- 06 August 2008 | Surfing
The 27th edition of the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star Rip Curl Boardmasters in association with Relentless kicked off today with Round 1 being completed in consistent three foot (one meter) waves at Fistral Beach in the famous British surf town of Newquay. An international field of 48 men paddled out to try and advance through to Round 2 and join the event’s top seeded competitors that will get their turn out at sea tomorrow morning.
Today’s thrilling action came from Australian brothers Luke and Brent Dorrington (AUS) who respectively posted the highest heat result and second highest wave score of Day 1. Luke Dorrington (AUS), 23, easily dominated Heat 8 to defeat Thiago Camarao (BRA), Chad Compton (USA) and local top junior surfer Reubyn Ash (GBR) with an impressive 17.73 point heat result (out of a possible 20) including a 9.00 point ride (out of a possible 10).
"I was pretty lucky out there I guess", Dorrington said. "The conditions were average this morning but the swell had got better by the time I paddled out and I was able to catch a couple of good waves. It’s my third time here and I usually feel good in Newquay so I will take it heat by heat."
Dorrington, who has been on the WQS a.k.a the “Grind” for a couple of years, is chasing ratings’ points in England and will be attending all events coming up.
"I am here for the whole leg and hope I can get points and dollars", Dorrington said. "I want to enjoy and keep the pressure away so I will be relaxed and hoping for this wet weather to change. As long as we have waves, it will be fun."
- 04 August 2008 | Surfing
Jacqueline Silva (Florianopolis, BRA), 29, clinched the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) Women’s 6-Star Billabong Girls Cascais Festival in solid five to six foot (1.5 to 2 meter) waves at Guincho Beach in Portugal today. Silva, who defeated fellow Asp Women’s World Tour campaigner Rebecca Woods (AUS) in an epic 40-minute final, was the most consistent surfer in the event and takes her first win this year.
Silva, whose last victory was in the ASP WQS 5-Star event in Newquay almost day for day a year ago, posted several excellent scores throughout the two-day competition including a 9.50 point ride (out of a possible 10) and an impressive 17.00 point heat tally (out of a possible 20), respectively best wave and second best heat result of the event.
"It’s so good to get this win at last, it could not be better", Silva said. "I had not win an event since Newquay in 2007 and I gave everything I had to get this one despite the massive conditions. It was really hard out there and testing with strong currents. I want to thank all my family, sponsor and my brother who shapes my boards."
Silva, who had a great crowd support today as last Portuguese-speaking competitor in the event, was cheered by hundreds of people and brought to the winner’s podium by her fans.
"The support here is amazing and I had some great time with all the girls", Silva said. "People are so nice and supported me during these two hard days. So stoked to take a win in Portugal, it is special for me."
- 04 August 2008 | Surfing
Dustin Cuizon (HAW) has defeated Pedro Henrique (BRA) to claim the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Yumeya Billabong Pro Tahara in one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) waves at Akabane Long Beach today.
Cuizon had a banner day, first eliminating current ratings leader on the ASP WQS Nathaniel Curran (USA) in
Dustin Cuizon (HAW) and current ASP WQS No.1 Nathaniel Curran (USA) in their Quarterfinal bout with an impressive 15.00 out of a possible 20 heat total.
"I feel so honored to win to Nathaniel," Cuizon said. "He is one of the best surfers in California and lots of people say he is closest to win this event. I was only lucky."
"The waves are pretty small today," Cuizon continued. "So I moved alot and looked for the wave to score big and I found it! This is my 3rd time in Japan and the people are so nice and the food is so good. I love Japan. I try my best to keep the momentum and hope to win the event."