- 31 July 2008 | Surfing
The 2008 Rip Curl Pro Search returned to its primary venue, ‘somewhere’ in Indonesia, today for Round 2 of competition which saw top seeds dominated the pulsing six-foot (2 metre) lefthanders before conditions deteriorated in the early afternoon.
Stop No. 6 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search saw the elimination of 10 surfers today before inconsistency forced event organizers to call competition off for the day.
Bede Durbidge (AUS), current ASP World No. 3, bested lethal wildcard Owen Wright this morning in one of the more incendiary heats of the day. Wright secured an incredible forehand barrel for an impressive 9.63 out of a possible 10 only to have Durbidge answer immediately with a 9.63 of his own for a deep tuberide followed by two powerful backhand blasts.
“Owen (Wright) got that incredible barrel right in front of me and I thought I was done,” Durbidge said. “Then that sick one came through and I just held my rail as long as I could and it let me out and I got the score – I was so stoked.”
- 27 July 2008 | Surfing
Completing a calendar of events where the highest level of juvenile and veteran surfing was seen, now the turn comes to the best world surfers, longboarders and bodyboarders to make their presentations during the 22nd edition of the ISA World Surfing Games which will take place from October 11th through 19th at Costa de Caparica, Portugal.
Once again, matching the true Olympic spirit, almost 350 surfers from more than 40 countries will meet at the greatest surfing competition in the world, to define the World Surfing Champion Nation, as well as the individual champions in the following categories: Open Men, Women, Bodyboard, Women’s Bodyboard & Longboard.
A total of ten members per team will step into the water to represent their country, accompanied by their managers and coaches. The quota per category and per country will be conformed by four Open Men, two Open Women, two Bodyboard Men, one Bodyboard Woman and one Longboarder. Each of the team members will add points and thus the nation will be awarded the highest honor it can receive in the surfing world.
- 27 July 2008 | Surfing
Nathaniel Curran (Oxnard, CA) has claimed the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill and the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings lead. The win marks Curran’s first major event victory and his first time atop the ASP WQS ratings.
Curran beat France’s Tim Boal (Hossegor, FRA) in one-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Huntington Beach Pier this afternoon – the final day of the 10-day competition. His ASP 6-Star victory saw him defeat a field of 192 competitors at the biggest WQS event in North America and the most attended event in professional surfing.
“I’m so pumped I don’t even know what to say,” Curran said. “Everyone was getting me really pumped up because I really wanted to win and I’m stoked. I just tried to keep myself cool and composed the whole time. I was just trying to keep it in rhythm and keep going.”
Winning four heats today, Curran maintained his form to take out the final despite fatigue from surfing three heats earlier in the day. Curran defeated Boal 11.66 to 10.70, both out of a possible 20 point score, by taking advantage of the few waves on offer in the deteriorating conditions.
“I was giving it everything I had and we surfed so many heats today,” Curran said. “Tim Boal did an awesome job and I’m just stoked with the win.”