- 11 August 2009 | Surfing
Morocco's Ramzi Boukhiam has won the 2009 edition of the Quiksilver King of the Groms, beating Tom Neushwanger (Fra), Ian Fontaine (Fra) and William Alliotti (Gua). Ramzi and Tom will go on to represent Europe in the International Final of the King of the Groms, set to take place from 23rd September to 4th October, during the Quiksilver Pro France 2009.
In the final, the Team Quiksilver surfer Ramzi Boukhiam outclassed his rivals with a score of 7.90 and 9.33. With a final total of 17.23 points (out of a possible 20), including one wave judged at 9.33 (out of 10), Ramzi produced the best series of the entire competition.
At the end of the day, at the spot in Zarautz (Euskadi) and for the final series of the event, the quality of the waves improved markedly. For the first few minutes of the final, Ramzi had some trouble perfecting his moves. But with iron patience, the one they call "Ramzouille" gradually gained in confidence and performed a string of rollers, floaters and cutbacks with increasing ease and a radical style. With seven minutes to go in the series, he confirmed his victory with a wave scored at 9.33 that unmistakeably marked the pinnacle of these two days of competition. The young Moroccan richly deserved his win, having remained unbeaten over the two days of surfing. "I've changed the way I approach my series, and now I'm more chilled, I don't put myself under so much pressure. I try to have fun, just let go and it works!" explained the King of the Groms 2009.
- 10 August 2009 | Surfing
Sunny summer skies and 2 to 3 ft. surf fanned by clean offshore winds greeted the final day for The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Pro Junior Series Grade-1 event, Oakley Pro Junior 2009 Global Challenge in Japan.Tsurugasaki Beach was greeted with the remaining swell from the Typhoon Morakot.
Event organizers examined the conditions at the renowned surf spot Tsurugasaki Beach in Chiba this morning at Aug. 8th, 2009, Saturday and ASP Japan Tour Manager and event director Masao Ogawa called the action to start for the final day to grant the new champion.
First in action was ASP North America Pro Junior ranking 1st Perillo Dillon (USA) as well as Arashi Kato)JPN), Crews Mitch (AUS ) and Friend Chris (AUS). As all went to a hard final battle.
It was Perillo Dillon to victor and makes his 2nd win of the 2009 ASP Pro Junior Series since his victory at Ezekiel Pro Junior presented by Jacks Surfboards at Huntington Bch,California-USA this March. Congratulations Perillo Dillon (USA) the 2009 Oakley Pro Junior 2009 Global Challenge in Japan champion!
- 09 August 2009 | Surfing
It was a fitting end to an event steeped in a mix of camaraderie and tough competition as Team USA took the overall gold medal today over Team France at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Monster Energy in Costa Rica. It was the first time that the Americans have won an overall gold medal in since the 1996 World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach, California.
From the opening heats of the Games at Playa Hermosa that began eight days ago, Team USA appeared committed and focused, as they competed against 34 other teams for a spot on the podium. With the final day of competition looming overhead, Team USA stood firm and was able to place five or their eight team members into the three finals, hence becoming the team to beat.
The team was led by Ian Cairns who assumed the position as Coach less than one month ago. "We had good surfers and what we did was to stay very concentrated,” said a low-key Cairns. “This is a long event and it was very important to preserve your energy.”