Waves: bigger and tougher

The ocean waves are becoming bigger and more powerful.  Scientists have been studying the behaviour of large masses of ocean waters using buoy data and models based on wind patterns and have no doubt. The surf is really pumping.

The initial study focuses on the region off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and along the Atlantic seaboard from West Palm Beach, Fla., to Cape Hatteras, N.C. But this increase in wave height is also being confirmed in the North Atlantic off England.

There are several reasons for the observed facts: changing storm tracks, higher winds and more intense winter storms, all signs of global climate change.

The case of "rogue" waves is a bit different. The 100-foot giant walls of salt water do not show signs of having increased in number and height.

While statistics are still being added to these studies, US scientists believe too little is known about the oceans and that more should be done to understand their behaviour.

Discover the wave height forecast for your region.

Reubin Pearce: winner in foreign territory

The weekends Animal Open Surf Contest saw two new champions, some great weather and perfect conditions for the finals.

Reubin Pearce, from South Africa and local lady Tassy Swallow showed stunning form in 3 to 4 ft conditions to take the top spots on the podium at one of the year’s most prestigious contests.

Organised by the UK Pro Surf Association (UKPSA) and sponsored by Animal the event saw one of the largest ever entries with over 50 contestants traveling from all over the world to bid for this major title at Fistral Beach, Newquay.

The swell cleaned up for the finals, offering up some challenging surf for competitors to test their skills and demonstrate to the judges what they can do in the clean conditions. The variety of moves and action on display was described by Head Judge Esther Spears as, “Definitely impressive – the best seen in many years. This shows a promising time for British surfing.”

The highest scoring wave of the day was from South African, Reubin Pearce. Who got a 8.7 point wave in the semi’s which then lead him into the final against Jonny Fryer, Micah Lester and Mark Harris. Reubin went onto to win this years Open, 2nd place going to Micah Lester (Australia), 3rd to local Mark (Egor) Harris (Newquay) and 4th to Johnny Fryer (IOW).

The Women’s final, was a fight to the end. With 16 year old Tassy Swallow winning the Women’s division, leaving Jo Dennison (Freshwater) to pick up a very close 2nd place, 3rd went to Beth Mason (Swansea) and 4th to Nicole Morgan (Northern Ireland).

Other prizes were given to Gaby Rowe for the highest scoring wave in the Women’s division, where she received a skate board. Andrew Griffin also received £250 from Relentless for getting The Manoeuvre of the Competition award.

The one star event, supported by Animal is held on Fistral Beach, which is renowned as one of the best breaks in the UK.

This year’s Champion Reubin Pearce, commented, “I am over the moon to have won this event, after having no win all year, I’m stoked. I surfed as hard as I could and came out with a win so I am really happy it paid off.”

The results were as follows:

1.Reubin Pearce (South Africa)
2.Micah Lester (Australia)
3.Mark Harris (Newquay)
4.Johnny Fryer (IOW).

1.Tassy Swallow (St. Ives)
2.Jo Dennison (Freshwater)
3.Beth Mason (Swansea)
3.Nicole Morgan (Northern Ireland)

Pro Junior
1.Stuart Campbell (Woolocombe)
2.Toby Donachie (St. Merryn)
3.Lyndon Wake (Croyde)
4.Josh Piper (Newquay)

Under 16’s
1.Luke Dillon (Newquay)
2.Myles Lee Hargreaves (Bournemouth)
3.Jobe Harris (Bude)
3. Simon Trebilcock (St. Ives)

Putra Hermawan: the Indonesian champ

When a national champion is crowned in the last seconds of surfing contest you're witnessing a breathtaking moment.

It happened in Asia. The 2010 Indonesia Pro Surfing Tour reached its climax in the Rip Curl Surf and Music Festival, held at Kuta Beach’s famous "Halfways".

Dedi Santosa was trying to beat Marlon Gerber and needed an 8.65-point wave to claim the 2010 Coca-Cola ISC Tour. But Santosa missed the score in the last 30 seconds of the final heat and delivered the championship to Putra Hermawan.

18-year-old Putra Hermawan is the youngest ever ISC Tour Open Division champion. Marlon Gerber, the event winner, dedicated his first ISC tour win to his friend Andy Irons who tragically passed away recently.

Husni won the Longboard Division for the second time, Dyah Rahayu Dewi took her second win in a row in the Women’s Division and Jeren Kiring claimed the National GromSearch Final.

2010 Coca-Cola ISC Tour Open Division Results:

1. Putra Hermawan
2. Dedi Santoso
3. Pepen Hendrik

Rip Curl Surf and Music Festival results:

1. Marlon Gerber
2. Dedi Santosa
3. Raditya Rondi
4. Wayan Suprayitna