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

Jarryd Foster: owner of the yellow submarine

When contest founder Peter Dunn first found the bone of a whale on the Iso’s Reef many years ago, he had no idea that it would become part of West Australia’s surfing folklore. Many years later that bone has become the focal point of the Whalebone Classic for longboard surfing as the contest enters its 13th year.

The relationship that has developed since Dunn first found the bone and the spirit of the whale it came from looks set to continue as surf forecasters predict a big groundswell from the main fetch in the South Indian Ocean with waves throughout the weekend.

“I never have to worry about waves for the contest” said Dunn. “It’ unbelievable, the spirit of the whale has provided us with waves for the contest every year.”

Current Australian Longboard Champion and 2006 Whalebone Champion, Josh Constable is excited about the prospect of big surf for the contest. “I’m excited and a little bit nervous about the conditions forecast this weekend. I had a look on the internet this morning and it said we could expect big windy conditions. To be honest I prefer it to be big rather than small”

Constable continue “Its good having another pro contest here in Australia, and I’m looking forward to catching up with the others to see how we are all surfing before travelling to Hawaii later in the year for the ASP World Titles.”

With entries from Australia’s best longboard surfers including current World Champion, Harley Ingleby (NSW), 2008 Whalebone Champion Dane Pioli (NSW), dual Whalebone Champion Jackson Close (Qld), Jared Neal (NSW) and Matt Aldridge (Qld) this will be a very hard fought contest.

West Australian Open Champion Jarryd Foster is happy at the high standard of surfers coming this year. “It’s good to have the likes of Harley (Ingleby) and Dane (Pioli). I’m looking to see how I go against them, especially I would like to have Harley in one of my heats.”

“I’m quite happy that the surf is going to be up, hopefully we can put on a good show for the spectators,” said Foster.

Surfing begins each morning at 8am.

Creed McTaggart: Occy must be proud of you

West Australian charger Creed McTaggart (Margaret River, WA) today claimed the blue ribbon 16 and Under Boys division at the 2010 Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp.

Timing his form peak perfectly, McTaggart was the standout surfer in the final with the polished natural footer displaying all the spoils of a noticeable growth spurt in the last 12 months as he powerfully attacked the punchy 1m conditions at Duranbah Beach (Queensland, Australia).

Going on to post an impressive two-wave heat total of 13.47 (out of a possible 20) McTaggart trumped Eli Steele (Caloundra, Qld – 11.00), Beau Cram (Avalon Beach, NSW – 7.83) and Jake Scott (Maroubra, NSW, 6.50) who finished second to fourth respectively.

“Everyone had been surfing well in the lead up to the final, Eli Steele posted a 10 point ride a few days ago, so I knew I had to be on my game,” said McTaggart.

“I set a goal to try and win the Occy Grom Comp at the start of the year, so it’s a dream come true for me today,” he said.

Meanwhile, it was a double shot for spectators as Jackson Coffey and big sister Ellie-Jean (Crescent Head, NSW) were today crowned champions of the 14 and Under Boys and 16 and Under Girls.

Both siblings dominated their respective finals with Jackson finishing on a combined two-wave heat total of 15.24 points (out of a possible 20) out scoring Michael Wright (Lennox Head, NSW – 12.44), O’Neil Mason (Tahiti – 10.07) and Kai Hing (Wurtulla, Qld – 9.54) who finished second to fourth respectively.

“I’m absolutely stoked to win the finals of the Occy Grom Comp,” said Jackson.

“Celebrating with my sister makes it even more memorable,” he said.

Meanwhile Ellie-Jean also dominated her action packed final finishing with a combined heat total of 13.34 (out of a possible 20) trumping local girls Eden Putland (Currumbin, QLD – 11.60), Brodie Doyle (Rainbow Bay, QLD – 10.80) and Victoria’s Nikki Van-Dijk (Phillip Island, Vic – 6.87) who finished second to fourth respectively.

Shaun Manners (Margaret River, WA – 15.33) showed blistering form to take the win in the 12 and Under Boys division with Lennox Head surfer Zac Wightman finishing runner-up on a score of 13.50 (out of a possible 20) just ahead of Joe Van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC – 10.67) and Sandon Whittaker (Avoca Beach, NSW – 8.00) who finished in third and fourth respectively and will surely be back next year for another crack at the title in 2011.

Poppke Karelle (Tahiti), 13, flew the international flag today and was crowned 14 and Under Girls champion.

After a blistering display of surfing, Karelle was in a league of her own for the final with a combined heat total of 16.00 (out of a possible 20), almost 10 points more than her nearest competition of Kiani Dobbyn (Palm Beach, QLD), Cali McDonagh (Curl Curl, NSW – 6.00) and Zoe Clarke (Bells Beach, VIC) who finished second to fourth respectively.

In a unprecedented final day surprise, former world champion Mark Occhilupo, three-time world Champion Andy Irons, 2009 World Tour Runner Up Joel Parkinson and legendary former world tour competitor Luke Egan took a handful of lucky competitors into the waves for the biggest SONY expressions session on record.