Rip Curl's Piccolo Clemente Crowned 2015 WSL Longboard Champion
Wanning, Hainan Island/CHINA - Peru's Piccolo Clemente (PER) has been crowned the 2015 Jeep Longboard World Champion and in doing so has become a 2 time World Longboard Champion. Clemente came up against 2 times World Champion Taylor Jensen (USA) in what were the best conditions of the waiting period with 4-5 foot waves and offshore winds at Riyue Bay Wanning, Hainan, China.
"I feel incredible," Clemente said. "After getting knocked out early in the competition last year I was frustrated so I have been working so hard all year for this event and the result shows. The waves were incredible all day which was perfect."
2013 World Champion Clemente took the lead mid way through the heat with back-to-back excellent scores giving him a heat total of 18.30 (out of a possible 20). Needing a score, Jensen got busy in the last 10 minuses of the heat but fell just short of the required score finishing the Final on 17.70, gifting the Peruvian his second World Title.
"Taylor and I met in an event in Japan earlier this year and he beat me so to get one back on him is great. Taylor is an incredible competitor I have a lot of respect for him so I'm really happy to win against him here in China."
Jensen was looking ominous all event even posting two excellent scores during the Final. The American was unable to match the high scores of Clemente a suffered his first ever runner-up.
"it's really tough," Jensen said. This is the first time I've had a second and it's worse than getting ninth. Piccolo has been ripping so it was always going to be tough. The waves for the entire event have been great, but the second really hurts."
For all news, photos and highlights from the 2015 Jeep World Longboard Championship, head to www.worldsurfleague.com or the WSL App.
Brazilian Godfather Rides FCS II To World Title
100% FCS Global Team Rider, and the Godfather of Brazilian surfing Adriano De Souza, has achieved his lifelong dream by becoming the 2015 WSL Men’s World Champion. Watch the highlights video
Earlier this year FCS Team Rider & Tour veteran CJ Hobgood announced his retirement. The 2015 Pipeline Masters was CJ’s last official WSL event as a World Tour surfer and he played spolier by dropping a perfect 10 point ride & defeated Kelly Slater. Watch Video
Xcel Drylock TDC SIMA Image Award Nominations
SIMA IMAGE AWARD NOMINEES
Xcel Drylock TDC SIMA Image Award Nominations
Xcel's Drylock TDC series continues to redefine coldwater wetsuit and accessory performance, receiving two nominations for 2015 Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Image Awards.
The Drylock TDC fullsuit is nominated for Wetsuit of the Year, and our Drylock TDC boot is up for Hardgoods Accessory Product of the Year.
World Surfing Champion Gabriel Medina Extends Rip Curl Relationship Stays On The Search For The Future
World Surfing Champion Gabriel Medina this week signed a new contract with long time sponsor Rip Curl, extending his relationship with the surfing company into the future.
The 21-year-old surfer first joined the RC team at 14 years of age.
"Thanks to Rip Curl for the continual belief in me," said a happy Medina from the Rip Curl Team House at Pipeline. "I have been in the Rip Curl family for a long time. Now I am in even deeper."
Medina first came to prominence as a junior winning the Rip Curl International Gromsearch Final, the WSL World Junior Title and rapidly qualifying for the Men's World Tour, bursting onto the scene in 2011 and winning two of the first four WSL World Tour events he contested.
He steadily improved his ranking until winning last year's 2014 World Surf League season when he became the first-ever Brazilian Men's World Surfing Champion and the youngest surfer to win the world surfing title since Kelly Slater.
"The most important thing in a relationship like this is that the surfer feels at home. Gabriel is happy here with us. He's one of our crew. That makes performing at the top level easier for him," said Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl's Marketing Chairman. "Rip Curl really strives to support the career pathway from a junior to a World Champion and Gabriel is a great example of that program. We like to support surfers for the whole ride."
Felipe Silveira Rip Curl Brazil CEO who first spotted Gabriel's talent at an early age said, "Rip Curl has had a close relationship with Gabriel since we first signed with him in 2009. I'm happy to see our collaboration going stronger and longer. Gabriel is already a spectacular surfer and will get better in years to come and we are stoked to see that."
Gabriel Medina goes into the 2015 WSL World Title race ranked 4th alongside his Rip Curl team mates 3 X World Champion Mick Fanning (currently ranked 1st) and Fiji Pro winner Owen Wright (currently ranked 5th) with a solid chance at retaining his world title back-to-back.
"I'm looking forward to Pipeline. It's going to be great. Let's hope we get some real waves," said Medina on the challenge to come.
The World Surf League Samsung Galaxy Championship World Title showdown will be decided in the heavy surf of the Pipeline Masters on Oahu's North Shore and can be watched LIVE at worldsurfleague.com and will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports Asia and on Globo TV in Brazil.
It's the driving force that lead to the creation of Rip Curl. It's all about pure Searching for Surf and enjoying the beautiful ride along the way. This clip sums up that deep rooted sense of exploration and desire and invites you in for a deeper look, for and at yourself.
What is it that makes us Explore?
The restless urge to pack up and go.
When the rumor of a perfect wave won't leave your mind.
The anticipation, the laughs, the disasters, the surf.
It defines who we are are... The Search.
The Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal
October 20-31, 2015
World Best Surfers Move on to The Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal
Location: Supertubos, Peniche/Portugal
Event window: October 20 - 31, 2015
The world's best surfers have begun their collective migration from the Southwest of France to the Portuguese township of Peniche for the final European stop of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
Held at the world-class beachbreak of Supertubos, the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal has delivered the unparalleled athleticism, competitive drama and adventure of the world's best surfers since 2009 and this season promises more of the same with a red-hot race for the world surfing crown as well as the battle for requalification.
Mick Fanning (AUS), 34, three-time WSL Champion, further became a global sensation this past July when he survived a Great White Shark attack on live television during the Finals of the J-Bay Open in South Africa. Despite the traumatic experience, Fanning has delivered an impressive run of surfing since, winning the Hurley Pro at Trestles and reclaiming the 2015 WSL Jeep Leader Jersey. Although suffering a Quarterfinals ousting in France, Fanning retains the frontrunner spot heading into Portugal.
Wasn't the result I wanted in France but Bede (Durbidge) has been in form all event so he was always going to be dangerous, Fanning said. 'The priority now is to reset and focus for Portugal. It's similar to France in that the conditions and waves can change a lot. I've had strong results there in the past and it has some incredible waves. Looking forward to the upcoming event.'
Fanning will have the opportunity to secure a fourth World Title in Portugal. If Fanning wins the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, De Souza will need a 9th or better (making Round 5 or better) in order to take the World Title decision to Hawaii. Alternatively, if Fanning finishes runner-up in Portugal the decision will go to Hawaii even if Adriano gets a 25th (last place). If De Souza wins the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the World Title decision will go to Hawaii even if Mick Fanning gets a 25th in Portugal.
Mason Ho (HAW), 27, a world-renowned freesurfer from Oahu's North Shore, has been allocated a wildcard to compete in the upcoming Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Peniche will serve as Ho's second elite CT event of the season, having previously competed at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in April where the young Hawaiian bested three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 34, in the non-elimination Round 1 before ultimately falling to the reigning WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA), 21, in Round 3.
"I just got news about the Portugal event and I'm amping, Ho said. Already preparing, I can't wait! Dad (Michael Ho - Hawaiian Legend and former WSL Professional) is super stoked as well. Hope we get some bombing swell and all that other good stuff down there."
The Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal will run from October 20 - 31, 2015 and be LIVE via webcast on WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL mobile app.
The Workshop Experience
Everyone leaves the workshop with a satisfying, confident and proud feeling and a beautiful board as well!
Building a hollow wooden Surfboard is about more than just the finished product. Whether you have ample experience with power tools and wood or none whatsoever, the journey from start to finish is very unique and different for each individual. Although some of the days are quite long, the comradery and interaction amongst the workshop participants is positive and light hearted- watching everyone‚Äôs individual boards evolve is an exciting process.
There are a wide range of individuals who partake in the workshops- all ages and skill levels, avid surfers to the weekend warrior, father/son teams and couples. All with the same goal of creating a beautiful, individual and fun board to enjoy throughout the years.
Working with wood is organic and satisfying. From creating your own design with the different shades of wood to sanding and shaping the final product. Everyone leaves the workshop with a satisfying, confident and proud feeling and a beautiful board as well!!!
Take a moment to check out this video that was shot in Sayulita Nayarit during a workshop. Andy's passion for carpentry and surfing has given birth to a cool workshop experience. If you thought sand was hard on camera gear, try fine powdery sawdust. Thanks for the bluegrass sounds Timmy Morris.
In the seven day workshop the builders build a board that is ready to be surfed. The builder will construct the board and then glass it. Similar to the three day workshop the first three to four days are fairly intensive. The last three to four days have some breaks while we wait for resins to dry and harden.
in 2014 more surfers won WSL events on FCS fins than all other brands put together
Since hitting the market fcs II has quickly become the new undisputed world standard fin system.
The statistics speak for themselves.
2014 was quite a significant yearÖ At the completion of the WSL
season surfing crowned a new World Champion; Gabriel Medina.
It was Gabrielís maiden menís World Title victory, but it also marked
an impressive 5th World Title for the revolutionary FCS II fin system.
The 2014 Pipe Masters was an amazing achievment for Julian Wilson
and a significant victory for FCS II. It not only handed him the
Triple Crown trophy, it was also the 18th WCT win by a
surfer riding the FCS II system and fins.
In 2014 there were 7 WCT victories on the womenís tour, and 7
victories on the menís tour, with FCS team rider Mick Fanning
responsible for three wins alone.
LONGBOARD WORLD TOUR
Prior to the Hawaiian season, Harley Ingleby won his second WSL
Longboard World Title in China riding the FCS II system, and the
new FCS II longboard fins that are set to revolutionise the single
fin market in both longboarding and SUP.
WORLD QUALIFYING SERIES
In what was a very competitive year on the WQS, Filipe Toledo
easily outclassed his rivals to finish on top of the WQS ratings.
FCS II was released back in March 2013, and since hitting the market
has quickly become the new undisputed world standard fin system.
The statistics speak for themselves, and to date no other fin
system can lay claim to a single World Title.
2015 is set to be a huge year for the FCS II system and our team
riders, as innovation continues to influence surfing equipment
and the performances of surferís around the world.
Gabriel Medina Celebrates as 2014 World Surfing Champion
December 19, 2014, Rip Curlís Gabriel Medina made history today, clinching Brazilís first ever surfing World Title and a runner-up finish to Julian Wilson (AUS) in barrelling 6 - 8 foot waves at the final stop of the season, the Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons on Oahuís North Shore.
Heading into the Pipe Masters, three World Title contenders remained, Medina, Rip Curl teammate and 3 x World Champion Mick Fanning, alongside 11 x World Champion Kelly Slater.
Posting a solid win over lethal wildcard Dusty Payne (HAW) in Round 3 this morning, Medina successfully eliminated Slater from title contention. Fanning's elimination in Round 5 by compatriot Alejo Muniz (BRA) sealed Medina's fate and the capacity crowd at the beach erupted for the young Brazilian.
"Winning the World Title was my dream and now itís reality - Iím seriously shocked," Medina said.
"Brazil is partying right now I think. Iím so thankful to be part of this, a lot of guys have tried to do this and I feel honoured to be the one. I donít know why itís me but Iím really happy it is and Iím so proud to be Brazilian.
"It feels so amazing to win and I donít know what to say right now," said Medina. "I have great support there. Alejo (Muniz) just helped me win. I just love the crowd, I love this sport, everything has paid off right. I canít wait to see the trophy."
"I always look up to Kelly (Slater) and Mick (Fanning)," Medina said. "Kelly won his first world title when I was born maybe. Mick is an inspiration for me, I always look up to him. How he his, so focused. Kelly is a great guy as well. I donít know man, I donít know what to say, itís my best day ever!"
After momentarily departing from the lineup to celebrate the historic moment with friends, family and fans on the beach, Medina paddled back out to defeat countryman Filipe Toledo in a low-scoring quarterfinal affair (4.30 points to Toledo's 3.27).
He went on to win his semi-final against Australian Josh Kerr, with a total heat score of 13.60 to 9.43.
The final began with Medina and Wilson splitting the peak, followed by the pair going wave for wave in an epic final battle to be remembered.
It was a nail-biting finish with two deep barrels in quick succession by Wilson and Medina.
Medina's final score of 19.20 complete with a perfect 10 (the event's only 10-point ride) and a 9.20 was just short of Wilson's 19.63 (9.93 and 9.70), ultimately seeing Medina finish runner-up in the 2014 Pipe Masters.
At just 20 years of age, and in only his third full year on the ASP World Championship Tour, Medina lead the World Tour rankings throughout 2014.
Todayís title clinching places him in the rarefied atmosphere of not only becoming the first Brazilian to claim the world surfing crown, but also the first 20-year-old to do so since Slater in 1992.
"I trained hard and did everything that I could to get here," Medina said. "I worked all year to try to improve and I reached my goal. Iím stoked, I just love everything! I still canít believe it, I think you guys are lying! Maybe tomorrow it will seem more real but right now I canít event think about it."
"I want to thank everyone so much for their support," Medina said. "This is a really special day, not just for me but for my family, the fans and the sport. The crowd and the fans make this all so special, so thank you."
Rip Curl congratulates Gabriel Medina. #VivaMedina
For more information, images and video content, head to ripcurl.com and aspworldtour.com.
Medinaís 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT Results:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: WINNER
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: 5th
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 9th
Billabong Rio Pro: 13th
Fiji Pro: WINNER
J Bay Open: 5th
Billabong Pro Teahupoío: WINNER
Hurley Pro at Trestles: 5th
Quiksilver Pro France: 5th
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: 13th
Billabong Pipe Masters: Runner-up
Mick Fanning victory at Moche Rip Curl Pro
MICKíS PORTUGAL WIN EXTENDS TITLE RACE
Mick Fanning has inched closer to the 2014 ASP World Title with a calculated victory in the Moche Rip Curl Pro, Portugal. Drawing on his amazing tube riding skills, and armed with steely determination, Mick rose to victory at the famed Supertubos beach break in Peniche riding his signature FCS II MF Large fin template.
Hollow four to 6 foot waves greeted competitors on the final day of competition; conditions that played perfectly into Mickís favour. Heat after heat Mick navigated the tricky line-up to find long tube rides that were often framed with his trademark hack and carving roundhouse cutback.
With the unexpected exit of Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater midway through the event, Mick seized the opportunity to keep a 4th World Title within his grasp, and set up a thrilling showdown at the last event at Pipeline, Hawaii. In the final Mick defeated Jordy Smith, and in doing so now moves to second place on the ASP WCT ratings.
Gorilla rider and defending event champion Kai Otton also put on an impressive performance in Portugal with a semi-final finish riding the FCS II Essential Series Carver Large fin template. Prior to the event Kai was in desperate need of a result to secure his 2015 tour position tour, and now looks set to requalify with one event remaining.
Since being release into the market, 13 ASP World Championship Tour events, and two ASP World Titles have been won by surfers riding the FCS II system and fins. http://www.surffcs.com/
Mick Fanning wins Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal
SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Monday, October 20, 2014): Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, defeating Jordy Smith (ZAF) in clean 3-to-5-foot barrels at the iconic Supertubos in Peniche. Fanningís third event victory this season, after wins at Bells Beach and Jeffreys Bay, moves him up to World No. 2 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings.
Following the event in Portugal, only reigning three-time ASP World Champion Fanning, 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and current World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) remain in contention for the World Title heading into the final event of the season in Hawaii.
Fanning looked in form throughout the contest, winning all but his Round 1 heat. The Australian surfed five separate heats on the final day, dispatching Alejo Muniz (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Kai Otton (AUS), en route to the Final, where he faced Jordy Smith (ZAF). Fanning overtakes Kelly Slater (USA) on the WCT Rankings, claiming the second spot going into the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
Fanning built his scoreboard early in this afternoonís Final before locking into a deep backhand barrel for a nine-point ride and the heat lead. The reigning champ backed it up with another barrel to net a 6.50 and seal the deal, winning a second event in Peniche, after his 2009 victory at the Rip Curl Search event.
"I am just so stoked," said Fanning. "I didn't really think about a win to tell you the truth, it just happened. Jordy (Smith) surfed amazing, John John (Florence) surfed amazing, Kai (Otton) too. Everyone has been ripping this whole Euro leg and Iím just stoked I got to get a result out of it. It feels so good to get a win, itís been five years since I won here, so I am very stoked. Going into Hawaii with a title on the line is so stressful, but I guess I will just deal with that when I get there. For now Iíll just enjoy the win here."
A runner-up finish in Portugal is Jordy Smithís (ZAF) second best result of the year, after a win in Lower Trestles, and sees the South African move up to seventh place on the WCT Rankings. Smithís runner-up finish in Peniche and a previous quarterfinal berth in the ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro solidified his position at the top of the Portuguese Waves Series and earned him the Cascais Trophy and the coveted bonus of $50,000 in prize money.
In the Final today Smith answered Fanningís 9 with a good wave of his own, punctuating a smaller barrel with a powerful gauge for a 7.67. Unfortunately for Smith, a slow lineup didnít deliver many other opportunities, and the talented regular-footer was left chasing a second-score for the remainder of the final.
"Thatís incredible taking out the Cascais Trophy and the $50,000," said Smith. "Iím definitely coming back next year. I am so excited and stoked. I didn't realize it until I came in after my Semifinal and a friend of mine said to me that Iíd just won the Cascais Trophy. I was like, "are you kidding me", I was pretty pumped. I like this place, I really like the waves around here and I love Portugal and the people here. Itís a really great place and I always love surfing here."
Smith previously defeated one standouts of the event, John John Florence (HAW), in the Semifinal today. Despite posting the only two perfect 10-point rides of the event Florence lost his momentum and was eliminated after Smith posted two excellent scores, which were too much for the young surfer from Hawaii to overcome. Florence leaves Portugal in equal third place and the loss is the end of his 2014 World Title hopes.
"Iím super bummed, but at the same time Iím stoked to have made the Semifinals," Florence said. "Iíve been on a fun, good run for these last few events. Jordy (Smith) got the good ones, so congratulations to him. Iím definitely excited to go into Hawaii as a possible spoiler to the World Title, I want to win Pipeline no matter what. The World Title is now out of my hands, so thereís no pressure on. I just canít wait to go home and surf Pipe."
Defending event champion Kai Otton (AUS) was on the verge of a second consecutive Final in Peniche, but with only minutes remaining in his Semifinal heat Fanning the came back with two consecutive fast barrels to turn the heat and steal the win. Ottonís excellent campaign in Portugal marks a seasonís best and will take the Australian up six places to 18th on the rankings.
"I just got bumped off on a lot of my waves," Otton explained. "I think that one wave I had would have been a really high score, then I might have been in control of the heat. Mick (Fanning) fought his way back like a champion with that 7.17 score. Itís beautiful having the family here, and itís great coming in from each heat, win or lose, and theyíre there to cheer me up."
Heading into the final event of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, three surfers remain in contention for this yearís world surfing crown: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA):
If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat "surf-off" between himself and Medina. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will need to win the event.
The next and final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 - 20, 2014.
Current ASP WCT Top 10 (following the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 56,550 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 53,100 pts
3. Kelly Slater (USA) 50,050 pts
4. John John Florence (HAW) 47,950 pts
5. Michel Bourez (PYF) 43,750 pts
6. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43,100 pts
7. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 42,900 pts
8. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 42,250 pts
9. Taj Burrow (AUS) 41,700 pts
10. Kolohe Andino (USA) 35,900 pts
Bali's Garut Widiarta wins the
Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2014
August 2014, Bali, Indonesia; Drama, Dreams and a Fairytale Ending to the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2014.
Dreams do come true and they certainly did today for Bali's Garut Widiarta in the most spectacular waves seen in the Rip Curl Cup's 11 year history.
Dawn revealed corduroy lines stretching to the horizon of the Indian Ocean
as a field of surfers that had waited 5 weeks finally witnessed the glory
of the fearsome Padang Padang reef as good as it gets. With solid 6-8 feet
bombs raging in against fierce tradewind conditions, it was an all
Indonesian affair by the time the finals arrived. International surfers
such as California's Chris Ward, Hawaii's Kekoa Bacalso and on form juniors
Luke Hynd and Jacob Willcox were felled by local knowledge as cousins Garut
Widiarta and Raditya Rondi stampeded into the final with grace and guts.
Padang Padang at this size and power is not to be taken lightly, with giant
sets closing out the channel, it was these two cousins who paddled out into
the afternoon glare and did epic battle in career defining waves that set a
new standard of performance in Indonesian Surfing.
It has been a long road for Bali's favourite son, Garut Widiarta, whose
flamboyant style has taken him close to the most prestigious winners dias
in Indonesia but has never afforded him the win. Today, surfing with the
confidence that only destiny can bring, Garut charged every gun nest and
rifled his way through impossible barrel after barrel to ride to a
convincing win. The Rip Curl Cup certainly lived up to it's name as the
world's Ultimate Tuberiding Contest as a multi-national crowd lined the
cliffs and flooded the beach to witness the phenomenon of Padang Padang's
rolling thunder. It was a breathless audience who watched on as the live
broadcast brought all the action to an eager surfing world on what was the
best surf on the planet for the day.
The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang has built a proud heritage for over a
decade, spectacular waves, sensational location and a fitting champion.
1st Place: Garut Widiarta
2nd Place: Raditya Rondi
Equal 3rd: Lee Wilson
Equal 3rd: Mustofa Jeksen
It's ON when It's ON !
Tyler Wright wins
Vans US Open of Surfing Womenís
Vans US Open of Surfing - ASP Women's WCT & ASP Men's Prime
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, August 3, 2014): Tyler Wright (AUS), 20, reigned supreme on the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing. Wright has been crowned champion of the Womenís event, stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour.
Tyler Wright battled back in her Final clash against five-time ASP Womenís World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 26, to collect her first victory of the 2014 season. Gilmore got off to a strong start, but Wright connected strong outside turns with critical snaps on the inside reform, earning an excellent 8.67 followed by a crucial 6.10 under Gilmoreís priority for the win. Wright previously dispatched Malia Manuel (HAW), 20, in the Semifinals and her win at Huntington Beach moves her to No. 3 on the rankings.
"Itís been a long event and really enjoyable for me," said Tyler Wright. "I wouldnít be here without my team and they mean the world to me. All the girls have been ripping this entire event and itís been wonderful to see. I felt really relaxed and comfortable and everything has gone really well for me this week and I loved it."
Stephanie Gilmore, 2007 event winner, was a standout throughout the entirety of the Vans US Open of Surfing, effortlessly dissecting the challenging Huntington Beach lineup with her signature style. The Australian started strong in the Final, but was unable to match Wrightís scores in the back half of the heat. The runner-up finish marks Gilmoreís third Final appearance of the season, placing her at No. 4 on the rankings.
"When you do your throwaways I guess Iím in a good spot," said Stephanie Gilmore. "You canít really calculate too much right now. More than anything, Iím excited for the rest of the year and to be able to surf Trestles, France, Portugal and finish the year off in Honolua Bay."
Vans US Open of Surfing Womenís Final Results:
Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.77 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.16
Vans US Open of Surfing Womenís Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.17 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.70
Semifinal 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.10 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.03
The Heat features an efficient, clean design to deliver incredible performance and reliability now synonymous with Ocean Rodeoís drysuits.
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When worn in dry mode the Heat is 100% dry and breathable. Between sessions, on your way to the beach or after your time on the water you can then open the dry zip and doff the neck seal. With the outer jacket then zipped up the Soul offers a well ventilated jacket and pants to protect you from the wind and rain. Converting from standby mode to full dry mode can be easily accomplished all while wearing your PFD.
HEAT Drysuits begin shipping August 5th, worldwide!
Xcel to Launch Revolutionary New TDC Thermo Dry Celliant
Xcel to Launch Revolutionary New TDC Thermo Dry Celliant Warmest Wetsuit Lining Ever with Clinically Proven Smart Fiber Technology
Ė Xcel, the leader in premium wetsuit technology, is excited to announce its upcoming launch of TDC Thermo Dry Celliantģ, the first and only clinically proven, smart fiber wetsuit lining set to make its market debut for Fall 2014.
An Xcel exclusive, TDC is a responsive textile that actively works with the wearer. Its mineral-enhanced, naturally-hydrophobic smart fibers recycle body heat into infrared energy for a full range of benefits that include greater warmth, increased endurance, faster recovery, and enhanced overall athletic performance.
"TDC is the warmest wetsuit lining ever in over thirty years of Xcel product development," says Lance Varon, Xcel Design Director. "From the moment you put it on, TDC transforms your body into a renewable source of warmth, while improving your ability to achieve peak performance."
Celliantís effectiveness, tested rigorously in and out of the water by Xcelís athletes and R&D teams, has also been demonstrated in numerous independent clinical studies and third-party clinical trials.
"The results of TDCís extensive testing far exceeded our expectations, and have redefined what Xcel can achieve in terms of wetsuit warmth and performance," continues Varon. "Comparing TDC to other materials, we could literally see and measure the significant increase in warmth. Weíre excited to partner with Celliant and to be bringing this groundbreaking technology Ė and its real-world benefits Ė to market."
"TDC is an exciting alliance of Xcelís wetsuit expertise and Celliantís proven science," says David Horinek, Celliant inventor. "The infrared energy delivered by TDC improves circulation and increases tissue oxygen levels, which in turn increase warmth, fend off fatigue, improve stamina, and quicken recovery times in everyone from non-athletes to professionals alike."
Continues Horinek, "The cold air and/or water conditions that necessitate a wetsuit are the same conditions in which youíll benefit from improved circulation and greater tissue oxygen. So for surfers, this means quick and easy access to these performance benefits, simply by putting on their wetsuit."
TDCís smart fiber technology is driven by Celliantís patented, proprietary mineral blend and unique manufacturing process. Naturally occurring and thermo- reactive, the minerals are embedded into staple fibers, which are then spun into Celliant yarn to create the final TDC smart fiber lining.
"Whatís also unique about TDC is that, since the Celliant mineral blend is embedded at the fiber level, TDC technology will never wear off or wash out, so its benefits last for the lifetime of the wetsuit," adds Varon.
TDC will be available exclusively in Xcelís Fall 2014 Drylock, Revolt, and Infiniti fullsuit series; and in Xcelís full line of Fall 2014 Drylock accessories.
"I couldnít believe how warm I was during my first surf in the new Drylock with TDC," says Xcel team athlete Mike Gleason. "Hands down, itís the warmest suit Iíve ever worn. Plus, after a few very long, very cold East Coast winter sessions, it was amazing to realize how consistently strong and comfortable I felt. It really made a world of difference."
In addition to enhancing warmth and overall performance, TDC is a lightweight, all-way stretch material, with an exceptionally quick drying time and water repellent properties.
"Because TDC is so versatile, we now have the potential to develop products that use less foam and are even more lightweight, while still delivering unparalleled warmth and built-in hydrophobic properties," adds Lance Varon. "Itís a truly revolutionary breakthrough with exciting future applications."
"Xcel has been a product driven brand since we hand-made our first wetsuit in 1982," continues Varon. "TDC represents a huge leap forward in our continued commitment to designing wetsuits as complete systems that use proven technologies to deliver real-world benefits."
Sitka Donates Proceeds on World Oceanís Day
June 8, 2014
Victoria, BC Canada Ė On World Oceanís Day, Sitka will donate their proceeds to ocean related causes.
Their retail locations, online store and wholesale divisions will come together on June 8th to raise money
for the Pacific Salmon Foundation in Canada and Sustainable Coastlines in New Zealand. Sitka has
flagships stores in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand.
Itís been said before, but itís worth saying again:
This planet should be called Ocean, not Earth.
The big blue seas that cover 70% of the worldís surface are the true source of life. They feed us and give
us good air to breathe; they regulate our weather, climate and water cycle; they gift us endless fun,
adventure and joy. Theyíre the ancient and beautiful force that keeps us here Ė but their power is
matched by their fragility, and unless we start treating them better, we might not be here that much
With our beginnings as a custom surfboard company, Sitka has always owed everything to the ocean.
Weíve been supporting coastal and ocean conservation initiatives since we opened in 2002, but this year
weíre stepping up our efforts. To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th, weíll be giving all the
proceeds from our online, in-store and wholesale sales to ocean-related causes. But itís about more than
the money Ė we hope to inspire our customers, our community and everyone we do business with to
take their own practical actions to protect the oceans and enjoy them in a respectful and responsible
way. With the worldís oceans facing threats that range from plastic pollution and overfishing to
acidification and climate change, we all need to do our part to help.
Leading up to World Oceans Day, weíll be posting a variety of ocean stories here at sitka.ca. Weíll be
profiling the two organizations weíre donating to Ė the Pacific Salmon Foundation in Canada
and Sustainable Coastlines in New Zealand Ė and sharing photoessays from some talented surf
photographers. On social media, you can follow and participate by tagging #lovetheocean.
Whether itís sharing this post, tagging a photo or making a purchase on June 8th, weíd love for you to join in and help us Love the Ocean.
For more information on the Love the Ocean Campaign, head to http://sitka.ca/ or contact:
Sitka Victoria Ė 570 Yates St.
Sitka Vancouver Ė 1864 West 4th Ave.
Sitka Auckland Ė 6 Osborne St., Newmarket
Gabriel Medina wins the Fiji Pro, Takes WCT Rankings Lead
Gabriel Medina wins the Fiji Pro after defeating Nat Young in the Final. Image: ASP / Robertson
Stop No. 5 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour
G.Medina- Wave 1: 9.87 Wave 2: 8.53 Total: 18.40
N. Young- Wave 1: 9.17 Wave 2: 6.60 Total: 14.77
TAVARUA, Fiji (Friday, June 6, 2014): A thrilling Finals day saw Brazilian Gabriel Medina reign supreme and win the Fiji Pro, stop No. 5 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), in three-to-five foot (1 - 1.5 metre) surf at Cloudbreak. The win moves Medina back to the top of the ASP World Championship Tour Rankings after he defeated Hawaiians John John Florence and Freddy Patacchia as well as American Kolohe Andino on his way to the Final.
Gabriel Medina (BRA) won his second WCT event of the season, taking the win over 2013 Rookie of the Year Nat Young (USA) in a hard-fought final. The Brazilian got out of the gates first while Young waited 10 minutes before posting a score. Medina posted a near-perfect 9.87 for a series of barrel sections and sizzling snaps to extend his lead. Young fought back but Medina's additional 8.53 left the American in need of two high scores for the win. Young was unable to break the combination, cementing Medina's fourth career ASP WCT victory.
"Itís great to be back at the top of the ratings, itís still early but Iím feeling good," said Gabriel Medina. "Iíve never surfed at Jeffreys Bay before but Iím going home after this to prepare and Iíll be working hard. Nat (Young) is a great guy and that was a good Final against him. I was so nervous inside those barrels, I couldnít see anything, but when I came out I was stoked. Thanks to the Namotu guys who were supporting me. Thanks to everyone in Fiji, I just love it here especially with a win."
Nat Young (USA) posted his best result of the 2014 season today after finishing his third WCT Final as runner-up. He topped reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning on route to the Final but, despite being on excellent form throughout the competition, wasnít able to find the scores he needed to surpass Medina for victory.
"Third final and third runner-up finish so that's frustrating," said Nat Young. "I felt good. My boards felt good and I waited for a good one to start the Final with. Unfortunately, I got a little out of rhythm and Gabriel (Medina) found waves with more opportunity. He's been surfing really well so he was always going to be hard to beat, but I felt like I had it in me. Runner-up is a good finish, my best of the year, so hopefully it's good for the momentum heading into J-Bay and Tahiti."
Michel Bourez (PYF) was defeated in the first Semifinal by Nat Young (USA) and secures a third-place finish moving him to No. 2 in the rankings. Both surfers got on the board quickly grabbing average scores. The first major exchange unfolded just before the 15 minute mark, with the Tahitian taking 7.33 to Young's 6.17. The Californian built momentum, navigating a technical tube ride finished with a big frontside carve for a 7.83 and the lead over Bourez with nine minutes remaining. Bourez waited patiently to find the wave needed to surpass Young, but was unable to top the Californian up-and-comer.
"Iím really disappointed with that because I made a mistake on my second to last wave," said Michel Bourez. "Nat (Young) is one of the guys that I thought would get a good result out here. Heís amazing and he surfs so good and Iím super happy that he ended up making the Final. Iím so pleased that I made it to the Semifinals and got another good result."
Kolohe Andino (USA) backed up his Billabong Rio Pro runner-up finish with an equal 3rd place in the Fiji Pro after facing eventual event winner Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the second Semifinal. Medina paddled deep and it paid off early as he nabbed a fast tube ride for an early lead. Andino answered back but with less than 10 minutes on the clock Medina found a quick tube for an excellent 9.07, leaving the American in an unattainable combination situation.
"It was a good event for me," said Kolohe Andino. "Gabriel (Medina) kind of went nuts in our Semifinal and I needed better waves. That's okay though, I've had two really good results back-to-back and I'm having a lot of fun. Next event is Jeffreys Bay and it hasn't been a WCT event since I've been on tour so I'm really excited to surf it."
The next stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the J Bay Open from July 10 - 21, 2014.
Pat Curren wins 10 year anniversary Rip Curl GromSearch International final
Californian Pat Curren wins the 10 year anniversary Rip Curl GromSearch International final in the best conditions ever seen for a GromSearch final. Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Indonesia.
May 10, 2014.
Lakey Peak, Dompu provided the best surf ever for a Rip Curl GromSearch event to decide the boys division of the International GromSearch final. Pat Curren (California, USA) and Jacob Willcox (Margret River, Western Australia) traded overhead sized waves in an amazing final, with the Californian posting a total heat score of 19.63 (out of a possible 20) points, that included a perfect 10 point ride, to hold off the Australian.
In one of the best Junior finals ever witnessed Curren and Willcox swapped the lead early until Curren took off on a solid set wave, pulled into a long, deep tubing wave and then added several critical turns to post a 10. Willcox came back with four excellent waves himself, including a 9.47 for a heat total of 18.63, but couldnít hold off Curren who added a 9.63 for yet another sensational tube to stamp the win. Curren is the first Californian to ever win the RCGS International final in its ten-year history.
"Iíve never experienced waves like that in a competition before. Perfect barrels with ripable walls and 30 minutes to get the ones you want, itís just a dream to be here" said an elated Curren after the biggest win in his young career.
"I just crept past Raju in the semi after he got that mental barrel and then he got another one on the siren which made it even closer. Then I had Jacob in the final, which is a tough assignment any day, let alone when the waves are pumping left hand tubes. I was just lucky enough to get the better ones today and am super stoked to win the GromSearch International final. What a day!"
Willcox was equally impressed with the conditions "That was the best grom event ever. Itís my last year in the Rip Curl GromSearch series and Iím stoked that I finished up in the final in pumping waves" said Willcox "I was lucky to get a good barrel under priority against Tim Bisso earlier in the day, then Pat and I went wave for wave in the final, but Pat just kept getting the better ones and took the title. He ripped all event and deserved the win, good on him."
Raju Sena (Bali/Indonesia) and Tim Bisso (Guadalupe/France) finished equal third when they bowed out in the semi final. "I got one of the best barrels of my life today" said Raju referring to the 9.17 ride he got in his quarter final win over Jackson Giles (AUS) this morning. "So stoked to make it to the semis, it would have been nice to surf the final for Indonesia, but Iím happy with the result"
Bisso was one of the form surfers of the event and started the day with multiple barrels in his quarter final against Brazilian Gustavo Ramos. He then fell just short to Willcox in the semi final, with a priority mistake costing him the chance of the title "I allowed Jacob to get a wave when I had priority and it turned out to be a really good one" said the gracious goofy footer. "I made a mistake and he took advantage, that is what good surfers do."
The day also included the last heat of the ĎLakey versus The Worldí specialty event, which provides local Lakey Peak surfers with the opportunity to surf against International surfers visiting for the Rip Curl GromSearch event. 8 junior surfers and 8 ĎLakey Legendsí elder statesmen surfed against the visitors, each surfer contributing their single best wave score for a combined team total.
Going into the last heat the ĎLakey legendsí were just 2.50 points behind the World teamís combined total of 94.70. But the Lakey crew used their local knowledge to perfection to steal the show with Joey Barrel and Mark ĎBoongaí Clift locking in ten point rides to end up overall winners, 128.00 total points to 126.40.
"It was great to run the ĎLakey versus the Worldí event" said Lakey Legend team captain Sami Syamsudin. Itís good to get the local community involved and the kids loved it. Even us older surfers got a chance which was a nice way to finish."
The event finished with the official awards ceremony to present the trophies and close the event. After the ceremony all the competitors took some gifts they brought from their home country to the local Harapan Project that helps manage underprivileged kids from the local area. The gesture was a sign of appreciation to the wonderful hospitality that the event has received from the local community. (www.proyectoharapan.org)
The Rip Curl GromSearch International final is supported by Bapak Bupati Kabupaten DOMPU (Lakey DOMPU Government).
POSCA is a major partner of the event with further support from the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC) and Lakey Peak Boardriders.
Rip Curl GromSearch International Final May 10, 2014 Results.
1st Pat Curren Ė 19.63, 2nd Jacob Willcox Ė 18.63
Boys Semi Finals:
SF1. 1st Jacob Willcox Ė 18.50, 2nd Tim Bisso Ė 17.80
SF2. 1st Pat Curren Ė 16.00, 2nd Raju SenaĖ 15.87
Boys Quarter Finals:
QF1. 1st Tim Bisso (FRA) Ė 14.40, 2nd Gustavo Ramos (BRA) Ė 10.17
QF2. 1st Jacob Willcox (AUS) Ė 15.00, 2nd Andre Anwar (IDN) Ė 13.80
QF3. 1st Pat Curren (USA) Ė 17.27, 2ND Daniel Far (NZL) Ė 11.30
QF4. 1st Raju Sena (IDN) Ė 16.57, 2nd Jackson Giles (AUS) Ė 9.00
Updated History - Rip Curl GromSearch International Champions.
2014 Ė Pat Curren (USA) & Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
2013 Ė Leonardo Fioravanti (ITL) & Tatiana Wetson-webb (HAW)
2012 Ė Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) & Tatiana Wetson-webb (HAW)
2011 Ė Mitch Parkinson (AUS) & Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
2010 Ė Gabriel Medina (BRA) & Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
2009 Ė Thomas Woods (AUS) & Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
2008 Ė Dale Staples (ZAF) & Malia Manuel (HAW)
2007 Ė Tyler Newton (HAW) & Tyler Wright (AUS)
2006 Ė Owen Wright (AUS) & Alana Blanchard (HAW)
2005 Ė Mason Ho (HAW) & Nikita Robb (ZAF)
Rip Curl Pro Bells beach - Bells Beach,Victoria, Australia
Apr 16 - 27, 2014
BELLS BEACH, VIC/Australia (Tuesday, April 15, 2014) The worldís best surfers are preparing for the start of Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the third stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), which begins on Wednesday, April 16. The ASP Top 34 and Top 17 will be joined by Rip Curl event wildcard Jacob Willcox and trials winners Cahill Bell-Warren and Zoe Clarke to compete in the longest-running professional surfing contest in the world. Five of the surfers gathered together at the event site today for a photo call and interviews.
Athletes in attendance:
Mick Fanning (AUS) reigning three-time ASP World Champion
Gabriel Medina (BRA) Ė current ASP World No. 1
Carissa Moore (HAW) Ė reigning two-time ASP Womenís World Champion and defending event winner
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) Ė current ASP World No. 1 (joint with Carissa Moore)
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) Ė local surfer and ASP WCT rookie
"I really enjoy being here. Itís the first event I ever watched away from home. Iíve always enjoyed coming down here and Iíve got a lot of support here," said Mick Fanning. "It was amazing to win here in 2012, ten years after I first won the event. I havenít had a great start to the year but itís started a fire which is probably a good thing."
"Itís a tricky wave at Bells Beach and Iíve never had a good result here but itís something Iím looking for this year," said Gabriel Medina. "Iím feeling pretty comfortable and I know what the wave is like out there. My win on the Gold Coast and a good result at Margaret River have given me confidence and Iím feeling good about being here. My success has made me hungry for more and I wasnít ready for that. Being No. 1 has made me nervous and Iím trying not to think about it but it would be wonderful to go to Brazil as ASP World No. 1".
"Iím really excited to be here at Bells Beach," said Carissa Moore. "Iíve had a great start to the season. It wasnít my best result on the Gold Coast but I had a great time surfing there. Margaret River couldnít have been better. It was great to take home win. Iím thrilled to be here, I love this wave. The girls are all so excited and it will be a tough competition. Iím going to focus on my performance and finding the right waves."
"I always love coming here to Bells Beach," said Stephanie Gilmore. "Itís a special place for me and Iíve done pretty well here in the past. Itís such a historical surfing event so there's a mixture of nerves and excitement. The crowds are always really great here and itís one of my favorite spots."
"Itís amazing to be here competing," said Nikki Van Dijk. "Iíve had four wildcards in the past to surf in this event and Iíve been competing at Bells Beach since I was eight so itís like my second home. I feel good and Iím really comfortable out here. Victoria is my home state so to see my name on the Bell would be awesome. All my friends and family are here and that gives me lots of confidence. I canít wait to start the event and do my best. We have the dream tour this year and Iím so excited."
"The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach is an iconic Victorian sporting event that brings significant tourism and economic benefits to Torquay that the Coalition Government is proud to support financially," said Damien Drum, Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation. "In 2014 it now has the added point of interest for local sports fans by having a Victorian, Nikki Van Dijk, competing."
Alejo Muniz has withdrawn from the competition due to an ongoing injury and has returned to Brazil. ASP replacement surfer Glenn Hall (IRL) will compete in his place.
Stop No. 3 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, will be held from Wednesday, April 16, to Sunday, April 27, 2014 and will be webcast LIVE via aspworldtour.com.