- 05 May 2009 | Surfing
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to inform that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed that the ISA is in compliance with the 2009 Anti-Doping Code.
Always looking towards excellence in sport and the best sportsmanship attitude from our athletes, the ISA continues to conduct anti-doping tests in each of its events.
Recently the ISA received a letter from WADA Director, Rune Anderson and Senior Manager, Emiliano Simonelli, stating: "We have reviewed your amendments in light of our suggestions, and confirm that you successfully incorporated all the mandatory articles of the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code (the “Code”) into these (ISA) rules.”
ISA highlights this as another important step in surfing's Olympic participation plans.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said about the ISA compliance with the WADA Anti-Doping Code: “The ISA has been performing IOC/WADA anti doping tests for all ISA finalists in each division of our world championships since 1992. Only four positive results in 17 years, are a clear testimony to the fair play spirit of competitive surfing.
- 05 May 2009 | Surfing
It was a short day of action in Northern Scotland today, the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime O’Neill Cold Water Classic by Swatch completing its third round with the remaining four heats running in clean off-shore four foot (1.2 meter) waves at Brims Ness until the strong on-shore winds and rains made organizers put the event on-hold.
The 30-minute battles brought some exciting show at the Point with both left and right-handers rolling over the low-tide shallow reef and giving the sixteen men having to paddle out some good scoring potential.
Several solid performances were put together throughout the couple of hours of surfing and the upset of the day came with the elimination of current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 8 Owen Wright (New South Wales, AUS), 18, who could not get into rhythm in the last encounter losing to fellow Australians and O’Neill ambassador Mark Matthews and top scorer of Day 6 Jarrad Sullivan.
- 05 May 2009 | Surfing
The day belonged to Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 18, and the new generation of women’s professional surfing. Fitzgibbons, current ASP Women’s World Tour member, surfed every heat of her final assault flawless, methodical and mechanical as she swept the field to win the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Estoril Billabong Girls Pro taking the valuable 3000 ratings’ points up for grabs.
Fitzgibbons defeated fellow finalist and other rising wunderkid and ASP Top 17 surfer Coco Ho (Oahu, HAW), 17, with both surfers scoring near perfect rides as Bufuriera’s beachbreak was delivering clean three to four foot (1 to 1.2 meter) waves. Fitzgibbons came out blazing in the final locking-in four excellent scores before Ho managed to answer back with a near perfect 9.80 point wave. Meanwhile, Fitzgibbons was quick to respond and net a 9.85 pointer and take the win.
"It’s great to be back on the podium and definitely it has been some time between drinks," Fitzgibbons said. "I surfed a lot of heats before the final and paddled out quite relaxed and sat wide. I saw the tide starting to drain out and thought there were two peaks. I was lucky when the first one came wide and I got it."
Fitzgibbons, who is a rookie on this year’s ASP Women’s World Tour, leaves Portugal with a solid back-up result in case she ends up needing to requalify through the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) at the end of this year. So far, Fitzgibbons remains well in position to fullfil expectations from the international surfing scene which considers the young woman a future ASP World title contender.
Coco Ho, who secured another great result by finishing runner-up in the ASP WQS 6-Star event, had defeated fellow Hawaiian and friend Carissa Moore (Oahu, HAW) in the Semifinals whilst Fitzgibbons was taking the most out of her encounter with experienced and former ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year Jessi Miley-Dyer (New South Wales, AUS).
"It was great to surf with my friend Sally (Fitzgibbons) in the final," Ho said. "We had really fun waves, we were talking and having a good time. Sally started with three great waves and it took me a while to get a good one. Then I got my 9.80 pointer but Sally came straight back and bettered it with a 9.85 wave."
The Estoril Billabong Girls Pro was not only the stage of an international gahering but alos crowned this year’s ASP Women’s European Champion, the best European performer taking the prestigious crown for 2009. It was Lee-Ann Curren (Anglet, FRA) who ended with the highest result in the ASP WQS 6-Star event, taking her second regional crown after a year break to succeed to Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA).
Curren, 19, who has targeted a qualification for next year’s ASP Women’s World Tour for her main goal this season, placed equal 13th at Estoril and was not able to go any further than Round 3, still enough to grab the European title.