- 28 January 2009 | Surfing
Roxy South Africa are once again off to Mozambique, to the fabled break of Ponta Do Oro, for the Roxy Invitational 2009. The perfect right hand point break of Ponta will be the arena for the 10 best female surfers in the country to cut loose on the best day during the waiting period 4-11 May 09.
This year there is a new initiative to enable all surfers the possibility of entering the event. Go to the event website ( http://www.roxy.co.za/invitational ) and if you think you deserve to be a part of this prestigious crew, then this is your opportunity to state your case and put yourself before the selectors. Entries close 27 February 09.
This is the third year of this successful and popular event, and the 12 open slots are possibly some of the most coveted contest slots in the country. With a R10,000 first prize in the mix, women surfers get themselves into a bit of a frenzy trying to get into the event.
The official Roxy Invitational website will be updated with the invited surfers profiles mid-March 09. The website also offers 2008 event pics, video and event news.
- 27 January 2009 | Surfing
The whole focus of today's community Australia Day rally is to raise the issue of the loss of Kirra Point at the highest levels of State Government, namely NSW & Queensland State Governments, who jointly manage the Tweed Sand By-Pass operation together with Gold Coast City Council and Tweed Shire Council to renegotiate the 25 year contract of pumping sand.
The community at large would like to see action on the restoration of Kirra Point considered to be one of the greatest sand bottom point breaks in the world.
After 8 years of pumping and 10 million cubic metres of sand for Gold Coast beaches only 1/8 moves north, the rest has lodged itself at Coolangatta and more so now at Kirra Beach. The sand by-pass operation began in 2001 and while it created the super bank at Snapper Rocks it wiped out Kirra and hasn't performed since the massive supply of sand to the southern end of the gold coast, the beach now resembles the Sahara Desert and has turned off beach goers. The outside reefs have been covered over and the point break is non-existent. 2002 was the last year that Kirra Point was able to host a pro-surfing event.
The campaign for restoring Kirra to all its glory will continue, thanks to the efforts of the Surfrider Foundation and their sub-committee KirraPoint.org to make recommendations and offer solutions to bring Kirra back.
Some of the biggest names in surfing turned out for the biggest rally Kirra has seen since the days when it use to pump perfect waves.
2007 World Champion, Mick Fanning, a life member of the Kirra Surfriders Club spoke about his earlier formulative years competing and free surfing at Kirra Point with his Coolangatta mates, Dean Morrison and Joel Parkinson.
Legendary surfing great Michael Peterson, better known as MP, is still considered the King of Kirra, and reflected on his tube riding sessions in the 70's era. MP took tube riding to a whole new level and he is still highly regarded as probably one of the best that Kirra has ever seen. MP came down to the waters edge to cheer on the paddlers.
- 27 January 2009 | Surfing
The Rip Curl MP Classic presented by Air Asia X will again this year be held in reverence to Queensland icon and undisputed ‘King of Kirra’ Michael “MP” Peterson this weekend (January 31-February 1).
The event will run for its eighth consecutive year and has grown to be the most prestigious regional event in Queensland.
For the first time since the event’s conception in February 2002, the MP Classic is part of the Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC). The MP Classic is the second event of a total of five on the QCC and is the highest rated competition.
Shaun Gossman (Burleigh Heads, QLD) who won the MP Classic for three consecutive years (2003, 2004 and 2005) has his sights set on another title. . Gossman recently claimed first place in event number one of the QCC at Currumbin Alley (QLD) and is keen to clinch the Queensland Championship trophy.
The full list of competitors is yet to be confirmed, but those who have already put their name down include Rip Curl’s 2008 ASP Australasia Pro Junior Champion Stuart Kennedy, former World Tour surfer Nathan Hedge and Rip Curl freesurfer Dean Brady.
“It’s an honour to be competing in an event that’s held in tribute of such an awesome competitor like MP (Michael Peterson). In his time MP was one of the world’s best surfers, he’s become a piece of surfing history,” commented Kennedy.
“The MP Classic is a big event in Queensland and is widely respected amongst the surfing community. It’d be pretty cool to see one of us younger guys win it!” said Kennedy.