- 19 June 2009 | Surfing
Fresh off the Australian and South Pacific legs of the 2009 ASP World Tour, the world’s best surfers are preparing for ASP Dream Tour Stop No. 4 of 10, the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil from June 27 to July 5, 2009, with the Australian ASP World Title contenders leading the charge.
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 1, has had an extraordinary start to his 2009 campaign, winning the opening two events of the season before collecting an equal 9th place finish in Tahiti. Despite being the ratings frontrunner, Parkinson has been kept his focus on the present, concentrating on the event at hand.
“I don’t focus on the ASP World Title when I am at an event,” Parkinson said. “I put a lot of time and effort into what I am doing away from the contests so that I am in the best physical, technical and mental shape possible. This way, I come into an event ready, relaxed and with a sense of purpose.”
Although having experienced a range of results in Brazil from as high as 3rd to as low as 17th, Parkinson is entering this season’s competition with renewed vigor, partially stemming from the rescheduling of the event from October in past years to June/July this year.
“I haven’t been as consistent in Brazil as I would have liked,” Parkinson said. “This probably has a bit to do with when the event has fallen in the calendar year in the past, but I know I can do well there and that gives me confidence. Logistically, the rescheduling of the event works out well. We lost the Fiji event this year and are going straight to South Africa afterwards so the travel is much easier to manage. It will be interesting being in Brazil in winter as we are used to the Carnival atmosphere that Brazil creates in October when the sun is shining. This will be a critical event in the year’s point score.”
- 18 June 2009 | Surfing
VonZipper is proud to announce the seven local surfers poised to battle it out against the best the world has to offer at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.
With three coveted Wild Card slots up for grabs into the prestigious 2009 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, the VZ Trials will consist of three heats of four surfers each, comprising both international and local hopefuls.
Traditionally run on the first day the event is called “ON”, the VZ Trials offer a winner-takes-all approach, which sees the victor of each heat awarded a coveted wildcard and advancing directly into Round 1 of the main event.
This year will see the likes of seasoned World Qualifying Series (WQS) protagonists and no less than 3 former South African Surfing Champions battling it out against up-and-coming rippers. Throw in a few underdogs and working class heroes and we are in for a battle royal.
And for the first time there will be additional local flavour with the winner of the16-man Xcel Supertubes Showdown gaining automatic entry into the VonZipper Wildcard Trials ‘09.
Perennial crowd favourite and Supers’ stand-out, Sean Holmes, Wilderness (VZ, Billabong, Kustom) will make a welcome competitive return to the J-Bay line-up. After a season on the sidelines this VZ stalwart will be back to cause some chaos amongst the upper ranks of the top 45.
Sean will be joined in the VZ Trials by the likes of:
The remaining International Wild Card Trialists, as well as the winner of the Xcel Supertubes Showdown, will be determined closer to the event. Once all comers have been selected the heat draws will be announced. Stay tuned.
- 18 June 2009 | Surfing
Reef is celebrating 25 years in the surf industry, giving you a chance to win a trip to Panama to be the next guest Miss Reef judge.
Just go to surfline.com, vote for your favorite Miss Reef from the past 25 years, register to win and you could be heading down to Panama to help Reef pick the perfect butt.
Check out reef.com/25th to download the 25 all-time best Miss Reefs and browse the Reef timeline to get a little bit of Reef history from the past 25 years.