- 18 November 2008 | Surfing
South African Reubin Pearce wins 2008 UK Pro Surf Tour in a dramatic day of surfing at the Animal Newquay Open.
Reubin only had an outside chance of clinching the title going into the event; he needed Sam Lamiroy to be eliminated early and then had to reach the final, but must place himself ahead of Animal team rider Alan Stokes.
All of which went to plan, although he had a few very nervous moments, for the first ten minutes of the heat he was placed last.
But then he picked off a right hander which allowed two very powerful and vertical turns to take victory away from Alan Stokes and allow him to take the tour title despite not winning the event.
The Women’s tour was dominated and won by Irish surfer Nicole Morgan. Back from a year in Australia she only lost one event entered and that was to fellow Irish Surfer Easkey Britton.
Tom Butler had a remarkable year, despite being over shadowed by Reubyn Ash and Jayce Robinson; he won the 2008 UK PST Pro Junior Title.
The Under 16 Boys division was very competitive throughout the year, however with great determination and incredible ability Toby Donachie took the title.
Despite fantastic performances from many of the Under 16 Girls, Zoe Sheath from Isle of Wight dominated, not loosing one heat all year to take the title.
- 17 November 2008 | Surfing
Surfers can expect to see increased numbers of girls in the waves this summer following another hugely successful Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing weekend presented by Ford Fiesta which saw over 4000 girls across all ages take to the surf.
The Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day is the longest running and largest girl’s surfing day in Australia and over 60 of Surfing Australia’s Affiliated Surfschools from all over Australia introduced the girls to the sport of surfing.
Jenny Sams from Miami was a typical participant and after her two hour surf lesson said “It’s been awesome fun and I’m definitely keen to keep surfing – Learning through a surf school absolutely gets you through the early stages way faster and it’s not so frustrating – They get you up and surfing in your first lesson and from then on you seem to progress quickly.”
Around 75% of the girls who participated in the weekends learn to surf lessons are expected to come back for more surfing lessons and take on one of Australia’s major lifestyle sports.
2008 is the event’s 18th consecutive year, making it the longest running and largest all-girls learn to surf program in the world and approximately 4000 girls are expected to go and give surfing a go this weekend under the safe and ideal learning environments of the Surfing Australia Surf Schools.
A few of the well known beaches and surf schools that began the program today include Surfers Paradise, Noosa, Coffs Harbour, Bondi and Summerland’s Beach at Phillip Island.
- 17 November 2008 | Surfing
Taylor Jensen (Oceanside, CA), 24, claimed a victory at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 1-Star Costa Del Mar Pro Championships today over fellow finalists Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour, AUS), 25, Kekoa Uemura (Kaimuki, HAW), 26, and Tony Silvagni (Kure, NC), 21, in peaky two-to-four foot (1 metre) conditions.
The ASP LQS gives all competitors a chance to qualify for the prestigious ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT). Once qualified, each surfer on the coveted tour strives to earn the title of ASP World Longboard Champion.
Jensen, who won the last ASP LQS at Huntington Beach, the Honda U.S. Open, posted a repeat victory today with his win at the Costa Del Mar Pro Championships. The regular-footer jumped out to an early lead, ping a 9.00 score on his opening wave and expanded his lead throughout the heat. The Californian eventually walked away with the win by earning an impressive heat total of 16.67 out of a possible 20 point score.
“I’m stoked to win back-to-back events at Huntington,” Jensen said. “The waves are good. Usually for the U.S. Open the waves are two inches, onshore and terrible and it’s just nice to get some good waves for the first time in a contest here.”
The repeat victory for Jensen was no easy task however, as he defeated several ASP WLT competitors on the way to his Costa Del Mar Pro Championships win.
“Those guys that are on the WLT that are in the Final really raise the bar a lot and it’s good to compete against them.” Jensen said.
Ingleby, who finished third on the ASP WLT, finished second today and was in amazing form throughout the event’s entirety. The Australian got off to a slow start in the Final and was unable to find the scores needed to pass Jensen despite a remarkable effort.
“I had a pretty slow start and I was comboed for about half the heat,” Ingleby said. “I got one good one and needed another high score to come back and I think my mentality was still in combo land and I went for more than I probably should have on the last wave, but I’m stoked."