- 21 July 2008 | Surfing
The GO211 LIVE featuring the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill saw an increase in swell today hitting in the two-to-four foot (1 metre) range, as finalists for the ASP Grade-2 O’Neill U.S. Open Pro Junior pres. by Honda, the ASP Grade-2 S3 Supergirl Pro Junior, and the O’Neill U.S. Open of Longboarding pres. by Honda were decided today, as well as the eight advancing trialists who will receive entry into the ASP WQS 6-Star men’s event
International standouts Julian Wilson (Coolum, AUS) and Chris Salisbury (Newport, AUS) continued to display top-level surfing today, both advancing through the Semifinals of the O’Neill U.S. Open Pro Junior and earning spots in next weekend’s Final. The feat marks an outstanding effort by both surfers, who began their respective campaigns in Round 1, surfing through five heats to make the Final.
Wilson, who claimed the ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure Pro Junior in Huntington Beach last month, proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the States, eliminating current ratings leader on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, Cory Arrambide (Ventura,CA), in the Quarterfinal bout this afternoon.
- 20 July 2008 | Surfing
In celebration of the NSSA’s 30 year anniversary, founding members Chuck Allen, Holly Allen, Tom Gibbons, Dr. Laird Hayes, Rob Hill and John Rothrock will be inducted into the “Honor Roll” of the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk. Created in 1995, the Honor Roll pays tribute to those individuals who have contributed to surfing and its culture and are deserving of recognition, but might not qualify to receive a stone on the Walk of Fame.
The story of the NSSA takes us back to the late 70’s when American competitive surfing was in a state of turmoil. The surfing organizations that did exist, lacked structure and discipline. By 1978, the disarray was enough for El Toro High School’s Chuck Allen, Edison High School’s John Rothrock, Orange Coast College’s Dr. Laird Hayes, Huntington Beach High School’s Rob Hill and Long Beach State’s Tom Gibbons to create a surfing organization that would unite all of America’s competitive surfers under one common banner.
By forming the NSSA and requiring that each member be passing in school, the founders hoped that surfing would no longer be the sport that was associated with the old “beach bum” stereotype.
- 20 July 2008 | Surfing
An abandoned Taiwanese fishing boat smashed into the reef of the famous Balinese wave Padang Padang on the day of the Rip Curl Cup opening ceremony on Saturday, July 12.
The over 100+ ft (33+ m) ship wrecked around midnight and was found the next morning devoid of its crew that had apparently bailed well before it hit the reef. Shortly after dawn that Saturday morning, alarmed local fishing boats had pulled up outside of the beached vessel whose hold of oversized catch including tuna, sharks, and mahi-mahi had begun to be pilfered.
It is not certain whether the boat had proper permits to fish or even be in Indonesian waters. Government officials and local police are investigating and have taken the matter into their own hands. There were no explosives or anything of a dangerous or illicit nature found on board, although rumor has it that the ship has been in trouble for illegal fishing in the past. No-one was hurt in the wreck.