Storm Surfer: they bite the Apple

Storm Surfers have launched an iPhone and iPad application for download.

These apps give you access to exclusive online content, including Storm Surfers images and videos, as well as a hilarious Storm Surfers quiz.

Storm Surfers follows two-time world champion Tom Carroll and big wave tow-in pioneer Ross Clarke-Jones as they hunt down and ride the world’s biggest waves.

Ross and Tom have conquered monster waves off South Africa, ridden a typhoon in Japan and surfed big waves in the Southern Ocean that smash into the most inhospitable areas.

Hunting waves the size of a four-storey building involves strategy, timing, preparation and tracking the largest oceanic storms in the world. That’s where meteorologist and surf forecaster Ben Matson comes in.

Using the latest storm prediction technology, he helps Ross and Tom track swells and time their arrival to a matter of hours in a mad, high-stakes race against time and the elements to conquer and film massive waves.

Storm Surfers - New Zealand is their latest adventure.

The Storm Surfers app has:

Exclusive High Definition videos from Storm Surfers – New Zealand
Exclusive photos of Tom Carroll & Ross Clarke-Jones
Behind the scenes footage and photos
The story behind the adventure and chasing big waves
The ultimate Storm Surfers quiz that unlocks a secret video.
Links to Swellnet forecasting site for the latest on the swell at you local
Links to and more content


Nick Godfrey: smile, second it's nice

Chad du Toit won the internationally rated ASP Grade-One Billabong Pro Junior men’s title at Herold’s Bay today, defeating Nick Godfrey in powerful 1.5 metre surf that provided the country’s best 20-and-under surfers with excellent opportunities to display their talents.

Du Toit, 20, the 2009 ASP Africa Pro Junior champion and top seed in the event, started the final brightly by racking up mid-range scores of 6.5 and 6.0 out of 10. Godfrey stayed in contention with a 5.5 before du Toit sealed victory in his final Pro Junior event in home waters, producing a near-perfect ride of 9.75 for four massive top to bottom carves on an overhead wave with eight minutes remaining.

An emotional du Toit dedicated his win to his Grandfather who passed away recently before collecting his US $2 000 (R14 800) prize-purse plus 1 000 points which elevated him to second spot on the yearend ASP Africa Pro Junior Rankings, behind 2010 ASP Africa Pro Junior Champion and Billabong team rider Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), who did not compete in this event.

Du Toit also clinched one of the three coveted invitations to compete on the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour which starts in Bali next month and crowns the ASP World Junior Champion in Sydney, Australia, in January.

The finals of the Pro Surf Tour (PST) events again demonstrated the strength in depth of surfing in this country, serving up phenomenal performances from the future surf stars in brilliant sunshine but testing surf conditions.


Pro Junior men
1. Chad du Toit (Berea)
2. Nick Godfrey (Cape St Francis)
=3. Matt Bromley (Kommetjie)
=3. Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay)
=5. Shawn Dennis (Durban)
=5. Davey Brand (Kommetjie)
=5. Haydn MacNicol (Scottburgh)
=5. David van Zyl (Glenashley)

U16 boys
1. Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh)
2. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
3. Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay)
4. Benji Brand (Kommetjie)

U14 boys
1. Benji Brand (Kommetjie)
2. Max Armstrong (Scarborough)
3. Shane Sykes (Salt Rock)
4. Steffen Burrows (Strand)

U12 boys
1. Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay)
2. Adin Masencamp (Somerset West)
3. Donovan Wichmann (Marina da Gama)
4. Ford van Jaarsveld (Kommetjie)

Von Zipper Air Show
1. Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh)

Heitor Alves: Brazilian with Spanish accent

Heitor Alves (BRA) was unstoppable on his way to claim the ASP 6-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz presented by Euskaltel title over Tim Boal (FRA) in a well fought 35-minute battle. Having taken down an inform Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the semis, Alves was on a roll and proved unbeatable despite a last ditched effort by Boal to take the victory.

Clean lines in the 3ft (1m) range were on offer however event officials were forced to place the event on hold during the high tide because of infrequent set waves. With clear skies and fantastic beach weather, the shore line and esplanade were once again packed. The huge crowd revelled in the magnificent displays of surfing put on by all the guys on this last day of competition.

Heitor Alves (BRA) took the lead in the final and never let it go despite all the efforts by Boal to catch up. Surfing strongly on his backhand on the long rights with the perfect mixture of power surfing blended with innovative manoeuvres, Alves had to watch on as Boal’s last wave fell short of the desired score by the narrowest of margins.

“I feel so good,” said an emotional Alves. “I can’t believe that I have won this contest, I am so happy. At this contest I was looking for the best result possible here and it has happened.”

Alves started to fire up with his win in the semis. With under a minute left, without priority, having trailed during the entire heat and needing a 9.07, Alves smashed a right from start to finish in the tricky conditions. Something no one else had been able to achieve. Nailing a 9.43, Alves was on a roll.

“For me to beat Gabriel (Medina) for me it was like another final,” commented Alves on his semi-final win. “He is surfing incredibly and it was a very tough heat with the small waves in that semi. Tim as well surfed very well and I just want to say thanks to everyone who made this contest possible.”

As always a very gracious Tim Boal accepted his runner-up placing like the true sportsman that he is and felt that his rhythm during the final was not happening as he explains.

“It was hard but at least the scores were close at the end and I didn’t get ‘comboed’ which I thought might happen at the start because I wasn’t really getting anything. It was hard to figure out the waves out there, I mean the first one or second one of the set, so it was always hard. Also I wasn’t kind of in the rhythm with priority but I got that last one which was pretty close. So everything is good, I’m happy with the result”

With a 3rd placing last week and today’s 2nd, Boal has also found some late season form and but hope to change things for next year as he states.

“I usually get moving around September, so I’ll try and do it earlier next year. (laughs)”

Gabriel Medina (BRA) and William Cardoso (BRA) finished equal third in the San Miguel Pro Zarautz presented by Euskaltel. Medina was brilliant once again despite falling in the semis. Cardoso chalked up another solid result on the ASP Europe summer leg of events. Trailing from the start, Cardoso never threw in the towel in his attempt to overtake Tim Boal.

“It was difficult out there,” began Cardoso. “The waves were coming in but it was really difficult. Tim (Boal) caught the better waves and surfed really well. It has been a great contest with two days of perfect waves and I did well on those days and today as well I did my best to try and make it an all Brazilian final but it was not possible.”

Getting through his quarter-final clash in the last 10 seconds with an excellent 8.00 ride, Cardoso was content with his overall result and knows that the difference between winning and losing is very fine.

“I was lucky in the quarters when I got that 8 on my last wave and I think that for me it was a present to get me into the semis. I wanted to surf on my small-wave board but it’s in California so I have missed it in the last couple of events. I think that it could have made the difference in the waves today.”

Finishing equal 5th and adding another excellent result to his rankings tally, Marc Lacomare (FRA) has once again jumped ahead in the European Men’s Series rankings by over 2000 points from his nearest rival.

“I try not to think about it and just take it contest by contest. I am really happy with the result for sure, I made some hard heats this week so it has been a good contest for me but at the same time it’s sad to end up like that.”

Losing out against Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the quarters, Lacomare had mixed feeling especially after having to suffer a wave starved heat.

“Right now I feel good but at the same time I had a shocker, probably the worst heat of my life. No sets came and I waited for 20 minutes so I am a bit sad but there was nothing I could do about it. I really wanted a chance to beat him (Medina) because he is such an amazing surfer and to be in a heat with him is great. It is sad we didn’t get the conditions.”

Brent Dorrington (AUS) took out the Nike 6.0 ‘Cash for Tricks’ specialty event with Gabriel Medina (BRA), runner-up and Pedro Henrique (BRA) in third place. A shocked Dorrington, who initially was not in the event, got in thanks to an empty space in the draw and made the most of his opportunity.

“I am actually quite surprised actually. Thanks to Andy (Higgins, ‘Cash for Tricks’ event director) I got a run in the event and just stoked to win it. It is a shame it is not a little bit bigger but there are some waves and I had a good time out there. The waves have a bit of push, so once you got going you were right. I’m stoked and I’ll be back next year for sure.”

San Miguel Pro Zarautz presented by Euskaltel Final Result
Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.26 Def. Tim Boal (FRA) 14.70

San Miguel Pro Zarautz presented by Euskaltel Semi-Final Results
Heat 1: Tim Boal (FRA) 12.17 Def. William Cardoso (BRA) 10.83
Heat 2: Heitor Alves (BRA) 16.76 Def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.40

San Miguel Pro Zarautz presented by Euskaltel Quarter-Final Results
Heat 1: William Cardoso (BRA) 13.50 Def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.37
Heat 2: Tim Boal (FRA) 11.50 Def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 8.17
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.84 Def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 3.13
Heat 4: Heitor Alves (BRA) 16.97 Def. Richard Christie (NZL) 14.40

San Miguel Pro Zarautz presented by Euskaltel Round 5 Results
Heat 1: William Cardoso (BRA) 14.00 Def. Jayke Sharp (AUS) 11.16
Heat 2: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.93 Def. Tonino Benson (HAW) 7.64
Heat 3: Tim Boal (FRA) 11.67 Def. Eneko Acero (EUK) 8.57
Heat 4: Leonardo Neves (BRA) 12.86 Def. Andre Silva (BRA) 12.34
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.07 Def. Pablo Gutierrez (ESP) 7.00
Heat 6: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.30 Def. Medi Veminardi (REU) 13.60
Heat 7: Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.84 Def. Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 5.33
Heat 8: Richard Christie (NZL) 10.53 Def. Nick Riley (AUS) 9.10