- 16 August 2009 | Surfing
Pauline Ado (Hendaye, FRA), 18, and Charles Martin (GLP), 18, have won the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior today in France, respectively in the men’s and women’s division, finishing atop an international field over 150 competitors to raise the coveted trophy in front of a massive crowd. Ado and Martin, who had to get through several heats today to reach the final encounters in their respective divisions, showed their strong abilities in the tricky two foot (0.5 meter) waves on offer to oust event favorites en route to victory.
Martin, who is considered one of the best European surfers of the new generation coming out of France, claimed his second ASP Pro Junior title at Lacanau, where he was a runner-up in 2008. Facing other favorites Joan Duru (Ondres, FRA), 19, and Wiggoly Dantas (BRA), 19, as well as Oakley rider and underdog Tom Cloarec (Capbreton, FRA), 15, Martin kept his unstoppable form throughout the 30-minute decider.
“Winning this event is exactly what I wanted coming here,” Martin said. “I haven’t won an event in a year and the Oakley Pro Junior was a main goal for me this year as it puts me back in the ratings’ race and gives me that ticket for the Oakley Global challenge.”
Martin, whose win today rockets him to No. 4 on the ASP European Junior ratings, will be a favorite when he heads back to Hossegor for the next event and tries and confirm his favorite status.
- 16 August 2009 | Surfing
TIM Macdonald (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland) outclassed a who’s who of Australian junior surfing today, to win the 2009 Red Bull Junior Surf Masters Gold Coast Qualifier.
Held in powerful, 0.5-1m beach break conditions at Narrowneck on the northern Gold Coast, Macdonald powerfully attacked the shifting beach break peaks on the final day of competition, scoring a combined heat total of 17.77 (out of a possible 20) in the final, including a 9.50 ride to defeat Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach, QLD), Dan Pryor (Tugun, QLD) and Sol Pereira-Ryan (Coolangatta, QLD) who finished second to fourth respectively.
Macdonald who was also recently selected in the Queensland State Junior Surfing Team said he was shocked by the result.
“I honestly can’t believe I won that final, especially in an event as prestigious as the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters,” said Macdonald.
“All the Red Bull had everyone firing in the earlier rounds, so I was nervous going into the last heat, but some good waves came my way and I was able to show what I can do,” he said.
Macdonald timed his run to perfection, upsetting Tugun’s Dan Pryor and Rainbow Beach’s Noah Lane in the final, who both had been the standout competitors leading into the deciding heat of the event.
Dan Pryor was the only surfer of the event to register a perfect-ten point ride in his second round heat and although he was able to make the final, he couldn’t quite reproduce the form he displayed at the beginning of the day.
- 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.