- 23 February 2009 | Surfing
UK Pro Surf Tour has produced a new website: www.ukprosurf.com . The site will be a corner stone in this years tour and provide a fantastic resourse for anyone interested in finding information about UK Pro Surf Tour, UK Pro Surf Association, its members, the locations the events visit and what is happening in British surfing.
The site will also become interactive with the opportunity for surfers to become members online and also enter event. This will make the procedure for competing on the tour more efficient and allow surfers easy access with clear guidelines.
Part of the new site will be devoted to UK Pro Surf Association members. All members will have the opportunity to have their own page, with photo’s and a proile about themselves. This will clearly help the surfers get recognition of who they are, who sponsors or supports them and what their achievements have been.
In addition there will be a retail area on the site where anyone can log on and purchase the latest surf goods at very competitive prices with free delivery!
- 23 February 2009 | Surfing
North End Boardriders on the Gold Cast today won their first ever Rip Curl Kirra Teams Challenge.
Regarded as surfings’ most prestigious and sort after national club teams trophy this event pitted 36 of Australia’s top Boardriding Clubs against each other over three days and the final results saw an incredible five clubs separated by just one point with North End victorious on 29 points out of a possible 32 points.
Out of their 8 surfers, surfing in four man heats, North End scored their win with 5 heat wins and 3 seconds .
Tied on 28 points were Le-Ba (short for Lenox/Ballina), Kirra, Noosa and Snapper Rocks with three of those four clubs on five wins, two 2nd’s and a third … these clubs were placed 2nd to 5th based on their surfers cumulative points tally – see below for exact points tally.
The result went down to the second last heat of the day where North End surfer Damon Nicholls surfed his clubs final heat knowing that a 1st or 2nd placing would win the event while a 3rd or 4th would hand it to Le-Ba!
“Unbelievable finish for me, the pressure was amazing and I actually dreamt last night that it would come to this and being chaired off the beach – just an amazing feeling to be part of a winning team – I surfed a safe heat knowing that second would be good enough and that’s exactly how it panned out – the perfect finish!”
Earlier on North End Surfer Scott Wilden put the club into a winning position when he posted a huge heat win over his opponents – Wilden posting a score of 14.5 while his opponents were requiring combinations of scores on 7.87, 7 and 4.02!”
North End club coach Tai Graham, who played a significant role in today’s win also by defeating the highest rated ASP surfer in the event in Burleigh Heads’ Jay Thompson when Graham won his heat was elated after the win saying – “ We knew we were the underdogs here and felt we had something to prove – The south end gets all the attention with world champions in Fanning and Gilmore and the superbank and all but up our way we have surf too… and some great surfers which we proved today – our zone is from Broadbeach right through to South Straddie and we have pulled off a great win here today – It’s the best teams event to win in Australia for sure and we’ve come close before so today is really special for us.”
- 20 February 2009 | Surfing
Surfing America, the national governing body for surfing in the USA, is excited to announce the 2009 PacSun USA Surf Team travel roster that will compete at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Ecuador from March 28-April 5. After a grueling week of adverse conditions, PacSun USA Surf Team Head Coach Joey Buran made tough but calculated decisions as he trimmed his 30-man roster down to the 16 who will make up the travel squad and represent the United States.
The we week-long training camp, run in the rain, blustery wind and at times hail, saw standout performances in the three divisions in which the PacSun USA Surf Team will compete: Boys Under 16, Boys Under 18 and Girls Under 18.
The Under 18 Boys are led into battle by perhaps the hottest surfer on the national team, Santa Cruz’s Nat Young. A rising star whose breakthrough 2008 has thus far carried over nicely into ’09, Young’s style should be well suited to handle the left-hand point break at La FAE. Young is the United States’ best chance at a gold medal in the Under 18 division. Rounding out the rest of the 18s are Evan Thompson who was on the team two years ago and brings some solid ISA experience, Fisher Heverly and Chase Wilson who fought through a stomach virus and six back-to-back heats to claim the last spot.
“Our Under 18s look strong. We do have Nat Young and Chase Wilson returning as veterans from last year’s team,” Buran said. “And we’ve filled in with Fisher Heverly and Evan Thompson who’s had success in the WQS Juniors in North America, is an elite surfer, made finals at NSSA Nationals.”
For the Under 18 Girls, their leader is clear -- Courtney Conlogue. Last year’s third place finisher at the ISA World Juniors, Conlogue is one of the favorites to take top podium honors in Ecuador. “We have the veterans in Courtney, who’s obviously a gold medal favorite and Kaleigh [Gilchrist], who’s solid,” Buran said. “Lakey [Peterson]’s really young, Lani [Doherty]’s young. They’ve both made some finals at the USA Champs and NSSA Nationals.
Headlining the travel roster are the Under 16 Boys. A deep and immensely talented group of budding superstars, Coach Buran made no attempt to hide his expectations for this group during the week. Time after time Buran referred to the Under 16s as the most talented group of 15-year-old surfers you’ll find on the planet. It goes without saying, Buran expects gold from these boys. “I would expect in Under 16 we’ll do damage,” Coach Buran said. Out of Kolohe Andino, Conner Coffin, Evan Geiselman, and Ian Crane, Buran thinks all of these kids have a legitimate shot at medaling.