Kelly Slater Claims Quiksilver Pro France and Parko lead titel race

LA GRAVIERE, Hossgeor/France (Friday, October 5, 2012) – Kelly Slater (USA), 40, reigning 11-time ASP World Champion, claimed his 51st elite tour victory today, besting celebrated wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA), 27, in a hard-fought Final to take out the Quiksilver Pro France.

Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2012 ASP WCT, the Quiksilver Pro France culminated in dramatic fashion this morning with the primary venue of La Graviere serving up clean three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) barrels for a star-studded Final Four.

With conditions slowing, Slater wasted little time in the Final, collecting a 7.93 and a 9.33 in the opening 10 minutes for impressive tube rides on his forehand. While Reynolds would battle back with his own barrels and aerial attempts, it would not prove enough in the end allowing Slater to collect his first French victory in two decades.

“It has literally been 20 years,” Slater said. “I had my first win here 20 years ago and that’s pretty crazy. Obviously when you go out there you want to win the heat, but I would have been really stoked if Dane (Reynolds) pulled a 10 out of his hat at the end of the heat, it would have been pretty rad.”

Today marks Slater’s third win of the 2012 season (Fiji, Trestles, France) and vaults him up to 2nd on the ASP WCT rankings, well within striking distance of ASP World Title No. 12 with three events remaining this year.

“When you start working the numbers a little bit, I got that 500 pointer and a 13th, two bad results, already,” Slater said. “Parko (Joel Parkinson) is sitting on a 9th and a 5th. If I couldn’t get past Parko today, it would have put a lot of pressure on me, but this has now put the pressure back on Mick (Fanning) because Parko, John John (Florence) and I did well here at this event.”

Reynolds was a standout from the opening round of the Quiksilver Pro France, consistently posting high scores and wowing the masses with his tube-riding prowess. Unfortunately for Reynolds, conditions did not cooperate in the Final against Slater.

“That was a lot of fun out there,” Reynolds said. “I just really like these waves and I wasn’t really worried about competing or winning the heat. I always put a lot of pressure on myself, maybe not on winning but to surf well. I’ve liked every day of this event. Yesterday was intense and challenging and the day before was the same. Today was just perfect and fun. Today was a playground, you can’t ask for any better than that.”

No longer a full-time competitor on the ASP World Championship Tour, Reynolds is still regarded as one of the best surfers in the world and his performance at the 2012 Quiksilver Pro France once again validated his reputation.

“When I was on tour full time, I would do maybe 20 events every year,” Reynolds said. “This year I’m planning on doing 10, and focusing on some other stuff. I’m still competing nearly full time, but I’m just not in a World Title race or anything like that. I feel like when you’re surfing contest full time, you’re constantly trying to refine your surfing act whereas I’ve been trying to focus on exploring new ways of surfing or new lines this year. I think I’m surfing the best I ever have and to come to France and surf with John John (Florence) in perfect 6 foot waves is really the best thing ever. It has been a great event.”

John John Florence (HAW), 19, completing his first full year on the elite ASP WCT, further solidified his position as 4th in the world today despite falling to Reynolds in the Semifinals.

“Obviously, I would have wanted to make the Final,” Florence said. “It went into a very close heat and I would rather lose by 3 points points away than to lose with a 0.1 difference – it feels like I was a cutback away but I’m very happy with making the Semifinals. The waves have been all-time every single day, just crazy shorebreak barrels and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Currently sitting at ASP WCT No. 4, the young Hawaiian is well within the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title heading into the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

“I can’t wait for Portugal,” Florence said. “It’s pretty similar to this, maybe a little bit more organized and I can’t wait to get some waves. Today’s result is a keeper for sure, but I think I’m pretty far away in the title race. We’ll see what happens.”

With today’s Equal 3rd place finish, Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, moves into the frontrunner position on the 2012 ASP WCT ratings, but the Australian has foregone celebrating in favor of focusing on the road ahead in Portugal.

“I can’t wait for Portugal,’ Parkinson said. “It would be nice to get a win over there as the race is shaping up to come down to the end. Hopefully, if the waves are anything like this, it will be another amazing event.”

The next stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 10 – 21, 2012.

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1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 17.26

2 – Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.00


SF 1: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.70 def. John John Florence (HAW) 15.60

SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.27 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.93

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Quiksilver Pro France):

1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 46,200 pts

2. Kelly Slater (USA) 45,450 pts

3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 43,000

4. John John Florence (HAW) 39,150 pts

5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 31,900 pts

Julian Wilson Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Parkinson Retains ASP WCT Lead

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Friday, October 19, 2012) – Julian Wilson (AUS), 23, has claimed his maiden ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) victory today, besting a rampaging Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, in the dying seconds of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal played host to pivotal moments in the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title as well as today’s dramatic culmination between two rising superstars.

In a re-match of the surfers’ Final bout from France last season, Medina and Wilson went blow-for-blow in today’s Final in front of a capacity crowd at Supertubos. While Medina favored a more technical approach to the heat, executing a number of progressive maneuvers, it was Wilson’s barrel sense and combination ability that ultimately tipped the heat in the final moments.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Wilson said. “I lost to Gabriel (Medina) on the buzzer last year in France and to beat him back again on the buzzer, I don’t even know how to describe the feeling. He was trying to hold onto the lead in the end there, he pretty much did what I did in the Final last year in France. He was too busy worrying about me, and that wave came in the dying moments and that was the scorer. I don’t know what to say, I’m just so happy.”

Wilson’s final wave, a multi-section barrel followed by a number of turns, came in at an 8.43 and gave the Australian the edge with no time left on the clock. Both surfers arrived to the shoreline without knowing who had won the Final.

“I felt like I got the score,” Wilson said. “Especially after my other wave that I got a 7 on, but at the same time the crowd was pretty quiet. I think there are a lot of Portuguese supporters out there. I didn’t feel that confident walking up the beach; Wilko (Matt Wilkinson) had my back but he wasn’t 100% sure. Then they just read the score out and I was so happy.”

Today’s win vaults Wilson from No. 12 to No. 6 on the ASP WCT rankings and sets him amongst the very best surfers in the world for the final leg of the 2012 season.

“My number one goal this year was to win one of these World Championship Tour events,” Wilson said. “I won Huntington, which was pretty big but it wasn’t a ‘CT so there was definitely a space left in there for me to accomplish. To win here is just unbelievable.”

Medina, who had been in devastating form throughout the entire event, held a commanding lead for the bulk of the hard-fought Final, but was unable to close the door on Wilson. The Australian’s final ride narrowly edged Medina out of collecting a third elite tour win and the young Brazilian was brief in post-event interviews.

“That was a tough heat against Julian (Wilson),” Medina said. “Unfortunately he got the score on that last wave. I had a fun run through this event and the waves were really really good.”

Today’s Runner-Up finish moves Medina from 9th to 8th on the ASP WCT rankings.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, 2011 Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner, smashed through Jeremy Flores (FRA), 24, in the Quarterfinals this morning but was unable to fight back from Wilson’s early-heat blitzkrieg in the Semifinal battle.

“I feel good,” De Souza said. “A third place is an amazing result and to be in the Top 3 guys in an event is an unbelievable feeling. I’m really happy to see Medina in the Final and representing Brazil, and I’m sure our whole country is proud to see him out there. It would have been amazing to have two Brazilians in the Final but Julian (Wilson), I really have to respect him, he’s surfing amazing and he did so well in that Semifinal. Everything has connected for me these last two weeks. I was under pressure because France was not a good event for me and then to come here as the defending champ, it’s a lot of pressure.. A third is a really good result towards my goal to finish in the Top 5 in the world. Brazil and Portugal have a great connection and we’re friendly countries, the food and everything is very similar so I do feel like in my second home here.”

Today’s Equal 3rd place finish bumps De Souza from 6th to 5th on the ASP WCT rankings heading into the final two events of the season.

Joel Parkinson (AUS) 31, continued his standout performances at Supertubos this morning, besting lethal rookie John John Florence (HAW), 20, in the Quarterfinals. After a midday hold to allow the tide to readjust, Parkinson was unable to find a rhythm against Medina in the Semifinals and would have to settle for Equal 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

“Conditions were just terrible then,” Parkinson said. ‘This one rip went through and kind of messed it for a while and that was it. When we watched it earlier, there were barrels out there, it was kind of like before, but it seemed as soon as the tide started pushing it just turned bad. It’s a bummer, but that happens sometimes and you just have to roll with it. An Equal 3rd is good. I’m really enjoying myself. If you had told me six weeks ago that between Trestles and now, I’d have two second places and a third, I would have probably taken it instead of a 9th and all that so bring on Santa Cruz.”

Parkinson’s Equal 3rd in Peniche further solidifies his frontrunner status on the ASP WCT rankings.

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1 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.26

2 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.37


SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.80 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5.27

SF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.27 vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5.90


QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.60 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.67

QF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.07 def. John John Florence (HAW) 11.23

QF 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.13 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 14.34

QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.57 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.80


Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 7.34 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 3.34

ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):

1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 52,700 pts

2. Kelly Slater (USA) 47,200 pts

3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 47,000 pts

4. John John Florence (HAW) 44,350 pts

5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 37,650 pts

Taj Burrow Wins O’Neill Coldwater Classic, Joel Parkinson Retains ASP WCT Lead

STEAMER LANE, Santa Cruz/California (Tuesday, November 6, 2012) – Taj Burrow (AUS), 34, has won the O’Neill Coldwater Classic, Stop No. 9 of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), over Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 24, in solid six foot (2 metre) waves at Steamer Lane.

Burrow quietly advanced through the opening rounds of competition, building momentum throughout the latter rounds while punctuating his efforts on the final day with an amazing variety of forehand maneuvers. Burrow toppled young Brazilian Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, and goofy-footer Travis Logie (ZAF), 33, en route to the Final against compatriot Wilkinson.

Both Burrow and Wilkinson opened up strongly, but struggled to secure a solid backup score. Wilkinson had an opportunity in the dying moments, but couldn’t hold on during a third critical maneuver and came up just short.

“This win feels incredible,” Burrow said. “It happens sometimes where you never feel like you have the best heats. I was kind of in the zone. I never really had a good heat the whole event, but I still felt good. It’s such a tricky wave and I guess the only thing that helped was my wave count. That Final was the battle of the back-ups. We both stacked it on a couple and we were in a fluster. Wilko (Matt Wilkinson) fell on that last one and he would have got the score, but I’ll take it.”

Burrow’s win marks his second of the season after snatching the opening event on the Gold Coast of Australia. Western Australia’s favorite son now sits at No. 6 on the 2012 ASP WCT rankings.

“I really wanted to win another event this year, especially since I’m out of the race for the title,” Burrow said. “That’s pretty depressing, but I’m really happy that it just fell in to place here in Santa Cruz. To get two wins in a year, I’ve only done that once before so I’m really happy with that.”

Wilkinson, a former winner at the venue in 2010, continued his lethal backhand assault at Steamer Lane, belting the day’s highest heat total of 17.73 while defeating Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, and Michel Bourez (PYF), 26, to attain his first ASP WCT Final appearance.

“I was stoked when I made it through the third round,” Wilkinson said. “Every heat after that, I just kept building. I felt amazing. I was getting 9s and backing them up. All year I’ve been dropping one big score. Out here, I felt like I was getting better every heat. I had that one that would have been a 9 if I made it out of that last turn.”

Wilkinson was in desperate need of a result entering the O’Neill Coldwater Classic ranked 30th on the ASP WCT rankings.

“I was starting to freak out,” Wilkinson said. “I didn’t want it to be left up to Hawaii needing points. Anything can happen there. There’s a bunch of locals in the contest so it’s not like any other event. You have to surf more rounds than usual and the more down the list you are the harder it is because you have to surf more rounds. I’m definitely happy to have these points heading in to Hawaii.”

Today’s Runner-Up finish vaults Wilkinson up to 22nd on the ASP WCT rankings and 15th on the ASP World Rankings, solidifying his requalification position for the 2013 ASP Top 34.

Michel Bourez (PYF), 26, marched to his best result of the year, besting veteran Damien Hobgood (USA), 33, and Jeremy Flores (FRA), 24, with an amazing array of powerful carving turns on his forehand. Unfortunately for the Tahitian, he was unable to put a stop to Wilkinson’s progressive backhand approach in the Semifinals and finished Equal 3rd overall.

“It was a good event for more,” Bourez said. “I’m frustrated that I didn’t have a better Semifinal. I feel like I haven’t had the best year and I was having a good event this week. My son is here with me and my family is my life. They have been my inspiration this week.”

Travis Logie (ZAF), 33, was another deadly backhander at Steamer Lane, besting current ASP WCT rankings’ leader Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, in the Quarterfinals while securing his best result of 2012, an Equal 3rd place finish. Logie’s tear continued in the Semifinals, posting an excellent 8.33 against Taj Burrow, but the South African was unable to find a backup score against the Australian, finishing just shy of the Final.

“I’m pretty stoked with how I surfed in this event,” Logie said. “I’m really disappointed because I had one really good one in that heat and I feel like I just needed an average one to make that heat. Taj has been ripping though and congratulations to him.”

Logie, who entered the O’Neill Coldwater Classic ranked 26th, vaults up the rankings to 17th, compliments of his 3rd place finish in Santa Cruz, revitalizing his campaign to requalify for the 2013 ASP WCT.

“This result is huge for me,” Logie said. “These points are massive. I was looking pretty out of it going in to this event and a third place here shoots me quite a bit up the rankings. I’m still not home and dry, but hopefully in Hawaii I can make up some points.”

Kelly Slater (USA), 40, current ASP WCT No. 2, struggled to find a rhythm in his Round 4 bout against Adriano de Souza, finishing equal 9th overall. Despite Slater’s early exit from the event, a 9th place finish replaces his last-place injury points from Brazil, exponentially narrowing the ratings’ gap with current frontrunner, Parkinson.

“I haven’t looked at the numbers, but it’s funny enough, I gained a couple thousand points,” Slater said. “Joel (Parkinson) dropped a 9th and gained a 5th and I dropped a 500 and gained about 3,000 points. It’s a huge opportunity lost for Joel (Parkinson).”

Heading into the final event of the year, three surfers remain mathematically in contention for the 2012 ASP World Title: Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, Kelly Slater (AUS), 40, and Mick Fanning (AUS), 31.

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1 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.10

2 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.70


SF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.57 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.40

SF 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.73 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.10


QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.83 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.60

QF 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.83 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.00


Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.16 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 6.70

Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.50 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 8.90

Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.00 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.00

Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.50 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 9.40

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (After O’Neill Coldwater Classic):

1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 53,900 pts

2. Kelly Slater (USA) 50,700 pts

3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 47,000 pts

4. John John Florence (HAW) 44,350 pts

5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 42,350 pts

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Joel Parkinson Wins 2012 ASP World Title, Seals Season with Billabong Pipe Masters Victory

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Friday, December 14, 2012) – Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, has claimed his maiden ASP World Title today at the final stop of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season, by winning the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons. The Billabong Pipe Masters was also the third and final leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series.

Only Parkinson and reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater(USA), 40, were in contention for the world title heading into the final day. Parkinson needed to finish one position higher to claim the title that has eluded him for the past 12 years. With Slater’s loss to Josh Kerr (AUS), 28, in the semi-final, Parkinson’s dream became reality. Parkinson went on to beat Kerr in the final.

“Consistency paid off,” Parkinson said. “This is where I wanted to stand at the end of the year. This is what I’ve worked for my whole life. I can’t describe what this feels like. I’ve had runner-ups and ups-and-downs. I’ve been to hell and back and it makes this so much sweeter. All the love from Hawaii and Australia and over the world, I can’t thank you all enough for supporting me.

“Right now, Pipe Master, World Title, it’s all surreal,” Parkinson said. “I figured it was going to be a pressure cooker like a few years ago. I knew there was nothing I could do about it. It was about what I had to do, not about what he had to do. I thought, surely he (Slater) has got to peak because he had that heat with Shane (Dorian) and I knew Kerr is a danger man for him. When Kerr got that one, I felt like I was going to physically throw up. I couldn’t control my emotions at that point.

“One day you wake up feeling good the next day you wake up feeling like a loser. This morning I felt like a Champion when I woke up. Like Andy (Irons) always said ‘I got this, huh?’ I dedicate this to my family, Dad who used to take me to contests when I was 10, my wife and my mom and kids, this is all for us,” said Parkinson.

Parkinson has been the world title bridesmaid four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2011). His Billabong Pipe Masters victory is his 11th elite event win over the course of his career, and by clinching the ASP World Title has established himself as one of the greatest surfers of all time.

Parkinson’s 2012 ASP WCT Results:

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: 5th

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 3rd

Billabong Rio Pro: 2nd

Volcom Fiji Pro: 9th

Billabong Pro Tahiti: 2nd

Hurley Pro at Trestles: 2nd

Quiksilver Pro France: 3rd

Rip Curl Pro Portugal: 3rd

O’Neill Coldwater Classic: 5th

Billabong Pipe Masters: WINNER

Slater was reflective following his Semifinal defeat this afternoon and gracious in honoring Parkinson on stage in front of a capacity crowd at the Banzai Pipeline.

“I missed Brazil because I had a cut in my heel and couldn’t really turn,” Slater said. “I figured I’d just rest up and get focused. Probably the one that hurt the worst was Teahupo’o. I made two or three mistakes in a row and Ricardo (dos Santos) got a 9.8 with seven seconds left. I had a bad string over the last few months. It kind of fell apart after France. Portugal was a tough one and Santa Cruz, I was just real wobbly.

“For whatever reason, the momentum went in Parko’s direction. It was cool that it came down to this, it would have been cooler to have it come down to the Final. Joel’s been on tour for 10 or 11 years now and been in the hunt ever since he started. He’s an amazing surfer. He’s just the guy that makes it look easy. He can pull whatever our when he needs to,” said Slater.

Josh Kerr battled his way to a career first ASP WCT Final. The Australian suffered a heavy wipeout in his round four heat with Slater and Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, resulting in a brief trip to the hospital. After medical clearance, Kerr overcame the setback to take it all the way to the final.

“It’s been a hectic day,” Kerr said. “My first heat, I’ve been having nerve damage in my neck and my left side went numb when I fell. I had to get an x-ray and made it back for my next heat and made it through to the final. Congrats to Parko as well. I’ll be back next year and hopefully one place better.”

Kerr finishes the 2012 ASP season ranked No. 8 on the ASP WCT rankings.

Damien Hobgood (USA), 33, eliminated defending event champion Kieren Perrow (AUS), 35, while attaining his best result of his season. Hobgood was a standout at both Pipeline and Backdoor, but was unable to surpass Parkinson in their Semifinals matchup, finishing equal 3rd.

“I was just thinking if I saw something that looks decent, give it a go,” Hobgood said after his Round 5 victory. “I wanted to try and build a couple of scores and I took one and was paddling out and saw Kieren (Perrow) get one. I could have given Kieren a 10 and that would have been the heat. I just tried to get some scores and not give him a bomb.”

Hobgood’s Equal 3rd place finish at Pipeline vaults him up to 16th on the 2012 ASP WCT rankings.

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1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.17

2 – Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.83


SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.30 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.63

SF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.13 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 4.90


QF 1: Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.83 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.17

QF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.50 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.40

QF 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.00 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.17

QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.73 def. Shane Dorian (HAW) 18.20


Heat 1: Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.23 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 3.26

Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.94 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.00

Heat 3: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 13.00 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.00

Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.27 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.66


Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.57, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.10, Kelly Slater (USA) 8.10

Heat 4: Shane Dorian (HAW) 6.53, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 5.83, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 4.23

2012 ASP WCT Top 5:

1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 58,700 pts

2 – Kelly Slater (USA) 55,450 pts

3 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 47,000 pts

4 – John John Florence (HAW) 44,350 pts

5 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 42,350 pts


KIRRA, Queensland/Australia (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) – Kelly Slater (USA), 41, 11-time ASP World Champion and 2012 ASP World Runner-Up, has claimed the 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover in firing three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) barrels at Kirra over reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, in front of a capacity crowd on the Gold Coast.

The opening stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Quiksilver Gold Coast culminated in fine fashion today with a tube-riding shootout between two of the sport’s greatest champions.

Slater and Parkinson opened their 40-minute Final bout with a rapid-fire exchange of tube-riding displays, vaulting the lead back and forth before Slater nailed a 9.93 for an incredibly-deep barrel punctuated by a full-velocity forehand gaff.

“It was just fun today,” Slater said. “I really wanted to surf Kirra as I made known the other day and it was great fun out there. We thought the swell was going to be too East, but it’s really really good out there and to get to surf it with Joel (Parkinson) is even better. He’s one of the best and we had a lot of fun out there.”

Today win marks Slater’s 52nd elite tour victory of his career, but the iconic Floridian admits that it’s a long season ahead in terms of the hunt for the 2013 ASP World Title.

“They’re all important but it’s nice to get off to a good start,” Slater said. “The three top seeds – Joel, myself and Mick all finished in the top three spots and Michel (Bourez) had a great event too. Momentum shifts throughout each season and a lot can happen. It’s probably the most talented field that has ever been on tour and there are nine more events. I’m committed to the tour this season.”

Parkinson looked unbeatable on the final day of the event, collecting a Perfect 10 in his morning Semifinal before posting an excellent 17.47 in his Final against Slater. However, the impressive scoreline would prove insufficient against the American’s onslaught and the reigning ASP World Champion would post a Runner-Up finish in the opening event of the year.

“When Kirra is doing what it’s doing out there today, it doesn’t feel like an event,” Parkinson said. “I had some great waves and a lot of fun, and to get to do it with the singlet on is icing on the cake. I appreciate all the local support out here today and Runner-Up is a good start to the season. Bring on Bells.”

Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, two-time ASP World Champion (2007, 2009), went down in a barrel shootout this morning with Slater. Despite opening up with an impressive scoreline and an early lead, the Kirra local would ultimately fall to Slater in the dying moments of the heat – 18.60 to 19.37.

“It’s a tough way to go out but you can’t be too upset when you put together a heat like that,” Fanning said. “I had a really good start and put in some solid scores. Kelly (Slater) just did his ‘Kelly Thing’ and got that incredible 10 and really put himself back in the hunt. Shame I couldn’t get to the Final with Joel (Parkinson), but it’s a good start to the year so I’ll refocus and get ready for Bells.”

Fanning collects an Equal 3rd place finish in the opening event of the season.

Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, opened up this morning’s action with a Semifinal bout against Parkinson. Despite being universally-celebrated as one of the most powerful surfers throughout the event, the Tahitian found himself at odds this morning after the Australian’s quick start to their clash.

“It was such a hard heat against Parko (Joel Parkinson),” Bourez said. “He’s a local and he got a 10 on his first wave. It was kind of embarrassing for me as I was waiting and sitting out there for too long and Joel was able to catch a lot of waves. It’s alright though. It’s my best result at this event. I feel great, my boards are going well and I can’t wait for Bells.”

The next stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will be the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford from March 27 – April 7, 2013.


1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.56

2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.47


SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.17 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.80

SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.37 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.60

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (Following Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast):

1. Kelly Slater (USA) 10000 pts

2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 8000 pts

3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 6500 pts

3. Michel Bourez (PYF) 6500 pts

5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5200 pts

5. Julian Wilson (AUS) 5200 pts

5. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5200 pts

5. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5200 pts

Hawaiians Moore and Payne Crowned 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Champions

MARGARET RIVER, WA/Australia (Sunday, March 24, 2013) – Carissa Moore (HAW) and Dusty Payne (HAW) have both claimed victory at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in solid surf today. Both surfers fought through a stacked field of the world’s best to claim their respective wins and etch their names in the history books as winners at the world-class Surfers Point, Margaret River, WA, Australia.

Stop No. 2 of 8 on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has seen Tyler Wright retain the ASP Women’s World No. 1 position after finishing runner-up to Moore. The rest of the surfers moved and shuffled around the rankings, with last year’s top 4 further stretching the gap between them and the rest.

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is the first men’s ASP PRIME rated event for the 2013 season, offering maximum points towards 2014 ASP World Championship Tour qualification campaigns. The final four surfers left standing in this event were all elite ASP World Championship Tour surfers, taking the lion’s share of all the points and prize-money on offer.

Carissa Moore (HAW) claimed her first ASP Women’s WCT event win in over a year, showing how deadly she can be in big and powerful surf. Moore now moves up to be the ASP World No. 2 ranked surfer, in what is already shaping up to be an exciting ASP Women’s World Title race after only two events.

“I’m feeling really, really amazing right now!” said Moore. “I’m stoked to walk away with the win and to be up on the podium again. I didn’t win an event last year, and it was hard for me, but it definitely fired me up. It’s only been two events and it’s already looking like it will be a close ASP Women’s World Title race, but there are girls who didn’t make it to the final day who are capable of causing upsets and winning events. It will be really interesting to see how it all pans out.”

Tyler Wright (AUS) posted an event high 9.50 (out of a possible 10) in her Semifinal win over Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), but got washed over shallow reef shortly after and severely corked her thigh. The soreness in her leg and challenging conditions in the Final held her back from unleashing her trademark turns and she had to settle for second place behind a red-hot Carissa Moore.

“It’s only the second event of the year and in no way am I looking at being number one at all!” Wright said. “I’m up against World Champions, a three times world runner-up and the rest of the tour as well. I’m just being me more this year and I’m really happy and I think it’s showing in my surfing. I’ve done a lot of growing up over the past two years and I’m enjoying the tour. My brother Owen has been a great support to me, he was at this contest but went home. He called me this morning and we had a massive conversation and that helped me to the podium today.”

Dusty Payne (HAW) was the form surfer of the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro and stormed through the draw all the way to his first major ASP event win. Payne showcased his raw and powerful brand of surfing in the solid waves at Surfer’s Point all event and sealed his win with a near-perfect 9.23 (out of a possible 10) in the final.

“I’ve never won anything before, this is sick!” Payne said. “This is my first major win and this is an awesome event. I’m so glad to win in Western Australia, I love it over here! I was in good rhythm at the event, which never happens, lucky I guess. I’m just so stoked right now. I was injured for half of last year and had to sit on the sidelines and watch my friends surf and win events, and now here I am. It feels great.”

Josh Kerr (AUS), 2010 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro champion today had to settle for a runner-up finish as another Australian couldn’t get past a red-hot Hawaiian.

“I’m stoked for Dusty (Payne), he’s been surfing so good at this event,” Kerr said. “I almost penciled him in for the win before I paddled out for the final because he’s been surfing so good. I also made some errors out there and was behind in the end, but I’m super stoked to be in the final. It was one of those ones where a bit of luck went my way in a few heats so you’ve got to be happy when that happens.”

Event info, photos, videos and more –



Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.00 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.94


SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.27 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.56

SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 18.43 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.83


Dusty Payne (HAW) 16.36 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.20


SF 1: Dusty Payne (HAW) 18.00 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.16

SF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.33 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.43


QF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.00 def. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 8.27

QF 2: Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.17 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 8.23

QF 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.50 def. Jay Quinn (NZL) 13.20

QF 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.30 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 14.50

Current ASP Women’s ASP WCT Top 5

1) Tyler Wright (AUS) 18,000

2) Carissa Moore (HAW) 16,500

3) Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14,500

4) Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13,000

5) Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10,400

5) Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10,400

Kelly Slater Wins Volcom Fiji Pro, Takes ASP WCT Rankings Lead

CLOUDBREAK, Tavarua/Fiji (Wednesday, June 12, 2013) — Kelly Slater (USA), 41, has won the Volcom Fiji Pro over Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, in pumping six-to-eight foot (2 metre) barrels at Cloudbreak, simultaneously launching to No. 1 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings.

Stop No. 4 of 10 on the ASP WCT, the Volcom Fiji Pro saw several days of world-class surf at both Restaurants and Cloudbreak and a series of mixed results from the ASP Top 34 frontrunners shook up the current race for the ASP World Title.

Slater built momentum throughout the Volcom Fiji Pro, peaking on the final day of competition. The 11-time ASP World Champion’s road to victory included a perfect 20-point heat against Sebastian Zeitz (HAW), 25, in the Quarterfinals, a victory over John John Florence (HAW), 20, in the Semifinals, culminating with a win over Fanning in the Final that included a near-perfect 19.80 out of 20 heat total.

“What a day,” Slater said. “That was insane. When we stared out in the Final, Mick had position and I was a little deep, but the next one was unbelievable. I want to dedicate this to my brother and his wife and their new kid Van. He told me that if I missed the birth of his son, that I’d better win, so this is for you. I want to say hi to everyone at home. What can I say, what a day.”

Slater made history in his Quarterfinals match against Sebastian Zietz, collecting only the fourth perfect 20-point score on ASP record. Slater’s two unbelievable 10 point rides came compliments of deep backhand tuberiding and while the Floridian has netted several perfect 10-point single-wave scores, the perfect 20 heat marks only the second of Slater’s lengthy career.

“The waves are the stars today,” Slater said. “When they come, they’re unbelievable. I missed one in that heat that was insane. The second 10 that I got, Seabass (Sebastian Zietz) maybe could have got it, but he was a little deep. It just hit that inside and ran. It reminded me of the one yesterday that i didn’t come out of and I just though, ‘just keep going forward, don’t make the same mistake as yesterday.’ When waves are this good, I don’t discount it happening a few times in this event because the waves are there, you just have to stand up on them. Theoretically, I could have had three 10s yesterday, the waves were just that good. It’s a special thing if you can get a 10 in a heat, so I’m really stoked.”

Mick Fanning displayed incredible backhand barrel-riding skills at Cloudbreak, driving through deep tubes and unloading massive turns on his way to the Final. Fanning would go on to best close friend and reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, in the Quarterfinals and deadly goofy-footer C.J. Hobgood (USA), 33, in the Semifinals but was unable to match Slater in their bout for the win.

“I’m pretty stoked,” Fanning said. “I started off with the 9.2 and saw Kelly doing the Jesus Christ on the one behind it. When Kelly didn’t get a 10 on his first wave, I thought, ‘I’m still in this,’ but then he shut the door on the next one. Overall I’m happy. I didn’t really have a good start to this event and then at the end it came good.”

John John Florence marked an incredible return to competition following an injury sustained on the Gold Coast, collecting two perfect 10-point rides over the course of the event while taking an equal 3rd place finish. Florence looked deadly again on the Final day of the Volcom Fiji Pro, besting South African powerhouse Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, in their Quarterfinals clash, but was unable to surpass Slater’s rampage in the Semifinals.

“It would have been nice to go one round further and make the finals, but a third is a good result and we got sick waves throughout the event,” Florence said. “To get a third in my first event back since my injury is a good start and hopefully I can do well in Bali.”

C.J. Hobgood got the best of several scrappy heats throughout the Volcom Fiji Pro, but found some excellent barrels in his Semifinals clash against Mick Fanning. Unfortunately for Hobgood, Fanning would find a buzzer-beating wave in the final seconds of their match-up, handing Hobgood an equal 3rd place finish.

“I had some really slow heats throughout the event, but making it that far, you always want to make the final,” Hobgood said. “Mick and I actually had some good waves in that heat finally, and he just got me at the end. It’s a bummer to lose at the end of the heat like that, but congrats to Mick on the win.”

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The next stop on the ASP WCT will be the Oakley Pro Bali, which holds a waiting period from June 18-29, 2013.


1 — Kelly Slater (USA) 19.80

2 — Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.87


SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.17 def. John John Florence (HAW) 14.00

SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.07 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.70


QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 19.06 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.67

QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 20 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 4.10

QF 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.77 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.50

QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.13 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.83

Kai Otton Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal pres. by Moche, ASP World Title Race Heads to Hawaii

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 17, 2013) – Kai Otton (AUS), 33, has just won the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche in a hard-fought final over rookie Nat Young (USA), 22, in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at the primary venue of Supertubos.

Stop No.9 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche completed five rounds of action packed competition today, sending the 2013 ASP World Title Race to Hawaii before crowning Otton as event winner.

Otton’s victory would come at the hands of a wave-starved 30-minute final. The Australian would kick off the battle with the heat’s high score on his opening ride, building momentum in the tactical affair to eventually defeat Young in his first career ASP WCT event win.

“It’s the weirdest feeling ever, I just can’t comprehend it,” an ecstatic Otton said. “I really want to dedicate it to my Granddad, he passed away the year I qualified and never saw me on tour so this is for him. It seems like this event was a little bit of a grind, every heat the tide changed so dramatically you never really knew what was going to happen!”

Otton, who now sits at No. 7 on the ASP WCT Rankings following the victory, has been one of the most consistent surfers in 2013 and his road to victory in Portugal saw the Australian best a flock of the world’s best surfers. The goofy-footer was unstoppable on the final day of competition, defeating Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence (HAW), 20, two-time ASP World Champion and current rankings leader Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, and reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, en route to the final.

“One of the things that has changed for me this year is my girlfriend being pregnant, I’m pretty excited about that,” Otton continued. “It’s unbelievable, it’s the next chapter I’m really looking forward to. It’s amazing to have all of the support, all my home town of Tathra, my Mom and Dad who supported me all of my career. To get here is kind of a pinnacle for me.”

Nat Young, who secured the ASP Rookie of the Year title on his way to the final, had a stellar run throughout the event, earning his second final berth of the 2013 season. The Californian would stay busy in his 35 minute clash, but was unable to maintain his rhythm to surpass Otton and would finish runner-up.

“The whole final was really frustrating, I couldn’t really get one good wave,” Young said. “I’ve been searching up-and-down the beach for waves and I was exhausted in the end. It’s been a good day for sure, after getting that close a second place is heart-breaking for sure but it’s still a great result, and Rookie of the Year is amazing too.”

Young’s road to the final was also impressive, with the rookie topping Australian fly-boy Josh Kerr (AUS), 29, in the Semifinals and Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, in the Quarterfinals. The result propels Young into the Top 10 before the final event at Pipeline.

Josh Kerr was dominant on the final day of competition, posting two incredible rides while attaining the event’s high heat-total of 18.40 out of 20 in a Round 5 win over Taj Burrow (AUS), 35. Kerr managed to navigate through a tricky Quarterfinal heat, but would eventually fall to Young in the Semifinals.

“To look back on it, it’s a great result but a pretty frustrating kind of contest for me though,” Kerr stated. “I never really got a good rhythm going in any heat and kind of stumbled my way to the semis, it’s a little bit frustrating not being able to unleash out there and do what I wanted to do. Even in that one high-scoring heat, I got a 9 right at the start and it took me til the end to get my next good score.”

Joel Parkinson, reigning ASP World Champion, put in some solid heats to make his way to the Semifinals, defeating form surfers Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, and Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 25. Parkinson however was unable to put a stop to Otton’s efforts, and with an equal third place in Portugal, is officially out of the 2013 ASP World Title Race.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, further solidified his lead on the World Title Race, collecting a 5th place at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal pres. by Moche. Fanning looked poised to secure a third crown at Supertubos, but was unable to clinch an early third ASP World Title when he was defeated by Kai Otton in the Quarterfinals.

“It’s a bit frustrating, obviously I just wanted to surf and unfortunately it didn’t really happen,” Fanning said. “I’m stoked that I made some points here, it puts me in a better position going into Pipe and I’m excited to go to Hawaii. I’ll do the whole triple crown so this could be fun! I’ve had a lot of slow heats this year, snuck through a few, but you know every now and then one’s going to go your way. It probably made it a little bit more significant with what was on the line at that time.”

Entering the final stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater (USA), 41, remain in contention for the ASP World Title. Following Fanning’s fifth place at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Slater must win the Pipe Masters to surpass Fanning for the ASP World Title. If Slater is to win the event, Fanning must place 3rd or better to claim the title for himself.

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1 – Kai Otton (AUS) 12.23

2 – Nat Young (USA) 11.03


SF 1: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.83 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.23

SF 2: Nat Young (USA) 14.07 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.66


QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.07 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.90

QF 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 10.00 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.43

QF 3: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.54

QF 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.67 def. C.J Hobgood (USA) 8.56


Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.17 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.10

Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.60 def. John John Florence (HAW) 12.16

Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.33 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.90

Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.40 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.53


Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.50, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.50, Kai Otton (AUS) 9.90

Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.00, John John Florence (HAW) 11.70, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 4.74

Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 14.67, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.60, Josh Kerr (AUS) 6.46

Heat 4: C.J Hobgood (USA) 15.33, Taj Burrow (AUS) 9.30, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.17

Завершился Чемпионат России в городе Владивосток

В последний день, на кануне отъезда основной группы участников соревнований, наконец пришли волны и организаторы смогли провести Третий Этап Чемпионата России по серфингу в городе Владивостоке. 

30 августа прошли все заезды чемпионата, а именно Лонгборд и Шортборд. Утром волны были около метра, но пологие и с небольшим ветром. Первым делом решили проводить заезды в лонге, т.к. надеялись на выравнивание и увеличение размера волн.

Что было необычно в этом этапе, так это новая система распределения участников. После первых заездов занявшие первые места попадают в оду группу, а занявшие вторые места в другую. Таким образом уже во втором круге получился очень сильный Хит.

Хоть волны и не радовали, зато радовали трюки. В отличии от предыдущих этапов здесь было много стоек на голове в исполнении доброй трети серферов. Женя Исаков делал разворот доски на 180 стартуя кормой вперед.

Победителем в единоборстве длинных досок оказался Ярослав Клоков (Ярик), порадовавший тем самым местную публику. Он выиграл в финале у Никиты Замеховского. Причем почти весь заезд лидировал Никита и буквально с финальной сиреной Ярик взял длинную волну и получил высокие балы.

Итог лонгборда:

1 Ярослав Клоков

2 Никита Замеховский

3 Расшиваев Сергей

Волны к обеду не увеличились, и временами ребята на лайн апе просто скучали. Все заезды кстати в течении дня проходили по 15 минут, кроме финала в 20 минут.

Из-за очень маленьких и покатых волн многие участники, в том числе и я поменяли доски, выпросив у местных толстые фиши и плюшки. По русски — более широкие и толстые доски чем наши.

Финалисты Феликс и Серега Михеев (децл) показали в этих тяжелых условиях наиболее техничное и красивое катание, Серега заслуженно победил.

Иногда было очень трудно вообще что — то взять и проехать, но тем не менее все состоялось и это круто. На некоторые хиты, в том числе на финал выпала пара не плохих сетов.

Итоги шортборда:

1 Михеев Сергей

2 Феликс Пак

3 Никита Замеховский

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