May 18, 2010


Filed under: Jeremy Flores, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — wpssuperblog @ 8:31 pm


Hey it’s good to be back in France. I left in January when it was winter and snowing and now I am back and it’s getting much warmer, the waves haven’t been so good yet but I can’t wait to surf the typical powerful beachbreaks and barrels and fun peaks we usualy surf!!! I’ve been doing a few training sessions with Yannick, and just been taking care of other things ’cause I was away for a while …

If you want to see more pics from the road, then check my new site by clicking here

See ya,



April 22, 2010


Filed under: Bede Durbidge — Tags: , , — wpssuperblog @ 6:15 pm

Trundling at Duranbah the day before the flight to Floripa. ©   Shield

From what I’ve seen from the first two events, if this year’s world title isn’t the most competitive ever I’ll be massively surprised. The Gold Coast and Bells events have been super competitive. I think everybody expected a hot start but nobody probably thought each contest would set the performance bar so high and that virtually every key heat would be so exciting and capable of going either way.

Taj and Kelly have laid down the markers with well-deserved wins but I think even they would admit this is definitely shaping as the most competitive year ever for the world title race. I reckon there are a good 10 guys in with a solid chance this year and that’s why every heat has been so exciting to watch.

The only bummer at Bells was that we were pretty unlucky with conditions. I guess we can’t complain because we have had some epic conditions over Easter in the past but this year the swell gods weren’t as kind. It didn’t get above 3′ the whole competition and under the circumstances I thought Damien Hardman did a great job on calling the shots through the contest.

Dooma pretty much had no swell to work with and definitely made the most of what was about. There were rumours at one stage that we were heading for Phillip Island and Johanna early in the event but we managed to get a few rounds in at Winki and Bells and, for the first time ever, a round at Thirteenth Beach.

My Staffie’s been loving all the rain in Queensland.

With the small conditions, I had an expectation that the event might quickly turn into an aerial contest. That’s pretty much what happened — which was a bit daunting when you looked at how good some of the new guys on tour are when it comes to airs. My early heat with Stuart Kennedy was a good example. I knew he was going to be doing airs so it was pretty much became an air show between him and I. It was so tight. I managed a snap on one wave just before I did an air and I think that was the difference between us.

It was much the same in the next round in super fun waves at Winkipop where I drew Tanner Gudanskas. Tanner has been ripping this year but because of his low seed, he’s had tough heats in the early rounds. I knew he would give me a run for my money and again it came right down to the wire but I just got the win over him. But while it was interesting that there were d aerial attacks coming at the judges in just about every heat, it was still the guys from last year’s top 10 who claimed the quarterfinals berths. As one observer said to me, the cream always rises to the top.

Johanna looked really fun for finals’ day but it was actually difficult to surf. There was a lot of bump on the face and it was really tricky to pick the ones that would wall up through the inside. But with only one day left of the waiting period, the organisers had to go with what we had.

My win over Luke Steadman gave me more confidence for the quarter final against Kelly. I felt good going into the last eight. Unlike some of the other guys, I don’t get daunted going up against Kelly. I consider it a privilege to surf against him as he always brings out the best in me. I had a great start and was winning the heat until he got a 9.  I needed a 7.5 to take the heat back off him and to be honest I was supremely confident of getting that score as long as I could get the right wave.

Loving the standard sized boards again after a spell on those mega-fun little Mt Woodgee Bullets. © Shield

I had one last chance on my last wave to nail the score. The problem was that a lot of waves were only letting you do one major turn out the back before it would go a bit fat on the inside. So I knew I had to go for a massive air on that first section. I thought I had made that air but just as I landed I fell over the front of my board. I had too much forward momentum and my board wasn’t moving as fast as I hoped for.

I was spewing when I came up because I knew had I made that air I would have got through the heat and into the semis. I guess I was trying to do to Kelly what he did to me in the Bells final two years ago when he paddled up to Rincon and pulled off a contest-winning air in the last minutes.

Kelly certainly surfed amazingly well throughout the content and definitely peaked at the right time in the final. I think he had a really good board that worked in those tough conditions. It’s obvious he’s hungry to get that 10th world title after getting a win early in the season.

We’re all off to Brazil now for the Billabong Santa Catarina Pro. It feels a bit crazy going to Brazil this early in the year. Normally we’re getting ready to go to Tahiti about now. I don’t mind it though. It’s good to get that long flight out of the way early in the year. I really enjoy going to Brazil, though. I’ve had some good results there including winning in 2008 and I like that the crowds are big and full of energy. The Brazilian fans are great to surf in front of.
Talk to you from over there.


– Bede

April 19, 2010


Filed under: Mick Fanning — Tags: , , — wpssuperblog @ 4:54 pm

With Bobby and Bede on the beach at Johanna. © Joli

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stinging a little after missing out on a second Bells Title. I have to give props to Kelly though. He pulled some freakish gear in the final and did it all with a busted foot.

I wanna also send a shout-out to all the fans who travelled all over Vic to watch the event unfold. It was a marathon event and a big effort from the spectators that made the journey. The support was amazing and it definitely helped me on the way to the final.

The second placing got me a mini Bell trophy and puts me into fifth position on the World Title ratings, which I feel better about after having a bit of a shocker in the first event. I’m in Panama with the Reef team now, from there I’ll head to Brazil for stop three of the tour. Can’t wait.

Got more sun then your average kid today in Panama shooting for the new reef campaign

Don’t forget to check out more at my other site,


– Mick

April 14, 2010


Filed under: Heitor Alves — Tags: — wpssuperblog @ 11:40 am

“With friends Michel and Messias on Noronha”
– Heitor

March 29, 2010


Filed under: Mick Fanning — Tags: , , , — wpssuperblog @ 5:30 pm

What an amazing day at Melbourne GP. Met some great people, got to see what goes into a car, and got to jump in one. Lucky kid.

Let’s go Webber and Team Red Bull.


– Mick

March 25, 2010


Filed under: Bede Durbidge — Tags: , , — wpssuperblog @ 6:55 am

Sandspitters still whomping through Snapper after the Quik Pro © Joli

Another year, another circuit. But already in 2010 I’ve got a feeling this year’s ASP World Tour is going to set the performance bar at a whole new level. The marker has been laid down in the opening event on the Gold Coast.

There’s always hype around the first event and this year it definitely lived up to expectations. I’m convinced the level of surfing has definitely lifted again, setting the stage for the rest of the year.

Taj and Jordy have thrown down the gauntlet for 2010. Both have definitely stepped up their game and Taj in particular is on a major roll. With him winning Pipe and then at Snapper, followed by his second in the Drug Aware Pro WQS contest in West Oz last week, he is making a huge early season statement with his really fast, powerful and precise surfing.

I was pretty happy with my campaign at the Quikky Pro even if I obviously wanted to finish higher than equal fifth.
I felt like I surfed well in the event so I am not going to get hung up over losing a tight quarter final to Jordy. It’s a solid start for me and a “keeper” result. If you look at previous world title winners, most didn’t have results too much worse than 5ths along the way so I’m happy to bank that one.

The other bonus from the contest was that we got some really good waves too. There hadn’t been much lead-up swell and I thought we were looking at a likely small-wave showdown. So I was pleasantly surprised when a good-sized swell co-operated.

In the third round we got some really nice waves and it was that heat I enjoyed most. The 19.27 score I racked up was the second highest scoring heat of my tour career. I drew my good mate Luke Munro from Currumbin and it was just one of those heats where everything went right for me. I had a perfect rhythm throughout and every time a good set came through I had priority. The conditions were very similar to my highest heat score I’ve had which was when I beat Kelly in the same contest in 2007.

The 10-pointer Josh pulled off late to set up his win over Taj was just insane. It was more like a 15 then a 10! © Joli

The highlight was obviously the 9.97 ride I scored. I knew it was going to be a good one as soon as I saw it coming. I took off kinda late and free fell but it was on the perfect angle and that let me drive straight into it. It was just so hollow through the first section but then it ran off after that and I honestly thought I was gone and it was going to shut me down. But it just shot me out the end of one of the sickest Superbank barrels I’ve had in a while. When I came out I was so happy and I claimed it with the old fist in the air.

Just as I did, I thought “Hang on, this wave isn’t over yet’. I got two more turns in but fell on my last move. In hindsight, I should have tried a bit harder to make the last move as it could have secured a 10. But, heck, emotion just took over after the barrel. Ha!

I’m just back from Margaret River where Taj got me in the semis of the WA contest. It was fun to get back to Margarets for the first time in about five years. Third place and a fistful of nice overhead rights and lefts made the trip worthwhile.

It was a hell final between Josh Kerr and Taj too – one of the best I’ve ever seen. The 10-pointer Josh pulled off late to set up his win was just insane . It was more like a 15 then a 10!And let’s face it, that’s what it took to stop Taj’s winning streak. So it’s off to Bells now. I’ve been going there since I was 15 and I never tire of the place. I didn’t do as well there as I wanted last year so I’m on a mission this time.

Fingers crossed, cos I’m looking for a big one.

Talk soon



Filed under: Fredrick Patacchia — Tags: , — wpssuperblog @ 6:42 am

Searching for surf and mucking around. That’s what WA is all about. We decided to extend our stay — stay tuned for WA updates also on my personal site, Chee-hooo!

February 3, 2010


Filed under: Mick Fanning — Tags: , , — wpssuperblog @ 12:40 pm

Mick Fanning Surfing Snapper

Snapper this morning. © Shieid

Had a fun surf out Snapper with DH. Just laughing at each other getting worked.

– Mick

Mick Fanning Surfing Snapper with DH

Surfed D-Bah with DH and Kerrzy yesterday was a couple of fun sections and no one out. Love it like that!! © Shield

December 15, 2009


Filed under: Tom Whitaker — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 7:53 pm

Pipe was pumping for the first two days … The World Title went down and everyone has already seen that so I wanted to show you all a few waves with a little retirement send off to legends Greg Emslie and Phil Macca.



December 2, 2009


Filed under: Mick Fanning — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 2:14 pm

Pancho, the man mountain, has been digging deep for others not just on the North Shore, not just in pro surfing. He is one of the most inspirational and selfless people you will meet. Now it’s our chance to give back.

Hi All,

Just want to inform you guys that there is going to be a fundraiser for Kehau Sullivan, the youngest and newest addition to the Pancho Sullivan Family. Kehau was born with heart troubles and has already had an operation to help her keep going. She will need around four operations in her lifetime and as we all know insurance will only cover so much.

We all know Pancho from when he was on tour and being a North Shore standout forever. Pancho did so much to help out whilst he was on tour and has always been willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that has ever needed it. So let’s show our love and support by helping him and his beautiful family.

Myles Padaca and his wife have organised a fundraiser night on the 5th December at Breakers, Haleiwa, 6pm to help Pancho and Haunani with the huge medical costs.

There is a website where you can donate money and there is also going to be an on-line board auction so if you have a spare board feel free to contact Myles and help out with the cause.

Myles’ contact details are and the link to donate money is:

Lets all pitch in and help such a wonderful loving family so they can concentrate on getting little Kehau strong and healthy for a long and amazing life.

Thanks for your time,

– Mick Fanning

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