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October 29, 2009

Oohlala!

Filed under: Mick Fanning — Tags: , , — wpssuperblog @ 10:22 pm

Here’s my second video webisode. This one features; freesurfing sessions, my win in France and some other random gear. Hope you enjoy …

(Check out my last one from Trestles by clicking right here as well. )

August 17, 2009

THE GROM COMP

Filed under: Gabe Kling — Tags: , , , — wpssuperblog @ 5:37 pm

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Free entry, prizes, the spirit of competition … plus the chance to have your name up in lights when the WPS site screens up the results.

Saturday, we ran the grom contest …

The waves were small but the kids were small too and the turnout was great! Fifty-six kids ended up showing up at 10th Street in St. Augustine and I had a great time watching the next generation of rippers!

Congrats to all the winners and thank you to all the sponsors; Matix, DVS, Electric, Surf Station, Body Glove, Bullys, G-Shock and Headhunter for giving great prizes!

Here are the final results:

Boys 13-15; 1st Dylan Martini, 2nd Jon Heater, 3rd Cannon Embry, 4th Griffin Coughlin, 5th Casey Priest, 6th Ryan Bromberg.

Menehune 10-12; 1st Patrick Conklin, 2nd Tatum Renfrew, 3rd Si Greamstead, 4th Eric Westbrook, 5th Elena Sporrans, 6th Chase Stevens.

Mini-Groms 9-&-Under: 1st Shawn Arthur, 2nd Samantha Embryo, 3rd Brandon Bryant, 4th Blake Steven, 5th Chase Westbrook, 6th Angel Rodriguez.

A really fun weekend and a bigger turnout than expected, the 9-&-Under division was one to watch, with over 30 groms showing up and the competition was fierce!

Thanks to everyone who helped: Burgess with the ESA, Richie and all the judges for doing a great job! I cant wait for the 2nd annual!

– Gabe

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Hanging with little buddy Mason. © gabekling.com

June 8, 2009

ILLUSTRATED MAN

Filed under: Davey Weare — Tags: , , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 5:52 pm

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Well, my addiction got the better of me yesterday and I added to my last tattoo: to finish off my half sleeve. It’s now down to just above my elbow. There were definitely times of excruciating pain going down, especially by my armpit, but the end result was worth it.

Got tattooed at Electric Eye Tattoo in Umhlanga Rocks, only about a 5 min drive from my house, and I’ve probably had about 85% of my tatts done there. Most of them by Mully (Malcom Hilton), the owner and world-renowned artist, but this latest one was done by Gavin Rowe.

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Mully recently just brought him back from Ireland, where he spent 8 years tattooing around the UK, but now he’s back in SA for good. Both these artists are amazing, I’m still blown away at how well these guys tattoo, the detail and images they come up with is crazy! Just want to send a big shout out to them, thanks for the good (and painful) times and the ink!

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Added some pics from yesterday’s latest addition, Mully is the one in the green shirt and Gavin is the one tattooing. Anyone in Durban who wants to get tatted up should head down to their shop .

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Until the next one, you can check my personal site at www.davey-weare.blogspot.com

– Davey

May 16, 2009

NEW FORMAT

Filed under: Davey Weare — Tags: , , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 5:50 am

Sean Rowland from Surfline sent me through this sequence from my Round 1 heat at Teahupoo.

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(Check my new site out, http://www.davey-weare.blogspot.com/) © Rowland

Just got clipped as I was coming out of this one, probably would have changed the heat result had I have stayed on my board.

That’s the problem with the new format the ASP and certain event sponsors have come up with, no more second chances. Not too many surfers are happy with this new format.

Either all the 45 should start from the same round, no preferential seeding for the top 16 but have the straight knock out from Round 1 or go back to the old format, 3-man Round 1 heats, but use the Kelly format with it. There are ways around it …

My opinion, this new format is not the way to go, it’s been tried and tested and it sucked so hopefully companies see this and listen to the surfers and make some better changes.

– Davey

May 14, 2009

SCOTLAND, BRRRRR

Filed under: Bede Durbidge — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 12:46 pm

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The Thurso hot tub. © mysurfworld.com

After the week in Durban I was psyched to be back in Scotland! After winning the event last year I was really keen to try and back up that win with a good result. Driving down the main street for the first time brought back a lot of good memories I have of the place that’s for sure.

I was staying with Jack Perry for the week and we were both keen on surfing a lot to get used to wearing all the rubber! I never wear wetsuit boots, gloves or a hood in Victoria so getting used to all the equipment I believe is the key to surfing well in Scotland.

The waves were pretty fun all week and allowed us to surf a lot, and also allowed the event to go off in some pretty good waves. I ended up with a 9th place finish for the event.

I ended up being knocked out in a really close heat by Blake Thornton who surfed great all event and surfed a really smart heat. We both had a 7 and a 6-something, so it was a pretty good heat for both of us.

I was stoked with my result. It’s always tough to go back-to-back victories and I felt a bit of pressure after last year, but a 9th was great and I had a great time in Scotland! It’s an awesome event and I have met some great people from the area. So I can’t wait to go there again! I think with a good waiting period you could have an awesome WCT event there.

Now I’m back in Portland which is awesome! I haven’t been back here for a long time so I’m loving the time at home. It looks like this arvo could be some slab barrels on the high tide at a secret left and then off to boxing late this afternoon.

All’s good!

– Adam

May 10, 2009

SILVER BUDGIE

Filed under: Bede Durbidge — Tags: , , , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 11:05 am

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Chewing the fat with Kai. © Joli

I’m writing this blog in the plane on the way up to Tahiti and right now I’m getting twitchy in my seat. We’ve heard the waves for the trials at Teahupoo have been fun and I’m frothing at the chance to match wits and nerve against that amazing reef break.

The plane is full of other pros heading up there and there’s a real buzz within this silver budgie, that’s for sure. For me, I’m pumped as I didn’t do as well as I wanted at Bells in the last event. I’m ranked 9th after the Australian leg of the Dream Tour and my mission is to improve on that from now, starting with the Billabong Pro in Tahiti.

Bells at Easter was a bit of a frustrating time for me. The contest was the first to run under the new ASP format of sudden death heats from Day 1 but with the top 16 seeded into the second round.

Unfortunately for me, I had a close heat but went down to Adam Robertson in my opening heat. The waves were really fun for it – about four foot – and we were going score for score the whole heat.

With about 10 minutes to go, I held the lead and priority and ‘Robbo’ needed an 8.1. A smaller set wave came in and I let it go, thinking he wouldn’t get it. But he did, lit the wave up and nailed an 8.4. That left me needing a 7.9 – but no more sets came through. I felt it was one of those heats were it could have gone either way.

Robbo went on to have such an amazing result, finishing second. I knew ahead of the heat that it would be a tough one. Robbo had won the trials and being a local, he has Bells dialled in. Those guys are always dangerous because they have put the time in at that break and know where to sit in the line-up to get the best waves.

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There’s been plenty of swell in Queensland. © Joli

The upcoming event at Teahupoo is a classic example of a contest where local knowledge and time in the water make the wildcards and trials winner huge threats to all the top guys.

It was pretty frustrating going out in my first heat at Bells. And, of course, there was no extra round buffer there. I think most surfers weren’t really into the new format, so we might see a lot of the other contest using the old format again.

Of course, in Tahiti it will be a case of trying to catch up to the tearaway ratings leader. This time last year it was Kelly Slater. This year it’s ‘Parko’.

Joel’s early dominance doesn’t surprise me. He’s definitely on a roll and I think his training has a big part to do with that. I know he is putting so much into every part of his preparation. That’s translating to peak performances at the right time – in this case, the first two contests.

Joel has always had so much natural talent. We all regard him as a freak but with all this extra training he is doing it’s showing up big time in his results and he is setting a mean pace!

In terms of Kelly, I think he has just been a bit unlucky in both contests. He struck hot rising Aussie surfers in Julian Wilson and Owen Wright. Both were on fire and definitely grabbed the opportunity to surf against Kelly with both hands.

Kelly was in perfect form last year and sometimes things just don’t go your way. But he will be pretty fired up to do well in Tahiti and he has probably the best record out of anyone there – so expect a strong campaign to turn his year around.

In terms of myself, since Bells I have been training and surfing Queensland. We’ve had some awesome swells this year with some of the best waves in a long time. It’s difficult to prepare for Tahiti because we just don’t get waves

like that in Queensland and most decent barrelling waves are rights.

But I did slip in a couple of quick trips to my old stomping grounds of North Straddie where you can find some nice left hand barrels. My recent trip to Lakey Peak was also good for some practice for backhand barrel riding. We got some really fun barrels and in the few days I was there I was able to fine tune my ‘pigdog’.

Talk soon,

Bede

May 6, 2009

NO BOARDS … AGAIN

Filed under: Davey Weare — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 8:26 am

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Fortunately Ben Dunn had a spare board. © Joli

So I made it to Tahiti safely, was a marathon of a trip though, got to love layovers, but arrived safe and sound. But once again, no boards. Apparently they never even left Johannesburg when I flew out. I reckon it means nothing if your bags have platinum frequent flyer cards on them or even those priority stickers they put on with your boarding tags.

It just gets a bit irritating when you go to an event earlier to put in some time there and you don’t have your boards to surf … awesome!!!!!! Thanks SAA!!! Thankfully, Ben Dunn has hooked me up with one of his 6’4″s so at least I can get in the water. The other thing is my boards are only getting here Friday, and I arrived in Tahiti last Sunday!!!

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Papa Teva. © billyo/pbase

Anyways, we here now at Papa Teva’s spot, you rent yourself a bed in their house and they feed you three meals a day, kinda like a boarding house on the water. A great family, but they battle to speak the best English so it can be pretty damn funny at times trying to ask them questions or explain things to them.

The Trials for the Billabong Pro started today, surf is in like the 6ft range, so I’ve been told, have not made it out to Chopes this morning as we’ve been trying to get the boat started that we use for our runs to the line up. The wind is up already so I’d say be a pretty difficult time out at the famous Teahupoo right now.

They say there could be waves for the start of the waiting period but we’ll just have to wait and see, they’re predicting 6-8′ but the wind could be an issue.

If anything interesting happens, will blog it, so until my next post …

By the way, just to let you all know, the address to my personal site has changed to davey-weare.blogspot.com/

– Davey

BALI HAI

Filed under: Jordy Smith — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 7:46 am

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A couple of months back in Tazzy. © This pic comes from my new site jordy-smith.co.za, check it out.

Hey Everyone,

Have been in Bali and then headed out to Lakey Peak. There are a bunch of waves on Sumbawa and we’ve been shooting on a few of them.

Lakey Peak is a great wave and just around the corner is Periscopes, another great wave. Got to get on it early though, as the wind comes up a bit funny on Sumbawa late morning. Have been heading for Hu’u beach in East Sumbawa for a few runners.

We’ve been shooting with Kai Neville for a new movie that promises to have some sick sections. Next up is the WT event at Teahupoo. Promises to be a sick event and I am completely pumped for it. Can’t wait in fact.

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Expect to see plenty of snapped boards in Tahiti in the next couple of weeks. © Joli

– Jordy

April 29, 2009

PACKING FOR TAHITI

Filed under: Fredrick Patacchia — Tags: , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 4:23 pm


Getting amped for the next event — Here’s a clip I made today with Andrew Oliver for my site insurfnews.com

Aloha,

Freddy P

April 14, 2009

SICK PITS

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The Paddock … © biltsurf.com

Got pretty lucky last weekend and got paddock passes for the V8 Supercars exhibition race at the Melbourne Grand Prix along with getting to watch the Friday practice session of the F1. Crazy times, the loudest thing I’ve ever heard and I was blown away at the speed of those cars …

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The Pits … © biltsurf.com

… TV doesn’t do those cars any justice, so much faster in real life. All in all, really good experience, met up with V8 Supercar Oakley team riders Rick Kelly and Greg Murphy, legends of the Supercar series.

Super-cool guys. Added some photos from the day and with the drivers. Stoked I got to do this while in Melbourne … good times!

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Got to go down the pits with Rick Kelly of the Jack Daniels team and also meet Greg Murphy (pictured)and the Sprintgas crew. © biltsurf.com

– Davey

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