Mavericks 

Mavericks Surf Ventures, Inc. (Mavericks) announced today that the upcoming 2009/2010 big-wave season at Mavericks will honor and celebrate the 35th anniversary of Jeff Clark’s first session at the now world-famous break.  In the winter of 1975, then-17 year-old Clark first paddled out to the nautical hazard named after a white haired German Shepherd. 

In a remarkable personal odyssey, Clark then surfed Mavericks completely alone for 15 years before the news media began reporting on the 50-foot waves, house-sized rocks, and bone chilling waters that characterize this treacherous locale. 

From those solitary beginnings, Mavericks has become an international phenomenon.  The annual Mavericks Surf Contest® brings the world’s preeminent big-wave surfers together on 24 hours’ notice, along with tens of thousands of spectators and millions more who watch the action via television broadcast and webcast.  Adding to the drama, the contest is completely dependent on the whim of Mother Nature delivering contest-worthy surf conditions. 

Some years – as happened this past season – she holds back, as if to give the surfers another year to reconsider their perilous intent.  Over the years, the Mavericks prize purse has grown to $150,000, the largest in the history of big-wave surfing competition.  In the 2009/2010 season, the invitees will be competing for this record prize purse, thanks to the support of Moose Guen and Jane Sutherland of MVision Private Equity Advisors, and Barracuda Networks.

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Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning will heat up the 2009 Hang Loose Pro in Brazil

Fresh off the Australian and South Pacific legs of the 2009 ASP World Tour, the world’s best surfers are preparing for ASP Dream Tour Stop No. 4 of 10, the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil from June 27 to July 5, 2009, with the Australian ASP World Title contenders leading the charge.

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 1, has had an extraordinary start to his 2009 campaign, winning the opening two events of the season before collecting an equal 9th place finish in Tahiti. Despite being the ratings frontrunner, Parkinson has been kept his focus on the present, concentrating on the event at hand.

“I don’t focus on the ASP World Title when I am at an event,” Parkinson said. “I put a lot of time and effort into what I am doing away from the contests so that I am in the best physical, technical and mental shape possible. This way, I come into an event ready, relaxed and with a sense of purpose.”

Although having experienced a range of results in Brazil from as high as 3rd to as low as 17th, Parkinson is entering this season’s competition with renewed vigor, partially stemming from the rescheduling of the event from October in past years to June/July this year.

“I haven’t been as consistent in Brazil as I would have liked,” Parkinson said. “This probably has a bit to do with when the event has fallen in the calendar year in the past, but I know I can do well there and that gives me confidence. Logistically, the rescheduling of the event works out well. We lost the Fiji event this year and are going straight to South Africa afterwards so the travel is much easier to manage. It will be interesting being in Brazil in winter as we are used to the Carnival atmosphere that Brazil creates in October when the sun is shining. This will be a critical event in the year’s point score.”

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Sean Holmes 

VonZipper is proud to announce the seven local surfers poised to battle it out against the best the world has to offer at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.

With three coveted Wild Card slots up for grabs into the prestigious 2009 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, the VZ Trials will consist of three heats of four surfers each, comprising both international and local hopefuls.

Traditionally run on the first day the event is called “ON”, the VZ Trials offer a winner-takes-all approach, which sees the victor of each heat awarded a coveted wildcard and advancing directly into Round 1 of the main event. 

This year will see the likes of seasoned World Qualifying Series (WQS) protagonists and no less than 3 former South African Surfing Champions battling it out against up-and-coming rippers. Throw in a few underdogs and working class heroes and we are in for a battle royal.

And for the first time there will be additional local flavour with the winner of the16-man Xcel Supertubes Showdown gaining automatic entry into the VonZipper Wildcard Trials ‘09.

Perennial crowd favourite and Supers’ stand-out, Sean Holmes, Wilderness (VZ, Billabong, Kustom) will make a welcome competitive return to the J-Bay line-up. After a season on the sidelines this VZ stalwart will be back to cause some chaos amongst the upper ranks of the top 45.

Sean will be joined in the VZ Trials by the likes of:
 
Shaun Payne   
Dale Staples    
Damien Fahrenfort             
Devyn Mattheys 
Shaun Joubert

The remaining International Wild Card Trialists, as well as the winner of the Xcel Supertubes Showdown, will be determined closer to the event. Once all comers have been selected the heat draws will be announced. Stay tuned.