- 14 August 2009 | Surfing
Day two of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido saw local surfer Christian Corzo (Puerto Escondido, MEX) the event’s first perfect 10-point-ride en route to surfing a near perfect heat of a 19.60 out of 20 by displaying beautiful forehand barrels and dynamic turns.
Surfers competing on the ASP WQS are out to claim the valuable ratings points on offer towards qualification for the prestigious ASP Dream Tour and several big wave barrel-hunters and local standouts have also been attracted to stake their claim for a victory at the infamous ‘Mexican Pipeline.’
Corzo, who assisted in eliminating ASP World Tour surfer Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach ,CA), 27, in yesterday’s competition, continued to flare today when claimed the Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido’s first perfect 10 with a clean barrel-ride on a thumping Puerto lefthander in front of his home crowd.
“The waves weren’t perfect before my heat, but then when I was out there, I saw that perfect left come in,” Corzo said. “It was such a good wave and great to get the perfect score at my home break.”
Corzo continued to dominate his heat after the perfect score, capitalizing on another lefthand barrel, combining it with a big forehand blast and reverse on the inside to tack a 9.60 on to his score line. The near-perfect 19.60 heat total is the highest of the event and will surely be hard to top.
- 13 August 2009 | Surfing
A mad dash from their homes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa paid off for Maya Gabeira and tow surfing partner Carlos Burle as they rode the biggest waves of the season at the notorious Dungeons break this week. Photos of the South American pair in action are now among the leading contenders in the Biggest Wave category of the 2010 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy. The entered images may be viewed at the event website at www.BillabongXXL.com.
Also captured challenging some massive walls at the infamously sharky break were Grant "Twiggy" Baker (Durban, South Africa), Andrew Marr (Cape Town, South Africa) and Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA). All three have either won or been finalists in the XXL Awards in recent years.
Gabeira, 22, has already won the Billabong Girls Best Performance Award three years running, but on August 11 she reaffirmed her status as the top female in big wave surfing when she charged down an enormous, bumpy face after being towed in by Burle on a personal watercraft. The duo arrived in Africa five days ahead of the giant swell in order for Gabeira to obtain her skipper's license to legally operate the jet-powered craft.
According to Gabeira, "My days previous to the big day were the biggest mission ever! The swell came with onshore winds which the waves and ocean bumpy. But in the end of the day everyone had managed to get some bombs and safely finish a day of big surf.
- 13 August 2009 | Surfing
The opening day of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido saw local surfers dominate the early rounds of competition in front of their home crowd, reveling in the early-morning three-to-four foot (1 metre) barreling surf to advance through to the latter rounds.
Surfers competing on the ASP WQS are out to gain the valuable ratings points on offer towards qualification for the 2009 ASP World Tour, with only 15 surfers advancing from the grueling series on to the prestigious ASP Dream Tour each following year. Once qualified, surfers earn the right to battle the world’s finest 45 competitive surfers in an attempt to claim the title of ASP World Champion.
Diego Cadena (Puerto Escondido, MEX) utilized his local knowledge of Playa Zicatela to eliminate current ASP World Tour surfer Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach, CA), 27, from competition by combining clean barrel-rides with strong finishing maneuvers to claim his Round 1 heat win.
“The conditions in that heat were hard because the current was moving all over the place and you have to move all of the time,” Cadena said. "Finally it cleaned up a little bit and I got that good right. Timmy Reyes got that good left and I was worried about my friend (Christian Corzo) and finally he got that nine and moved to second place, but it wasn’t that easy."