Mick Fanning wins Trestles

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007), has taken out the Hurley Pro Trestles, besting fellow Finalist Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, to claim the richest winner’s prize purse in surfing history, US$105,000.

Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Hurley Pro Trestles enjoyed rippable swell at the start of the waiting period before enduring three consecutive lay days to culminate in today’s marathon of barrier-breaking action. With mind-blowing surfing going down from Round 4 through the Finals in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Lower Trestles, it was the lightning-fast Australian who turned up the juice against Reynolds to claim his first-ever ASP Dream Tour win in California.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Fanning said. “I’d like to congratulate Hurley and a huge thank you to them. I’d like to congratulate Dane (Reynolds) too. The sort of thing that he did, he’s only the start of what we’ll see in the next few years, so thanks for inspiring all of us. The conditions this week been very difficult, but that’s surfing. You’ve got to surf in all kinds of stuff, you can’t sit there and imagine one perfect wave at Trestles.”

In addition to racking up US$105,000 for today’s efforts, Fanning’s win rockets him from 7th to 2nd on the ASP World Tour ratings, bringing him right back in the hunt for the 2009 ASP World Title.

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Kai Otton

Small surf has forced the third consecutive lay day for the Hurley Pro Trestles, with only inconsistent one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) surf on offer yesterday.

Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Hurley Pro Trestles went on hold for most of the morning in hopes of a swell increase, but inconsistency, combined with the continued small size, prompted event organizers to call competition off for the day.

“The surf never approached a level where we were comfortable running today,” Perry Hatchett, ASP Head Judge, said. “We’ll competition tomorrow morning at 7am sharp and will finish by day’s end.”

Surfline, official foreer of the Hurley Pro Trestles, is calling for a moderate southwest energy to continue filling in over the next several days.

When competition resumes, up first will be former event winner Bede Durbdige (AUS), 26, up against compatriot Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in Heat 1 of Round 4.

HURLEY PRO TERSTLES ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 3: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 4: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Rob Machado (USA)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
Heat 6: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 7: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

South Africa's Billabong Junior Series

South Africa’s premier surfing titles for the country’s top 20-and-under performers will be on the line at Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape next week when the Billabong Junior Series champions are crowned in divisions ranging from Pro Junior (U20) for men and women plus Under 16, U14 and U12 boys for the 13th successive year.

The four-day event which runs from Wed-Sat, 23-26 September, will also determine the ASP Africa Pro Junior champions for 2009 and the make-up of the four man and one woman ASP Africa squad invited to the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in Sydney in January – the pinnacle of junior surfing.

With the exception of Davey Brand, the bronze medalist in the U16 division of the ISA World Junior champs earlier this year, who will be representing SA at the International King of the Groms event in France, the crème-de-la-crème of SA’s junior surfing talent will be psyched up to deliver their best performances at Vic Bay.

The talent-laden field in the R75 000 Grade 2 ASP rated Pro Junior men’s event is headed by Casey Grant, 20, winner of the opening Billabong Pro Junior in his home surf of Scottburgh at Easter and the current ASP Africa ratings leader, who is the top seed for the event.

Grant’s chief opposition comes from every surfing centre on the SA coastline including local standout Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), Kommetjie’s Matt Bromley and Brendon Gibbens, WQS campaigners Klee Strachan (Winkelspruit) and Chad du Toit (Durban), Dale Staples and Nick Godfrey from Cape St Francis, Umhlanga’s Kyle Lane and fellow Scottburgh ripper Haydn MacNicol.

The R18 000 Grade 1 Pro Junior women’s event will be a titanic struggle with Vic Bay local Bianca Buitendag, 16, up against the more experienced Tarryn Chudleigh, 19, from Kommetjie and last year’s ASP Africa rep at the ASP World Junior champs, Sarah Baum, 15, from Athlone Park. Perennial standouts Heidi Palmboom (Bluff), Chantelle Rautenbach (Melkbosstrand) and Tanika Hoffman (Kommetjie) have the ability to cause upsets along with the rapidly improving Alice McGregor (East London) and Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth).

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