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2009 O’Neil Coldwater Classic California Wrap Up

November 11th, 2009 by John Zanussi

  The O’Neil Coldwater Classic California was the last stop of the O’Neil Coldwater Classic series. The five locations were Tasmania, Scotland, South Africa, Canada, and California. All of the events having great conditions and California being one of the largest. The west coast had one of the biggest swells of the year during the O’Neill Coldwater Classic. Santa Cruz’s highlight break, Steamer Lane, was nothing but a highlight of the year. Nate Yeomans taking the win of the Coldwater Classic and Nat Young taking the win of the Oakley Pro Jr. Nat Young is no stranger to Steamer Lane, he has been surfing there his whole life and is the main reason why he has been so successful there. O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series Champion: Blake Thornton: 6,688 points Jarred Howse: 6,625 points Adam Melling: 6,125 points More »

Contests, Features

Vans Triple Crown Announces Record $1,000,000 Prize

November 11th, 2009 by John Zanussi

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is making history this year, by announcing the Triple Crown total prize purse will be  total of $1,000,000. This makes it the largest prize amount ever on the ASP World Tour. This prestigious Hawaiian series of events has more than 150 surfers from 17 different nations battling it out with a chance to win all that cash. The first event kicks off tomorrow, November 12, at Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore. The Vise President of Marketing at Vans, Doug Palladini, said “2009 has been an incredible year for pro surfing and this Hawaii showdown will be a fitting finale. Vans has a 43-year history of giving back to action sports and I can think of no better way to carry on that tradition than with the Triple Threat bonus purse. On behalf of all the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing staff, our event partners Billabong, Reef, O’Neill, Gidget and the ASP, we are proud to share our aloha with the talented surfers who have made the Vans Triple Crown what it is today.” Here are the extra bonus winnings for the contenders: $50,000 for the Men’s Triple Crown series champion. $50,000 for the Billabong Pipeline Masters winner. $50,000 for the ASP World Tour champion. $25,000 for the Women’s Triple Crown champion. The world tour will end this year like it does every year, at Pipeline. The race is tight and it’s going to come down to Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning in a battle for first place. The title race has not ended at Pipeline since 2006, which was between Kelly Slater and Andy Irons, where Kelly went on to win and take down his 8th world title. Slater was last year’s world champ and also last year’s Pipeline champ. The events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing: Reef Hawaiian Pro (Men) – Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, Nov, 12-23 Vans Hawaiian Pro (Women) – Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, Nov, 17-23 Gidget Pro Sunset Beach (Women) – Sunset Beach, Nov. 24-Dec. 6 ONeill World Cup of Surfing (Men) – Sunset Beach, Nov. 24-Dec. 6 Billabong Pro Maui (Women) – Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 Billabong Pipeline Masters (Men) – Banzai Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 Catch the series live at Hawaii residents will be able to watch the events right in their own homes on the Oceanic Time Warner Cable airing each day of competition live on channel 250. The Billabong Pipeline Masters also will air live on national television on Fuel TV. More »


Mick Fanning Wins the Rip Curl Pro Search 2009 in Portugal

October 29th, 2009 by John Zanussi

  Fanning wins his second Rip Curl Search (1st in 2005) against Bede Durbidge. The contest location in Portugal is known for it’s hollow long barrels called Supertubos, similar to Pipeline. Round 3 and the Quarter-finals had the best waves of the event with the large swell. The Semi-finals and Finals had a drop in swell but good enough to see the top three guys battle it out until to the end. In the Semi-finals was Joel vs Bede and Mick vs Owen (wild-card and up and coming star to the ASP Tour next year). Bede won with a 14.60 over Joel’s 13.27 and Mick automatically advanced to the Final by Owen perforating his eardrum in the Quarter-finals against Damien.  Mick won the heat and the contest with a 12.67 over Bede’s 9.87. With this win, Mick is sitting in a pretty good spot for his second world title going into the last event at Pipeline. Joel is still and the only one left in the title race with Mick but needing a 3rd or better at Pipe depending on what Mick does to win. If Mick gets a 2nd or 1st, he clinches the world title. Here are the facts… – Fanning finishes 33rd through a 9th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 3rd or better to overtake. – Fanning finishes 5th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 2nd or better to overtake. – Fanning finishes 3rd at Pipeline, Parkinson needs win the event to overtake. – Fanning finishes 2nd or better at Pipeline, he will clinch the 2009 ASP World Title. Fanning said. “I’m super pumped. I’m going to go home and relax for a couple of weeks and get ready for Pipe. Hopefully we get some big barrels like we did here and we have a real showdown.” “In a few days when all the dust settles I’ll look back and see that I have come off the ankle injury and a few bad results, so just to get a third and back into form is a huge confidence boost,” Parkinson said. “There is not a great deal of points between me and Mick coming into Pipe so it’s still anybody’s to win.” This is going to be an exciting finish to the ASP World Tour 2009 at the Billabong Pipeline Masters Dec. 8th-20th, to see who will be crown Champion. Check out some pictures from the event at Portugal. More »

Day 9 Highlights of the Rip Curl Search Pro 2009 Portugal

October 28th, 2009 by John Zanussi

The waves were going off in Portugal yesterday, some of the biggest surf they’ve seen there in a long time. Who better then the top surfers in the world to tear it up. There were some giant gaping barrels and these dudes weren’t messing around. Parko, Bede, and Owen Wright all had perfect 10’s and a few others like Fanning had scores in the high 9’s. They ran the contest until it was dark saving the semis and finals to the last day. More »


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