have been a little nippy.
Last week, we left off with the quarter-finals of the World
Champion- ship Tour's $250,000 Rip Curl Cup, which was held at Sunset
Beach, Hawaii, with insane 15- to 20-foot conditions.
Twenty-one-year-old Aussie shredder Joel Parkinson found a deep
barrel, came out and threw a big cut and pulled a 9.5 from the judges
-- almost perfection, and enough to take the $30,000 first place
prize. That pushed Parkinson up to third in the standings, behind
Andy Irons, who just clinched the world title, and Aussie vet Luke
Lee Winkler, another Australian, came in second with some
outstanding rides. This result will definitely help him on his bid to
requalify for next season.
Aussie Nathan Webster got his best result of the year, third.
Shane Dorian, from the big island of Hawaii, rounded out the top four
of an action-packed event.
The women are in Maui right now for the Billabong Pro, their last
event of the 2002 season. It was still going on at press time.
I heard that Julia Christian, the West Coast wonder gal from
Carlsbad, got a wildcard slot into the event. And she had one of the
big upset heats, by taking out the four time world champ Layne
Beachley. Julia likes bigger surf, and now here's her chance to prove
it. We'll see how she goes.
The United States Surfing Federation held its fifth event of the
season at Salt Creek Beach Park last Sunday. Again the swell was up
with some west and southwest swells producing some 3- to 5-foot-plus
surf, with good bowly shoulders at times. Mostly longer rights and
shorter lefts and a few close-outs too. In the seniors division,
Huntington Beach's James Webb lost a close decision in the semis,
placing equal fifth, while the overall points leader from Surf City,
Jeff Combs, was equal seventh, along with Nelson Richardson, who's up
there in the standings, too.
Grandmasters saw the Figster get a couple nice lippers to win it,
while Jay Boldt, who had some good ones, too, finished third. Pat
Schlick ended up equal fifth, but also placed third in the open men's
mini-series with the young guns, surfing a few divisions down.
In the legends division, Bob "the Greek" Bolen was ripping, and
won, using one of his turbo tunnel fins for a little design and
research testing on site. Boldt made another final, in longboards,
finishing fourth there with some great rides, to finish it up.
Next up is Surfers Point in Ventura in January.
* RICK FIGNETTI is a seven-time West Coast champion, has
announced the U.S. Open of Surfing the last nine years and has been
the KROQ-FM surfologist for the last 17 years, doing morning surf
reports. He owns a surf shop on Main Street. You can reach him at