Tim Reyes: thank Joel

Tim Reyes (USA), 28, former ASP World Title Race campaigner and current No. 126 on the newly-founded ASP World Rankings, will replace an injured Joel Parkinson (AUS), 29, 2009 ASP World Runner-Up and defending event winner, at the upcoming Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.

Parkinson's injury and subsequent withdrawal has completely reshuffled the Round 1 Match-Ups:

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Taylor Knox (USA), Luke Munro (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Jadson Andre (BRA), Andy Irons (HAW), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Luke Stedman (AUS), Nate Yeomans (USA)
Heat 4: Dane Reynolds (USA), Daniel Ross (AUS), Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tom Whitaker (USA), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA), Damien Hobgood (USA), TBA
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), TBA
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS), Roy Powers (HAW), TBA
Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 13: Michel Bourez (PYF), Dean Morrison (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 14: Chris Davidson (AUS), Mick Campbell (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 15: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ben Dunn (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 16: Owen Wright (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF), Drew Courtney (AUS)

Josh Constable: who dares to defy him?

Boisterous seas provided an exciting platform for the second and final day of competition at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Whalebone Classic testing Australia’s best longboard surfers to the maximum.

With large and uneven (5 feet) shifting peaks making wave selection crucial, competitors in semi final 1 all shared the lead at various stages before the all round repertoire of moves from Dane Pioli, (NSW) saw him snatch the win from Jackson Close (Qld). Semi final 2 saw big moves from 2006 World Champion Josh Constable (Qld), including a huge airdrop floater, win comfortably from fellow Queenslander Mitch Surman.

As the finalists for both the men’s and women’s pro divisions hit the water, severe wind squalls were lashing the contest site.

Building on the momentum of his heat and then his semi, Noosa’s Josh Constable absolutely went to town in the final. Undeterred by the atrocious conditions, Constable looked to be having fun as he attacked every wave with big lip bashes and then mere seconds later would be gracefully walking to the nose for serious tip time to amass 17.03 out of 20 for his two scoring rides to master the rough seas.

“It was tough out there, I surfed a contest at Bells that had strong offshore winds but this was gnarly, real gnarly but we all had fun out there” said Constable.

The fast aggressive approach to each wave saw Jackson Close finish on 15.16 to claim 2nd.

NSW champion Dane Pioli had to settle for 3rd on 14.67, while Mitch Surman in first trip to the West and in his first LQS final placed 4th on 11.33.

Australian women’s champion Rosie Locke who also hails from Noosa, took charge of the women’s final to head off former Australian and perennial Whalebone winner Claire Finnucane and cement her place in the Roxy Women’s World Titles.

“I got a good wave to start and while I was hoping to build on it, it turned out to be my best wave” Locke said. She continued “It wasn’t a fight against the other competitors out there it was a fight against the elements.

Fellow Western Australian, Jade Foster surfed into 3rd and an out of form Melissa Combo 4th, 

ASP LQS Men Final 

1st Josh Constable (Qld)
2nd Jackson Close (Qld)
3rd Dane Pioli (NSW)
4th Mitch Surman (Qld)


1st Rosie Locke (Qld)
2nd Claire Finucane (WA)
3rd Jade Foster (WA)
4th Melissa Combo (NSW)

Cori Schumacher: the longboard queen

Cori Schumacher (California, USA), 33, has won the Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships today in Biarritz, at the world famous venue of La Côte des Basques defeating fellow finalist Kaitlin Maguire (California, USA), 22, in clean two-to-three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves in a 100% American heat.

Claiming her first ever ASP World title after several years amongst the world’s best female longboarders’ contingent, Schumacher stepped-up to her reputation to dominate the last action-packed day of the contest posting the event’s highest single-wave and heat scores respectively a 9.25 and 17.25 points.

“It feels so good right now,” freshly crowned Schumacher said. “It was like six minutes to the end and feelings just all washed over me and I was tingling. It’s such an amazing feeling to win. I had some pressure though when I paddled into a wave and left Kaitlin (Maguire) on her own because she can pull a world championship out of her hat anytime.”

Coming out atop a series of intense exchanges in a well-fought final after eliminating two former world champions in the Quarterfinals (Jennifer Smith) and the Semifinals (Joy Monahan), Schumacher’s solid 13.15 score to Maguire’s 9.80 confirmed her domination over the weekend, her smart heat tactics and strategy giving her the final sot at the title.

“I took a gamble to paddle into that last wave and hope for the conditions to slow down as it hd been doing the last three days,” Schumacher said. “It paid up, the gamble went well!”

Maguire, who was surfing her first final in an ASP World title decider event, came short of five points leaving the 2010 edition with the runner-up spot, a promising result and a guarantee to return in next year’s ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships along with the event’s top 16 surfers.

“I was really exhausted for the final,” Maguire said. “Doing the semis and the final in a row was a tough one but it was a good heat. I surfed my best and she surfed. I was really aiming at the title coming to France so it’s disappointing to come one spot short.”

Both finalists ending respectively best and second-best scorers of the 2010 edition, the Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships were treated to excellent surfing levels throughout the two-day competition, the intensity rising fast throughout the final day of competition and the field of contenders reducing dramatically to the last two.

“The way the contest was judged following the new criterias was great,” Maguire said. “To value progressive surfing more and still count the traditional longboard style helped push the level higher and it’s promising for next year.”

Making the Seminfinals for the second consecutive time, French favorite and and former ASP Women’s World Longboard No. 2 Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA, in 2007) had to accept Maguire’s unstoppable run to the final in a high-scoring battle. One of two French representatives to make the final-eight, Dupont had to face the domination of Hawaiian and United States’ natives over the 2010 edition.

“I am really disappointed to end-up once again in the Semifinals,” 18-year-old Dupont said. “I’ve had a runner-up, a fifth and two thirds in four years but I wanted to win that event today. I’ll be back next year for another shot for sure.”

Former event winner and ASP Women’s World Longboard No.1 Joy Monahan (Oahu, HAW) was stopped in the Semifinals despite delivering the best heat of the event against Schumacher where both girls respectively posted 16.00 and 17.25 points displaying an impressive repertoire of both traditional nose-rides and on-the-rail attacks.

Inivted in the last second to replace last year’s runner-up Chelsea Williams (AUS), Monahan, who had dropped out of the ASP Top 32 elite list, secured her retrun to the elite for 2011 by placing equal 3rd today, something crucial for the Hawaiian native.

1st, Cori Schumacher (USA) 13.15
2nd, Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 8.10