Corey Ziems: big in Australia

Corey Ziems (Currumbin, Qld) today clinched his maiden Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) crown after finishing second at the Coolum and Alex Surf Sunshine Coast Pro presented by O’Neil.

The result was enough for Ziems to secure the prestigious Queensland Open Men’s surfing title and in doing so, book a spot in the trials of the 2011 ASP Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast.

Ziems was one of the standout competitors of the event, signalling his intentions early on the final day of competition, securing the XXXX Summer Bright Lager Wave of the Weekend after posting the highest individual wave score of the entire competition with a 9.27 (out of a possible 10).

Coolum Beach (Sunshine Coast, Queensland) provided an ideal setting to host the fourth and final event of the series, with the 0.5m beach break conditions providing the perfect platform for Queensland’s finest Open competitors to showcase their amazing surfing prowess.

Billed as a head-to-head showdown between Ziems and young-gun Thomas Woods (Burleigh Heads, Qld), the competition lived up to all the pre-event hype, producing yet another nail-biting finish to the Queensland Championship Circuit with the winner based on a competitors best three-of-four results.

However, in the end, Ziems edged out Woods by 120 ratings points (2590 to 2470) in the overall series.

Worth noting is the fact that if Ziems had of finished third in today’s final rather than his second place, Woods would have secured the series by 10 points.

“I’m absolutely wrapped to win the series and gain that spot in the trials of next year’s Quiksilver Pro,” Ziems said.

“I had a real battle with Thomas (Woods) in the semi-finals and after that I knew I had to place high in the final to take the overall series win, so I just went out there and gave it my all,” he said.

However, Ziems and Woods (who both qualify for the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Trials) weren’t the only competitors on the beach celebrating today, with Matt Jones (Yamba, NSW) toppling Ziems and a host of other QCC stars to win the Coolum and Alex Surf Sunshine Coast Pro presented by O’Neil.

Jones proved too strong in the event’s final for Ziems, Blake Wilson (Maroochydore, Qld) and Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach/Burleigh Heads, Qld) who finished second to fourth respectively.

Jones scored a combined two-wave heat total of 14.67 (out of a possible 20) in the final, including a 6.60 ride on the final siren, which gave him the victory over Ziems by the slightest of margins (14.67 to Ziems’ 14.50).

2010 Queensland Championship Circuit Results:

1st Corey Ziems (Currumbin, Qld) – 2590 Points
2nd Thomas Woods (Burleigh Heads, Qld) – 2470 Points
3rd Chris Bennetts (Main Beach, Qld) – 1955 Points

Coolum & Alex Surf – Sunshine Coast Pro Results:

1st Matt Jones (Yamba, NSW)
2nd Corey Ziems (Currumbin, Qld)
3rd Blake Wilson (Maroochydore, Qld)
4th Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach / Burleigh Heads, Qld)

Past Champions

2010: Corey Ziems (Currumbin, Qld)
2009: Nick Vasiceck (Coolangatta, Qld)
2008: Shaun Gossmann (Snapper Rocks, Qld)
2007: Trevor Tripcony (Yaroomba, Qld)
2006: Dave Reardon-Smith (Yaroomba, Qld)
2005: Damon Harvey (Coolangatta, Qld)
2004: Samba Mann (Tweed Heads, NSW)
2003: Dave Reardon-Smith (Yaroomba, Qld)
2002: Mark Richardson (Currumbin, Qld)
2001: Trevor Tripcony (Yaroomba, Qld)
2000: Jye Gofton (Coolangatta, Qld)
1999: Dave Reardon-Smith (Yaroomba, Qld)
1998: Mark Richardson (Currumbin, Qld)

Junior Faria: new wonder kid?

Brazil's Junior Faria (Guaruja, São Paulo), 23, clinched the first ever ASP win of his career by defeating surfer from Santa Catarina Pedro Norberto. Beautiful sunny skies, big crowds and classic conditions set the stage for the last day of the South to South Santa Marta Pro, an ASP 5-Star event held for the first time in the Cape of Santa Marta.

Junior Faria surfed quietly through the early rounds of competition before gaining momentum towards the final day.

The surfer from Guaruja unleashed a consistent backhand attack on the Cardoso lefthanders and combined his heats with a repertoire of powerful carves and rail turns to eliminate Jeronimo Vargas, in round of 16 surfers, former ASP World Tour surfer Rodrigo Dornelles, in the Quarterfinals, and Hizunome Bettero in the Semifinals, before taking out the South to South Santa Marta Pro title over Pedro Norberto.

Junior Faria scored a 6.83 ride early in the final, Pedro paid back with a 7 - point ride and that was it as he was unable to catch another wave in the heat while Faria continued to build on his lead scoring with a 7.40 and a 7.73 in his last ride where he threw a fantastic aerial 360, after that Norberto was left chasing an 8.13 ride to bridge the enormous gap.

"I was tremendously lucky to say the truth," said Junior Faria. "I just took advantage of the waves that came to me and suddenly the sea stopped braking waves. Making that aerial during a final was also special and I credit this win to physical trainer Ricardo Vilalva, he's the guy who believes me most. We're working together for 10 years now and it's time to celebrate."

Surfer Hizunome Bettero who took equal third place along with young Caio Ibelli made history in the Hawaiian Island Creations Expression Session. Right after he left the semifinal defeated by Junior Faria, he decided to participate of the Expression Session.

Towards the end of the heat, Hizunome as he's known by his peers took a big set wave and posted the best moment of the whole contest as he pulled in and completed an incredible tube riding. So sensational that it was considered the best maneuver of the year in all ASP South America events.

"I kept watching this wave braking before the semi final, but I decided not to take the risk as the big sets weren't braking consistently enough , but in the Expression Session I decide to wait for the big sets seated way outside. I stayed there till it came, as I took of it started peeling way down the line, I pulled in so deep I couldn't believe, I'm totally stoked that I've made that," said Hizunome

Saturday's greatest attraction of the event, Caio Ibeli repeated the third place posted in the last ASP contest held in Brazil at Florianopolis.

"The objective this time was to be in the finals, but unfortunately the waves took a long time to come in this semifinal. Pedro (Norberto) caught the best set waves and won, nevertheless I'm very happy with the results. It was a great event, with great waves and the people here showed a true love for surfing at this marvelous place called Farol de Santa Marta", said Caio.

Kolohe Andino: wonder dude

Today Surfing America announced that it would keep tradition alive and award the 10th Annual State of California Governor’s Cup to first place finishers in the Boys U18 and Girls U18 Divisions at this week’s Surfing America USA Championships. The event kicked-off Wednesday, June 23 and runs through Monday, June 28 at Lower Trestles in San Onofre State Beach, CA.

“We're deeply honored to have this opportunity presented to us by the California State Parks,” said Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s executive director. “It's exciting to see the State of California recognize the country's best young surfers this way--and very appropriate to connect this with the USA Championships at Lower Trestles in San Onofre State Beach.

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