Dane Piolo: hanging five beers

Local surfer Jock Bahen (Cottesloe) caused a major upset today when he eliminated current World Longboard surfing champion Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach) during the opening round of the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series.

Being surfed in trying conditions at Iso’s Reef at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia, Bahen rocked the crowd when he scored the days highest wave score to go from 4th to 1st and push Ingleby into 3rd.

The heat was eventually won by former World Champion Josh Constable (Qld), who looks set to continue his push for a second world title later this year.

The opening heat saw Jared Neal (NSW) comfortably win when he dominated his opponents from the first wave. Former Australian Champion Justin Redmond (Dunsborough) finished 2nd.

Heat 2 was an exciting tussle with Jarryd Foster (Yallingup) going toe to toe with Jackson Close (Qld) from the opening exchange. After a couple of waves were traded between the two Close managed to hold off Foster to finish 2nd behind NSW champion Dane Pioli. Pioli enthralled the crowd with a mixture of modern moves including a well executed 360 and several brilliant noserides including the days longest hang ten.

The final heat saw young gun Mitch Surman (Qld) finish in front of another Queenslander Matt Aldridge with defending Whalebone Classic Champion 4th.

In the Women’s LQS Australian champion Rosie Locke kept West Australian champion Claire Finnucane in 2nd place in the opening heat while, Melissa Combo (NSW) easily dominated the second heat from Jade Foster (Qld).



Heat 1

1st Jared Neal (NSW)
2nd Justin Redman (WA)
3rd Michael Cottier (NSW)
4th Armando Colucci (Venez)

Heat 2

1st Dane Pioli (NSW)
2nd Jackson Close (Qld)
3rd Jarryd Foster (WA)
4th Paul Thompson (WA)

Heat 3

1st Josh Constable (Qld)
2nd Jock Bahen (WA)
3rd Harley Ingleby (NSW)
4th Lindsay Small (WA)

Heat 4

1st Mitch Surman (Qld)
2nd Matt Aldridge (Qld)
3rd Pat McCarthy (WA)
4th Ben Proudfoot (WA)


Heat 1

1st Rosie Locke (Qld)
2nd Claire Finucane (WA)
3rd Michaela Ross (WA)

Heat 2

1st Melissa Combo (NSW)
2nd Jade Foster (Qld)
3rd Rachael Dawe (WA)
4th Claire Norman (NSW)

Jordy Smith: he's Mr Price

Jordy Smith (Dbn), 22, etched his name into the history books today, becoming the third ever South African winner of the ASP 5-Star Mr Price Pro Ballito, simultaneously moving into the No. 1 position on the ASP World Rankings.

Smith defeated South Coast star Casey Grant (Scottburgh) in the Final to claim an emotional victory before his home crowd. Riding high on the shoulders of his friends, some of Durban's finest surfers, as the crowds exploded into cheers of support, Smith was awarded his enormous R121 000 winner's cheque.

"I haven't won an event in front of my home crowd since I was fifteen," Smith said (Smith won the ISA World Junior Games in Durban). "This is just wild! I am so happy right now I don't event know what to say!"

A standout from start to finish, the powerful natural-footer, who stands at an enormous 188 cm tall, used his priority to wait patiently for the better set waves. Unleashing a devastating combination of power carves and fin drifts, Smith posted 7.50 and 6.33 (each out of ten) scores off the bat, putting his opponent into a combination situation (needing a combination of two scoring rides) within the first 13 minutes of the heat.

Grant clawed his way back with an impressive three-second barrel ride to put himself back in contention with a 7.33, but it was not to be for the recently turned 21-year-old. Smith soon replied with a 7.93 for a series of savage on-the-rail carves to seal his victory.

"Casey has been one of the most outstanding surfers of this event and I knew I had to bring my A game against him," Smith said.

Despite creasing his board during the Semifinals, as well as breaking his favourite board during a free surfing session earlier in the week, Smith looked comfortable and in control throughout the week enjoying some of the best surfing conditions the KwaDukuza coastline has to offer.

"I haven't had waves this good for a while, I've been travelling all around the world and it's crazy to say that the best waves in the world are in my back yard," Smith said. "We're so lucky we've had the opportunity to surf here and I'm really happy that a South African won and made the finals."

Advancing into World No. 1 on the ASP World Rankings, Smith's result puts him in a fantastic position heading into the next World Tour stop the Billabong Pro Jeffrey's Bay next week.

"It's great to be at number one but it's a long road ahead," Smith said. "I kind of look at it like boxing, there's 12 rounds and we've only been through four so there's plenty more to go and you have to hang tight."

Standing shoulder to shoulder with his surfing icon, Grant could not have been happier with his runner-up result. While he could hardly afford to buy a cup of coffee this morning, his result today ensured that Grant will fall asleep R68 222 richer tonight.

"I never dreamed I would be up here alongside Jordy," Grant said. "It's such an honour because I have looked up to him my whole life. It's been an amazing day and I can't wait till that prize money comes in! It's been a blessing to be in contention for the title and to win all this money. Words cant even described how stoked I am right now!"

Touted by the international judging panel as the next big talent to come out of South Africa, Grant displayed incredible flair and style throughout the event, recording one of the single highest wave scores of the competition, a 9.33 (out of ten) earlier in the week.

"It's definitely given me a lot of confidence and a lot of people have said to me I better start stepping it up," Grant said. "I think I'll be doing a few more events this year and then hit the Star Tour full time in 2011."

Placing equal fifth today were Royden Bryson (EL) and Klee Strachan (Winkelspruit) both of whom were eliminated during the Semifinals, taking home a respectable R34 112 each.

After an impressive victory over Damien Fahrenfort (Dbn) during the quarterfinals, Bryson proved no match for Smith during their Semifinal. Smith put some tubes to good use, turning the tables against Bryson by rapidly notching up 7.33 and 7.5 scores, forcing Bryson to settle for second.

2008 ASP Africa Pro Junior Champion Klee Strachan found himself at the bitter end of a seesaw battle against Grant, the pair of South Coast surfers going toe-to-toe with almost identical scores. Eventually it was the fast, flashy surfing from Grant that earned him a 7.17 to bump Strachan off the leader's board, sailing into the final.

Fahrenfort secured his win for the biggest aerial manoeuvre while De Vries took home the goods for the most radical manoeuvre. Emslie won the award for the most powerful manoeuvre.

Crowds flocked to Ballito's golden sands as sunshine and blue skies provided an idyllic setting for the final day of South Africa's longest running surfing competition.

Mr Price Pro Final Results:

1. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.43
2. Casey Grant (ZAF) 12.43

Cordoama Pro: Portugal has plenty of waves and food to offer

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Cordoama Buondi Pro 1-star Men’s Star-Series event ran through to complete round one of competition at the main contest site of Praia de Cordoama.

After waiting for conditions to improve with the incoming tide event officials gave the green light for this year’s edition of the Cordoama Buondi Pro to get underway.

Peaky 3ft (1m) waves were on offer for day one as the heavy cloud cover brought some relief after a week of extremely high temperatures here in Cordoama. Conditions were tough for the final heats as the cross-shore winds increased from the North.

Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 25, set the pace from the opening heat of the day with a blistering performance in his quest to gain some form and competitive rhythm as we run into the summer leg of ASP Men’s Star-Series events both in Europe and abroad.

Scoring an 8.0 out of a possible 10 and finding his backup score shortly afterwards Zubizarreta finished his 20-minute clash with a two-wave total of 14.50 thus securing the highest single wave and heat total of the day.

Having a slow start to the season after suffering an injury early in the year the natural-footer is on his way back and demonstrated to his rivals that he wants to take out this year’s Cordoama Buondi Pro title.

“I felt good out there and I was trying out a new board which felt good for small waves and it is good to compete again. I am here with my coach and we are going to be training this entire month and so it is good to be here in Cordoama and do this event and keep up the form and surf with all these guys who are ripping”

“I missed Scotland because of a problem with my foot,” continued Zubizarreta. “I have been doing the tour this year and I haven’t found my rhythm yet and I have no results yet but I am focused and motivated for the rest of the year and I am feeling good.”

Hugo Debosc (REU) made his way to following round with an impressive display of surfing in the trying conditions. Getting off to a regular start Debosc managed to nail his highest scoring ride a 7.00 to advance along with Freddie Meadows (SWE) who ousted fellow countryman Tim Latte in the dying moments of their 4 man encounter.

A relieved Debosc commented on conditions and his scoring ride, “It is hard at the moment to find a good wave and because they are short you have to do your manoeuvres very quickly to get them in.”

“I thought that it was going to be a left but in the end it turned into a right and I did two strong turns and I made the score. The swell should be bigger tomorrow so I think it will be a lot better too.”

Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 32, former finalist here in Cordoama advanced to round two and showed that although he is not completely focused this year on the entire tour he is still a force to be reckoned with surfing in his home country of Portugal in an area he knows and enjoys visiting very much.

“This year I am competing less as I am doing a new project with my sponsor so it is a different project with them now. I have come down here to enjoy myself and as I really like competing and to get through some rounds of course. (laughs)”

“I made a third place here one year and some finals but unfortunately I have never won here before. I really like this place and there are a lot of waves and it is a big coast with good waves and it is not so crowded so there are plenty of waves down here.”

The Cordoama Buondi Pro will continue tomorrow with the first call at 09:00 (local time) for a start to round two of competition.

Heat 1: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK), Jose Ferreira (PRT)
Heat 2: Alex Gironi (EUK), Justin Mujica (PRT), Txaber Trojaola (EUK)
Heat 3: Nicolaus Rupp (DEU), Marcos San Segundo (EUK), Freddie Meadows (SWE)
Heat 4: Francisco Alves (PRT), Rowan Aish (NZL), Hugo Debosc (FRA)
Heat 5: Filipe Jervis (PRT), Joao Guedes (PRT), David Raimundo (PRT)
Heat 6: Ruben Gonzalez (PRT), Mario Azurza (EUK), Eduardo Fernandes (PRT)
Heat 7: Indar Perez (EUK), Jager De Yannick (NLD), Txaber Gaminde (EUK)
Heat 8: Miguel Mouzinho (PRT), Pedro Berasaluce (EUK), Marlon Lipke (DEU)

Heat 1: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 14.50, Alex Gironi (EUK) 11.20, Paulo Almeida (PRT) 6.36
Heat 2: Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 9.74, Justin Mujica (PRT) 7.57, Lars Musschoot (BEL) 6.13, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 5.47
Heat 3: Txaber Trojaola (EUK) 9.27, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 8.77, Leonardo Belime (PRT) 6.00
Heat 4: Nicolaus Rupp (DEU) 11.33, Francisco Alves (PRT) 8.37, Andre Oziol (BRB) 5.13
Heat 5: Marcos San Segundo (EUK) 8.27, Rowan Aish (NZL) 6.64, Eric Castaldo (USA) 2.90
Heat 6: Hugo Debosc (FRA) 11.67, Freddie Meadows (SWE) 7.33, Tim Latte (SWE) 6.76, Joao Kopke (PRT) 4.33
Heat 7: Filipe Jervis (PRT) 10.07, Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 9.83, Ricardo Lange (DEU) 6.14, Alexandre Grilo (PRT) 3.80
Heat 8: Joao Guedes (PRT) 12.00, Mario Azurza (EUK) 8.06, Rui Henriques (PRT) 5.20
Heat 9: Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 8.90, David Raimundo (PRT) 6.83, Anderson Santos (BRA) 3.66
Heat 11: Jager De Yannick (NLD) 11.17, Pedro Berasaluce (EUK) 9.43, Melvin Lipke (DEU) 5.90
Heat 12: Marlon Lipke (DEU) 12.40, Txaber Gaminde (EUK) 10.03, Joao Mealha (PRT) 4.97