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HURLEY PRO TRESTLES 2010 DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS

Day one of the 2010 Hurley Pro at Trestles was nothing short of exciting.  Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, all surfed with great form. With Kohlohe Andino and Rob Machado bowing out in the second round, there were some disappointments.  Andino was beat by last year’s runner up, Dane Reynolds and Machado lost to Bede Durbidge, so we can’t really call them upsets. 

Watch the Hurley Pro Day 1 Highlights 

Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 9, survived a hard-fought Round 1 heat this morning, scoring an excellent 8.67 in the last 10 minutes before backing it up and taking the win.  “Halfway through, I was thinking that it was going to be one of those heats where I get nothing and the other boys get everything but that one wave came and turned the heat,” Fanning said. “I just tried to get the score I required and got a bit lucky. Some people say that they don’t really care about winning in the first round, but it’s sort of a good mental edge to win that first round. No one really likes being in that second round. It’s good just to move on.”  “I’m just going to take it heat by heat,” Fanning said. “I have a lot of work to do and it’d be awesome (to win two years in a row). There is a good bonus at the end of it, but first and foremost, I need to make it through more heats.”

Taj Burrow (AUS), 32, current ASP World No. 3, took out a convincing Round 1 victory over local Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 24, and newly instated ASP Top 34 member Gabe Kling (USA), 30, with some impressive surfing on his backhand.  “I normally don’t look to go left, but I noticed they had some really good walls and there’s always a ramp on them,” Burrow said. “I’ve been free surfing out here a bit and had a couple of airs in my free surfs on the left, so I figured why not throw it out there in a heat. You’ve got to look for both waves, but I was definitely thinking lefts more than rights for that heat. Everyone is lethal out there, especially Pat Gudauskas being a local guy. It’s just about picking those good ones and doing your thing because there are a lot of good guys in this event.”

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, current ASP World No. 1, posted a confident Round 1 win this morning, manhandling the performance-oriented Lowers lefts and rights to advance directly to Round 3.  “It’s always good to get an opening round win, but I think the best thing about having the number one on my back is you get a pretty good car park spot up at the top,” Smith said. “I think it’s the best part because you don’t have to walk too far. The waves are pretty fun down here, there is some good surfing going down and I’m sure it’s only going to get better throughout the day.”  Currently the frontrunner in the race for an inaugural ASP World Title, Smith maintains his focus on the present.  “Every contest is important to get a result,” Smith said. “I’m just having fun and enjoying this event and enjoying this year and trying not to take it too serious.”

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1:Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.33, Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.94, Luke Munro (AUS) 10.33
Heat 2:Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.50, Adam Melling (AUS) 14.46, Brett Simpson (USA) 13.83
Heat 3:Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.40, Taylor Knox (USA) 13.30, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.04
Heat 4:Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.10, Gabe Kling (USA) 12.67, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.70
Heat 5:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.16, Rob Machado (USA) 11.47, Kai Otton (AUS) 9.67
Heat 6:Kelly Slater (USA) 13.27, Luke Stedman (AUS) 10.10, Kolohe Andino (USA) 8.43
Heat 7:Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.26, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.93
Heat 8:Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.24, Daniel Ross (AUS) 15.23, Bobby Martinez (USA) 13.33
Heat 9:Jadson Andre (BRA) 17.03, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.46, Dusty Payne (HAW) 8.10
Heat 10:Andy Irons (HAW) 15.04, Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.57, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 5.23
Heat 11:Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.47, Owen Wright (AUS) 13.66, Roy Powers (HAW) 8.50
Heat 12:Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.93, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.67, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.26

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1:Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.70 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.10
Heat 2:Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.33 def. Rob Machado (USA) 10.77
Heat 3:Gabe Kling (USA) 12.17 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 11.44
Heat 4:C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.16 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.93
Heat 5:Brett Simpson (USA) 10.93 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.77

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES REMAINING ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 6:Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Luke Munro
Heat 7:Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 8:Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 9:Adam Melling (AUS) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 10:Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 11:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 12:Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)

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Hurley Pro Trestles Excited for New ASP Competition Format and Promising Swell

LOWER TRESTLES, California/USA (Tuesday, September 7, 2010) – The Hurley Pro at Trestles will host the world’s elite ASP Top 34 from September 12 through 18, 2010 for Stop No. 6 of 10 on the ASP World Tour.   North America’s sole permanent ASP World Tour event, the Hurley Pro at Trestles boasts one of the most high-performance venues on the planet and will host a red-hot ASP World Title race as well as the newly-approved 36-man competition format.

Get Ready for the 2010 Hurley Pro at Trestles

Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 6, has remained one of the most explosive and consistent performers of 2010, constantly netting high heat scores through each event. However, aside from a Runner-Up finish at Bells Beach in early April, the fleet-footed Australian has yet to achieve a breakout result. “I am feeling great and it’s been a little frustrating at times having close decisions not go my way,” Fanning said. “I still have all the hunger and hope things can turn around. If I can get some momentum built up, anything is possible. I feel I have improved my surfing and still having high average heat scores,” Fanning said. “The first few events, I made a couple of mistakes in wave selection and they were the things that I would lose the heat with. I felt in Tahiti everything was going well and I didn’t make mistakes, but was just pipped by an in-form Andy Irons. You have to keep your chin up and stay positive.” Despite his current ASP World No. 6 position, this season poses an eerily similar scenario to last, which saw Fanning rampage the back half of the year, starting with a win at the Hurley Pro at Trestles. “I love surfing Trestles as it is such a high performance wave,” Fanning said. “It allows you to really mix up your surfing. I had a really good session there during the US Open so hopefully I can hit that form again. I think Jordy Smith and Dane Reynolds as well as Kelly Slater will step it up. A.I. ,Andy Irons would have gained a lot of confidence after that last win so he’ll be dangerous as well.”

Whether you want to see Kelly Slater or Rob Machado, the Hurley Pro at Trestles will provide a a unique opportunity for people in Southern California to see a showcase of the world’s best surfing right in their back yard. The Hurley Pro has developed a reputation for cutting edge talent that brings the best out of professional surfing.  The Hurley Pro has a history of  great show-downs with ASP legends like Kelly Slater, Taylor Knox, Taj Burrow and Mick Fanning. 

Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 24, 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie and current ASP World No. 22, is coming off the best result of his career, an Equal 5th in Tahiti last week. Gudauskas was the sole surfer to go from outside the ASP midyear field reduction at No. 33 to blast into the safe zone at No. 22 in Tahiti, and will look to carry that momentum through to this week. “Surviving the cut was for sure a challenge for rookies,” Gudauskas said. “It was tough not thinking about the result of missing the cut, but I tried to block it out as best I could. It was more of a mental challenge to overcome, and just focus on surfing well and making heats. To make it from behind the bubble and jump into the higher ratings was really exciting. I felt good at Teahupoo, and was stoked that it translated to a good result. It seemed that I’ve just been missing out on getting on a roll all season, and so I was happy when it came together for me in Tahiti. My goal for the rest of the season is to use this momentum through to events I feel really good about and put up more good heats. Lowers is my home, and I pretty much live for Europe.”  The last remaining San Clemente local amongst the ASP Top 34, Gudauskas will look to utilize his years of experience at the venue as he does battle against the world’s best.  “Everyone on tour surfs so well that it’s really anyone’s game at trestles,” Gudauskas said. “Surfers I’ll be looking forward to seeing surf are for sure Dane Reynolds and Jordy Smith. I’m also psyched to see Brett Simpson out there along with Dusty Payne. I think the young crew’s going to be flairing. I can’t wait to bring the heat. I think for myself, the local knowledge will just give me extra comfort to go big. I grew up surfing it, and have a lot of passion to do well at home in front of my friends and family. It’s kind of like everyone coming to your stadium to play the Superbowl. You want to give the home crowd something to froth on, kind of like Simpo at HB.”

Taj Burrow (AUS), 32, current ASP World No. 3, has been one of the most innovative and progressive surfers in the world for well over a decade, and the upcoming leg of events suits the Western Australian’s style perfectly.”Very excited about the events ahead,” Burrow said. “It’s a strong leg of the tour for me and I’m planning on doing the best surfing of my year. I don’t want to leave close heats in the hands of the judges. I want to win convincingly. Trestles is absolutely the most high-performance wave on tour. Everyone surfs their best out there. It’s the perfect canvas to unleash your whole repertoire on.” A perennial threat to the ASP World Title, Burrow held a strong lead throughout the first three events before dropping back to his present position at ASP World No. 3.  “I want to win the World Title of course but my immediate goal and most important one is to surf my absolute best in every heat at every location,” Burrow said.

For the first time in the history of the sport, the ASP will unveil its new 36-man format at the Hurley Pro at Trestles.

ASP WORLD TOUR 36-MAN FORMAT:
Round 1:
12 three-man heats, 1st advances to Round 3, 2nd and 3rd to Round 2
Round 2: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 3, 2nd is Equal 25th place
Round 3: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 4, 2nd is Equal 13th place
Round 4: Four 3-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd and 3rd to Round 5
Round 5: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd is Equal 9th
Quarterfinals: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Semifinals, 2nd is Equal 5th
Semifinals: Two man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Finals, 2nd is Equal 3rd
Final: One man-on-man heat, 1st and 2nd

Surfline, official forecasters for the Hurley Pro at Trestles, are currently tracking several promising systems that could be set to deliver good waves throughout the event.

The Hurley Pro at Trestles will be webcast LIVE via http://www.hurley.com/hurleypro/

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ASP Judging Criteria

The ASP Judging Criteria for surfing contest on the 2010 ASP world tour and beyond is as follows: Surfers must perform to the ASP Judging Key Elements to maximize their scoring potential.

ASP Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring waves:

  • Commitment and Degree of Difficulty
  • Innovative and Progressive Maneuvres
  • Combination of Major Maneuvres
  • Variety of Manoeuvres
  • Speed, Power and Flow

* It is important to note that the emphasis on certain elements is contingent upon the location and the conditions on the day, as well as changes of conditions during the day.

Scale Utilized:  [ 0.0 – 1.9: Poor ]  [ 2.0 – 3.9: Fair ]  [ 4.0 – 5.9: Average ]  [ 6.0 – 7.9: Good ]   [ 8.0 – 10.0: Excellent ]

“The last part of the revised ASP Judging Criteria is crucial,” Hatchett said. “Surfers and fans need to understand that certain aspects of surfing score higher depending on the location and the conditions at that location. For example, the same approach to surfing in classic Trestles conditions will not score the same when applied to classic Pipeline conditions – classic Trestles conditions call for more Innovative and Progressive Maneuvers whereas classic Pipeline conditions call for more Commitment and Degree of Difficulty.” The aforementioned criteria will be applied across the board at ASP World Tour, ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) and ASP Pro Junior event.

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Andy Irons Wins Billabong Pro Tahiti

Three-time ASP World Champion, Andy Irons has won the Billabong Pro Tahiti, beating C.J. Hobgood, in an explosive Final clash in three-to-four foot waves at Teahupoo. The emphatic victory marks Irons’ 20th at the elite level of competition, and the Hawaiian was emotional when regarding his first win in over three years (won Rip Curl Pro Search Chile 2007). 

“I did it!” Irons exclaimed. “I surf because I have to put my jersey on some time. I took a lot of losses, but I put in the hard work too. I dedicate this win 100% to my wife, Lindy, she is everything to me and without her, I’d be nothing. I really, really like competing because I love to win and I feel on top of the world today. I surf because I love to win. I love this feeling.”

Irons, who bested reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, lethal rookie Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 24, and past nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 38, en route to the Final, opened up with a massive, freefall wipeout before utilizing his unparalleled backhand tube-riding skills to net a 14.67 out of a possible 20 and collect the win.

“He (Hobgood) paddled me inside and caught the first wave,” Irons said. “The next wave was better and I just fell out of the sky. I thought my board was going to break. It has two buckles on it already. I just went after it out there. C.J. is so dangerous here. I knew he would be getting tens or twos, and I was lucky it was twos today.”

With today’s victory, Irons moves from No. 18 to No. 7 on the ASP World Title Race rankings, a monumental feat that sees the powerful Hawaiian well inside the ASP Top 10.

“I feel like I’m back,” Irons said. “I have to thank ASP for giving me the wildcard back here. My whole dream was to come back and just win one contest, and I’ve done that now. I want more. And to win at Teahupoo, it’s my favourite wave in the world. It’s a very special win.”

Hobgood, one of the premiere tuberiders in the world, was unable to find his way out of multiple barrels in the Final bout against Irons and was reflective in terms Runner-Up finish in Tahiti.

“I had good waves that I could have got the score on and I tried a little harder than I had to,” Hobgood said. “My highest score was only an 8 through every heat leading up to this one and I hadn’t had a breakout performance. No one to blame but myself. I’m stoked all the same though. After the win, I told Andy ‘there’s a lot of people pulling for you, including myself.’ It’s emotional and you take what you can from it.”

Today’s finish at the Billabong Pro Tahiti vaults the past ASP World Champion (2001) from No. 22 to No. 15 in the hunt for the 2010 ASP World Title heading into the next tour stop in Southern California.

“I’ve been in four finals out here and I don’t remember the years I got second,” Hobgood said. “Still, it’s a huge result for me, and I had the opportunity out there. I finally got the monkey off my back this season and I hope I can build on this moving forward.”

Jeremy Flores (FRA), 22, posted the best result of his young career, finishing Equal 3rd at the Billabong Pro Tahiti before going down to Hobgood in the Semifinals. The result jumps the young natural-footer from 24th to 19th on the ASP World Title Race rankings, an excellent position heading into Lower Trestles and home to Europe.

“I had priority the last five minutes and a set came that was my chance, but it wasn’t the wave I needed,” Flores said. “The barrel was really small inside. C.J. (Hobgood) is an excellent surfer and he’s very smart. He surfed a smart heat. Still though, it’s great for me, and I’m excited for the next event.”

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, past nine-time ASP World Champion, looked the form surfer of the day, scoring the event’s first and only Perfect 10 in the Quarterfinals for an incredible freefall layback barrel.

“It’s been a while (since getting a 10),” Slater said. “That was probably the best wave of the day. I looked at the first one, and I was surprised Ace (Adrian Buchan) went on the first one. The second one usually sucks out more and is more hollow. I was a little bit far back when I was paddling, and when I turned around to go, the wind was pushing me back. So I really had to overcompensate once I got to the bottom and finally set my edge. It was a good one though.”

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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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Brett Simpson Repeats as US Open Surfing Champion

Local favorite Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach, CA), 25, defeated current Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World No. 1 Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, to clinch his second consecutive title in front of his home crowd at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME US Open of Surfing presented by Hurley and Nike 6.0 to clinch the highly sought after $100,000 check at South Huntington Beach Pier in two-to-four foot (1 metre) surf.

Simpson, who marched to a dream victory in front of his home crowd last year, surfed consistently throughout the event’s entirety to charge to a nearly unimaginable repeat performance to take his second consecutive US Open of Surfing title and mass of ratings points on offer towards his ASP World Ranking.  “Last year barely sank in and now I won this year,” Simpson said. “It’s so hard to mentally imagine it all over again because you have to stay consistent and surf so many heats. Luckily I zoned everything out and tried not to worry about the points or the money and that’s when I have competed the best. To be at home with so many friends and family, I’ve enjoyed it so much. To win out here two years in a row is unimaginable. ”

Simpson, who is currently competing on his rookie year on the ASP Dream Tour, jumped out to a quick start in his matchup against the South African juggernaut in the Final and built momentum throughout the heat, leaving Smith looking for a near-perfect score in the final moments of the ASP Dream Tour campaigner’s bout.  “Jordy (Smith) has been getting quick starts, so I tried to go out there and get a decent start,” Simpson said. “I got a five, and it was a low scoring heat, but all the waves I caught I maximized. Jordy had that one wave, where if he pulled that air it could have been a different ballgame. That’s the risk you take to be rewarded and with the level these days, that’s where it’s at. I kind of stayed conservative and built my scores, but either way, a win is a win.”

Simpson, who defeated reigning two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, to win his 2009 US Open of Surfing title, rose to the challenge once again this year, topping a marquee list of surfers including nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach ,FL), 38, former ASP World Tour surfer Nathaniel Curran (Oxnard, CA), 26, ASP Dream Tour rookie Adam Melling (AUS), 25, and Australian standout Julian Wilson (AUS), 22, before defeating Smith in the Final.  “It’s amazing to beat those guys,” Simpson said. “I guess this is my best chance to compete against those guys and I know the wave really well and I just go out there and stay confident. I know which waves score the best and that’s all you can do against those guys.”

Smith, who posted the highest scores of the day in the Quarterfinals, ousted dangerous ASP Pro Junior surfer Miguel Pupo (BRA), 18, in the Quarterfinals and reigning two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, in the Semifinals, but was unable to find a rhythm against Simpson and placed second overall.  “It wasn’t exactly J-Bay, it’s Huntington, it’s never going to be perfect,” Smith said. “You’ve got to kind of adapt to everything and Brett (Simpson) did that the best. It’s a big event and Brett has done it again, congratulations to him.”  Smith has been on an absolute tear throughout the 2010 ASP season and has been a consistent finalist in several events. Although Smith was hungry to clinch the US Open of Surfing title, he was pleased with the result and the ASP PRIME points “It’s still a good result,” Smith said. “We’ll see how the year goes from here. I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. I am having a pretty good year. I’m just relaxing and feeling confident.”

US Open of Surfing Men’s Final Results:
1 – Brett Simpson (USA) 13.97 ?
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.33

US Open of Surfing Men’s Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.00 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.80?
Heat 2: Brett Simpson (USA) 13.37 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.33

US Open of Surfing Men’s Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.66 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.10
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.26 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.07
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.94 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 7.43
Heat 4: Brett Simpson (USA) 10.14 def. Nathaniel Curran (USA) 9.74

US Open Pro Junior Men’s Final:
1 – Evan Geiselman (USA) 12.57?
2 – Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.54?
3 – Kolohe Andino (USA) 8.23?
4 – Miguel Pupo (BRA) 7.67

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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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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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Swell Forecast Looks Good for Billabong Pro JBay

After a long lay-off for ASP WCT contest, most spectators are eagerly awaiting the Billabong Pro at Jeffrey’s Bay.  This is the 5th spot on the ASP World Tour one that usually proves to be a showdown in the iconic right-handers. Early surf forecasts look very promising for solid surf and good conditions. 

THURSDAY 15th
SWELL/SURF: Solid SSW swell with 6-8’+ faces and a good chance for larger waves, if the storm continues to behave as fore.
WIND: Moderate SW wind.

FRIDAY 16th
SWELL/SURF: SSW swell ping off, but still fairly solid leftovers in the morning in the 4-7′ range (on the face). Smaller in the afternoon.
WIND: Moderate W wind.

SATURDAY 17th
SWELL/SURF: Possible slight reinforcing bump of SSW swell building through the afternoon for 5-7’+ faces, and possibly larger, if storm behaves as fore in the next few days.
WIND: Light WNW wind.

SUNDAY 18th
SWELL/SURF: SSW swell possibly remains up early, before ping off through the afternoon for more 5-7′ faces in the morning, if storm behaves as fore in the next few days.
WIND: Light to moderate N/NW wind in the morning, becoming WNW for the afternoon.

Watch Last Year’s Final 2009 Billabong Pro J-Bay
 


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Joel Parkinson Out of Billabong Pro at JBay

Joel Parkinson officially pulled out of this week’s Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, after badly slicing his foot while surfing at his home break of Snapper Rocks a few days ago.

“I just pulled into a barrel and have been taken out by the foamball, and pretty well straight away I’ve felt the board hit me,” says Joel, the current world number 8. “I knew immediately it was a pretty serious cut. I didn’t want to look at it when I came in because I knew it wouldn’t be good.” Joel was helped up the beach to a waiting ambulance by good friend and three-time world champion, Andy Irons who had been surfing with him.

The cut is on the underside of Joel’s right foot, just in front of his heel. Due to fly out early next week for South Africa, the injury will not have time to heal and as such Joel has made the decision to miss the Jeffreys Bay event, where he is the defending champion.

 

 

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