- 18 August 2009 | Surfing
Get ready to witness the first ever big wave invitational Pro Junior challenge in the world as the Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational 09 signals Orange Alert today with expectations high that we will run this spectacle in massive waves off the remote South Australian Coastline sometime in the coming week!
Check your favourite weather charts and it’s easy to see, a serious low pressure system is expected to run through the southern ocean under South Australia and this will create waves of serious consequence pounding the extreme surf locations off South Australia.
Chief forecaster for the Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational 09, Ben Matson from www.swellnet.com.au, has played a cool hand to date.
There have been big swells, particularly early in the month, but this approaching swell is what Ben has been waiting for.
Matson’s official alert is as follows – “The next round of swell is expected to arrive on Sunday, and although we’re looking at a period of windy conditions at first, it appears that this large swell will last over two or three days. Computer model forecasts are suggesting a ridge of high pressure will move into the region early next week, easing the local winds and cleaning conditions up considerably. And with the storm track being positioned much more closely to the location, we’re likely to see some very large waves around this time.”
“So the short version is that we’ve upgraded the status to Orange Alert for the time frame between Sunday and Tuesday. Gut feel suggests we’re looking at late Monday or early Tuesday for the best combination of large waves and good winds, but I’ll update this over the next couple of days as more weather information comes to hand.”
Look for a RED alert call in the coming days as this weather pattern unfolds and then look for the event to be called ON, 48 hours before the official start time as Matson conjures all the meteorological information and goes out on a limb to send all the infrastructure that will run, film, judge, control and even live webcast this incredible event.
- 18 August 2009 | Surfing
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido launched back in to action today in barreling two-to-four foot (1 metre) conditions at Playa Zicatela and saw Clay Marzo (Maui, HI), 19, lead Round 3 action when he earned the event’s second perfect 10-point-ride for a committing backside barrel-ride.
Marzo, who was in impressive form in his opening Round 2 heat, took the day’s top honors when he nabbed the event’s second perfect single-wave score en route to claiming the day’s highest heat total of 17.00 out of 20 with an impressive display of backhand barrel-riding on the hollow Playa Zicatela righthanders.
“I was able to find some good rights out there,” Marzo said. “I was stoked when I saw that one coming. I almost fell on the drop, but I was able to set my line and make it.”
Blake Howard (Carpenteria, CA), 26, who was also a Round 2 standout, found a bombing left to claim an impressive 9.50 out of 10 on the way to his second Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido heat win. Howard’s solid 15.50 heat total saw him easily advance through to the Round of 16.
“I was just sitting down the beach trying to stay away from anybody and trying to find any corner that came my way and it happened to be a good one,” Howard said.
The talented barrel-rider’s strategy of staying busy in his heats has been paying off and the Carpenteria native will definitely be a threat to his fellow competitors in the next round.
“I was moving around a little bit,” Howard said. “It seems a little more walled today because of the long intervals, but there are still corners. You just have to avoid the rips and find the corners.”
- 18 August 2009 | Surfing
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro got underway today at Lacanau in the South West of France, ten heats being completed throughout the day in contestable two foot (0.5 meter) waves. With an international field of 144 surfers having answered the call for the 30th anniversary of the oldest professional surfing event in Europe, the kick-off brought the first pulses of action with several surfers getting their French campaign in spectacular fashion.
Hodei Collazo (Zarautz, EUK), 25, was the first competitor of the 2009 edition to impress the ASP judging panel and post the day’s highest heat result, a two-wave combined score of 16.20 points (out of a possible 20) to advance through to Round 2 and join the event’s top seeds. Collazo, who hasn’t competed a lot this year due to an injury, came back to competition a couple of weeks ago in England and confirmed he was in good form today.
“I haven’t surfed since Newquay in England because the waves were pretty small,” Collazo said. “And I was pretty pumped to paddle out this morning for my first warm-up surf. I think I was just super motivated to compete today and I just let go to show what I could do.”
Collazo, who has had a few good results in Lacanau before, was at ease in the consistent though small waves breaking during the incoming tide and found his way through to Round 2 with an excellent 8.50 point ride, the day’s second best wave score.