- 15 January 2009 | Surfing
The Jamaica Surfing Association’s 2009 contest season will kick off on Saturday 24th 2009 at the Lighthouse Surfing Beach at Plumb Point along the Palisadoes peninsula beginning at 9:00 am.
All of Jamaica’s top surfers are expected to take part in this event as the results from it will set the tone for the annual point’s battle for the title of 2009 National Open Champion and selection for the 2010 National Open Team.
’08 Champ Icah Wilmot who finished strongly last year with 3 wins and 2 second place showings will now be pressed to defend his title by the top challengers. The other four events of the annual 5 event series are spread throughout the year climaxing in December.
Local surfing conditions are very good at this time of year. The regular winter cold fronts which swing off North America out over the Atlantic, send powerful “swells” down into the Caribbean creating high surf conditions along Jamaica’s northeast and southeast coasts the result of which can be observed near Kingston as one drives along the peninsula towards the Norman Manley Airport, or at world famous beaches like “Boston Bay” and “Long Bay” in Portland.
Jamaica’s surfing is now followed closely by the international surfing world and local surfers have now started to attract international sponsorship attention. Local surfers such as 2008 National Open Champ Icah Wilmot has wooed the hearts of sponsors such as INSIGHT Clothing, QUASHI Surfboards, NIXON Watches, REEF footwear and ON-A-MISSION surf accessories who all help to promote his career by using his images in advertising campaigns and facilitating his attendance at numerous international Pro/Am events throughout the region and around the world.
The public is invited to attend the event but please remember your beach towels, umbrellas, water and picnic basket as it will be an all day affair. Below are last year’s series results. Competitors best 4 results were tallied with the fifth event reserved for tie break situations.
- 14 January 2009 | Surfing
Mavericks Surf Ventures, Inc. (Mavericks) today announced that The 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest® invitees will compete for $150,000 - the largest known prize purse in big-wave surfing competition history. Moose Guen and Jane Sutherland of MVision personally contributed $75,000 last month, and new Mavericks partner Barracuda Networks Inc. has just doubled the prize.
The event will take place on 24 hours notice, only when Mother Nature delivers favorable weather and contest-worthy swell reaching heights of 25-30 feet anytime between January 1 and March 31, 2009. When Contest Director Jeff Clark gives the Contest green light, fans can experience “the world’s most dangerous wave” and all the jaw-dropping action from the comfort and convenience of their computers.
Beginning at 8 a.m. (PST) on Contest day, the free, live webcast will feature all the epic big-wave surfing action, live interviews with the surfers, up-to-the-minute heat results and the awards ceremony.
“Jane and I are very happy for Mavericks and the Contest surfers with Barracuda Networks’ decision to double the prize purse,” commented Moose Guen. “This historic moment serves to recognize the bravado, the skills, and the talent of these big-wave surfers in such extreme conditions. As I like to say, ‘Let us defy the odds in 2009!’”
“Barracuda Networks is thrilled to take part in this globally-recognized competition,” said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks.
“The Mavericks phenomenon embodies the idea that with great risk comes great reward and it is that philosophy that continues to stoke the entrepreneurial fires Barracuda Networks was founded upon.”
“We’re humbled by the support of Moose, Jane and now Barracuda Networks,” added Mavericks CEO Keir J. Beadling.
“Now we have a prize purse that begins to acknowledge what goes down out there at Mavericks, and we can all look forward to an amazing show of athleticism on Contest Day this season.”
Viewing Options: Mavericks this season announced three groundbreaking partnerships that will deliver unprecedented opportunities for Mavericks fans all over the world to experience The 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest®.
- 13 January 2009 | Surfing
The Association of Professional Towsurfers (APT) is proud to announce that the holding period for the Mormaii Pe’ahi World Cup Tow-In Surfing Championship has begun and will run thru March 31, 2008.
This will be the last scheduled event of the 2008/2009 tour series and APT will crown its second annual World Champion tow-in surfing team. Makua Rothman and Ikaika Kalama of Oahu, Hawaii are the current 2007/2008 World Title Champions and they’ll be competing once again in hopes of another title.
The Mormaii Pe'ahi World Cup Tow-In Championship will be covered from the land, air and sea for a High Definition Live Event production. Big Vision Studios, Inc. has partnered with the APT to deliver a turnkey High-Definition Live Event production, media and digital marketing services. With award winning crews, the largest High-Definition equipment rental service in Las Vegas and a state of the art stage and studio in Burbank, California. Big Vision Studios, Inc. is uniquely suited to deliver multi-media services to the APT.
International competitors from Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Hawaii, California and Mexico, will be given a 48 hour notice to make it to the world’s most famous tow-in wave on the North Shore of Maui called Pe’ahi, known as aka: JAWS.
“We will have the most exciting and successful tow-in event the world has ever seen. We have very talented and experienced competitors and they’re ready for Pe’ahi, the most powerful wave mother nature can offer. Put the two together and watch what happens!”- Says, Rodney Kilborn APT’s Vice President and Event Director.
Currently the event organizers are watching a very large storm system that could potentially deliver wave heights in the 18’-20’ Hawaiian scale by the 15th.
Sean Collins and Kevin Wallis of Surfline.com are the official APT World Tour forecasters and they are keeping a very close watch on it at this time.
The invitees will compete for a $50,000 purse prize broken down as follows: 1st Place $20,000 – 2nd Place $10,000- 3rd Place $6,000 – 4th Place $4,000 – 5th- 24th Place each team to receive $500.