- 23 May 2011 | Surfing
They have called it the "Big Tuesday". An international group of big wave surfers have ridden what is believed to be the biggest day of surfing ever at Shipstern Bluff, in Tasmania, Oceania.
The monster swell has hit the infamous surf peak to deliver outstanding and dangerous wave rides. Marti Paradisis was one of the surfers experiencing and braving the giants walls of water.
"When the swell appeared on the charts, I couldn't believe my eyes. 33ft, 16secs, with light onshore winds becoming more favourable as the evening progresses. It was, to this date, unheard of. The predicted onshore winds were a slight worry but we were determined to give it a crack anyway", reports Paradisis. Watch the rides.
The surfing teams aligned for the Shipstern Bluff challenge were: Rudi Scwartz/James Mckeen, James/Ty Hollmer-Cross, Pom/Danny Griffiths and Sandy Ryan/Marti Paradisis.
- 23 May 2011 | Surfing
The left and right pointbreaks of Señoritas and Caballeros delivered long and glassy waves for surfers of the 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, held in Peru.
A total of 171 out of the 276 surfers in the event competed in the intense 48 heats of the Under 18 and 16 Boys divisions. The first round determined who will continue to the second and who will battle in the do or die of the repechage.
Defending champion, Team Australia gave the big surprise today by having one of their surfers being sent to the repecharge. In a tough heat, Under 16 Kai Hing lost to Brazilians Lucas Silveira and Filipe Toledo.
The rest of the powerhouses, Brazil, Peru, France, Hawaii, USA, Tahiti and South Africa, kept all their competitors alive in the main event. Peruvians proved they know how to surf their waters by posting the highest combined score and single wave total in the Under 18 division and the highest single wave score in the Under 16.
- 20 May 2011 | Surfing
Adriano de Souza has conquered the 2011 Billabong Rio Pro, in Barra da Tijuca, Brazil. Tears of joy flowed down the winner's face as he captured an historic title for Brazilian surfing. De Souza defeated Taj Burrow in the last heat and reaches the first place of the ASP World Tour rankings.
The Brazilian rider only stopped crying several minutes after being confirmed as the Billabong Rio Pro champion. "Mineirinho" scored 15.63 points against Taj Burrow's 12.17 points and was cheered by hundreds of local fans.
"I am speechless, right now. I only want to thank everyone. My sponsor, my fans and everyone who stood with me from the beginning. Today, I defended Jadson's blood that was a winner in the last year", said Adriano pouring litres of tears.
"It’s still very early days and next event will be J Bay so I’m going to be pushing myself," De Souza said. "Kelly and all of these guys are such amazing surfers and have been on tour for such a long time, but I’m going to try my best."