- 02 May 2011 | Surfing
Clint Kimmins surfed a perfect 10-point-ride to win the 15th Annual Chiko Alley Classic, in perfect two-metre waves at the famed Currumbin Alley. The Snapper Rocks surfer combined two-wave heat total of 16.16 to beat rivals Matt Jones, Corey Ziems, and Chris Bennetts.
"After I had a bit of shocker at the MP Classic, to come back and win today when we’ve had an epic weekend of waves, I’m absolutely stoked," Kimmins said.
"I’ve got to give a big wrap to all the judges as well, they were scoring some of the highest standard of surfing I’ve been involved in for a while and they didn’t miss a beat across a challenging weekend," he said.
"To bounce back into contention for one of the spots in next year’s Quiksilver Pro Trials is what dreams are made of and being a Snapper Boardrider and having an opportunity to compete against the world’s best surfers at my home break would be amazing," he said.
- 02 May 2011 | Surfing
Keanu Asing has taken the Unsound Pro Junior against Christian Saenz, Tanner Hendrickson and local favorite Balaram Stack in fun three-to-five foot waves, in New York.
Asing was the first find a rhythm in the battle for this year’s Unsound Pro Junior Title. The talented Hawaiian locked into three consecutive lefthanders and confidently dismantled each wave to notch a solid 14.10 heat total which would prove to be enough for the win.
"I’m just ecstatic right now, I’m so glad I did this contest," Asing said. "I was watching the lefts down the beach and I thought I could get a couple of scores. I got one decent one and then got the 8 while I was paddling back out. Right after that I got another one. I just rolled into three good waves. I guess Mother Nature was in my corner."
- 30 April 2011 | Surfing
Danilo Couto has conquered the 2011 Billabong XXL "Ride of the Year". Couto took the main big wave surfing title with his Jaws ride. The Brazilian surfer from Bahia surfed a 20-metre wave and won the prestigious event after reaching the finals for the fifth time.
"I've been feeling really good for two months, ever since I caught that wave," said Couto. "I couldn't sleep for days, knowing I had done something so special. To be a part of surf history, to have an impact ... it's special."
Benjamin Sanchis, from Hossegor, scored the "Biggest Wave" trophy after surfing a giant wall of water at Belharra, France, on February 16, 2011. "I'm not only happy for myself, but I'm stoked for Europe", said a beaming Sanchis. "This is a big win and I'm really proud, I'm really happy. The wave, Belharra, is about 30 minutes from my house. It wasn't even a big day for that spot, it gets bigger for sure."
The "Monster Paddle" and the "Monster Tube" winner was Shane Dorian and his Peahi wave. He takes home a $50,000 prize money. "It was an epic swell, a real late season swell,” recalled Dorian. "I didn't really catch a lot of big waves throughout the whole year. I was just stoked the swell came my way, near my house in Maui, and we scored. The Monster Tube award is pretty special. I mean every surfer wants to get tubed, right?"