Matt Lumley

We are stoked to announce our newest Aussie team rider Matt Lumley!

Twenty-eight year old Lumley from Torquay, Australia has been riding for a mere 2.5 years and is already dominating the sport. His home break is Bells Beach at Torquay Point and his favorite board is the 9’0” Nalu.

Recent accomplishments include 4th place at Noosa Surfing Festival, 1st at the Victorian Titles, 1st at Mambo 2008, 1st at the Cruise to the Cerbus Race 2009, and 2nd at the Australian Titles. 

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Rip Curl Pro Peniche

Stormy seas and heavy rain have forced event organizers to call a second, consecutive lay day for the Rip Curl Pro Search.

Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search experienced bigger waves on offer this morning but opted not to run due to the poor quality of the conditions. With eight days remaining in the waiting period, event organizers have optioned to activate the new competition format, featuring elimination, man-on-man heats from the outset.

“We’re obviously off this morning with victory-at-sea conditions and heavy winds,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “The winds are heavy out of the Southwest at the moment that are projected to go heavy Northwest by 10am so it is onshore all day. This is the supposed to be the worst day for weather so we’ll be back in 8am tomorrow morning to reassess conditions.”

Surfline, official foreers for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling a major Northwest swell s filling in this afternoon and into Wednesday and Thursday.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8am for a possible 8:30am start.

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Nelscott Reef Classic

The event status has been changed from Yellow to Green for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In.  Organizers made the call tonight for the event to be held on Thursday October 22, 2009.

“After watching the swell forecast for the past couple of days, I am confident that we will have contestable conditions this Thursday”, said John Forse, event organizer.

Conditions look like they will be perfect on Thursday for the event.  Swell is forecast to be 17’ at 15 seconds, which could equate to some of the largest waves seen during a Nelscott event.  Combine the swell with offshore winds and you have an epic day lined up. 

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now in its fifth year.  This is the earliest in the holding period that the event has been called, with 3 out of 4 previous years being held in December, and one in January, after an extension of the holding period was granted. 

The early date will give organizers an extra 2 hours of daylight to work with as compared to previous years.  The extra time will be much appreciated, as it needs to accommodate more than just the Tow in contest.  For a second year in a row, there will be a paddle in exhibition, presented by Liquid Militia.  The Liquid Militia Paddle Exhibition is a single heat, winner takes all, opportunity for the locals to earn a spot in the 2010 Tow In Classic.

In addition to the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition, contest organizers are introducing a Kingfish Title, to be given to the best all around big wave rider.  The individuals with the top scores from the tow in heats will be given an opportunity to paddle in a single heat prior to the finals.  The top scores from this paddle in heat will be combined with those from the tow in heat to determine the winner.

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