Evan Geiselman: watch the pier

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME US Open of Surfing presented by Hurley and Nike 6.0 saw several ASP Dream Tour competitors make early exits in the Round of 96 today at the hands of young talent and international standouts at South Huntington Beach Pier in peaky two-to-four foot ( 1 metre) surf.

Surfers competing in the ASP PRIME US Open of Surfing are out to clinch their share of the invaluable ratings points on offer towards their ASP World Ranking in an attempt to qualify for the elite ASP Dream Tour.

Willian Cardoso (BRA), 24, current No. 34 on the ASP World Ranking, charged to a come-from-behind victory by catapulting from last to first by blasting the day’s highest single-wave score of 9.00 out of 10 before snatching one of the day’s highest heat totals of an impressive 15.50 out of 20, all within the last five minutes of his heat, to eliminate ASP World Title Race No.15, Fred Patacchia (North Shore, HI), 28.

“That was a nerve wracking heat,” Cardoso said. “It’s hard out there with four guys and not very many waves. I was looking for the good ones and got two good scores in the last five minutes. I went from fourth to first, so I’m really happy. To be in surf competitions, you need to know that you can get 15 points in two minutes. You just need the waves.”

Cardoso attributed the heat victory in today’s tricky conditions to the similar surf of offer at his Brazilian training grounds.

“I have a lot of experience in these small conditions,” Cardoso said. “There are lots of small beachbreaks in Brazil. The one thing that is different here is that the water is so cold here in Huntington.”

Granger Larsen (Lahaina, HI), 20, who posted the highest heat total in the Round of 128, returned to form in Round 2 to repeat his performance, nabbing the highest heat total of the Round of 96 as well, a solid two-wave score of 15.83 out of 20.

“I wanted to get a wave right on the bell and was able to get a warm up wave,” Larsen said. “It wasn’t one of my scores, but it helped me build confidence. Then I got that 6 and that 7 and all of a sudden that set came at the end and I got an 8.”

Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), 17, who is a US Open of Surfing wildcard, jumped out to an early lead in his stacked Round of 96 heat by punting a massive frontside air-reverse on a lefthand ramp breaking into Huntington Beach Pier and was rewarded an impressive 8.60 for the single maneuver. The young Floridian managed to find another solid backup score and maintained the lead to take out the heat victory.

“Pretty much, any time you catch a wave in the beginning of the heat and get an 8 it helps, but I was still pretty nervous,” Geiselman said. “My legs were still shaking because I knew the guys in that heat were so good, but it definitely gave me a little breathing room.”

Geiselman, who is the current ASP North America Pro Junior Series ratings leader, also had his hand in issuing a major upset by defeating his Floridian idol, former ASP World Champion and U.S. Open of Surfing Champion C.J. Hobgood (Melbourne, FL), 31, while topping current ASP Dream Tour rookie Blake Thornton (AUS), 25, who advanced in second.

“That was the biggest heat of my life surfing against C.J. (Hobgood) and beating him,” Geiselman said. “Being from Florida, he’s someone that I’ve looked up to. I was just stoked to have a heat with him but I’m really happy to have won it.”

Thiago Camarao (BRA), 22, was another dark horse who played a role in generating the list of today’s ASP Dream Tour upsets. Like Geiselman, the young Brazilian also took to the air to eliminate progressive mastermind and ASP Dream Tour rookie Dusty Payne (Lahaina, HI), 21, as well as Ben Dunn (AUS), 24, and attributes his success to a simple heat strategy.

“This event is very important because all of the best surfers in the world are here,” Camarao said. “I really try to just focus on myself though. I go out there and just try to have a good surf and not think about who is in the heat or the points or getting a certain result. If I get a good result I’m happy, but I focus on a good surf.”

Despite the early elimination of several top seeds today, reigning two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL), 38, and current ASP World No. 1 Jordy Smith advanced through to the Round of 48 amongst others.

US Open of Surfing Men’s Round of 96 Results:
Heat 1: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 12.80, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.66, Glen Hall (IRL) 10.36, Leonardo Neves (BRA) 9.76
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.17, Ola Eleogram (HAW) 10.87, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.16, Dean Morrison (AUS) 9.24
Heat 3: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 11.77, Gabe Kling (USA) 11.50, Tim Boal (FRA) 11.17, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.03
Heat 4: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.50, Leigh Sedley (AUS) 14.23, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.50, Marco Giorgi (URY) 10.26
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.40, Austin Ware (USA) 12.80, Michael Picon (FRA) 11.10, Eric Geiselman (USA) 9.23
Heat 6: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.00, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.97, Neco Padaratz (BRA) 9.80, Rudy Palmboom (ZAF) 6.67
Heat 7: Cory Lopez (USA) 12.93, Nate Yeomans (USA) 12.90, Marcio Farney (BRA) 8.90, Andy Irons (HAW) 4.00
Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.16, Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF) 11.44, Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 10.70, Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 10.54
Heat 9: Jihad Khodr (BRA) 13.47, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 10.50, Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.33, Pablo Paulino (BRA) 3.33
Heat 10: Evan Geiselman (USA) 14.67, Blake Thornton (AUS) 13.90, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.60, Nat Young (USA) 12.30
Heat 11: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 13.74, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.97, Blake Wilson (USA) 11.07, Luke Davis (USA) 7.86
Heat 12: Nic Muscroft (USA) 11.17, Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.60, Brandon Jackson (ZAF) 10.27, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 4.36
Heat 13: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.54, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.70, Dayyan Neve (AUS) 10.40, Alain Riou (PYF) 5.90
Heat 14: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 15.17, Oliver Kurtz (USA) 12.66, Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.60, Ben Dunn (AUS) 7.33
Heat 15: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.17, Rob Machado (USA) 6.50, Chris Davidson (AUS) 5.17, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 4.16
Heat 16: Granger Larsen (HAW) 15.83, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 8.27, Joan Duru (FRA) 7.60, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 6.64
Heat 17: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.10, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.96, Chris Ward (USA) 8.80, Jack Perry (AUS) 8.70
Heat 18: Mason Ho (HAW) 14.33, Drew Courtney (AUS) 10.40, Paulo Moura (BRA) 10.27, Roy Powers (HAW) 7.80

Mavericks Surf Contest: dress your best formal suit and paddle for the giants

On the heels of perhaps the greatest big-wave surfing contest in history last February, Mavericks is back and bigger than ever. Preparations are underway for the 8th annual Mavericks Surf Contest showcasing 24 of the world’s finest big-wave surfers battling for the largest prize purse in big-wave surfing.

The 2010/2011 Contest is poised to return to Half Moon Bay, California later this year and will include a number of enhancements to bring Mavericks to an even broader audience, while continuing to honor the spot, the riders, and the local community.

The Contest Is Back
Mavericks Surf Ventures is very proud to make this first announcement laying the groundwork for the 2010/2011 Mavericks Surf Contest®, picking up right where last season left off. The dedicated team has been very busy in the off-season and has just completed a fundraising round that will greatly benefit this year's event, the riders, the coastside community, and the future of Mavericks and big-wave surfing for years to come. “Our goal is to keep the focus on the soul of the event and respect for the spot, giving the power to the surfers to make ‘the call’ and helping to bring the Mavericks’ ocean phenomenon to a broader global audience,” said Mavericks CEO Keir J. Beadling.

The Mavericks Mystique
For the past decade, some of the world's most extreme athletes have traveled to Mavericks to take on the massive walls of waves and challenging conditions in a quest for the ultimate big-wave surfing experience. The Mavericks Surf Contest® encapsulates that spirit and every year selects the world’s best to challenge themselves in giant optimal surfing conditions between November and March. Once announced, an elite group of surfers from around the globe will have only 24 hours to arrive in Half Moon Bay to face the raw power of Mother Nature using only their skill and strength to paddle into the giant waves that break off Pillar Point Harbor. This is the purest of form in big-wave surfing and the athletes that enter the waters here on contest day have triggered a wave of inspiration around the world. This season, Mavericks will launch a new program giving fans an unprecedented view into the lives of these big-wave heroes. A team of Mavericks riders will capture and share their day-to-day experiences to provide an intimate portrait of their adventures during the Winter Waiting Period.

Doc Paskowitz Returns
Fans can expect a number of other exciting announcements about the Contest in the coming months. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, patriarch of the world renowned Paskowitz surf family, will again this year lead the sacred Opening Ceremonies in Half Moon Bay. “Nowadays there is a brotherhood of peaceful heroes less known to the general public who are making their mark in history; men whose odyssey is only for seconds—mighty moments in the heart of a great wave where time seems to stop but life looms large,” said Doc. “These are the men of Mavericks. I am honored to share my love and respect for these men and their actionsat the upcoming 2010/2011Mavericks Surf Contest. The men of Mavericks are a great inspiration for people around the world. At 89 yrs of age, I still feel like akid in their presence. The Mavericks season of big-waves is coming again!"

Record Prize Purse on Offer
Last season’s Contest delivered the largest prize purse in big-wave surfing history. And even though this year's Mavericks big-wave season is still a few months off, Mavericks is throwing down the gauntlet right now and announcing that this season riders will compete for another groundbreaking $150,000 purse. While these amazing athletes surf out of pure love for the sport, Mavericks is proud to be able to again offer a prize purse that attracts and honors the world’s best talent on contest day. Guen and Sutherland of MVision—prize purse benefactors last season—will again be supporting the event and its big-wave legends. “Mavericks is truly unique,” Moose commented. “Jane and I were so impressed by the event last year, the high quality of the competition and the inspiring feats of the competitors. We want to continue our support with this next season because the world needs to experience all that Mavericks has to offer from the challenges of the event, to the amazing power of the waves, to the jaw-dropping courage of the surfers.” Added Beadling, “We are honored and grateful to welcome back a number of our past sponsors, and we hope that others will come join us for what promises to be another spectacular season at Mavericks.”

The Big Wave World Tour
The 2010/2011 Mavericks Surf Contest® is also proud once again to participate in this year’s Big Wave World Tour. The Tour features the best big-wave riders and local standouts in the world, and creates a ranking system linking international big-wave events to crown a Big-Wave World Champion each year. Commented Tour Founder and big-wave icon Gary Linden, “The eventual Mavs Contest winner last season, the talented Chris Bertish from South Africa, was able to stop Brazilian hellman Carlos Burle among others in the six man final. But Carlos persevered and was ultimately crowned the first-ever Champion of the Big Wave World Tour at the season’s end. Sitting in the middle of the Tour calendar and known to provide the supreme challenge big-wave wise, we expect that Mavericks will once again be the pivotal event in determining the next World Champion.”

Source: Mavericks Surf Contest

William Woo: surfer and politician

William Woo is Brazilian surfer and a federal deputy in his country.

He has been surfing for 25 years, but with his new political responsibilities there's not much time to hit the waves.

Also, he lives in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, and that is a long way to the coast. Woo started surfing in Bertioga, in the "Paulista" coast, and founded Overline Surfboards, a surfboard company.

The surfer-politician is trying to create new laws that can make a surfer's life easier, such as a new policy for traveling with boards in planes.

William Woo is also working closely with Ibrasurf, the Brazilian Surfing Institute.