Anthony Tashnick

The 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In ran in perfect conditions on Thursday. 

Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft pull off a repeat win for the tow in event. 

Ross Clarke-Jones wins the Kingfish Title and Anthony Tashnick wins the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition.

The event started just after 8 AM and ran all day, finishing up around 6 PM.  Surfers traveled from around the world to compete, coming from as far as Australia and Ireland.

Conditions were perfect, with solid 30’+ surf and no wind all day.  Competition was a  high quality as the waves were.  Making it to the tow in finals were the teams of Adam Replogle/Alistair Craft, Ross Clarke-Jones/Ian Walsh, Ikaika Kalama/Kainoa Havanio, and Jeff Kafka/Travis Payne.  Separated by only 2/10ths of point, Replogle/Craft pull off the win over Jones/Walsh.

New this year was the Kingfish Title, awarded to the surfer with the best combined  scores of tow in and paddle in. 

Ross Clarke-Jones beat out Tyler Fox by just 2/10ths of a  point. Third place went to Chad Jackson.

The Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition saw some great paddle in surfing at Nelscott Reef.

Earning third place was Chris Bertish.  Second place went to Keallii Mamala, and Anthony Tashnick took first.

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Owen Wright

With clean three foot (1 metre) peaks on offer at the second backup site of Belgas this morning, the Rip Curl Pro Search has been called on with Round 2 hitting the water at 8:45am.

Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search is operating in its third different venue this morning, having ran the first half of Round 1 in the wedging righthanders of Molhe Leste on Wednesday before completing the round in offshore lefts at Lagido yesterday. While winds at the primary site of Supertubos have been unfavorable, today’s conditions at Belgas, combined with one of the most exciting Round 2 draws of the season, provide the setting for an incredible day of action.

“We have clean peaks on offer this morning around three-foot (1 metre) at Belgas and we’re planning on starting at 8:45am,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “We’ll be monitoring conditions and tides throughout the day, but we’d like to run as many heats as possible.”

The underdogs have ran rampant thus far at the Rip Curl Pro Search, but today’s Round 2 action will see the top seeds take to the water, making for some of the most exciting match-ups seen all year.

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Drew Courtney

The Rip Curl Pro Search, stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, completed the remaining eight heats of Round 1 today in clean four-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at the backup site of Lagido.

On the fifth day of the waiting period, the Rip Curl Pro Search has experienced a gamut of action in the Peniche region of Portugal, ranging from massive seas, destroyed event structures, running at the third backup venue of Molhe Leste yesterday to today’s clean lefthanders at Lagido.

As the second-to-last event on the ASP Dream Tour, and opting to run the man-on-man elimination format from the outset, the Rip Curl Pro Search has played host to some of the more dramatic bouts of the season throughout the opening round of competition.

Drew Courtney (AUS), 30, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie and current ASP World No. 32, punctuated the day’s action with the most exciting heat of the event, defeating fellow rookie Dustin Barca (HAW), 27. Needing solid results in the final two events of the season to ensure his place amongst the world’s best for 2010, Courtney is focused on continuing his momentum from the last event in Spain.

“It is probably the biggest comp all year for me,” Courtney said. “I have come off a good result last week (in Spain), so I just want to keep improving and hopefully get another 5th at this competition, that would be great.”

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