- 18 August 2009 | Surfing
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido launched back in to action today in barreling two-to-four foot (1 metre) conditions at Playa Zicatela and saw Clay Marzo (Maui, HI), 19, lead Round 3 action when he earned the event’s second perfect 10-point-ride for a committing backside barrel-ride.
Marzo, who was in impressive form in his opening Round 2 heat, took the day’s top honors when he nabbed the event’s second perfect single-wave score en route to claiming the day’s highest heat total of 17.00 out of 20 with an impressive display of backhand barrel-riding on the hollow Playa Zicatela righthanders.
“I was able to find some good rights out there,” Marzo said. “I was stoked when I saw that one coming. I almost fell on the drop, but I was able to set my line and make it.”
Blake Howard (Carpenteria, CA), 26, who was also a Round 2 standout, found a bombing left to claim an impressive 9.50 out of 10 on the way to his second Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido heat win. Howard’s solid 15.50 heat total saw him easily advance through to the Round of 16.
“I was just sitting down the beach trying to stay away from anybody and trying to find any corner that came my way and it happened to be a good one,” Howard said.
The talented barrel-rider’s strategy of staying busy in his heats has been paying off and the Carpenteria native will definitely be a threat to his fellow competitors in the next round.
“I was moving around a little bit,” Howard said. “It seems a little more walled today because of the long intervals, but there are still corners. You just have to avoid the rips and find the corners.”
- 18 August 2009 | Surfing
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro got underway today at Lacanau in the South West of France, ten heats being completed throughout the day in contestable two foot (0.5 meter) waves. With an international field of 144 surfers having answered the call for the 30th anniversary of the oldest professional surfing event in Europe, the kick-off brought the first pulses of action with several surfers getting their French campaign in spectacular fashion.
Hodei Collazo (Zarautz, EUK), 25, was the first competitor of the 2009 edition to impress the ASP judging panel and post the day’s highest heat result, a two-wave combined score of 16.20 points (out of a possible 20) to advance through to Round 2 and join the event’s top seeds. Collazo, who hasn’t competed a lot this year due to an injury, came back to competition a couple of weeks ago in England and confirmed he was in good form today.
“I haven’t surfed since Newquay in England because the waves were pretty small,” Collazo said. “And I was pretty pumped to paddle out this morning for my first warm-up surf. I think I was just super motivated to compete today and I just let go to show what I could do.”
Collazo, who has had a few good results in Lacanau before, was at ease in the consistent though small waves breaking during the incoming tide and found his way through to Round 2 with an excellent 8.50 point ride, the day’s second best wave score.
- 17 August 2009 | Surfing
Europe's first artificial surf reef is in the final phase of tests in Boscombe, Dorset, England. The £1.4 million project will be ready for surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and bodyboarding next month.
The reef will not create waves, but acts as a ramp which changes the way the waves break and will certainly improve the quality of the surf and produce a long right-hand ride of around 75 metres for surfers, and a shorter left-hand ride of around 35 metres most favourable for body boarders.
During clean, long period swell, the reef and the inshore banks would all be surfable. The reef at Boscombe is designed to provide a grade-5 wave on a day with good swell which is in the challenging range (Hawaii Pipeline is a grade-8).