- 03 April 2009 | Surfing
”There are no waves for surfing in Singapore!” For many years that has been a true statement. An island at the tip of Malaysia, Singapore is east of the giant land mass of Sumatra, and perfectly situated to be a crossroads for surfers traveling to and from Indonesia and the Mentawai Islands. But because it is in the Singapore Strait and far from the open ocean, Singapore is shadowed from any swell exposure and until now, the only waves breaking along the shores of this Asian metropolis are the wakes from the thousands of cargo and passenger ships coming and going.
But what nature cannot bring to Singapore man has, now that Wave House Sentosa is scheduled to open in October of 2009. Singapore is a large island just off the Malaysian Peninsula and Sentosa is a smaller island just off Singapore. Less than three miles long and two miles wide, Sentosa is loaded with fun in many forms, and some call the island “The Orlando of Asia.”
Hotels, theme parks, golf courses, beaches natural and man made, Sentosa has shopping and attractions that include Tiger Sky Tower, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, Songs of the Sea and many other wonders.
Wave House Singapore is the latest wonder, which will feature a FlowBarrel ® and a FlowRider ® at the center of a music, entertainment and retail complex. The main attraction at Wave House Sentosa will be a left-breaking FlowBarrel ®, similar to the Bruticus Maximus at Wave House San Diego. There will also be a double FlowRider ® and these attractions are guaranteed to be non-stop popular from the break of dawn until the witching hour, as there are thousands of wave-starved residents of Singapore who can’t always fly to the Indian Ocean, but who can make the short hop to Wave House Sentosa to get their mojo flowing.
- 03 April 2009 | Surfing
A perfect day of surfing with Margaret River serving up ideal large 3m (8 feet) surf which saw plenty of outstanding high scores, some big upsets , broken boards and legropes and some serious controversies!
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Dream Tour surfer and defending champion of the Drug Aware Pro Tom Whitaker was dealt a cruel blow by the powerful swells today. Whitaker, who is presently rated 9th in the world and is also the number one seed at this event opened his heat with a strong 7 point ride and looked well in control of his round two heat.
Then Margaret River decided to serve up the set of the day, with a very large 10 feet plus set closing out the reef forcing Whitaker and his opponent Adam Robertson to take the set on the head. When the set cleared, Robertson and his surfboard survived intact but unfortunately for Whitaker, his legrope snapped and he was forced to swim over 100m to get his back up board, get back in the line up and resume his heat.
The ordeal cost him easily 10 minutes in the 30 minute heat and while he remained in control and leading the heat until the final minute, he never found a decent back up score and was eliminated with Leigh Sedley (AUS/Qld) taking the win and Robertson (AUS/Vic) taking second place on his final ride.
“ That’s surfing, you can be winning one event and last the next because the ocean dishes you a blow” said Whitaker.
“ We didn’t expect a set that big and were caught out of position and totally cleaned up, my leash snapped like a rubber band and after a big swim I was out of synch and any little error like that at this level and your competitors will exploit you.”
Pablo Paulino (Brazil) provided the day’s most controversial incident during his high scoring heat win over Kirk Flintoff (AUS) who also advanced in second place.
- 03 April 2009 | Surfing
The Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship saw one of its most intense days at Playas de la FAE. The swell continued to hold up throughout the day, delivering solid overhead surf. This afternoon the Under 18 Boys returned to the competition after a lay day yesterday. Having a little extra rest and fresh legs, these future world champions turned out amazing performances in the five to six foot surf at la FAE in Salinas, Ecuador.
With their sights set on the gold medal and the prestigious ISA World Junior title, the competition was intense as 12 of the world’s best Under 18 surfers fought to stay in the main rounds of competition. Each of the four heats could have been a final match in any other junior division contest. Nine countries were represented, including past ISA World Juniors Champions Australia, Brazil and Hawaii and 2009 contenders France, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Chile and Costa Rica.
Heat two was intense with 2007 Under 16 gold medalist Garrett Parkes of Australia up against South Africans Shaun Joubert and Matthew Bromley along with New Zealander Alex Dive. With less than five minutes in the heat, Parkes was sitting in third place and was not able to put together a decent score because he was riding a damaged board. He decided to trade out his equipment. One of the Aussie teammates ran Parkes’ backup board 300 meters up the beach, leaving Parkes with less than half the heat to get an 8.5 to advance. With only minutes remaining Parkes caught a wave and gave it everything he had, but came up just short, scoring an 8.0. Joubert and Dive advanced, relegating Parkes and Bromley to the repecharges.
In heat three of Boys Under 18 French surfer Maxime Huscenot, Brazilian Miguel Pupo, New Zealander Matt Hewitt and Costa Rican Carlos Munoz met for a grueling 20 minute bout. Within the opening minutes, Pupo and Huscenot took the lead. Huscenot grabbed the top spot with his second wave earning an 8.60 and then closed out the heat with an 8.73 for the win. Pupo placed second to advance and Hewitt and Munoz finished third and fourth respectively.
“You really had to be ive and choose only the good set waves today. The paddle back out is almost five minutes long. Having patience is almost as difficult as the surfing,” said Huscenot after his win. “This is my third ISA juniors event. We have a really good team this year and we are having a great time in Ecuador.”
Contest organizers ran four rounds of elimination repecharge heats with 88 surfers exiting the competition today. It was a difficult day for Germany and Ireland with both teams’ last remaining surfers losing their heats. Made up of 10 surfers, Germany had their largest team to date in an ISA competition. They will stay in Ecuador through the finals but will likely take advantage of the free time to check out the local sight, sounds and waves of the Salinas area.