Waveriders

Winner of Best Documentary at the 2009 Surfer Poll Awards, WAVERIDERS tells the little known story of surfing’s legendary Irish roots and its surprising connection to today’s worldwide surf phenomenon.

The story unfolds through the inspirational history of Irish/Hawaiian legendary waterman, George Freeth, who inspired the sport’s rebirth among Hawaiian kings in the early twentieth century. This ocean-adventure pays tribute to Freeth’s forgotten legacy; as the world’s first lifeguard and a skillful surfer, he crossed oceans to share what would become a contagious fervor for the sport.

With its distinguished cast of world-renowned surfers, WAVERIDERS journeys from Hawaii to California and back to Ireland’s shores following Freeth’s wave of influence. Renowned British and Irish surfers link up with world champion Kelly Slater, soul surfer Kevin Naughton, and the celebrated Malloy brothers to ride some of the most exciting surf ever seen on Ireland’s shores, along with internationally recognized surfers like Richie Fitzgerald, Gabe Davies, Craig Peterson, and Rabbit Kikai.Waveriders’ exploration reaches a spectacular climax when the surfers conquer the biggest swell ever ridden in Ireland, as they ride monster waves reaching heights of over fifty feet.

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Jadson Andre

Although conditions declined into the one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) range today, the world’s best junior surfers continued to push the boundaries of high-performance surfing as the men’s Quarterfinalists and women’s Semifinalists were determined at North Narrabeen for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy.

Jadson Andre (BRA), 19, 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie and last year’s event runner-up, took no prisoners in the challenging conditions this afternoon, sticking several high-velocity aerials to post an 18.70 out of a possible 20 in the most emphatic win of the day.

“The waves are very similar to where I live in Brazil so I guess I am used to surfing them,” Andre said. “I have an amazing board under my feet and it is working very well out here. I didn’t start out too well in this event, but I am hoping to keep building momentum as the contest goes on.”

Andre will take on sole remaining Australian competitor Stuart Kennedy (AUS), 20, in Quarterfinal 2 when competition resumes.

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Gabriel Medina

Improved three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) surf graced the sandbanks at North Narrabeen today, allowing for some incredible displays of surfing prowess from the world’s best juniors as the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy blitzed through Round 2 and the opening 11 heats of Round 3.

Gabriel Medina (BRA), 16, who gained entry into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships via a wildcard from ASP International, blew the door down today, posting a near perfect 19.57 out of a possible 20 to take down Dean Bowen (AUS) and advance through to Round 4.

“I’m just happy to be here in Australia and competing in this event,” Medina said. “I’m very happy to get through this heat and I hope I can keep going. It is a big event – the biggest – and to win here would mean everything.”

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