O’Neill World Cup of Surfing: underdog time

In the first day of competition in O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, the greatest surprise came from South Africa.

Rudy Palmboom, 22, got the highest wave heat total (15.34) of the day and secured a place in the next round, here in Hawaii.

“It’s pretty fun out there and a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” said Palmboom. “I got an 8.67, a nice little barrel. I lucked into a good wave straight after the siren. It’s more spread out and there’s a lot of waves coming through, which makes it a lot more fair".

Will the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing be the event of the underdogs? The crew from California experienced mixed feelings. San Clemente’s Chris Ward and San Diego’s Austin Ware progressed through the round while Tim Reyes (Huntington Beach) and Chris Waring (Seal Beach) were eliminated.

That's life out there in the lineup. “Being off the (elite World Tour) I get a lot of open time to surf different waves year round. But to be back here at Sunset and the Triple Crown feels good. I’m happy to be here", said Ward.

The Hawaiian keeps delivering solid performances. Joel Centeio, Sunny Garcia, Myles Padaca and Pancho Sullivan are through to the next stage and proved their intimate knowledge of positioning and wave selection in one of the gnarliest surf spots in the world.

“I was actually a little nervous,” said Centeio. “You come off such a big result like Haleiwa and you want to follow up with another big one.

Athletes Of The Year 2010: congrats, boys!

SurferToday.com has announced the standout riders of the year 2010. The selection of the best surfer, kitesurfer, windsurfer and bodyboarder was a very hard task in this 12-month period.

A lot of challenges have successfully been conquered by many athletes, showing cutting edge performances in our wave and wind water sports.

SurferToday’s "Athletes Of The Year 2010" are:

Kelly Slater

SURFING

Kelly Slater

He is surfing better than ever. With Mr. Slater, this statement is valid every year. The Floridian surfer and artificial wave entrepreneur has conquered his 10th world surfing title. Who will defy his perseverance?

 

Rob Douglas

KITEBOARDING

Rob Douglas

“Veni, vidi, vici”. He trained, he kept out of the news and he stormed the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge. Let’s put it this way: Douglas is fastest sailor on Earth.

Antoine Albeau

WINDSURFING

Antoine Albeau

Title after title, challenge after challenge. The French bullet has had another extraordinary year by winning big and small events. What’s next for the windsurfing star?

 

Amaury Lavernhe

BODYBOARDING

Amaury Lavernhe

The pro bodyboarder from the Reunion Islands showed humbleness and regularity to clinch the world title and gain respect for the European bodyboarding.

 

Congratulations to the winners of SurferToday’s "Athletes of the Year 2010"!

Check out the winners of the 2009 edition.

Surfing Australia: thank you dear Minister

The surfing world has plenty of reasons to be extremely happy. In Australia, the Minister for Sport Mark Arbib granted Surfing Australia extra funding of $1 million per annum for the next four years.

The additional budget will revolutionize the sport in the land of cangurus.

“This new money is the single biggest opportunity surfing has ever had to really make a difference and progress the sport in the areas of grass roots participation development right through to High Performance", said Andrew Stark, CEO of Surfing Australia.

The Australian Government has presented its new vision for sport with the "Pathways to Success" project worth $195 millions.

Surfing Australia believes the financial help will allow a boost programs to further increase benefits to the population as a whole, in a new and exciting era of growth for the sport in the country.

That's why a new Sports Development Manager will be appointed with a clear mandate and a budget to develop the following key priorities:

1. A new junior participation program called “SurfGroms” for children aged 5-12 years
2. Surfing Australia to become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
3. National Grassroots Boardriders Club Education Scheme
4. Major Online Education Initiative
5. Indigenous surfing participation programs

The SurfGroms program for children aged 5-12 years will be the flagship participation program to come out of this new funding and presents an amazing opportunity for Surfing Australia to engage thousands of primary aged children and introduce them to the fun and healthy lifestyle that surfing can offer.

The program will be delivered to the community through Surfing Australia’s extensive network of Learn to Surf Schools and Boardriders Clubs. The program will aim to launch in the summer of 2011.

This total additional funding of $1 million dollars per annum is complimented by the recent announcement of the $2 million grant to build the world’s first national surfing High Performance Training Centre at Casuarina Beach, Northern NSW.

This total investment of $6 millions into surfing is the single biggest injection this sport has seen and is crucial in support of Surfing Australia to achieve its vision of becoming a mainstream commercially sustainable sport that promotes surfing as an iconic Australian lifestyle.