- 14 November 2008 | Surfing
Jamaica’s top surfers will take on the cream of the US East Coast opposition at the 2008 Jupiter Fall Classic surf contest on the 14, 15 and 16 November in Jupiter Beach Florida.
Jamaica’s world famous Wilmot Family will lead the charge with brothers Ishack, Inilek and Icah competing in the open division and their 11 year old brother Ivah in the junior division. Their sister Imani will compete in the women’s division.
Also included in the team are Jamaica’s 2 top under 18 surfers Shane Simmonds of Boston Bay Portland and Ackeam Phillips from Bull Bay St Andrew.
Top open competitor Luke Williams and National Masters Team surfers Michael Mair and Eugene Miller will round off the delegation.
The team will be making their third appearance at the annual contest where in 2006 Jamaican surfers finished in the money rounds in the open, junior and women’s divisions.
The trip this year as in ’05 and ‘06 is being sponsored by the Brandolini Foundation.
- 13 November 2008 | Surfing
The developers of the £1.5 billion Silvertown Quays have released conceptual images of Venture Xtreme, a unique surf centre and extreme sports complex, the first project of its kind in the world, designed by Baca Architects.
The surf centre is a conceptual project which may form part of the visitor attraction area at Silvertown Quays. If it goes ahead the surf centre will be located alongside the aquarium Biota! and will include London's largest permanent outside beach and a surf pool with perfect waves all day every day!
The Venture Xtreme surf centre proposals will spectacularly animate a large part of the former pontoon docks, bringing the water to life in an exciting and dynamic way sitting alongside markets, specialist sports shops, waterside restaurants and cafes.
Silvertown Quays Venture Xtreme complex will be built in two stages, the first being the outdoor facilities and surf centre followed by the indoor adventure centre.
The surf pool forms the centre of this outdoor experience, built into the existing dock. A series of 'extreme' structures and facilities draw upon the character of the rich industrial past to create iconic forms and public spaces.
A giant 9m high wave tank doubles as a climbing wall and TV screen. Adjustable 'crane' lighting rigs illuminate the surf pool and the 'silver sand' beach. A beach bar, floating bistro, sports shops, and the indoor Venture Xtreme centre complete this unique urban sports experience.
The Silvertown surf centre will be a world first; a totally unique facility offering perfect surf waves 365 days a year. The finger docks in front and to the left of Biota! will be opened up to create the UK's first artificial surf experience.
A specially designed enclosure, holding almost 7,000 cubic metres of clean, filtered and heated water forms the basis of this unique environment. Waves up to 1.8m high will roll 100 metres down the dock, before breaking on London's first 'silver sand' beach in front of Biota! and a major public space known as the 'Esplanade'.
- 13 November 2008 | Surfing
Notable changes to the ASP’s premier tour – the ASP World Tour – include date changes for the Brazilian leg of the tour and the absence of Fiji from the calendar. In 2009, the world’s Top 45 male surfers will count eight results from 10 events.
The Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro will now be held from June 27 to July 5 when conditions in Imbituba, Brazil are historically superior to those on offer in November. From Brazil, the ASP World Tour will head due east to Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.
“Moving the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro to mid-year was a logical transition,” ASP President Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew said. “Having the two most far-flung venues, Imbituba and JBay, back-to-back is not only an economically sound measure, but it tweaks the geographic synchronicity of the ASP World Tour in the right direction. The other plus is that shifting Brazil into the prime-wave window is in keeping with Dream Tour philosophy.”
The 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour will again boast eight events, with the Top 17 counting six of eight results toward their year-end totals. The only change to date for the world’s best female surfers comes in the form of a combined men’s and women’s Rip Curl Search contest replacing the stand-alone Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle.
The men’s ASP WQS heralds the most exciting additions on the ASP landscape for ’09. The most notable of several new and upgraded events is O’Neill’s expansion of their Coldwater Classic series. O’Neill has added events in Tasmania, Australia Cape Town, South Africa and Canada to their existing Scotland and Santa Cruz contests. All five events carry a 6-Star or 6-Star Prime rating. The 6.0 Lowers Pro at Lower Trestles, California has also been upgraded from a 4-Star to a 6-Star Prime event.
“2009 sees the final phase in of the ASP WQS plan that began in 2005,” Bartholomew said. “With the establishment of a solid raft of 6-Star Primes, and the bonus points that accompany them, the qualifying process will be ratcheted up as the top Dream Tour aspirants surf it our at quality locations for meaningful points.”
The final dates for the 2009 ASP World Championship Tour: