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Wet ’n’ Wild With Rockin’ Fig:

From sea to sea

February 28, 2008|By RICK FIGNETTI

The World Championship Tour’s Quiksilver Pro has started over in Australia on the Gold Coast at Duranbah in some rippable 2- to 4-foot-plus surf. Last year’s world champ, Mick Fanning, blazed through his first heat with forehand slashes looking super quick.

Hawaii’s Bruce Irons nailed some big airs and other nice moves for a win. Bobby Martinez was precise with a solid back-hand attack. Eight-time world champ Kelly Slater pulled his victory out in the last 30 seconds of the heat with a big front side slash.

Taj Burrow had one of the biggest moves of the first round with a huge tail out slash and making it. Other winners were Gold Coast locals, “the Dingo” Dean Morrison, “Parko” Joel Parkinson and the U.S.’s Taylor Knox with some gouging cutties. New tour rookie surfer Dane Reynolds from Ventura was ripping big time and would’ve just about won any other heat, but Aussie Luke Munro posted a 9.5 to take that one. South Africa’s Jordy Smith, the wonder kid, lost too, but still has a second chance in round two as well as A.I. three-time world champ Andy Irons, who lost a close one to Mikael Picon.

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In the gals’ Roxy Pro, also in Duranbah, Hawaiian’s Melanie Bartels and Megan Abubo rolled to a couple of wins, throwing some nice turns. World champ Stephanie Gilmore had some big slashes and great wave selection. Brazil’s Silvana Lima had some big carving slashes as well. Aussie Amee Donohoe nailed some sets for a win in the first round. Also advancing were former world champ’s Layne Beachley and Sofia Mulanovich and 15-year-old Hawaiian sensation Carissa Moore. Losing out was newcomer Karina Petroni, from the East Coast, in Round 2.

At the N.S.S.A. held over the weekend at Ninth Street, in the morning it was 1- to 3-foot shore break, but by the afternoon finals it was 8- to 12-feet. The Huntington Beach locals shone though, as Kyle Kennelly from Huntington Beach High School caught some mack daddy sets and posted a victory. Evan Kane came in second in juniors, while Johnny Elles bashed some sections for the win in menehunes, his first of the season. Pier ripper Kanoa Igarashi was third. Barry Deffenbaugh surfed like a pro for the win in seniors. And in gals, Paige Ortiz placed third, and Rick Larson was third in super seniors with a good slash in the shore break for one of the year’s biggest, sizable contests.

Almost summer weather this week, I kinda like it. Fig over and out.


RICK FIGNETTI is a 10-time West Coast champion and a longtime KROQ-FM surfologist. He owns a surf shop on Main Street. You can reach him at (714) 536-1058.

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