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November 1, 2010

ROUND ONE – PUERTO RICO

Filed under: Mick Fanning — wpssuperblog @ 6:01 pm

Checking out Kelly’s board in the competitor’s area yesterday. © Joli

Puerto Rico is showing some serious potential as another quality Search location. Day one was junky and super shifty but there were still some super fun waves out there and I watched some good heats.

My boards didn’t turn up and are on their way to Puerto Rico after taking a little holiday in Japan. Cheers AA! I borrowed a couple of boards including one I’d sold to a mate a year ago. I also had a board from Steph Gilmore. I rode my old board in my heat, it went okay but definitely a little different. I managed to win through and I’m into Round 3 now.

If you want more news and vids then check my personal site as well, mickfanning.com.

- Mick

 

October 19, 2010

ERICEIRA: WQS 6-STAR

Filed under: Jeremy Flores — wpssuperblog @ 5:13 pm

I like this place. © Someguy

Hey, I’m now in Ericeira in Portugal, not too far from where I was last week in Peniche. I’ve been coming here since I was very young, when I was doing the junior contest and all, so this place is kinda special for me. There are sick waves around and it’s a very laidback city!

I just won my first heat in very small and hard conditions but managed to get a couple fun ones — was freezing cold though!

(For extra videos and pics, check my personal site, Jeremy-flores.com)

- JF

Wandering the cobbles in the old town. © Youknowwho

September 30, 2010

KILLING TIME IN FRANCE

Filed under: Mick Fanning — wpssuperblog @ 11:25 am

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Killing time between heats at the Quiksilver Pro in France.

- Mick

September 28, 2010

FAMILY COMES FIRST

Filed under: Bede Durbidge — wpssuperblog @ 9:10 pm

Some things in life are more important than how you earn money. I know being a pro surfer is one of the best possible jobs in the world – if it can be called a job! But becoming a father for the first time is more important to me than anything, and that’s why I’ll be skipping the WT event in Portugal during October.

My wife Tarryn and I are expecting our first child at about the same time as the event and when it came down to the choice of what I should do – well, there wasn’t really a choice to make to be honest. It was an easy decision. Family comes first for me. It wouldn’t have mattered if it was a world title decider – I’m not missing this for anything.

Yesterday’s heat with Julian. © Joli

Everybody I’ve talked to says that being present at the birth of your child is an experience that stays with you forever. You never forget it. To me, it’s so much more important than any contest. I’ve had some great rushes from surfing – but every surfing Dad I’ve talked to says no wave can beat the feeling of becoming a father! Plus I can’t imagine how difficult actually giving birth is, and I really want to be there to support Tarryn the whole way.

Missing Portugal means every event is a counter for me for the rest of this year. Rather than seeing that as extra pressure to perform at Trestles, I used it as extra motivation to make every heat. I also arrived at Trestles excited. It’s a place where I’ve done well at in the past and I just love the wave. I think not getting over-amped helps there. There’s an overwhelming temptation to just go for huge airs and massive turns every wave. But I think you need to find a happy medium, and having a high percentage rate of finishing my rides has helped me out a lot there over the years. So has having a really good board there each year. I rode the same board I’ve used there for the past two years. So that’s two thirds and a second that board has got me now. Overall, I’ve had a first, a second and three thirds at Trestles now, so it’s definitely a good venue for me.

I had a crazy draw this year, though. I had to work hard in every heat to get through and just kept running into red-hot guys. The heat against Jordy was a really big one for me. He got me at J-Bay when I let that semi slip out of my hands, so I was pretty keen to get one back on him.

Jordy had also been on fire early, racking up some of the highest scores of the event, so I knew it would be a tough heat. But I just stuck to my game plan, had a quick start and got through. That put me up against Dane in the semis. He had just been going mad in every heat, doing some crazy airs and really pushing the limits. Fortunately for me he didn’t have his best heat and I got through. Once again I had a quick start and that put a bit of pressure on him and made him make a few mistakes.

Answering the groms’ question at the WPS night in the state park at Trestles. © Clyde

I was really happy to make the final. The waves were just getting better all day. That’s one of the big bonuses and best things about being on tour – just surfing a world class spot with only one other guy out! I wanted to get a quick start in the final so I caught the first wave of the set and got a five. As it turned out, the one behind would be the better option but Kelly got it and racked up a 7.9 to put the pressure on me straight away. I was finding it hard to get big scores in the event so I knew I had to put some big airs on to get a good score to match Kelly’s opener.

I probably went a little too big and fell on my next couple of waves. In the meantime, Kelly got an even better wave than his first wave, this time scoring an 8.9 and putting me in combo-land. Then in the last 10 minutes the biggest set of the whole day came through. Kelly got the first one. I heard the crowd roar and was thinking he must have done something crazy. I never imagined he’d got a crazy pit!

I caught the next wave and knew I had to go for it. So I threw a carving 360 straight up and made it. I could hear the crowd roar as I came down from it. It was such an amazing feeling. I fed off that and finished it off with an air and a late hit. I was back in the heat but only just. I needed a 9.9 to win – pretty much a perfect ride. I caught one last wave and went for it on my last turn but fell.

Even though I lost it was still a great final to be in. That one exchange Kelly and I had was pretty awesome. The Hurley Pro was also the first event to use the new format with a reduced field. I reckon it worked insane. Everyone was super excited to surf that fourth round heat and know they still had a second chance. The surfing in that round was mind blowing. Everyone was definitely going for it more and the spectators were loving it.

Even though Kelly definitely has an edge with two wins, there are still four contests left and I believe the world title is wide open. Anybody could get on a roll from here. It’s going to be exciting to see it all unfold.

- Bede

September 22, 2010

THE ROUTINE

Filed under: Jeremy Flores — wpssuperblog @ 10:45 pm

Training. © Pic from my personal site: jeremy-flores.com

Hey, so cool to be back in Capbreton. Yesterday was a cool day, so good to get back in my favourite routine; surf, beach and training until your body doesn’t handle!

The surf has been flat, so small, today was not even rideable, but the weather has been amazing; warm; very sunny; but still a bit cold at night, perfect for a good night sleep!

OH and by the way congrats to every surfer in Trestles, the level was amazing. I watched the heats on demand and I really enjoyed, some good inspiration for sure … {Trestles didn’t go too well for me though, terrible result, I normally do good there. I felt good in the free surf but couldn’t get it together in my heat}

I want to be ready and confident for the Quiksilver Pro, France. This event is special for me and I want to do good.

- JF

September 1, 2010

TEAHUPOO

Filed under: Bede Durbidge — wpssuperblog @ 10:34 am

Limbering up on the Gold Coast this winter. © Shield

Teahupoo is finally underway and it’s going to be a key event for everybody in the top 45, not just the guys fighting to escape the cut-off after this event.

I’m safe but I want to back up my semi-final finish at J-Bay in South Africa with a good effort here and in the next two events. J-Bay was such a good event again this year. I love that place. We scored some epic waves and finished the comp within the first four days of the scheduling window. That almost never happens. In fact, it’s only happened one other time in the six years I’ve been on the tour – and that was the epic Search event in Mexico.

I was happy with my third placing. I had some really close heats in getting to the semis including my third round against Tanner Gudauskas. Neither of us caught a wave in the first 12 minutes and then on my first wave I snapped my board! I had to swim in to get my spare one (which Luke Stedman ran down for me … thanks mate!), then paddle back out, regain my composure and surf out the last 15 minutes of the heat. I ended up getting through but it was all a bit
stressful!

I lost my semi to Jordy Smith who was definitely the form surfer of the event.  I had a great start to the heat with an 8.3 score which I backed it up with a 5.5. Jordy struggled to find anything most of the heat and I had him in combo-land with just four minutes to go, plus I also held priority.

There were no waves coming and I thought: “Yes! … I should win this heat from here”. Then this tiny one footer came through and I thought there was no way in hell Jordy could get a decent score on it. So I didn’t use my priority. Next thing he went and pulled off this superman air on it.  I saw it and thought to myself: “Oh no, here we go”. I wasn’t sure how the judges would score it but he got a 6.9 and he was suddenly back in the heat.

Then a little set arrived. I caught the first one. It ran off pretty quickly on the reef and didn’t let me really open up on my turns. I got a 6 for it and slightly increased my score, leaving Jordy needing a 7.5. He caught the next wave and surfed it really well to nail down a 7.9.

I don’t mind admitting I was devastated. It had all happened in just four minutes and was definitely the craziest finish to a heat I’ve ever had. It’s the worst feeling to lose in a situation like that. But my hat goes off to Jordy to get out of a combo in such a short time period. He is having a blinder of a year and is on a roll at the moment. He is definitely surfing a lot smarter in his heats this year and it’s showing in his results. His pure talent, allied with a good game plan now, means he his a major threat for the world title. He’s the front runner going into Chopes and deservedly so. But it’s still early days with only four events surfed so far.

After J-Bay, I went to the US Open this year for the first time in six years. It was an awesome event. I couldn’t believe the crowds that go down to Huntington to watch it. Hurley do such an amazing job with that contest.

I finished equal ninth after falling to Miguel Pupo who is a really talented young Brazilian kid who can seemingly bust massive airs at will. Brett Simpson won the event for the second year in a row and surfed really impressively. I stayed on in California for an extra week doing some promo stuff for Fox and managed to sneak in a free surf at Trestles which was really good. I’m so excited for that event this year.

It’s been a long wait for the contest to start in Tahiti. The waves have been really small for over a week now but it’s looking like we might get a few fun waves for the last few days of the waiting period though. I’m staying with Adrian Buchan, Jay Thompson and Matt Wilkinson with a local family I stay with every year. Even though the surf has been small and the contest on hold, we’ve still been getting some fun little waves and having heaps of fun. The other day a big pod of whales surfaced near us and came so close to the boat. It was such an amazing experience to see those guys so close up.

There’s a bit of tension around Chopes, and not just because of how heavy the wave can get. It’s a really crucial comp for a lot of guys’ careers. With the tour being cut to 32 surfers after this event, we will be saying goodbye to 13 surfers. A couple of my very good mates are right on the bubble so I’m hoping to see them get the result they need to stay on tour.

I think the changes are going to make the remaining contests more exciting because there will be bigger match-ups earlier in the events. Plus it will only take three days to run a contest instead of four. That increases the prospect of finish an event in better waves and that’s got to be a good thing.

Until next time, stay safe in the water!

Cheers

- Bede

August 30, 2010

KILLING TIME IN TAHITI

Filed under: Mick Fanning — wpssuperblog @ 10:45 pm

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There’s been a serious lack of swell at Chopes this past week but Taylor, Tiago and I found some waves on the eastside of the island.

- Mick

August 16, 2010

HOME WAS GOOD

Filed under: Jeremy Flores — wpssuperblog @ 7:56 pm

South Pacific smorgasbord. © All three pics from my site: jeremy-flores.com

Hey,

I’m sitting in Auckland airport and was wondering why I see my family only twice a year; I wish I could be home more. I only spent one week at home but it made me feel so much better. I love being home surfing perfect waves by myself, fishing all day, playing with my dogs and enjoying my family.

Being a pro surfer is probably the best job anyone could have — traveling, being in the ocean, meeting the nicest people — I only wish I could go back home more often.

I’m on my way to Tahiti, there’s a good swell coming that’s why I chose to go earlier, I have many friends there and the place is SICK so I am looking forward to it!!!

- JF

Home.

Reefy Vs Retriever.

August 6, 2010

TOUR VETERANS

Filed under: Mick Fanning — wpssuperblog @ 5:58 pm

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Ever wondered what your favourite surfers will look like in 20 years? Me either … but my mate had this ‘AgingBooth’ app on his iPhone and hit up a couple of the Top 45 and a commentator during the Billabong Pro at J-Bay. See if you can pick em …

- Mick

July 30, 2010

Probando La Central

Filed under: Aritz Aranburu — wpssuperblog @ 10:41 pm

An invite to the event I am organizing this weekend in Zarautz, next to Hotel Argui–ano. It is the Aritz’s Tag Team Invitational, which will take place this Friday at 4pm, just after the Quiksilver Grommet heats.

I’ll be there with my friends from the tour; Miky Picon, Hodei Collazo, Frederic Robin and many more … on each team there’ll be a pro, a grommet, a rider, and an alaia rider + a surprise guest.


aritzaranburu.com / Isio Noya

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