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- 18 September 2008 | Surfing
Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, has won the 2008 Billabong Girls Pro Rio, defeating fellow finalist Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, in rifling four foot (1.5 metre) barrels at Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro today.
Event No. 4 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women's World Tour, the Billabong Girls Pro Rio survived through a grueling five-day lay period to culminate in excellent conditions today, with the ASP Top 17 putting in some of the best performances in ASP history.
Bartels, who rockets up from 14th to 6th on the 2008 ASP Women's World Tour, collects her second career Dream Tour win (her first as a full-time member) with today's victory at the Billabong Girls Pro Rio.
“It's an amazing feeling and I'm just overwhelmed right now,” Bartels said. “My last win was in 2006 as a wildcard at Sunset so to be able to come out on top today, in these conditions, is really special. The waves started to deteriorate towards the end, but I was able to grab a couple of scores against Sofia (Mulanovich) and I was really just surfing my own heat out there and doing my own thing. I was having fun.”
The Hawaiian, who was unable to make the second event of the season, has rebounded in spectacular form today, defeating the reigning ASP Women's World Champion during the Semifinals in what some are calling the best heat in women's professional surfing history (19.00 def.18.50) before taking down Mulanovich in the Final.
“After that Semifinal with Steph (Gilmore) I was filled with a lot of confidence,” Bartels said. “The waves pumped for that heat and we were trading barrel after barrel. That's the most fun I've had in a heat in a long time. I had a tough start to the year with sponsors and results, but that just made me really hungry and after today, I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year.”
Mulanovich, who solidifies her position at No. 2 on the ASP Women's World Tour ratings with today's runner up finish, continues to collect consistent results in 2008 with her third Finals appearance of the season.
- 18 September 2008 | Surfing
The ISA World Surfing Games, one of the most important surf competitions, are less than one month away. The host Portuguese beaches are already feeling the great spectacle that is soon to be: the ISA World Surfing Games that will happen from October 11-19 in the beautiful waves of Costa de Caparica.
Approximately 300 surfers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tahiti, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay and the host nation, Portugal, will dispute medals in the following categories:
Open Men –four members per team-
Open Women –two members per team-
Bodyboard Men -two members per team-
Bodyboard Women –one member per team
Longboard - one member per team-
An Olympic style spirit will be celebrated during a week-long competition. Participants will be giving all they can for the honor of defending the colors of their countries, and to obtain the greatest glory a surfer or a country can gain: the gold medal in the main event for surfing Federations of the world.
Surfing nations will come together for the twentieth time to test their abilities to show who is more developed in surfing standards.
Worldwide colors will parade in Costa de Caparica, signaling peace and comradeship among the nations of the world and showing during a surfing event that a better world is possible.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, anxiously and happily awaiting the event, commented: "We are very happy and honored to bring the ISA World Surfing Games to Portugal for the second time in history. The first time was in 1998. The Portuguese Federation and the event producer, Natural Factor, shaped a superb ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in 2007. We are very confident in their ability to deliver a top level event. I'm sure that all delegations will be enjoying the Portuguese hospitality and friendship."
After parading their banners throughout the streets of Costa de Caparica, surfing athletes will participate in the Sands of the World Ceremony, where sands from all the beaches of the universe are mixed, symbolizing that through surfing, all countries can live in a peaceful and friendly environment.
To bear in mind
The defending champions are:
-Jordy Smith from South Africa in Open Men
-Julia Christian of the United Status in Open Women
-Manuel Centeno of Portugal in Bodyboard Men
-Kira Llewellyn from Australia in Bodyboard Women
-Mathew Moir from South Africa in Longboard
The first World Championship happened in 1964 in Sydney, Australia and was won by the native Bernard “Midget” Farrelly among the men and his countrywomen Phyllis O´Donnell.
From then on, fifteen World Championships were held. In the beginning, and until 1976, they were organized by the International Surfing Federation – ISF. From there onwards, the International Surfing Association supervised the world championships.
In 1996, to demonstrate that surfing can be part of the Olympic Games, ISA President Fernando Aguerre created the concept and name World Surfing Games, in which the best surfers of every country in the world confront each other in a single event, establishing the different world champions and the Surfing Medal Board that designates the most developed surfing nation.
2006 –Huntington Beach, United States-: Australia
2004 –Salinas, Ecuador-: Australia
2002 –Durban, South Africa-: South Africa
2000 –Maracaípe, Brazil-: Brazil
1998 –Carcavelos, Portugal-: Australia
1996 –Huntington Beach, United States -: United States
The Arena: Costa de Caparica
Costa de Caparica is a 13-km long coastline located in the central Portuguese shore, half hour away from Lisbon International Airport.
It is a chain of very consistent left and right beach breaks strangled in some beaches by wharfs. It receives swells from the South and West and their different variations. It starts to break with waves half-a-meter high and above, and supports up to 8-feet swells.
- 17 September 2008 | Surfing
Sunshine Coast surfing young gun Chris Friend (Twin Waters) has received a timely confidence boost heading into the business end of the Australasian Pro Junior series, upstaging a 48-strong field of the state’s premier open aged surfers to win the Billabong North Classic at Coolum Beach yesterday.
In the absence of QCC front-runners Corey Ziems (Currumbin), Shaun Gossmann (Burleigh Heads) and Blake Wilson (Alexandra Headlands), who opted to miss the fifth leg of the six round Billabong Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) to compete at the 5-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event in Spain, Friend surfed his way into the state surfing spotlight to bag $2000 and 1000 all-important QCC rating points.
The Sunshine Coast ace let rip in the small 2-3 ft (0.5-1-metre), onshore conditions, blending a high-speed, fluid approach with explosive moves to beat fellow Sunshine Coaster Luke Jory (Sunshine Beach), Yamba ripper Matt Jones (NSW) and Gold Coaster Jamie Thomson (Elanora) in a wave starved, 25-minute final.
However, it wasn’t one-way traffic for Friend, having to set free his full bag of tricks to finish just 0.3 of a point in front of Jory at the final buzzer.
“I’m over the moon,” said Friend, who is currently ranked 14th on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series ratings. “I haven’t won an event in over a year, so it feels great to finally get the monkey off my back.”
Friend was on fire early in the low-scoring exchange, netting an 8.00 to setup a commanding lead. Backing it up with a 4.80, Friend held off his foes to claim the win, finishing with a 12.80 two-wave combined total to Jory’s 12.50.
“The 8-point ride on my first wave really set things up for me,” he said. “I only had an average second scoring ride, but luckily for me the ocean went flat for the back end of the final.”
The victory – his first QCC round win– puts him in good stead heading into the final two events of Pro Junior season.
“The win was a real confidence shot for me,” he said. “After a slow start to year I’m feeling primed for a big finish.”
Jory received some consolation with his runner-up placing representing his best result in the 2008 season. Jones finished in third on 10.85-points with Thomson in fourth on 8.65.
Despite missing the event, Ziems maintains his ratings lead with only the Billabong Queensland Open remaining in this year's series. There he sits on top with 3840-points, nearly 200 clear of Jones (2650) in second, with Dave Reardon-Smith (Yaroomba) in third on 2590.
Adding to the event’s already high stakes was the Tooheys Extra Dry ‘Wave of the Weekend'. Reigning QCC champion Trevor Tripcony (Yaroomba) notching the event’s highest wave score (8.75) to win four cartons of the clean crisp taste of Tooheys Extra Dry. Not a bad score for a single wave!
With five rounds of the Billabong QCC completed, the sixth and final leg will kick off on the Gold Coast on December 6-7.
The Billabong North Shore Classic was the fifth event of the 2008 Billabong Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC), a six event - $30,000 series, that continues to set the benchmark for surfers aspiring towards a professional surfing career.
The 2008 Billabong QCC title will be decided from a surfer’s best four results from the six event series. The series winner score a wildcard into the trials of the World Tour event on the Gold Coast in early March, 2009.
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