- 27 July 2009 | Surfing
Eight of Australia's top Pro Junior surfers are set to line up in a world first Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational '09.
This select field of big wave young surfers will be placed on-call for the entire month of August, ready for the months biggest southern Australian swell.
The invited field includes:
Owen Wright (NSW/Association of Surfing Professionals Australasia 2009 Pro Junior ratings leader)
Dean Bowen (NSW/Current Australian and World under 18 Junior Champion)
Teale Vanner (South Australia/South Australia's highest rated Pro Junior surfer)
Blake Ainsworth (Qld/Talented Gold Coast Pro Junior)
Cahill Bell-Warren (Vic/Esteemed big wave surfer from Bells Beach)
Courtney Brown (WA/Fearless big wave surfer)
Josiah Schmucker (Streaky Bay South Australian underground big wave surfer)
Sam Hawke (New Zealand, another underground surfer with big wave reputation).
- 26 July 2009 | Surfing
Brett Simpson (USA) has won the 2009 Hurley US Open of Surfing.
The American surfer has defeated Mick Fanning (AUS) with an overall score of 16.93 points.
Fanning scored a total of 12.50 points.
The sunny final of the mythic US surfing event saw nice looking 6-foot waves break by the Huntington Beach Pier.
Brett Simpson added 2500 points to his ASP's WQS ranking and US$100.000.
The next stop for the men on the 2009 ASP WQS will be the ASP WQS 5-Star Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans from August 4 – 9, 2009 in Newquay, England.
- 26 July 2009 | Surfing
Marie Dejean (La Sauzaie, FRA), 17, and Thomaz Petterson (Santa Catarina, BRA), 20, have won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Vans Pro Junior event today, respectively in the women’s and the men’s divisions. Finishing first after four days of intense action that witnessed some impressive scores and progressive surfing, both champions were able to oust event favorites in their respective categories, Dejean clinching her maiden ASP Pro Junior event and Petterson his second consecutive title in a month-time.
Thomaz Petterson, who waited the last minute of the thrity-minute decider to come back from fourth to first in a desperate tentative to post the event’s highest score with a 9.50 point ride, was impressive throughout the event using his unstoppable speed and flying skills to better defending champion Marc Lacomare (Hossegor, FRA), 18, and leave local favorite Jatyr Berasaluce (Sopelana, EUK), 20, in second.
“It’s just amazing to win this event, the second one in a row for me,” Petterson said. “I was just out of the race for the whole heat and I knew that I had to risk everything to hope for a win or a second place. That left came and I just let go with these two airs and landed them. I am so stoked right now.”
Petterson, whose performance in the final showed again he was solid enough to best Europe’s best representatives on their home lands, moves the following event with an immense confidence after achieving in a month more than he had ever done before flying to Europe.