, but is also an important event for competitors looking to solidify their position among the elite ranks prior to the midyear cut.

C.J. Hobgood (USA), 31, unleashed his powerful forehand repertoire on Aproador’s lefthanders in the opening minutes of his match-up against dangerous ASP World Tour rookie Julian Wilson while detonating the highest heat-total of the entire event, 16.50 out of 20. Hobgood’s impressive opening rides proved to be enough to take the win over the progressive Australian despite a late-heat press by Wilson.

“That’s what makes those heats fun to surf and it’s exciting to watch,” Hobgood said. “I have so much respect for Julian (Wilson) because these kids can come back so easily no matter what scores they need. I had a good start and had to be comfortable with my performance win or lose. It was exciting and I’m stoked to make it, I have so much fun surfing against these guys.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, current ASP World Title No. 2, stuck to his strategy of waiting for the outside set waves and matched the day’s highest single-wave score of a 9 out of 10 for powerful backhand surfing to eventually eliminate fellow countryman Kai Otton (AUS), 31.

“A strategy is a strategy and I had seen a few waves out there,” Parkinson said. “Yesterday the tide came in and just kind of killed me. The wave is pretty tricky here and it’s kind of a dog fight to try and get a wave.”

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, rebounded after a close Round 1 loss yesterday and went on an absolute rampage on his backhand in Round 2 to defeat wildcard Ricardo Santos (BRA), 20, with one of the highest heat total of the event, 16.43 out of 20.

“It’s a good rebound after yesterday’s loss and I’m really stoked with my performance out there,” De Souza said. “I just tried to capitalize on Ricardo’s mistake in that heat and was really lucky to find two good waves out there. I’m happy to see all of my friends on the beach, that’s what’s most important for me.”

De Souza used his veteran status on the elite ASP World Tour ranks to calm the nerves that come along with competing in front of his fans, but the passionate Brazilian still admitted he has high expectations for himself at the Billabong Rio Pro.

“When I started the tour I was only 17 and I would be nervous and make mistakes in my heats,” De Souza said. “I’ve been on tour for six years now and I think the experience helps me stay more relaxed and comfortable. Although I’m relaxed, I really hope I can get a good result this year. I was a little disappointed with my performance last year with the 9th and I want to do better at my home event this year.”

Adam Melling (AUS), 26, put in a deadly performance to eliminate Alejo Muniz (BRA), 21, while matching the highest single-wave score of the event of a 9 and expressed the importance of each heat win with the midyear cut rapidly approaching.

“The cut is lingering all year, so it always feels good to get heat wins” Melling said. “We’ve got the two cuts in one year and it’s on everyone’s mind. It can throw you off or you can also use it to fire you up a bit.”

Michel Bourez (PYF), 25, got the best of a hard-fought battle against Arpoador local and event wildcard Simao Romao (BRA). After several wave-for-wave exchanges, Bourez notched a 6.00 on his last ride in the remaining minutes of the heat to overtake the Brazilian talent to earn the Round 2 victory.

“Simao surfs really well and he’s from here,” Bourez said. “It was hard for me to find the right waves out there. I finally got some good scores and made my heat. That was really heavy for me because we were really tight and he had the best score. I realized I really needed a good one and that’s when I got the score.”

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, 2010 ASP World Runner-up, looked uncharacteristically sluggish in his Round 2 heat against event wildcard Peterson Crisanto (BRA), 18, but found the scores needed to keep his Billabong Rio Pro campaign alive.

“I don’t know what was going on, usually I kind of go out there and let loose and I was nursing everything,” Smith said. “I was surfing really careful because I didn’t want to blow the waves I got but I ended up blowing them anyway. I’m happy that I made the heat though.”

The Billabong Rio Pro will return to Barra da Tijuca tomorrow morning for a 7am call for a potential 7:30am start for Round 3. To watch the event LIVE log on to http://www.billabongpro.com

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

Billabong Rio Pro Round 2 Results:

Heat 1:
 Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.67 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 7.10

Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.60 def. Igor Morais (BRA) 10.17

Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.50 def. Simao Romao (BRA) 12.10

Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.43 def. Ricardo Santos (BRA) 12.66

Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.33 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 11.77

Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) 12.77 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.07

Heat 7: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.50 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 11.40

Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.74 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.17

Heat 9: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.53 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.40

Heat 10: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.50 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.70

Heat 11: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.44 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.40

Heat 12: Adam Melling (AUS) 15.00 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.27

Upcoming Billabong Rio Pro Round 3 Match Ups:

Heat 1: 
Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Cory Lopez (USA)

Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dan Ross (AUS)

Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)

Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Friday, April 22, 2011) – Bells Beach is boasting crisp three-to-five feet (1 – 1.5 metre) waves in the Bowl this morning and Round 3 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger has been called on, commencing at 7:30am.

The second stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has already bore witness to two exciting rounds of competition, the first in the Bowl and the second at nearby Winkipop, and with another day of stellar surf upon us, the world’s best surfers will once again take to the lineup to battle for points, prize money and the ever-coveted ASP World Title.

“We still have good clean surf on offer this morning and we’ll have the men’s Round 3 out there to kick things off at 7:30am,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We have the women’s Round 3 and the men’s Round 4 on standby for after that, and we’ll monitor conditions throughout the day to make a decision a little later on. Good luck to all our competitors.”

Up first this morning will be Owen Wright (AUS), 21, up against Gabe Kling (USA), 30, in the opening heat of Round 3.

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by FORD will be webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com and broadcast live on Fuel TV in Australia and ESPN in Brazil.

When women’s competition resumes, up first will be Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 27, and Melanie Bartels (HAW), 28, in the opening heat of Round 3.

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

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: 
Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)

Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)

Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 5: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Stu Kennedy (AUS)

Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 8: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)

Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 11: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)

Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)



RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: 
Silvana Lima (BRA), Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Melanie Bartels (HAW)

Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Courtney Conlogue (USA)

Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Tyler Wright (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA)

Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)

Want to know when your favourite surfers are in the water at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by FORD?

Here’s how it’s done:

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New Year in Portugal from 350 Euro

SPECIAL NEW YEAR SURFCAMP (Dec/27 > Jan/03)  book now!!!!!!!

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Pack A —  350 € !!!!!!

  • 7 nights accommodation at the surfhouse
  • Breakfasts
  • New Year’s Eve special dinner and party
  • Transfers to bars and discos in Sagres
  • Daily search for best surf spot
  • 5 days surf course with pro 
  • 1 day free surf (saturday)
  • Surf boards and wetsuits
  • free cd whit your surf pictures 
  • Transfers to the beach
  • Free Internet access (Wi-Fi)
  • Pick up at Lagos bus or train station 



Pack B — 300 € !!!!!!

7 nights accommodation at the surfhouse

Breakfasts

New Year’s Eve special dinner and party

Transfers to bars and discos in Sagres

Daily search for best surf spot

Surf boards and wetsuits

free cd with your surf pictures

Transfers to the beach

Free Internet access (Wi-Fi)

Pick up at Lagos bus or train station 

Burrow Wins Reef Hawaiian Pro, Takes Vans Triple Crown Lead

HALEIWA, Hawaii (November 23, 2011) —West Australia’s Taj Burrow, a virtual veteran of pro surfing at 33 years of age, has claimed his first Reef Hawaiian Pro title in Hawaii to pocket $25,000 and take an early lead on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing ratings. Burrow, who has been competing in Hawaii for 15 years, left the field in his wake today, finding a form all his own in the pumping overhead surf. Coming into the final, he claimed that this was his year to shoot for the Vans Triple Crown. He kept his word. Runner-up was East Coast Australian Adam Melling; third was Adriano De Souza (Brazil); and fourth was Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA.). The Reef Hawaiian Pro is the first jewel in the prestigious $830,000 Vans Triple Crown presented by Rock Star Energy Drink.

Burrow surfed through four rounds today, gaining momentum in each. While aerials were at the front of most surfer’s minds, Burrow got creative with every heat, strategically building scores with a mixed plate of form-bending tube rides and lip-belting close-out snaps. He eclipsed his challengers in the final, posting a two-wave total of 16.90 out of 20 (9.37 and 7.53). Melling (12.6 – 6.43, 6.17) and De Souza (12.5 – 7.5, 5) battled it out for second. Nat Young, who had tapped into the best rhythm of the day up until the final, was left high and dry with a two-wave total of only 6.10 (3.73, 2.37).

“I had a good run, it feels good scoring in the 9-point range and it’s hard to do,” said Taj, world #3. “I just really wanted to win an event here. I am really happy.

“It’s funny I have never really gotten a good shot (at the Vans Triple Crown). I was thinking, maybe I should really have a go at one of these things so I actually have it right in the front of my mind.

“I love being in Hawaii. I was saying to a few of my friends it is so good to come to Hawaii and sit and make a base for six weeks. We are getting on a plane every other weekend normally, it’s draining. Coming to Hawaii you just get in a good routine, you unpack your bags and you can kind of relax. We train and eat good food and just the whole routine of it all I feel much better then having to skip town every two weeks.”

Melling, 26, was the quiet achiever through the rounds, chipping away with rock-solid performances and error-free, text-book surfing. A podium finish was a new high for him in Hawaii, and $12,500 wasn’t bad either.

“I am feeling pretty good you know, always wanted to do well and get on the podium here in Hawaii because the waves are so testing,” said Melling. “You can get any kind of conditions. You can get one foot or 12-foot closeouts. I needed to podium this year, I need the points so bad. I have been on the borderline for a while now, so hopefully this can push me up and I can get a couple more results.

“I have some good big boards that have been sitting in the garage for a while. I’m definitely looking forward to Sunset. I hope we get some swell because anything can happen out there. I have lost heats needing a 0.2 and counting a one. So it gets pretty hectic at times but I am looking forward to it.”

De Souza, world #5, has had a stellar season on the elite ASP World Tour and, like Taj, is hoping for a strong Hawaiian season. At 24 years of age, De Souza is undisputedly a member of the youth movement that is driving a fast road to the top of the pro surfing world.

“I am so happy right now with the third, it has always been my dream to get to the finals here in Hawaii,” said De Souza. “I have been watching the last 10 years, all of the finalists, and I have seen them with all their trophies and leis. So I always been dreaming to be one day here. I am really proud of myself. It was an amazing week. Actually the flat waves at the start helped me a lot. I needed the rest. I am really pumped for Sunset. It is going to be big waves so it is going to be a big motivation.”

Young, the youngest of the finalists at age 20, had been on fire in the earlier rounds. He posted the highest heat score of the entire event in the quarters – 17.77, popping two huge reverse 360 aerials on one wave for a 9.77 – the highest single wave of the event. He surfed through more rounds to reach the final than the others and looked to be peaking at the same time. But his cat and mouse game with the waves in the final was fruitless and frustrating.

“Yeah I was super frustrated in the final,” said Young. “Everything that could go wrong went wrong for me. I mean, it’s great to make the final and I’m so stoked about that. It’s all good and I will go into the next event with a little more confidence.

“I feel confident out at Sunset. The waves where I live are like big rights and that is kind of the same. I have done good there the past few years and I am excited.”

On his double air 9.77 that has earned him a shot at the 250,000 Hawaiian Miles Air award: “If you get a long enough wave you can do two airs, it’s just hard to do one right at the beginning and follow it up with another. I was happy to get that. The (second air) was kind of a sketchy landing because I landed it so far out on the flats. I didn’t really think I was going to land it, so that was nice.”

Prior to the final, local favorite John John Florence, 19, floated on air and threaded through barrels to reach the semi finals, but hit a wall at Burrow and Young. Regardless, he was ecstatic to compete in front of a strong home crowd and hopes to build momentum through the remaining two events.

“I’m happy,” said Florence. “I would have loved to make the final but I’m stoked to make the semi’s. All the young guys, Nat (Young), Kolohe (Andino), Evan (Geiselman), Granger (Larsen), everyone’s just kind of killing it, doing airs, getting everything together. It’s great, everyone’s down here, I’m stoked. I feel so at home. Sunset’s next, it’s gonna be big, it should be fun!”

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing now moves north to Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup of Surfing (Nov. 25-Dec. 6). The Surfline.com forecast for the coming week promises exactly the kind of hefty, challenging surf that the venue is famous for. Sunset has a reputation for separating the men from the boys and is where a bid for the Vans Triple Crown is usually cemented or crushed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

FINALS

Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.90pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 12.12.60pts ; Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.50 pts ; Nat Young (USA) 6.10 pts

SEMIFINALS

Heat 1:
 Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.84pts ; Nat Young (USA) 12.70pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 11.50pts ; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 10.67pts

Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.54pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 13.16pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.30pts ; Roy Powers (HAW) 4.57pts

QUATERFINALS

Heat 1:
 Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.10pts ; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 15.60pts ; Evan Geiselman (USA) 15.00pts ; Kolohe Andino (HAW) 6.90pts

Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 17.77pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 14.27pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS) 5.50pts ; Glen Hall (IRL) 5.20pts

Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.50pts ; Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.30pts ; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.20 pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 9.17pts

Heat 4: Roy Powers (HAW) 15.00pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 9.90pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 7.33pts ; Granger Larsen (HAW) 6.83pts

Round of 32

Heat 1: 
Evan Geiselman (USA)11.33pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS)10.73pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 6.84pts ; Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 2.90pts

Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (HAW) 11.84pts ; Nat Young (USA) 9.70pts ; Adrien Toyon (REU)9.27pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.13pts

Heat 3: Glenn Hall (IRL) 15.43pts ; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 14.37pts ; Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 10.34pts ; Leonardo Neves (BRA)10.00pts

Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 16.27pts ; Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.26pts ; Thiago Camarao 7.77pts (BRA) ; Daniel Ross (AUS) 7.70pts

Heat 5: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.67pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 12.34pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 9.60pts ; Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.30pts

Heat 6: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.19pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 10.73pts ; Dion Atkinson (AUS) 8.83pts ; Adam Robertson (AUS) 8.50pts

Heat 7: Roy Powers (HAW) 9.94pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.50pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.57pts ; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 5.83pts

Heat 8: Granger Larsen (HAW) 14.60pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 12.60pts ; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 10.84pts ; Aritz Aramburu (EUK) 7.93pts

CLASH of the LEGENDS

Heat 2 :
 Ross Williams (HAW) 14.50pts ; Shane Dorian (HAW) 14.44 pts ; Rob Machado (USA) 10.83pts ; Kalani Robb (HAW) 8.27pts