Ian Cairns is the new Head Coach of the USA Surf Team 

Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for Surfing in the United States, announced today that Ian Cairns has been appointed as Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team.
Cairns appointment comes after the resignation of former Coach Joey Buran who held the position for the past two years.  Buran left the position in good standing to pursue a worldwide tour and ministry for his new documentary film Beyond the Dream: the Joey Buran Story.
"Ian Cairns is a powerhouse coach and Surfing America is extremely fortunate to have someone of his caliber step into the role," said Mike Gerard, Surfing America's executive director.  "Not only does Ian bring a wealth of experience to the position, but he also has some incredible new ideas and concepts that will surely help lift the USA Team program to new heights.  I expect we'll see some tremendous developments in the very near future."
In a surfing career of over 40 years, Ian Cairns twice represented Australia on their National Team and won 6 WCT level events, usually in the big waves of Hawaii.  Also, he was 2nd in the world in the first year of organized rankings in 1976. Changing gears, Ian moved onto event production and founded the Op Pro which led to founding the Association of Surfing Professionals in 1983.

Following a sabbatical in Australia, he returned to the United States in 1991 and took over the reins of the PSAA leading to the launch of the US Open of Surfing and a resurgence of American surfing. For the past two years Ian Cairns has been focused primarily on coaching--and is working with many of the top American athletes on the Association of Surfing Professionals' World Qualifying Series.


Blake Thornton wins the 2009 Cold Water Classic in South Africa 

Blake Thornton, the 24 year old from Maroubra, Sydney, surfed the perfect final in epic Cape Town conditions to knock out local favourite Royden Bryson, and take victory at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa.

“I am so excited to win this,” said Blake. “Royden fell on his wave at the end. I think maybe the cold was getting to us,” he said shivering in his wetsuit. “I am sorry for him, but so glad I won.” 

In victory, Blake lifted the CWC South Africa trophy – a replica shark’s jaw – high above his head on the shoreline at Kalk Bay.

“Thankfully this is a fake jaw,” said Blake. “Hopefully I won’t see any real ones. There was actually a seal swimming around out there with us in the final,” he said. “Everyone knows that sharks love seals, but actually in a heat you’re only worried about what’s going on in the heat.”

After a lay day yesterday which saw everyone hiding away from the storms, conditions came together perfectly on the eastern side of the Cape with offshore winds and a solid six-foot swell.


Supertubos in Peniche confirmed by ASP for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search

Rip Curl International has today officially announced that the coastal town of Peniche, Portugal, will host this year’s Rip Curl Pro Search, Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour - to be held October 19 to 30.

The location has been a mystery to most all season, but today’s official press launch in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon unveiled the secret to media and the surfing industry.

"We’re excited about today’s announcement and even more excited to see the industry’s reaction to our decision to hold this year’s Rip Curl Pro Search in the beautiful country of Portugal," said Scott Hargreaves, Rip Curl Event Manager. "The country has a lot of great waves and we’ve decided to lock in Peniche’s ’Supertubos’ as our event spot. It’s a five-star wave and one of the best beachbreak tubes in the world!"

Supertubos is a powerful A-frame barrel that feeds off deep Atlantic Ocean swells and handles waves up to the 12-15ft (4-5m). Many surfers have nicknamed it the "European Pipeline" due to its similarities to Hawaii’s infamous Banzai Pipeline.

"The wave breaks all year, but the North Atlantic Ocean swells peak in the later part of Europe’s summer," continued Mr. Hargreaves. "This is why we’ve created the event window in October, instead of the June-July period we’ve had for the past four years."

The change of schedule will also make this year’s Rip Curl Pro Search the second-to-last event on the ASP Men’s World Tour calendar, meaning for the first time it could be the event where this year’s ASP World Champion is crowned.