- 22 August 2009 | Surfing
In a tiny swell at the world famous Bondi Beach, Ellis Ericson (Suffolk Park) has taken out the final qualifying event of the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters.
Starting out as an alternate, Ericson was not guaranteed to surf today however a no show provided him the opportunity into the first round.
Dominating the field by placing first in every heat, apart from his semi-final where he placed 2nd, Ericson has secured his place in the final to be held at Cronulla in Sydney’s south along with a host of other prizes.
Posting a 6.17 and a 6.77 (out of a possible 10), Ericson’s total of 12.94 (out of a possible 20) was too good for other surfers Max Ashford (Matraville), Chris Salisbury (Newport) and Tamaroa McComb (Burleigh Heads) who places second, third and fourth respectively.
The final was not without its drama with McComb only needing a small score to over-take Ericson for the lead, an interference was called on McComb for dropping in on Ayshford. This sent McComb to last place and allowing Ericson to hold onto the lead and take top spot.
McComb was strong all day, proving his worth by boosting massive air reverses in every heat showing his commitment to innovation and radical surfing.
All four surfers in today's final go through to the Trials in Cronulla next week.
Other standout surfers from the day were Jake Fawcett (Geraldton) and Kurt Kiggings (Lilli Pilli) who made it to the semi-finals.
- 22 August 2009 | Surfing
A great week of surfing, weather, waves and comradery was capped off with an amazing last day of competition at the Australian Longboard Titles.
Having seen 184 of Australia’s best converging on Port Macquarie, today represented the pinnacle with 11 National Titles awarded in front of a large crowd.
In the Open Men division Josh Constable (Noosa, QLD) highlighted to all why he is one of the greatest ever Australian surfers.
Defeating Harley Ingelby (Emerald Beach, NSW), Grant Thomas (Maroochydore, QLD) and Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads, NSW) , who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Constable extended his reign as the most successful amateur longboarder in Australian history.
“To win five Australian Titles is amazing,” he said.
“When I started surfing as a youngster I always dreamed of winning one National Title and a World Title,” he admitted.
“To achieve this and more is beyond words.”
Wrapped in an enthralling battle from start to finish, Constable was glad to get the nod ahead of great mates and excellent competitors.
With a see-sawing battle over the 25-minute finale, Constable and Ingelby traded blows until the very end.
“The level of surfing on show throughout the entire week has been first-class,” Constable admitted.
“It’s always good to be beat the best,” he said.
- 21 August 2009 | Surfing
The Sooruz Lacanau Pro, celebrating its 30th edition this week, got back to serious business today in consistent four to six foot (1.2 to 2 meter) waves for an action-packed day of surfing, top seeds and outsiders delivering world-class surfing to please the crowds. The expected new swell had hit the coast during the night and proceedings resumed at 7.30 AM for the completion of Round 2 before the last fourty-eight contenders could get on with their French campaign.
Making the trip from his Hossegor residence to support his friends Patrick Beven (Biarritz, FRA) and Michael Picon (Capbreton, FRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA) made a surprise visit to the ASP WQS 6-Star event where he placed runner-up in 2007 en route to qualifying for the ASP World Tour. Having chosen the most spectacular day of the week to show-up, Flores witnessed the intense battle taking place at Lacanau, with Alain Riou (Tahiti, PYF) taking an unquestionable lead over the remaining competitors in Heat 8 of Round 3, scoring the only perfect 10.00 point ride of the event so far.
Riou, who advanced through to Round 4, put up a show to tame the fast closing conditions on offer, the Reunion Island native showing great commitment and style to post an impressive the perfect score after linking three consecutive vertical maneuvers on a six-foot solid wave. Riou, who has had a promising year with a couple of solid results including a fifth in the ASP WQS 6-Star prime event in South Africa, showed he was back in good form today.