Fistral Beach 

The Rip Curl Boardmasters witnessed some of the best waves of the year today at Fistral Beach, Round 2 of the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star coming to an end in fantastic five foot (1.5 meter) clean waves. Twenty-four heats were completed and all top seeded surfers started their 2008 Boardmasters campaign in what will be remembered as one of the greatest days of surfing in Europe.

Drew Courtney (AUS), 29, Seed No. 3 in the event and rated No. 8 on the ASP WQS ratings coming to Newquay, was a standout this morning posting an excellent 9.00 point ride (out of possible 10) en route to winning Heat 5 with a solid 16.50 point heat result (out of a possible 20).

"I had a good wave obviously but it did not look it was going to be", Courtney said. "I managed to get a couple of turns and the wave was clean enough. The waves were a bit fat and it is hard to figure out what way the wave is going to break before taking off."

Courtney, who will be attending all upcoming events, is focused on an ASP World Tour qualification for 2009 and will have to string some big results together to secure his spot.

"Things have been good this year but we are a long way from the end of the season", Courtney said. "Plenty of events still to come and everyone can win at this stage."

From former ASP Top 45 member and event winner David Weare (ZAF) to Brazil’s outstanding performer Robson Santos (BRA), including Europe’s Marlon Lipke (DEU) and Patrick Beven’s (FRA) solid results, top seeded competitors took control of Round 2.


Rip Curl Boardmasters 

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."


Jacqueline Lima

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."