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Slater Rolls On to Win Billabong Pro Tahiti

Current ASP World Champion, has claimed the Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui over Owen Wright (AUS), 21, in clean four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) waves at Teahupo’o. Event No. 5 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title season, the Billabong Pro Tahiti culminated a historic incarnation of the event today, with the world’s best surfers pushing the performance envelope in incredible conditions.

Slater began to really pick up steam in today’s conditions, dispatching of an in-form Josh Kerr (AUS), 27, in the Semifinals before meeting lethal goofy-footer Wright in the Finals. The iconic American utilized his superior backhand tube-riding technique to post an 18.43 heat total out of a possible 20, which would prove too much for his younger opponent to overcome.

“I felt like I finally hit my stride in the Semifinals this morning,” Slater said. “In the Final, I fell on a couple of waves that were maybe better than what I ended up getting scored on. It put the pressure on me, and took the pressure off him (Wright). He got that really big one at the end that could have gotten pretty close to the score. These are the best conditions this event has ever run in. It’s been a phenomenal week.”

Coming into Tahiti rated No. 6 on the ASP World Title rankings, Slater’s win today rockets the Floridian to the No. 1 spot after a number of top seeds suffered early eliminations at the hands of an unmerciful Teahupo’o

“It’s one of those weird events where you have to scramble through the early rounds,” Slater said. “Every year at this event, there are few of the top guys that lose in the early rounds and you have to scramble if you want a result here. You have to be in tune with the tides, swell direction and everything to make sure you get those waves that get you the score.”

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.43
2 – Owen Wright (AUS) 17.10

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.60
SF 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 19.50 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.40

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.94 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.83
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.50 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 6.17
QF 3: Travis Logie (ZAF) 18.07 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 17.14
QF 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.74 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.10

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Parko Wins 3rd Consecutive Triple Crown

Joel Parkinson Seized His 3rd Consecutive Hawaiian Triple Crown. Fellow Australian Adrian Buchan was the only person with enough points to stop Parkinson winning the Hawaiian leg of the world championship tour but had to win the Pipeline Masters.  Buchan was eliminated in the quarter-finals when he was easily beaten by world champion Kelly Slater.

Kieren Perrow won through to the semis, pipping South African Jordy Smith 12 points to 13.  The third Australian Owen Wright lost to Jeremy Flores of France.Flores knocked out Slater in semi-final #1 and Perrow took down on American Dane Reynolds semi-final #2.  Flores came from behind to beat Australian Kieren Perrow in the final.

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Parko Wins Triple Crown!!!

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2010 BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 1 and 2 Results

The first day of the 2010 pipeline masters proved to be exciting. The waves were not perfect, but there were some great heats and some amazing barrels.  Many of the surfers who were on the bubble to requalify for the 2011 World Tour came up short.  Kai Otton, Luke Stedman, Luke Munro,  Travis Logie and Tom Whitaker were unable to get the results they needed to make the cut.  Dusty Payne and Gabe Kling remain in the hunt for the last spot for the dream tour.

2010 BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.50 def. Kamalei Alexander (HAW) 11.66

Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 6.50 def. Clay Marzo (HAW) 4.23

Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 14.50 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 12.20

Heat 4: Dusty Payne (HAW) 15.10 def. Kiron Jabour (HAW) 9.30

Heat 5: Ian Walsh (HAW) 13.24 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 7.50

Heat 6: Danny Fuller (HAW) 8.57 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 7.36

Heat 7: Dave Wassell (HAW) 12.17 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 3.63

Heat 8: Luke Munro (AUS) 13.50 def. Shane Dorian (HAW) 13.33

Heat 9: Gabe Kling (USA) 11.10 def. Kalani Chapman (HAW) 5.40

Heat 10: Rob Machado (USA) 11.37 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 9.66

Heat 11: Heitor Alves (BRA) 8.46 def. Joel Centeio (HAW) 8.14

Heat 12: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 13.83 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 3.33

Day 1 Highlights – 2010 Billabong Pipe Masters

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 10.00 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 3.03

Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.70 def. Ian Walsh (HAW) 9.83

Heat 3: Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.00 def. Danny Fuller (HAW) 3.76

Heat 4: Dave Wassell (HAW) 9.33 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 5.40

Heat 5: Taylor Knox (USA) 12.67 def. Rob Machado (USA) 10.57

Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.83 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 5.84

Heat 7: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.40 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 8.53

Heat 8: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.27 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 4.87

Heat 9: Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.94 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 8.83

Heat 10: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.16 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 2.70

Heat 11: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 9.47 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 2.90

Heat 12: Adam Melling (AUS) 11.67 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 8.94

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BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 1 MATCH UPS

 ROUND 1 Match Ups for Tahiti
Heat 1: Damien Hobgood (USA), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 2: Jadson Andre (BRA), Luke Stedman (AUS), Nate Yeomans (USA)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 4: Dane Reynolds (USA), Tom Whitaker (AUS), Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Roy Powers (HAW), Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 6: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Tamaroa McComb (PYF)
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Manoa Drollet (PYF)
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Tuamata Puhetini (PYF)
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA), Andy Irons (HAW), Heiarii Williams (PYF)
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW), Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 12: Owen Wright (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 13: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 14: Michel Bourez (PYF), Dean Morrison (AUS), Mick Campbell (AUS)
Heat 15: Taylor Knox (USA), Luke Munro (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 16: Chris Davidson (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Ben Dunn (AUS)

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Home Court Advantage at Billabong Pro J Bay?

Once again, the Billabong Pro J-Bay proved to be a great arena for the world’s best surfers to display their talents.  Bottom line —great surfers in great waves equates to a great contest.   Watch these 3 heats with Sean Holmes defeating Kelly Slater and Andy Irons and then finally losing to Bede Durbidge in the quarter-finals.

Watch Kelly Slater vs. Sean Holmes in Round 3 of Billabong J-Bay

Sean Holmes, 13.10pts defeats Kelly Slater, 13.06pts

Just when I was applauding the judges for rewards those surfers who were doing the most critical turns in the most critical sections, I saw Kelly Slater surf against Sean Holmes in Round 3. What is saw hear was Slater get underscored as he laid his rail in more critical sections on wave after wave.  Sean Holmes caught better waves, but he surfed very conservative.  Holmes is a great surfer with a smooth style but clearly his injury was holding him back from critical turns in the pocket.

Watch Andy Irons vs. Sean Holmes in Round 4 of Billabong J-Bay

Sean Holmes, 15.60pts defeats Andy Irons, 15.17pts

I saw more beautiful surfing from Sean Holmes in this heat, but he continued to be more conservative.  Any Irons on the other hand laid his board on the rail and pulled some sick snaps.

Watch Bede Durbidge vs. Sean Holmes in Round 4 of Billabong J-Bay

Bede Durbidge,12.17pts defeats Sean Holmes,11.83pts

In this heat, it seemed like the judges got it right.  Watch Holmes first wave in which he scored a 3.67.  The judges would have scored it a 6 in the Slater or Irons heat’s but in this heat they got it right. In retrospect, the judges have over-scored Slater and Irons in heats years ago. Sean Holmes does rip and a little home court advantage should be expected.

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Jordy Smith Wins and Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay to Take ASP Lead

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, has recorded his first ASP victory, as he won the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay over Adam Melling (AUS), 25, in front of a capacity hometown crowd.  The Billabong Pro J-Bay was the 4th of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour.  The young South African proved the victor, dominating from the outset and securing an emotional first win.  “This is the best day of my life,” Smith said. “The crowd on the beach has been supporting me the last few days and hearing the cheers and the Vuvuzelas just gets me fired up to perform. It feels like they’re pushing me along. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

The most experienced surfer at Jeffreys Bay, Smith left very little to chance in the Final against Melling, opening his account with a blazing 8.90 before backing it up with some scintillating forehand surfing for a 9.03. The combination of scores (17.93 out of a possible 20) proved insurmountable for Melling.  “I knew the swell was dying and I had to take advantage of every wave that came through,” Smith said. “Adam (Melling) is such a dangerous surfer. He’s been in form all day and I knew that if he got the waves, he would get the scores. I went out there knowing I had to open up strong.”

After taking the ratings’ lead over former nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 38, yesterday, Smith solidified his position as the ASP World No. 1 with today’s emphatic victory. “It definitely is a different feeling,” Smith said. “To be chasing the lead and defending the lead are two different things. It’s a long year ahead and you can’t count anyone out until it’s over. I’m going to enjoy this feeling for now.”  Smith’s Final’s berth almost never was, as the big South African was comboed by lethal Australian Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27, with four minutes remaining in their Semifinal clash. Catching two waves in under a minute, Smith unloaded a barrage of aerials and forehand blasts to claw his way back into the lead.  “I’m still not too sure what happened – it’s all a blur,” Smith said. “I got that first one where I did the little grab air that I didn’t think was good, but the judges scored the whole wave pretty well. Then I backed it up and put everything I had into it.”

Melling’s “Cinderella” climb to the Finals was nothing short of sensational. Rated a lowly 41st on the ASP World Title Race rankings heading into Jeffreys Bay, the 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie powered his way through five rounds of competition before coming short in the Final. His Runner-Up finish sees him bumped up to ASP World No. 19, well inside the safety zone for the dreaded mid-year field reduction.  “The ocean didn’t cooperate with me in the Final so that’s a shame but I couldn’t be happier,” Melling said. “We had amazing waves and to get the best result of my career is huge. I came into Jeffreys with a long road ahead if I were to make the mid-year cut-off, and now that I’m 19th, I feel like I have a bit of a buffer heading into Tahiti. I worked really hard to get here and I want to stay here.”  For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Final Results:
1 –
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.93
2 – Adam Melling (AUS) 10.00

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Semifinal Results:
SF 1:
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.83 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.40
SF 2: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.00 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.67

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1:
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.43 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.20
QF 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.17 def. Sean Holmes (ZAF) 11.83
QF 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.00 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 3.66
QF 4: Adam Melling (AUS) 16.43 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 5.67

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Remaining Round 4 Results:
Heat 8:
Adam Melling (AUS) 17.07 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.50

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Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Round 1 Results

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Round 1 Results:
Heat 1:
Adam Melling (AUS) 12.17, Taylor Knox (USA) 10.80, Luke Munro (AUS) 10.17
Heat 2: Andy Irons (HAW) 14.77, Jay Thompson (AUS) 10.56, Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.24
Heat 3: Nate Yeomans (USA) 15.83, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.74, Luke Stedman (AUS) 11.43
Heat 4: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.30, Marco Polo (BRA) 12.97, Daniel Ross (AUS) 12.10
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.43, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.37, Blake Thornton (AUS) 7.60
Heat 6: Tiago Pires (PRT) 15.23, Tim Reyes (USA) 13.27, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.07
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.37, Joan Duru (FRA) 11.90, Tom Whitaker (USA) 10.57
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.93, Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.40, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 12.37
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.20, Dale Staples (ZAF) 13.34, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.83
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.70, Sean Holmes (ZAF) 10.27, Roy Powers (HAW) 8.33
Heat 11: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 13.60, Neco Padaratz (BRA) 9.60, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.17
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.60, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.34, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.27
Heat 13: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.53, Dean Morrison (AUS) 11.76, Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.43
Heat 14: Chris Davidson (AUS) 15.17, Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.86, Brett Simpson (USA) 11.63
Heat 15: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.87, Ben Dunn (AUS) 11.50, Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.77
Heat 16: Owen Wright (AUS) 15.56, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.93, Drew Courtney (AUS) 7.73

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Round 2 Results:
Heat 1:
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.70 def. Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 9.44
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.17 def. Dale Staples (ZAF) 14.67

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Remaining Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 3:
Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Sean Holmes (ZAF)
Heat 4: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 5: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 6: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 7: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 8: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 9: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 12: Daniel Ross (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 13: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 14: Luke Munro (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 15: Pat Gudauskas (USA) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 16: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

 

Epic Conditions Witness World’s Best Dominate Day 1 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay

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Revised Heat Draw for Billabong JBAY

 Tim Reyes (USA), 28, former ASP World Title Race campaigner and current No. 126 on the newly-founded ASP World Rankings, will replace an injured Joel Parkinson (AUS), 29, 2009 ASP World Runner-Up and defending event winner, at the upcoming Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay. Parkinson’s injury and subsequent withdrawal has completely reshuffled the Round 1 Match-Ups:

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1:
Taylor Knox (USA), Luke Munro (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Jadson Andre (BRA), Andy Irons (HAW), Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Luke Stedman (AUS), Nate Yeomans (USA)
Heat 4: Dane Reynolds (USA), Daniel Ross (AUS), Marco Polo (BRA)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Blake Thornton (AUS)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tom Whitaker (USA), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA), Damien Hobgood (USA), TBA
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), TBA
Heat 10: Mick Fanning (AUS), Roy Powers (HAW), TBA
Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 13: Michel Bourez (PYF), Dean Morrison (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 14: Chris Davidson (AUS), Mick Campbell (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 15: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ben Dunn (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 16: Owen Wright (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF), Drew Courtney (AUS)

Best Tubes Moves Highlights – 2009 Billabong Pro JBay

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