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- 06 March 2008 | Surfing
The girls are coming to The Saltrock Open, and this time it’s serious. The buzz around the women’s event has been gaining momentum every year, and 2008 looks set to be by far the strongest event yet.
The standard of women’s surfing in the UK has gone from strength to strength, and we now have a growing group of exceptionally talented young British and Irish women travelling the globe, taking the surf world by storm.
This March, all eyes turn to in Croyde to watch the girls fight it out for the honour of winning the first contest on the 2008 UK Pro Surf Tour. With Easter weekend falling so early this year we have every chance of some good, powerful swell to challenge the competitors give spectators a great demonstration of top quality women’s surfing.
Current Ladies Champion Karma Worthington is fired up and eager to defend her title, and she will have to be in the form of her life with the likes of Easkey Britton, Holly Donnelly, Gwen Spurlock and Beth Mason hot on her heels. Everything is in place to create yet another fantastic event, and everyone is excited to see what the girls can do.
Saltrock’s MD Angus Thomson comments, “Its Saltrock’s 20th anniversary this year, and over those 20 years we have certainly seen massive developments in women’s surfing. It’s important to Saltrock that we continue to support to the UK Pro Surf Tour and the growing number of talented female surfers emerging throughout the country.”
He adds, “Fingers crossed for some great waves, and we’ll certainly enjoy a good party this year.”
As always, this year’s contest will be celebrated on Saturday night in a prominent local pub.
Source: BPSA UK Tour
- 04 March 2008 | Surfing
Eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) is once again World No. 1 after beating Reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) at his home break of Snapper Rocks.
Slater defeated Fanning 17.94 to 15.23 to claim his second Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast title and position himself atop the ratings for the first time since claiming his last ASP World Crown in 2006.
“It’s really satisfying,” Slater said. “I didn’t feel like I really got into motion last year. Obviously Trestles was good with a win, but the end of the year was pretty lackluster for me. Even getting into the Quarters today I was thinking, ‘This is the best result I’ve had in six months’ It just felt great.”
Slater and Fanning have now met in ASP competition nine times; Slater leads the exchange 5 to 4. Notably, previous to his win today, Slater had not beat Fanning since 2003. Both surfers have now won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast twice – Fanning in 2005 and 2007 and Slater in 2006 and 2008.
“Mick is definitely the best competitor in the world right now,” Slater said. “He makes very few mistakes and surfs the face of the wave real well time and again. He’s one of those rare guys who can come from behind or take control from the front and pull out the big manoeuvres to get the big scores when he needs to.”
Compliments aside, Slater had no reservations about beating the Reigning and ASP and Quiksilver Pro Champion at home in front of a capacity crowd.
- 03 March 2008 | Surfing
Two Brazilian surfers are the winners of the 2008 Billabong Pro Junior Series in Chile. Ricardo dos Santos scored the only 10 point ride of the event to finish with the best total heat score, 19,75 points out of possible 20.
In second place finished another Brazilian, Alex Ribeiro with Gabriela Leite winning the Women’s event. She won the first event in Peru last year and now she is in first place for two spots in 2009 World Pro Junior in Australia.
The next two events will be in Brazil, one in Torres (RS) in April and the last one in Camburi (SP) in September. The best five male surfers and two female will be classified to 2009 World Pro Junior in Australia. The waves were again perfect today in Pichilemu, with 4-6 feet and with a beautiful sunny day.
“My tactic was wait for the best waves, you have to be lucky to find the good waves, like i had in the semi and in the final” said Ricardo dos Santos (17), who received 2.000 dollars offered by the 2008 Billabong Pro Junior Series.
“Was a big step for the World Pro Junior and a great honor to win this event. I think this was the best contest that I have competed in, with perfect waves for everybody, so i am very happy and I will be very determined to do well at the last two events”.