- 11 August 2009 | Surfing
The Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award went for the second time in three years to legendary American surfer Kelly Slater, who won a record ninth world title at the age of 37.
At 37, legendary surfing master Kelly Slater completed his most dominant year yet. Claiming an unprecedented ninth world title in 2008, Slater took first in six of the 10 contests he entered. His 8,832 points this year absolutely dwarfed the 6,780 of his nearest competitor. Slater did not even plan to compete in 2008, giving his rivals a sense of confidence that his later change-of-mind quickly dashed.
Slater received his award at a special ceremony held at the Home Depot Centre on the final day of the 2009 X Games from Laureus World Sports Academy members and action sports legends Tony Hawk and Robby Naish.
After receiving the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award, Slater could not contain his delight in front of a live television audience and cheering fans at the Home Depot Centre. On accepting the award Slater said "To be recognised on an international and mainstream sports level is something special that I haven't experienced a lot.
This Laureus award is something very different and special. To be recognized in this group of athletes is amazing and something I'm happy to carry with me throughout my lifetime. I'm very honoured to win this award a second time."
Laureus World Sports Academy member Tony Hawk said: "Kelly is a pioneering athlete having become the youngest ever world champion in 1992 at the age of 20. And then in 2006 he became the oldest at 34. It is a tribute to his dedication to sport and his impact on surfing that he is still around and setting the standards to beat".
Fellow Laureus Academy member Robby Naish commented, "Kelly Slater's dominance has spanned a generation and made him an icon to action sports lovers around the world. His influence on the world of surfing has been nothing short of amazing. In a sport that changes and evolves as quickly as surfing does, staying at the top of the sport for more than a decade is unprecedented".
- 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!