- 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.”
- 26 July 2008 | Surfing
The Discovery Coast has planted itself on the surfing map with the inaugural Agnes Water Longboard Festival wrapping up at Agnes Water today.
Queensland’s forgotten wave haven continued to dish up highly contestable conditions with a swag of the region’s hottest talents carving and shredding their way through clean 2-3ft beach break waves on the final day of competition.
Bundaberg’s George Cunningham stamped himself as a future longboard star, trumping fellow Bundanite Ashley O’Neal, Tannum Sands Clinton Farlow and his twin brother Ed to bag the blue ribbon open men’s title in a low-scoring final.
Growing in confidence from his opening heat, 14-year-old Cunningham defied the afternoon's high tide conditions, netting a 6.50 and a 4.17 to finish on top with a 10.67 two-wave combination.
“I’m happy to come away with a win,” said Cunningham, who has been selected in the Queensland Longboard Team to contest the Australian Longboard Titles in Port Macquarie in August.
- 26 July 2008 | Surfing
Marc Lacomare (Hossegor, FRA), 18, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Vans Pro Junior today in consistent two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves at San Sebastian in front of a massive crowd. Lacomare, who defeated Reubyn Ash (GBR), Adrien Toyon (REU) and Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) in a 35-minute battle, secured his second victory of the season after the ASP Grade-3 Rip Curl Pro Junior in Portugal last April.
Lacomare, who dominated the event with several high scores including an impressive 17.00 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) to win the final, was a standout on the final day and left his opponents in need of a combination of two waves to catch up with him in the 35-minute decider.
"So stoked to get another win this year", Lacomare said. "I had a shocker in the Canarian event and was looking to gain confidence back and this win is sweet. A good revenge for me."
Lacomare jumps back to second on the overall ASP European Junior ratings’ and remains in contention for the regional crown. He will still be chasing several big results if he wants to stay in the race with ratings’ leader Maxime Huscenot (REU).