- 11 July 2009 | Surfing
After assessing the at-times promising conditions this morning, event organizers have called Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay competition off for the day, acknowledging the clean, three-to-four (1 metre) yet inconsistent waves on offer.
Stop No. 5 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay yet to commence competition, but swell models indicate that this could change as early as tomorrow.
“We went on hold a couple of times this morning as the odd set would tease us but ultimately decided to call competition off for the day,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Contest Director, said. “Swell models are looking good for a start tomorrow, but we’ll be back at 7am to assess conditions. It’s looking more and more like we’ll be running the new format, but we haven’t made an official decision on that yet.”
The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has the option to run either the traditional or new competition formats, as well as utilize the overlapping heats tem for either. Event organizers will determine which format they will use in accordance with the conditions.
The opening day of the waiting period saw the completion of the VonZipper Trials, where Devyn Mattheys (ZAF) Heath Joske (AUS) and Torrey Meister (HAW) were victorious in their three respective heats, earning wildcard berths into the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.
- 11 July 2009 | Surfing
Ty Watson (Currarong, NSW) blew the competition to pieces today at Werri Beach claiming the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters qualifier in style.
After a boom inaugural year in 2008, the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters returned to Werri Beach with an all-star cast, great prizes and possible qualification to the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters Trials to be held in Cronulla next month.
Greeted with excellent conditions the motley crew of young upstarts tore apart the shifting peaks with poise, power and style.
Led by the outstanding performances of Watson the level of surfing on show was of the highest order as the final was a window into the future of Australia’s next champions.
Defeating Perth Standlick (Bondi, NSW), brother Jordi and Brett Burcher (Ulladulla, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, the final heat was as memorable as they come – with four scores in the excellent range; three of which were Watson’s.
“It’s a really pleasing result today,” Watson said, beaming after his impressive victory.
Racking up an amazing total of 17.43 (out of a possible 20), including an 8.33 and a 9.10 (out a possible 10), Watson held off a valiant effort from Standlick, who had won the NSW Open Surfmasters Titles at the same beach only a week previous.
- 10 July 2009 | Surfing
The Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships (WWLC) will start tomorrow Saturday, July 11, at the famous surf location of La Côte des Basques in Biarritz, the world’s best female longboarders getting their 2009 ASP Women’s World Longboard title quest underdway. The event, which is running its fourth consecutive edition in the Basque town, will get straight into business implementing a new competition format with direct elimination from Round 1.
“Thank you to Roxy and the city of Biarritz for their support of professional women’s longboarding,” ASP International CEO Brodie Carr said. “The new format has been reduced from forty-eight to thirty-two entries, bringing sudden-death straight from Round 1 which will make the show more exciting, and with a new swell supposed to hit from Monday, the four-day waiting period will allow for a great event in Biarritz.”
With women’s longboarding evolving towards performance every year, the level displayed in the next few days will give the numerous French summer crowds some great action and intense battles as outsiders take on favorites. With major upsets being possible from Day 1 of competition, reigning ASP Women’s World Longboard champion Joy Monahan (Oahu, HAW) and former event champion Jennifer Smith (California, USA) will lead a hungry field of competitors all looking to become the 2009 champion.