2010 Billabong September Storm Surf Classic: thank you, Igor

The point at Lawrencetown Beach was firing on Saturday for the 2010 Billabong September Storm Surf Classic contest courtesy of Hurricane Igor, which sent stellar waves from the South Atlantic to the shores of Nova Scotia.

The Open Pro began the day’s competition before 8 a.m. this morning with the sun rising, the waters warm and a light offshore breeze.

Pete Devries, who made the trip from B.C. to take in some East Coast action, captured first place and a cool $1,500. Last October, the 27-year-old surfer won the O’Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) in Tofino, British Columbia. The CWC is a 6-Star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event.

Halifax’s Nico Manos took second place and bagged $700. B.C.’s Noah Cohen finished third and collected $200, while Halifax’s Marty King rounded out the top-4 and took home $100.

The following are the results of all divisions:

Open Pro
1. Pete Devries, Tofino, B.C.
2. Nico Manos, Halifax
3. Noah Cohen, Tofino, B.C.
4. Marty King, Halifax

Men’s Amateur
1. Roman Husiuk, Halifax
2. Keegan Day, Halifax
3. Zak Bush, Halifax

Women’s Amateur
1. Leah Oke, Port Renfrew, B.C.
2. Julie Forbes, Halifax
3. Michelle Richards, Cape Breton Island

Boys Under-18
1. Isaac Norman, Halifax
2. Kyle Watson, Halifax
3. Will Bagnell, South Shore, Nova Scotia

Boys Under-16
1. Colin Colson, Halifax
2. Ross Bagnell, South Shore, Nova Scotia

Surfing in Sweden: portable wave machine to have at home

American Wave Machines, an innovator in artificial wave technology, today announced the successful commissioning of the first modular surfing system delivering multiple wave types including a left and right breaking barrel option. Surfers are lining up to ride real surfboards with fins on the first barreling standing wave in Europe.

The machine debuted at the Himlabadet Municipal Aquatic Sports and Spa Facility in Sundsvall, Sweden and is another first for AWM. The locals in Sundsvall came out in full-force to ride SurfStream at the opening day event, sponsored by Quiksilver™ and Red Bull.

The event featured a live demonstration of the newly patented barreling wave technology and patent pending adjustable gated stream delivery system. The installation of the 16’ x 4’ SurfStream (model 4016) paves the way for larger systems and establishes a value benchmark in the industry.

The modular system can be configured into four different waves; a wide wave, for beginner stand-up surf training; a left barrel; a right barrel; and a wide standing hydraulic jump wave.

As early adopters of innovative technology, Himlabadet has received positive responses from the riders.

“We rode the SurfStream® with a 4’2” twin fin and a 5’0” thruster. The riding was awesome,” said Per Öhman, a local Baltic Sea surfer from Sundsvall. “With the modular inserts, we can alternate between frontside and backside surfing in 82 degree water. We’re totally stoked to have a SurfStream® in our home town.”

“It’s been a great experience working with the team at Himlabadet and VinterTeknik to bring this SurfStream on-line. After a long development project, to finally see surfers, snowboarders and wakeboarders, surfing a man-made barreling wave, was fulfillment of a shared vision,” said Bruce McFarland, President of AWM. “We will be working with Himlabadet in the years to come on events, surf camps, contests, and new wave modules as they become available.”

Semi Pro: Slater's not a pro, yet

Channel Islands Surfboards has unveiled the lucky gear used by Kelly Slater at the Hurley Pro Trestles.

Slater was delivering top scores and surfing performances with a 5'9" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" Semi Pro.

He even used that funny "Semi Pro" headband during the heats.

Maybe the relaxed attitude of not being a Pro mixed with the professional drive gave him the win over Bede Durbidge.