Soli Bailey: nice turn

Soli Bailey and Kirsten Ogden, both Suffolk Park NSW local surfers, have added their names to one of surfing’s greatest honour rolls by taking out the 16 year and under boy and girl divisions of the 2010 Rusty Gromfest.

On an excellent final day with clean offshore winds and quality waves to 1.5m (3 to 4 feet), the two Byron Bay locals saved their best performances for the final and both scored excellent to outstanding rides to nail their victories.

Bailey set up his win in the final with an excellent 8.75 opening ride and shortly after backed that ride up with another excellent 8.45 to win the final on a tally of 17.20 to defeat Cronulla surfer Zac Scott on 15.50 with Cooper Chapman (Sydney north) in third and Joshua Hay (Central Coast NSW) in 4th.

“That was a fantastic final – all surfers were ripping and I knew to win I’d need two excellent rides in the final – that was what I was chasing and it worked perfectly – two Suffolk victories is awesome – we’re both stoked!” said Bailey after his win.

Kirsten Ogden sealed her win very late in the final when she posted an outstanding 9.00 point ride to defeat Brodie Doyle (Gold Coast) with Nikki Van Dyke (Phillip Island) in third and India Payne (Phillip Island) in fourth.

“This is the biggest win for me” said Kirsten.

“This event is so big and always gets the best surfers and to win is amazing --- and two Suffolk Park surfers winning is just sick!! – I can’t believe it– great for the Byron area!”

Apart from the Suffolk Park locals dominating the two blue ribbon finals, Lennox Head locals were also in great form with Zac Wightman and Michael Wright winning the 12 and 14 Boys divisions respectively!

A large international contingent also surfed here and Karelle Poppke from Tahiti performed best winning the girls 16 division.

16 Boys – Soli Bailey
16 Girls – Kirsten Ogden (Suffolk Park)
14 Boys – Michael Wright (Lennox Head)
14 Girls – Karelle Poppke (Tahiti)
12 Boys – Zac Wightman (lennox Head)
12 Girls- Laura Poncini (Sunshine Coast)

Marlon Lipke: the German Portuguese

Top seeds Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Marlon Lipke (DEU), Nicolaus Rupp (DEU) and Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) advanced through to the final day of competition at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Men’s Star Series Cordoama Buondi Pro at the main event site at Praia da Cordoama. Battling through their respective quarter-final encounters each remaining surfer has staked his claim on this year’s Cordoama Buondi Pro title.

Persistently strong cross-shore winds made for another day of tough competition where wave selection played a large role in securing a win. Peaks in the 3-4ft (1-1.2m) range improved slightly as the tide pushed in during the early afternoon session of competition.

Nicolaus Rupp (DEU) advanced in a low scoring however closely fought out clash against junior Basque surfer Marcos San Segundo. It turned out that Rupp’s pre-heat preparation played a big part in him stepping closer to the winner’s podium.

“Marcos is a really good surfer and we have been doing the pro juniors together for a couple of years so I sat up on the cliffs with my coach and watched a good right coming in and I knew with the incoming tide the left would start working so I just positioned myself and I managed to get the two scores I needed to get through and get the win.”

Rupp will face good friend and training partner Gony Zubizarreta in tomorrow’s first semi-final however the 18-year-old is taking it like any other heat and feels that it may be more like one of their many training sessions when the pair hit the water.

“Coming up against Gony is such a good feeling because when I was young I used to come down to Marlon’s (Lipke) house and Gony was always hanging out here and that was ten years ago when I started surfing. Being against him in the semi-final is a great feeling and he is my training partner and we have the same coach and we are actually going training after this event for two weeks to prepare for the pro junior series. I think it is going to be like a normal training session out there tomorrow in the semis as we usually surf alone together and it is man on man heats so it will be interesting.”

Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) continued his approach of building on his scores as the heat progresses to find himself in semi-finals and ready to keep the momentum going for the final day of competition. The 25-year-old from Vigo, Galicia is on a comeback mission after having a slow start to the season. Surfing with speed and showing maturity in his competitive approach the formula is prepared to go all the way at the Cordoama Buondi Pro 2010 edition.

“I felt good out there but it was hard for me to find a good wave and I was really motivated to surf but I couldn’t find a really good wall. The waves are a bit bigger today but with this wind it makes it quite difficult to find a good pocket to hit it really hard.”

“I am stoked to make it,” continued Zubizarreta. “Jose (Ferrreira) is surfing really well and I knew he could do some good turns so he is always a danger because it was a low scoring heat but I am happy to be here in Algarve and I can’t wait until the semi-finals tomorrow.”

Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) will face an in-form and seemingly unstoppable Marlon Lipke (DEU) in semi-final nº2 however the only remaining Portuguese in the event has finals experience here at Cordoama having placed second in last year’s edition.
The quietly spoken 22-year-old will wait until tomorrow and let his surfing do the talking.

Coming home strongly in his heat Fernandes obtained the score he needed with only moments left and felt comfortable during his come-from-behind victory over fellow Portuguese Ruben Gonzalez.

“In the end that left came through and I could do a few good maneuvers and I could make the score. I am very happy to be in the semi-finals and it should be a good heat against Marlon (Lipke).”

Marlon Lipke (DEU) was last but not least to qualify for the semi-finals with a blistering performance scoring a 9.17 out of a possible 10 the highest single score of the event so far. Performing huge carving turns on the high tide left-hand peaks Lipke has firmed as favourite to claim the Cordoama Buondi Pro title.

Lipke felt fine after his 25-minute clash and commented that he has some high quality boards at the moment which are allowing him to link together his turns in a stronger more impressive way and has complete confidence that he will do all he can in his quest for victory.

Heat 1: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) Vs Nicolaus Rupp (DEU)
Heat 2: Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) Vs Marlon Lipke (DEU)

Heat 1: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 11.34 Def. Jose Ferreira (PRT) 9.33
Heat 2: Nicolaus Rupp (DEU) 13.50 Def. Marcos San Segundo (EUK) 8.80
Heat 3: Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 11.20 Def. Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 10.66
Heat 4: Marlon Lipke (DEU) 16.84 Def. Indar Perez (EUK) 10.04

Dane Piolo: hanging five beers

Local surfer Jock Bahen (Cottesloe) caused a major upset today when he eliminated current World Longboard surfing champion Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach) during the opening round of the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series.

Being surfed in trying conditions at Iso’s Reef at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia, Bahen rocked the crowd when he scored the days highest wave score to go from 4th to 1st and push Ingleby into 3rd.

The heat was eventually won by former World Champion Josh Constable (Qld), who looks set to continue his push for a second world title later this year.

The opening heat saw Jared Neal (NSW) comfortably win when he dominated his opponents from the first wave. Former Australian Champion Justin Redmond (Dunsborough) finished 2nd.

Heat 2 was an exciting tussle with Jarryd Foster (Yallingup) going toe to toe with Jackson Close (Qld) from the opening exchange. After a couple of waves were traded between the two Close managed to hold off Foster to finish 2nd behind NSW champion Dane Pioli. Pioli enthralled the crowd with a mixture of modern moves including a well executed 360 and several brilliant noserides including the days longest hang ten.

The final heat saw young gun Mitch Surman (Qld) finish in front of another Queenslander Matt Aldridge with defending Whalebone Classic Champion 4th.

In the Women’s LQS Australian champion Rosie Locke kept West Australian champion Claire Finnucane in 2nd place in the opening heat while, Melissa Combo (NSW) easily dominated the second heat from Jade Foster (Qld).



Heat 1

1st Jared Neal (NSW)
2nd Justin Redman (WA)
3rd Michael Cottier (NSW)
4th Armando Colucci (Venez)

Heat 2

1st Dane Pioli (NSW)
2nd Jackson Close (Qld)
3rd Jarryd Foster (WA)
4th Paul Thompson (WA)

Heat 3

1st Josh Constable (Qld)
2nd Jock Bahen (WA)
3rd Harley Ingleby (NSW)
4th Lindsay Small (WA)

Heat 4

1st Mitch Surman (Qld)
2nd Matt Aldridge (Qld)
3rd Pat McCarthy (WA)
4th Ben Proudfoot (WA)


Heat 1

1st Rosie Locke (Qld)
2nd Claire Finucane (WA)
3rd Michaela Ross (WA)

Heat 2

1st Melissa Combo (NSW)
2nd Jade Foster (Qld)
3rd Rachael Dawe (WA)
4th Claire Norman (NSW)