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Hurley Pro Wildcard Spot Up for Grabs

The final Hurley Pro wildcard spot will be up for grabs right before the first heat of Round 1. The four trials finalists — who earned their spot during the Hurley Pro Trials at the US Open of Surfing — will compete in a four man heat to determine who will be awarded the final spot into the main event. The second Hurley Pro wildcard is still to be determined by Hurley.

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ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 10 (After Quiksilver Pro New York):
Kelly Slater (USA) 34950 pts
2. Owen Wright (AUS) 31,900 pts
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 30,200 pts
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 27,000 pts
5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 26,750 pts
6. Josh Kerr (AUS) 25,600 pts
7. Taj Burrow (AUS) 25,250 pts
8. Mick Fanning (AUS) 23,000 pts
9. Michel Bourez (PYF) 20,500 pts
10. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 19,700 pts

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Quiksilver is working closely with the City of Long Beach to preserve the heart of the ASP World Tour surf contest scheduled to start on Sunday, September 4 in light of the impact of Hurricane Irene and concerns for the Long Beach community, which suffered significant damage from the storm. The Quiksilver Pro is scheduled to start its 11-day “holding period” on Monday, September 5. The Quiksilver Pro Trials presented by Unsound Surf will run on Sunday, September 4.

The situation has been changing daily, and we recognize that City resources are focused on hurricane restoration and clean up as first priority. In that context, we have been informed by the City that the festival and music components of the event are no longer achievable.

The Quiksilver Pro NY is first and foremost about the surf contest and Long Beach has an incredible surfing tradition and spirit. We are committed to holding the ASP tour event at Long Beach so that together we can promote the sport by bringing together the best surfers in the world to this terrific community.

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Get ready for the ASP World Tour 2011 with stop #1 on the dream tour, the Quiksilver Gold Coast.

Heat 1:
Adrian Buchan (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Bobby Martinez (USA), Cory Lopez (USA)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Brett Simpson (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 11: Chris Davidson (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 12: Jadson Andre (BRA), Damien Hobgood (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT)

Heat 1:
Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Paige Hareb (NZL), Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Tyler Wright (AUS), TBA
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 6: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Courtney Conlogue (USA)

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2011 ASP World Tour Schedule

Dates Contest Site Event
Feb 26 – Mar 9, 2011 Gold Coast,Qld, Australia Quiksilver Pro
Apr 19 – 30, 2011 Bells Beach,Victoria, Australia Rip Curl Pro
May 11 – 22, 2011 Rio de Janeiro,RJ, Brazil Billabong Rio Pro
Jul 14 – 24, 2011 Jeffreys Bay, South Africa Billabong Pro
Aug 20 – 31, 2011 Teahupoo,Taiarapu, French Polynesia Billabong Pro Teahupoo
Sep 3 – 12, 2011 East Coast, United States of America TBA (Tentative)
Sep 16 – 24, 2011 Trestles,California, United States of America Hurley Pro
Oct 4 – 13, 2011 South West Coast, France Quiksilver Pro France
Oct 15 – 24, 2011 Peniche, Portugal Rip Curl Pro
Nov 1 – 11, 2011 Somewhere, Rip Curl Search
Dec 8 – 20, 2011 Banzai Pipeline,Oahu, Hawaii Billabong Pipe Masters

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2011 ASP World Masters Championships Back by Popular Demand

The ASP World Masters Championships will be back in full swing in 2011, following a six-year hiatus, with some of history’s most iconic waterman donning the singlet once again to do battle.

Maresias Beach, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will play host to the historic event, signing a licence agreement that will see the ASP World Masters Championships return to Brazil for the next three years. “We’re thrilled to have the ASP World Masters Championships back on the schedule in 2011,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said. “These are some of the biggest names in surfing history and the world has been waiting to witness them do battle once again. With Maresias, we’ve found the ideal fit and the Masters will be back in action for the foreseeable future.” The ASP World Masters Championships hosts two divisions: Masters (aged 36 to 49-years old with 20 competitors) and Grand Masters (aged 50 and over with 16 competitors).

Potential competitors for the ASP World Masters Championships:

– Tom Carroll (AUS)

– Barton Lynch (AUS)

– Martin Potter (GBR)

– Kelly Slater (USA)

– Gary Elkerton (AUS)

– Damien Hardman (AUS)

– Derek Ho (HAW)

– Tom Curren (USA)

– Mark Occhilupo (AUS)

– Luke Egan (AUS)

– Dave Macaulay (AUS)

– Rob Bain (AUS)

– Shane Beschen (USA)

– Shane Powell (AUS)

– Brad Gerlach (USA)

– Shane Dorian (HAW)

– Matt Hoy (AUS)

– Jake Paterson (AUS)

– Victor Ribas (BRA)

– Taylor Knox (USA)

– Fabio Gouveia (BRA)

– Mike Parsons (USA)

– Jeff Booth (USA)

Potential competitors for the ASP World Grand Masters Championships:

– Shaun Tomson (ZAF)

– Wayne Bartholomew (AUS)

– Mark Richards (AUS)

– Michael Ho (HAW)

– Cheyne Horan (AUS)

– Hans Hedemann (HAW)

– Glen Winton (AUS)

– Simon Anderson (AUS)

– Terry Richardson (AUS)

– Buzzy Kerbox (HAW)

– Bobby Owens (HAW)

– Peter Townend (AUS)

– Dane Kealoha (HAW)

– Joey Buran (USA)

– Ian Cairns (AUS)

– Jeff Hakman (HAW)

“I’m right behind it,” Mark Occhilupo, 1999 ASP World Champion, said. “That heat was so good yesterday (in Haleiwa), but there are so many other good guys like Gary Elkerton, Martin Potter and Luke Egan, just to name a couple and all those guys are still surfing so good. Everyone loves to see them surfing and I’m right behind it. I’m stoked.”  Next year’s incarnation of the ASP World Masters Championships will be the richest in surfing history, boasting a US$220,000 prize purse across both divisions.  “We are very proud to bring to Brazil, the names that made history in this sport. It will be an unforgettable event and a gift to the Brazilian fans,” Evandro Abreu, Super Surf Manager Events. The ASP World Masters Championships will take place from July 25 – 31, 2011 at Maresias Beach, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  For more information, visit or ProSurfingNews.

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Slater Wins 10th World Title in an Amazing Performance in Puerto Rico

Kelly Slater made it official beating Adriano De Souza in the quarter finals of the Rip Curl Search Pro in Puerto Rico. Slater had two amazing waves for a total of 18.87.  The waves came together for Kelly as the conditions cleaned up and Slater made every wave count. Congratulations to great champion winning in an epic moment.

Today, Slater clinched his historic and unprecedented 10th ASP World Title before going on to take out the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico, as comprehensive and dominant a performance as the sporting world has ever bore witness to.  “This is the only event close to my home and I spent a lot of time in Puerto Rico when I was a kid,” Slater said. “I used to surf a lot of contests at Jobos and Wilderness, so this was kind of like a homecoming for me. A lot of my friends here I’ve known for 25 years and to surf with Dylan (Graves), I used to surf with his father in Florida when I was a kid. It was a special time. To be close to Florida and to win the 10th and get that wave (the Perfect 10) in the Final, there is nothing else I could add to it.”

Slater, who would go on to post an incredible 18.77 out of a possible 20 in the Final, secured the event’s second Perfect 10, exhibiting a masterful display of diversity and control in the rippable afternoon conditions.  “The wave that did it for me was that first one in the Quarterfinals against Adriano (de Souza),” Slater said. “That was the heat I needed to win to get the Title, and after that first wave, I felt this wave of relief. I still had to win the heat, but I was so relaxed and everything just started going my way. I was in the best possible headspace I could have been in for the rest of the day. This is a dream.”

Quarter Final, Heat 2 – Kelly Slater vs Adriano de Souza

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Fanning Beats Slater in Epic Quiksilver Pro France

Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, reigning ASP World Champion, claimed his second, consecutive Quiksilver Pro France today, defeating fellow finalist, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, Kelly Slater (USA), 38, in pumping six-to-eight foot (2.5 metre) barrels at Les Culs Nus Beach.

Kelly Slater Amazing 10 – Quiksilver Pro France 2010

Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France culminated in dramatic fashion today with a bevy of high-scoring rides amidst the treacherous conditions, and it was the Australian besting the American in a hard-fought Final. “That was difficult,” Fanning said. “Kelly (Slater) and I were talking out there about how we were trying to get in the spot. There was just a lot of water moving and it was super challenging. I got absolutely hammered by that set – copped the whole thing on the head and it killed me. You were either in the spot or you weren’t, and I was fortunate enough to be there for a couple.”

Notching his second, consecutive Quiksilver Pro France win today, Fanning notes that the spectacular conditions gracing this year’s event make the victory more enjoyable.  “This one feels pretty good,” Fanning said. “Last year, the waves weren’t really pumping. This year, it almost didn’t feel like a surf contest, but rather a bunch of guys getting barrelled off their heads for a few days.”

Today’s win moves Fanning from 5th to 3rd on the ASP World Title Race rankings, well within striking distance of the frontrunner position moving into the final three events of the season. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do and the other guys have a couple of Finals on me,” Fanning said. “It’s a start. I’m going to go to Portugal and have a lot of fun. Slater was in phenomenal form from the outset today, consistently racking up impressive scores and feeding off the energy of the ocean. “This is what we live for,” Slater said. “This is insane. There are the craziest waves out there. They’re out there. You don’t want to get 6s, you want to get 10s.”

The iconic natural-footer did just that in his Semifinal bout, free-falling and recovering with supernatural ability on a solid forehand barrel, being spat out the the eruption of applause from the millions watching around the world. It wave marks only the second Perfect 10 on the ASP season, and the first for Slater.  “It wasn’t one of those classic waves,” Slater said. “It was a little wonky at the start and I was waiting for it to hit the shallow part of the sandbar. I grabbed as hard as I could at the top of the wave to slow myself down, but my fins released and I ended up slipping down the face on the nose of my board. I thought I had blown it, but as I got to the bottom, my fins caught and I could reset my line and it worked out.”  However, in quickly-changing conditions in the Final, Slater found himself uncharacteristically out of rhythm only able to amass a 6.74 heat total. “Ouch,” Slater said. “It was really difficult out there and I didn’t get much aside from a few poundings. Congrats to Mick (Fanning) for finding a couple of scores out there.”

Today’s Runner-Up finish sees Slater cementing his position as ASP World No. 1 heading into the remainder of the season.

Brett Simpson (USA), 25, 2010 ASP World Tour rookie, scored a career-best result today (an Equal 3rd at the Quiksilver Pro France), rocketing him from 28th to 20th on the ASP World Title Race rankings.

“These are the best waves I have ever surfed in a contest,” Simpson said. “My heat this morning was magical, and then this afternoon, I couldn’t find a wave to save my life. It’s okay though. It’s my best result of my career. I’m stoked to finally put a decent result on the board and hopefully I can continue that momentum into Portugal.”

Adrian Buchan (AUS), 27, was another to suffer a severe beating in his Semifinal against Fanning, but his Equal 3rd place finish today sees the stylish goofy-footer bumped from 9th to 6th on the ASP World Title Race rankings.

“It’s really hard out there,” Buchan said. “You really have to be on the spot to get the right one. That left I had probably would have given me the score, but it warbled on the last stretch and kind of bucked me off. Happy with my result though and it puts me in a good position moving into Portugal.”

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, current ASP World No. 2, was unable to find a rhythm in his morning’s Quarterfinals match-up, falling to Fanning and finishing Equal 5th.

“There’re not many good ones out there,” Smith said. “It’s kind of a diamond-in-the-rough situation. That’s the way it goes though – you win some, you lose some. It was unfortunate that I couldn’t get any waves out there for that heat, but that’s okay. I think everyone on tour is trying their hardest to prevent Kelly (Slater) from getting No. 10, but what can you do?”

Highlights from Quiksilver Pro France will be available via

The next stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 7 through 18, 2010.

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1 –
Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.90
2 – Kelly Slater (USA) 6.74

SF 1:
Kelly Slater (USA) 15.13 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 3.00
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.67 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.40

QF 1:
Brett Simpson (USA) 14.67 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 10.77
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.43 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.33
QF 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.93 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 4.27
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.00 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.76

CURRENT ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Quiksilver Pro France):
Kelly Slater (USA) 48,000 pts
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 40,750 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 39,500 pts
4. Taj Burrow (AUS) 32,250 pts
5. Dane Reynolds (USA) 32,000 pts

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2010 Quiksilver Pro France Ready to Roll with New Swell

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 2: Dane Reynolds (USA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Luke Stedman (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Maxime Huscenot (REU)
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Chris Davidson (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 11: Damien Hobgood (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 12: Andy Irons (HAW), Bobby Martinez (USA), Kai Otton (AUS)

The Quiksilver Pro France will be webcast LIVE via

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Kelly Slater Wins Hurley Pro 2010 at Trestles

LOWER TRESTLES, California/USA (Saturday, September 18, 2010) –  Kelly Slater (USA), 38, past nine-time ASP World Champion, has dominated the 2010 Hurley Pro at Trestles in flawless seven-foot waves over lethal Australian Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27.  Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Hurley Pro at Trestles culminated in stunning fashion today with the iconic Floridian collecting an unprecedented 43rd elite tour victory.

 “Looking back at my career, I never would have fathomed a ninth title, let alone a 10th,” Slater said. “I don’t know what to say. It’s still a long road ahead. We still have four events and I’m just trying to soak in this win and not even think about everything right now.”

It was pristine conditions as the world’s best geared up for the final day of the Pro and the competitors did not hold back.  Slater was first set to face Chris Davidson in Round 5 but got an automatic advance when Davidson was too ill to compete.  After earning a free pass, Slater proved he was worthy to advance, unleashing with a vengeance on competitor after competitor.

Quarter Finals matched Slater with Owen Wright, the same opponent who beat him in a non elimination round just one day earlier in the competition.  Edging him out, Kelly went on to the Semi-Finals in a match-up with Mick Fanning.  In no easy fete, Bede won out against then No. 1 ranked Jordy Smith in an unexpected turn pushing him to the Semis to face Dane Reynolds.  The Semi-Finals became a game of cat & mouse as the competitors found themselves in race after race for waves with Slater winning over Fanning by a solid 5.44 point lead and Durbidge clenching the heat over Reynolds by a strong 2.04 points.

Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27, who defeated Slater at this event in 2006, was unable to repeat the magic this year, but was ultimately thankful for his Runner-Up finish. “This was an important comp for me. Congrats go to Kelly (Slater). He’s the man out here and his record is second to none and he’s so dangerous. It was good to make the Final. I’m stoked,” Durbidge said.

In the Final round Slater unleashed with air after air and a near top to bottom stand-up barrel which sent the crowd roaring.  Bede followed that up with an attempted 360 air.  The final results had Kelly claiming the victory, beating Bede by 4 points.  Kelly takes home the $105,000 first-place prize. “We couldn’t have asked for a better event,” said Hurley VP of Sports Marketing Pat O’connell. “With each Hurley Pro we do, we’re looking to raise the level in some way. And I think we achieved that this year.” 

The competition was full of action as Slater made his way through heat by heat.  With each competitor upping the ante the athletes pulled out some stunning moves as the days went on.  Highlights included Dane Reynolds’ 9.33 scored wave which won him the fan voted “Phantom True Performance Award.”

Watch Kelly Slater Winner of the 2010 Hurley Pro

ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After the Hurley Pro at Trestles):
Kelly Slater
2. Jordy Smith
3. Taj Burrow
4. Dane Reynolds
5. Mick Fanning

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