Davey Weare: he'll be hanging around

Davey Weare will be retiring from professional surfing. One of South Africa's most loved surfers has decided to quit long travels and competitions.

He has been running the world for a living since 1999. Weare will now be focusing on photography and free surfing.

"I want to get some barrels! I am committed to Oakley for another 2 years, but my focus is shifting from international competition to photo trips and editorial coverage for magazines. I’m also going to continue competing in South Africa for the next two years, and I still want to win events in South Africa. We have a pretty good local series, and there are still plenty of opportunities to surf against international professionals to keep that part of me satisfied".

Davey Weare has conquered several 6-star WQS stages and has spent two seasons on the ASP World Tour elite. Davey is married and has two young children.

Owen Wright: he should've made the film

We’re waiting for the call in France but it ain’t looking promising. There are waves around, but Hossegor’s ability to go from pumping to puss with the changing tide is an issue.

It’s a chance to catch up with Owen Wright and Matt Wilkinson and get the lowdown on Rip Curl’s latest extravaganza – Timeslicing at the Sunway Lagoon.

Where’s that you ask? Remember the wavepool in Malaysia? What’s Timeslicing you ask? Remember the freeze frame cinematography from the Matrix? And the results? Quite goddamn extraordinary. Watch the trailer.

“The guys set up 52 cameras and thousands of dollars of scaffolding and computers,” explains Owen. “We only had a bit of time to nail shots and it was sooo hard. I even cracked it and threw a little bit of a hissy fit, but in the end it turned out to be amazing.”

“Yeah, Owen cracked it,” laughs Wilko, “but I had a little teary as well. The pressure was really on, even more than in a heat because the window to get it done was so small, and you knew how much time and effort had gone into it all.”

“We had about an hour each,” explains Owen. “That’s about ten waves. Take out seven of those waves when you blow it and it’s three times to nail an air in exactly the right spot. It’s definitely one of the toughest things I’ve done, but check out the footage. It was worth it.”

It wasn’t all about selling boardshorts either, as the footage allows the guys to see exactly what they’re doing in the air. “It’s sick watching such hi-tech shots of yourself surfing,” says Owen, “because you can really see what you’re doing, every wave. The ability to pause in the 3D perspective is great. I thought I had a pretty good idea of how I surfed but this definitely showed me where I could make some improvements.”

Super slow-mo Red Cameras, Timeslicing, helicopters? What the hell is next as the surf companies look to one up each other? “I reckon it’ll be a while before this gets topped, says Owen. “I mean, I know I have to say that, but seriously, it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”

The Ripcurl Mirage Boardies site goes live on October 31st with loads more photos and video.

Luke Munro: powered by the croissant

The Quiksilver Pro France resumed competition this afternoon, completing the remaining nine Round 2 heats in solid four-to-six foot (2 metre) surf at the primary site of Culs Nus Beach.

Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France bore witness to some sensational surfing and upsets this afternoon as the 36-man field was reduced to 24.

Luke Munro (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 31, was in excellent form this afternoon, besting former three-time ASP World Champion (and past three-time Quiksilver Pro France champ) Andy Irons (HAW), 32, in Round 2 of competition.

“I think I’ve actually got Andy (Irons) a couple times out here,” Munro said. “He’s an incredible surfer and you know he’s capable of getting a score anywhere on tour at any time. He’s going to be pretty upset coming off a big win in Tahiti, but he’ll be back on the podium again soon enough.”

En route to his emphatic Round 2 win, Munro consistently notched up dramatic barrels, collecting the day’s highest heat total of 16.87 out of a possible 20 including a near perfect 9.87 out of a possible 10 for an incredibly deep forehand barrel.

“I felt pretty comfortable out there from get go,” Munro said. “It’s sort of like home at Straddy (Stradbroke Island) so my plan was to go out and get a lot of waves. I think (on my 9.77) I got a little greedy. I probably could have hung in there a second longer, but I wanted to make sure I could get out too.”

Munro will take on reigning ASP World Champion and defending Quiksilver Pro France champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, in Round 3 of competition.

Jadson Andre (BRA), 20, current ASP World No. 13, survived a hard-fought Round 2 bout against fellow rookie Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 22, to keep his Quiksilver Pro France campaign alive.

“Wilko (Matt Wilkinson) really rips on his backhand – I think he has the best backhand on tour for goofy-footers,” Andre said. “I knew it would be tough heat I just tried to get the two best waves of the heat. I’m so stoked to get through.”

After netting a solid barrel-to-snap combination on his backhand, Andre attempted a series of high-flying aerial maneuvers, even successfully landing an impressive rotation to end the heat.

“I think that last maneuver broke my board,” Andre said. “The waves are so fun here. They remind me of home a lot. Good ramps and I’m so happy to keep going in this event. Right now, just thinking about the next heat.”

Andre faces Jeremy Flores (FRA), 22, in Round3 of competition.

Taylor Knox (USA), 39, current ASP World No. 23, survived a tight heat against Adam Melling (AUS), 25, to close the day out this evening. As the tide filled in, both the powerful natural-footers put on an impressive display of rail work, but it was the veteran holding onto the win and advancing to Round 3.

“The conditions change so much in France that I knew the barrels we were seeing earlier in the afternoon weren’t going to be around for us,” Knox said. “It was always going to come down to turns and unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of opportunities for either of us out there. I have a ton of respect for Adam (Melling) he’s an amazing surfer and it’s hard when you draw your friends early. Happy to get through though. I have some amazing boards right now and I’m ready for tomorrow.”

Knox will battle compatriot Damien Hobgood (USA), 31, when competition resumes.

Heat 4:Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.17 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.50
Heat 5:Luke Munro (AUS) 16.87 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 11.00
Heat 6:Daniel Ross (AUS) 10.77 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 5.17
Heat 7:Tom Whitaker (AUS) 14.50 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 8.10
Heat 8:Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.83 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.67
Heat 9:Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.10 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 2.33
Heat 10:Chris Davidson (AUS) 8.00 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.84
Heat 11:Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.60 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 7.47
Heat 12:Taylor Knox (USA) 11.67 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 10.03

Heat 1:Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 2:Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 3:Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 4:Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 5:Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 6:Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 7:Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 8:Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 9:Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10:C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 11:Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 12:Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)