- 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!
- 09 August 2009 | Surfing
It was a fitting end to an event steeped in a mix of camaraderie and tough competition as Team USA took the overall gold medal today over Team France at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Monster Energy in Costa Rica. It was the first time that the Americans have won an overall gold medal in since the 1996 World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach, California.
From the opening heats of the Games at Playa Hermosa that began eight days ago, Team USA appeared committed and focused, as they competed against 34 other teams for a spot on the podium. With the final day of competition looming overhead, Team USA stood firm and was able to place five or their eight team members into the three finals, hence becoming the team to beat.
The team was led by Ian Cairns who assumed the position as Coach less than one month ago. "We had good surfers and what we did was to stay very concentrated,” said a low-key Cairns. “This is a long event and it was very important to preserve your energy.”
- 07 August 2009 | Surfing
Daniel Ross (New South Wales, AUS), 26, has clinched the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star Relentless Boardmasters in association with Vans today at Newquay in England, after besting fellow finalist and underdog Txaber Trojaola (Bakio, EUK), 2,3 in an exciting thirty-minute decider. Ross, who finished atop the 96-man field of international competitors after posting several of the event’s best scores throughout the four-day competition, grabs valuable 2000 ratings’ points to virtually seal the deal and qualify for the 2010 ASP World Tour with a record 14 975 points after his win.
Ross, who surfed his way through two heats today to reach the final of England’s biggest professional surfing event, was unstoppable in the final encounter of the 2009 edition, the Australian native taking control of proceedings with a combination of 14.17 points halfway through the heat leaving outsider Trojaola in the chase of a desperate come-back for more than fifteen minutes.
“It’s a pretty incredible feeling right now,” Ross said. “It’s such a good year already and it’s got even better today so I guess that by putting everything together and doing the things I do, it’s paid off and it’s great. I am not sure what I am doing next, I haven’t been home at all this year and that result will make me think about my schedule.”