Dane Pioli: surfing backwards

The final day of the 2010 Longboarding Association State Titles kicked off today in tricky three foot (1 metre) surf at Diggers Beach (Coffs Harbour, NSW).

The change in conditions did not affect high scores with excellent performances displayed across all thirteen divisions.

The heat to watch was the blue ribbon, Open Men’s Nine Foot final, which saw three of the four finalists from last year’s titles in the 2010 main event.

Reigning Open Men’s Nine Foot State Title winner and current ASP World Longboard Champion, Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour) came out of the blocks fast scoring an excellent 7.00 point ride, but failed to find a backup wave score until the dying stages of the final.

Other surfers in hot pursuit of the title were Tweed Heads ripper, Dane Pioli, Coffs Coast surfer Paul Scholten and Avoca’s Terry Byrne (Central Coast).

The star studded field attacked the final and the result went right down to the final two minutes when Tweed surfer Pioli found the all important back up score required to amass an impressive 15.00 points (7.23 and a 7.77) which narrowely defeated Ingleby’s 13.90 (7.00 and a 6.90), Scholten’s 12.33 and Byrne’s 8.46 combined totals.

“I am over the moon with taking out this year’s state title, the waves were pumping all week and everybody surfed really good,” said Pioli.

“Thanks to all my mates who supported me all the way through to the final, it made this win very memorable,” added Pioli.

Contest Director, Rob Nedwich is thrilled with this year’s event and after a long week of surfing believes the best surfers have qualified from this year’s state titles to represent NSW at the Australian Longboard Titles in late August. Nedwich also thanked everybody for their effortless contributions at this year’s event.

“It has been an awesome week of competition. The swell has been consistent for the whole event and the performance level has lifted this year. I believe the standard of Longboarding in New South Wales is as good as anywhere in the world,” said Nedwich.

“I look forward to sitting down and going over the list of qualifiers who will be representing New South Wales at the Australian Titles in late August.”

“I would like to thank all the members of the NSW Longboarding Association who have volunteered throughout the week and a massive thanks to Surfing NSW who have taken this year’s state titles to the next level,” added Nedwich.

The NSW Longboarding Association’s State Titles attracted over one hundred and fifty entrants from across New South Wales in 2010 and was held in excellent conditions which run from June 20-26 at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

Finals Champions:

Open 9 Foot – Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads, NSW)
Open Ladies – Nava Young (Angourie, NSW)
Open 8 Foot - Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour, NSW)
Over 35 Ladies – Kirsty Webster (Tweed Heads, NSW)
Over 35 men’s – Lee Miller (Byron Bay, NSW)
Over 40 Men’s – Hayden Swan (Yamba, NSW)
Over 45 Men’s – Ray Blackman (Central Coast, NSW)
Over 50 Men’s – Sput Keevers (Byron Bay, NSW)
Over 55 Men’s – Peter Hudson (Port Macquarie, NSW)
Over 60 Men’s – Danny Bond (Central Coast, NSW)
Under 18 Boys – Dylan Hunt (Coffs Harbour, NSW)
Under 18 Girls – Erin Dark (South Coast, NSW)
Cadets – Hugh Daugaard (Central Coast, NSW)

Rafael Velarde: the man and the mountain

The waiting period for the Billabong Pico Alto Invitacional is set for July 12th to August 11th, 2010.

The Pico Alto event will be the second event on this season Big Wave World Tour after the Quiksilver Ceremonial in Chile.

Invited to the event are the top 12 local chargers and the top 12 of the 2009/2010 Big Wave World Tour.

Last year event was held on July 4th and 5th and won by Californian Greg Long in 15 to 18 foot surf on the fame right hander point break.

After a second place finish at the Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos in Chile, Peruvian local Gabreil Villaran is heading to the event with great momentum (he also had the Best Wave Award at the Todos Santos Big Wave Event in February 2010) and as one of the favorites.

With all finalists getting points going toward the Big Wave World Tour ranking, the pressure is high on all invitees to do good, impress the judges and reach the final.

A good results by a local surfer at Pico Alto will give him a chance to be part of the ranked top international surfers and be invited to all the events on the Tour for the 2011/2012 season.

SUP: good for traveling abroad

Four of the UK’s best Stand Up Paddle-boarders have just set a new World record for crossing the English Channel. With a relay team and a solo paddler taking on the challenge together to support Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) campaigns, the conditions were great for the 21-mile crossing with light winds and the sun shining, and we are delighted to claim a brand-new World record.

As the first ever relay SUP team to attempt the famous crossing, we are confident that the riders have set an outstanding benchmark World record of 5 hours and 38 minutes.

The relay team included 2009 UK stand up paddleboarding champion Jock Patterson, Matt Argyle, Chairman of the British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) and ranked 2nd in the UK for stand up paddle boarding, and Simon Bassett, BSUPA head coach.

Welsh longboarding champion Elliot Dudley, who is also SAS’s South Wales Representative, set a magnificent solo time of 5 hours and 38 minutes, which may also stand as a new World-record, it being the first ever official solo Channel crossing by SUP.

Stand-up paddleboarding has become extremely popular amongst recreational water users across the UK and this will be the first official attempt of its kind. The current record was set by a prone paddleboarder, the USA’s Michael O’Shaughnessy in 2006 in 5 hours and 9 minutes.

The event was organised by SAS with the support of BSUPA, and the paddlers raised almost £10,000 in sponsorship money to support SASs campaigns to protect surfers, waveriders, waves and beaches around the UK.

Hugo Tagholm, SAS’s Executive Director, says: “I am thrilled that the riders have completed this massive challenge in support of SAS’s ongoing campaigns to protect the UK’s beaches and seas for all to enjoy. Well done to them all for setting such fantastic new World-records, which we hope the Guinness Book of Records will endorse as soon as possible. I’d like to say a massive thank you to the riders for all their efforts and for contributing so much to our campaigns against marine pollution.”

Source: Surfers Against Sewage