Joel Parkinson 

Nixon is pleased to announce Joel Parkinson as the winner of the fourth and final stop of the 2008 Nixon WTA, after winning the Vans Triple Crown.

Parkinson made a solid showing in this year’s three events, kicking off with a fifth place finish at both the Reef Hawaiian Pro as well as at the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing. He rounded out his performance with a ninth place finish at the Billabong Pipe Masters. Hailing from Australia’s Gold Coast, Parkinson has been a key player on tour all year with perhaps one of the most memorable achievements when he scored the first ever 20 out of 20 at Pipeline.

“It is great to award this very special watch to Joel. Not only does he represent the spirit and drive of today’s top surfers, he also has a serious sense of humor and will be showing off his new watch to all the boys,” stated Chad DiNenna, Nixon co-founder and Marketing Director.

Parkinson will be rewarded for his win with a custom Nixon 51-30 tide watch with nearly two carats of white baguette diamonds on the bezel crowned with a black onyx countdown timer marker. The one-of-a-kind watch also features three crowns to commemorate the event for which the watch was commissioned: a triple gasket screw crown, an easy adjust button to set the tide subdial, and a final crown which houses a compact screw driver to make band adjustments.

This timepiece also features a custom-engraved case back along with the names of the three locations of the Vans Triple Crown events etched into the side of the case wall.

This year’s WTA has schowcased unique talent with Ryan Hipwood (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA) and Royden Bryson (ZAF) claiming victory for the previous three Nixon WTA titles. Their respective wins were for heaviest wave in Teahupoo this past May, highest heat score at J-Bay in July and longest tube ride in Mundaka in late September. Competition for the Nixon WTA will resume once again next year in May at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti.

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Jay-R Esquivel

12 year old La Union local Jay-R Esquivel used his local knowledge and aggressive forehand attack to put together strong combinations of hacks, turns, floaters and aerials and best Siargao’s Philmar Alipayo in a closely contested final to claim the championship title at the 2nd annual Billabong Grommet Competition presented by StokedInc. held over the weekend at the beach breaks of San Juan in the province of La Union.

For his championship win, Esquivel received a brand new Anacapa surfboard from Aloha Boardsports, a leash and deck pad from Dakine, sunglasses from Von Zipper, shoes from Kustom, wax from Sticky Bumps, a shirt and boardshorts from Billabong, in addition to the rights to his championship title.

Starting his surfing career at the tender age of 8, young Esquivel has already traveled and competed in surf competitions throughout the Philippines since he was 10 years old. When asked how he felt about his win he replied, “I’m so happy to win here at my home break, in front of my friends and family. And to win a new surfboard, that’s the best thing ever! Thank you so much to Stoked Inc and all the great sponsors for having such a great event.”

Runner up 16 year old Alipayo hails from Siargao Island, an area rich with good surf breaks, and also put on an impressive display of surfing in the 25 minute final, but just came up short on points when the horn sounded. Coming in equal third were last year’s winner Peter Alipayo and Danny Coldura, both also from Siargao.

A total of 46 kids from 6 provinces in the Philippines (La Union, Daet, Catanduanes, Samar, Lanuza, Surigao, and Baler), ranging in age from 7 to 16 years of age, arrived at the beach on Saturday morning November 29th to compete for prizes and the prestige of becoming the Philippines top grommet surfer. (The term “grommet” is used in the surfing world to refer to young surfers, usually those 16 years of age and under.)

Competition was fierce and the conditions were often very challenging for the brave young surfers, as the South China Sea was dishing out some rough 3-4 foot waves that pounded onto the sandy bottomed beach of San Juan.

Good wave selection as well as technical ability was required to get good scores, as often only one or two maneuvers per wave were possible. Big bottom and top turns and completed floaters were what the judges were looking for, and after almost 8 hours, three rounds of competition were completed by 5 pm.

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Luis Madureira Pinto (far right) with CEST friends

SurferToday.com has won the 2008 ZON Multimedia - Creativity in Multimedia, in the 'Content in Multimedia' category.

The award ceremony was held last 15th December in the Estoril Congress Center, in Portugal.

Mr. Rodrigo Costa, ZON Multimedia's CEO, Mr. Mário Lino, minister for Public Works, Transport and Communications and Mr. José Pinto Ribeiro, minister for Culture, attended the event.

SurferToday.com founder Luis Madureira Pinto was given a scholarship in Digital Media at the University of Texas at Austin, USA and a 25.000€ prize money.

«I would like to address my special thanks to ZON Multimedia and my biggest hug and cheers to the CEST friends Camelo(s), Fidalgo, Tavares, Landolt, Mendanha, Almeida, Camacho, Leal, Maia, my girlfriend and family for their support and friendship. This is your award, too», he stated.

The ZON Multimédia group can be found in 1.5 million homes and businesses, reaching more than 5 million people in Portugal.

ZON has the largest digital cable network in the country, a digital satellite platform and 200 movie theatres to meet all telecommunication and entertainment needs.

ZON Multimédia is one of the top companies in the PSI-20 index and the fifth largest pay TV company in Portugal. It is also leader of the cinema market and the second largest internet provider. ZON Multimédia operates under the ZON TV Cabo, ZON Lusomundo Cinemas, ZON Lusomundo Audiovisuais and ZON Conteúdos brand names.

SurferToday.com is a surfing news center founded in 2007 and visited daily by surfers, windsurfers, kiteboarders and bodyboarders from more than 100 countries and 2000 cities in the world.

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