Reubin Pearce: winner in foreign territory

The weekends Animal Open Surf Contest saw two new champions, some great weather and perfect conditions for the finals.

Reubin Pearce, from South Africa and local lady Tassy Swallow showed stunning form in 3 to 4 ft conditions to take the top spots on the podium at one of the year’s most prestigious contests.

Organised by the UK Pro Surf Association (UKPSA) and sponsored by Animal the event saw one of the largest ever entries with over 50 contestants traveling from all over the world to bid for this major title at Fistral Beach, Newquay.

The swell cleaned up for the finals, offering up some challenging surf for competitors to test their skills and demonstrate to the judges what they can do in the clean conditions. The variety of moves and action on display was described by Head Judge Esther Spears as, “Definitely impressive – the best seen in many years. This shows a promising time for British surfing.”

The highest scoring wave of the day was from South African, Reubin Pearce. Who got a 8.7 point wave in the semi’s which then lead him into the final against Jonny Fryer, Micah Lester and Mark Harris. Reubin went onto to win this years Open, 2nd place going to Micah Lester (Australia), 3rd to local Mark (Egor) Harris (Newquay) and 4th to Johnny Fryer (IOW).

The Women’s final, was a fight to the end. With 16 year old Tassy Swallow winning the Women’s division, leaving Jo Dennison (Freshwater) to pick up a very close 2nd place, 3rd went to Beth Mason (Swansea) and 4th to Nicole Morgan (Northern Ireland).

Other prizes were given to Gaby Rowe for the highest scoring wave in the Women’s division, where she received a skate board. Andrew Griffin also received £250 from Relentless for getting The Manoeuvre of the Competition award.

The one star event, supported by Animal is held on Fistral Beach, which is renowned as one of the best breaks in the UK.

This year’s Champion Reubin Pearce, commented, “I am over the moon to have won this event, after having no win all year, I’m stoked. I surfed as hard as I could and came out with a win so I am really happy it paid off.”

The results were as follows:

1.Reubin Pearce (South Africa)
2.Micah Lester (Australia)
3.Mark Harris (Newquay)
4.Johnny Fryer (IOW).

1.Tassy Swallow (St. Ives)
2.Jo Dennison (Freshwater)
3.Beth Mason (Swansea)
3.Nicole Morgan (Northern Ireland)

Pro Junior
1.Stuart Campbell (Woolocombe)
2.Toby Donachie (St. Merryn)
3.Lyndon Wake (Croyde)
4.Josh Piper (Newquay)

Under 16’s
1.Luke Dillon (Newquay)
2.Myles Lee Hargreaves (Bournemouth)
3.Jobe Harris (Bude)
3. Simon Trebilcock (St. Ives)

Putra Hermawan: the Indonesian champ

When a national champion is crowned in the last seconds of surfing contest you're witnessing a breathtaking moment.

It happened in Asia. The 2010 Indonesia Pro Surfing Tour reached its climax in the Rip Curl Surf and Music Festival, held at Kuta Beach’s famous "Halfways".

Dedi Santosa was trying to beat Marlon Gerber and needed an 8.65-point wave to claim the 2010 Coca-Cola ISC Tour. But Santosa missed the score in the last 30 seconds of the final heat and delivered the championship to Putra Hermawan.

18-year-old Putra Hermawan is the youngest ever ISC Tour Open Division champion. Marlon Gerber, the event winner, dedicated his first ISC tour win to his friend Andy Irons who tragically passed away recently.

Husni won the Longboard Division for the second time, Dyah Rahayu Dewi took her second win in a row in the Women’s Division and Jeren Kiring claimed the National GromSearch Final.

2010 Coca-Cola ISC Tour Open Division Results:

1. Putra Hermawan
2. Dedi Santoso
3. Pepen Hendrik

Rip Curl Surf and Music Festival results:

1. Marlon Gerber
2. Dedi Santosa
3. Raditya Rondi
4. Wayan Suprayitna

Andy Irons Paddle Out: Hanalei Bay was small for so many friends

Thousands of Hawaiian surfers gathered at Hanalei Bay for a very special and emotional moment.

To celebrate the life and greatness of Andy Irons is always inspirational. Friends, family, fans and surfing enthusiasts remembered their man. Bruce Irons led the paddle out and the double-hull canoe that carried Andy's wife Lyndie to the circle of all thoughts.

Tears were shed between smiles as the ashes of Andy were released into the sea. At the same time, a helicopter poured flowers from the sky. Watch the video, the video.

In Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, 3000 mourners payed tribute to AI. Reverend Summo, a friend of the Irons family, noted that Andy "was a gift from God, as is the very act of riding waves. He was special to all of us.”

The tributes will not be forgotten and the Andy memories will forever live in every surfer's heart and soul.

There's a tribute photo gallery dedicated to Andy Irons.