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By Joe Haakenson | May 16, 2012
Courtney Conlogue continues to make things interesting in the race for the title of world's best women's surfer. Conlogue, 19, a Santa Ana native who went to Sage Hill School in Newport Coast, is in fourth place in the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour standings through five events, with two to go. She trails Australian powerhouses Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons, as well as last year's World Tour champion, Hawaiian Carissa Moore. But Conlogue jumped into the fray when she won the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Australia last month, and more recently placed fifth in the Billabong Rio Pro last week in Brazil.
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By James Pribram | July 21, 2010
Well, so much for my call that Kelly Slater would continue his run of finals in the two previous events and win the 2010 Billabong Pro held at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. Instead, it was hometown hero Jordy Smith taking his maiden victory on the ASP World Tour in an electrifying final, with unsung upstart Adam Melling of Australia making his first final and skyrocketing up from a lonely 41st in the ratings up to 19th in the ASP World Tour. That's key for Melling, since at the mid-point this year the world tour will cut down to only the top 32 surfers qualifying and able to continue on, which seems absurd to me. Meanwhile, it is Smith who now finds himself ranked No. 1 in the world with six events remaining, going into one of the tour's most dangerous waves in the likes of Teahupoo, Tahiti, another venue that is tailor-made for the likes of Slater, who was upended in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay. Slater was taken out by local South African and giant killer Sean Holmes, who is known as one of the best surfers at J-Bay but was a wild card at the Billabong Pro, notoriously known for taking down some of the tour's biggest stars like Slater and former three-time world champion Andy Irons.
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By Joe Haakenson | November 9, 2011
Kelly Slater is sooooo good… How good is he? Slater is so good that he won the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour championship twice this year. In fact, he won it twice in one week! OK, that might not be so funny to those who work so hard to run the ASP World Tour, but unfortunately for them, it's true. Sort of. Here's how it went down. Slater and all the ASP pros went up to Ocean Beach in San Francisco last week for the 10th of the 11 events on the ASP World Tour.
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By Joe Haakenson | July 27, 2011
Kelly Slater hasn't done it. Neither has Rob Machado, Sunny Garcia nor Tom Curren. Not when it was called the OP Pro, or more recently, the U.S. Open of Surfing. In fact, nobody on the men's side has ever won the U.S. Open of Surfing three consecutive times. But that streak - which dates back to the event's beginning as the OP Pro in 1982 - will be in jeopardy starting this weekend on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The U.S. Open of Surfing gets underway Saturday and runs through Aug. 7, and a lot of attention will be paid to the performance of Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson, who has taken advantage of surfing his home wave by turning it into back-to-back U.S. Open victories.
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By Joe Haakenson | November 16, 2011
Last time we checked in with him, Brett Simpson — "Simpo" to his friends — was leaving the water on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier with his head down. It was his first heat of the U.S. Open of Surfing in August and he was trying to defend the title he had won twice in a row, pulling in a cool $100,000 with each win. But Simpson was one-and-done, eliminated from the competition, forced to get over it and move forward. It's been a crazy year for the Huntington native, with highs and lows and not much middle ground.
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By Joe Haakenson and By Joe Haakenson | August 15, 2012
The U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach wrapped up the season for the women on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour, withAustralia'sStephanie Gilmore winning the world championship for the fifth time. Gilmore is quickly becoming the Kelly Slater of the women's tour, those five world titles head and shoulders above her competitors. Speaking of Slater, the men's World Tour is in the middle of its 10-event season. The fifth contest starts Thursday in Tahiti with the Billabong Pro Teahupoo.
SPORTS
By James Pribram | August 18, 2010
Here we are going into event No. 5 out of 10 on the ASP World Tour, with Jordy Smith winning event No. 4 for his first world tour victory. This after Kelly Slater had gone on a mini two-event hot streak of his own, winning one and placing second before a shocking Round 3 defeat at the hands of local and wild-card entry Sean Holmes at the Billabong Pro in South Africa and placing equal 17th. The defeat for Slater was so bad that Smith, who went on to win the event, also overtook Slater as the No. 1-ranked surfer in the world.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 16, 2008
When the U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill offers its 15th year of competition Friday, it will do so boasting its most diverse and largest field of competitors. Rippers from around the globe will be after the same prize: the glory of winning on one of the biggest surfing stages in the world. Founded in 1994, the U.S. Open of Surfing spearheads Go211 Live and runs through July 27 at the Huntington Beach Pier. In addition to having the top pro surfers on the ASP World Tour and amateurs world-wide vying in various surfing competitions, an array of sports action activities will take place on 16.5 acres south of the pier.
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By Joe Haakenson | December 14, 2011
Now that the 2011 Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour is complete — in case you've been in a coma, Kelly Slater won his 11th World Tour crown — the ASP has named the 34 competitors for next year's ASP World Tour title: 1. Kelly Slater (USA), 2. Joel Parkinson (Australia), 3. Taj Burrow (Australia), 4. Gabriel Medina (Brazil), 5. Owen Wright (Australia), 6. Adriano de Souza (Brazil), 7. Julian Wilson (Australia), 8. Jordy Smith (South Africa), 9. Alejo Muniz (Brazil), 10. Michel Bourez (Portugal)
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By Rick Fignetti | March 4, 2010
At the end of January, they held the Kneeboard Surfing USA Open Championship at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The surf was pumping that weekend with 3- to 6-foot plus good-shaped rights and lefts breaking out the back and reforming in. A pretty decent-sized crowd of spectators and contestants was on the beach hooting and cheering for all the good rides, making it a festive atmosphere. In the big-time open division, which featured some veteran rippers, Bill Lerner from Black’s Beach caught the bombs for the win. But Huntington Beach local Mike Butler was leading the final most of the way with the high-scoring wave, where he threw a huge roundhouse cut back and a couple big hits, but couldn’t back it up with a solid second score and ended up placing third.
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By Michael Miller | February 6, 2013
Dave Reynolds gave his new exhibit at the International Surfing Museum the title "Minimal Surf. " An alternate name for it, which admittedly sounds like a spice or a cologne, could be "Essence of Surfer. " Reynolds, the museum's exhibits director, recently created a series of paintings that strip surfing legends down to the bare minimum: no faces, no shading, no waves, sometimes only the hint of a surfboard. The images, which adorn two walls of the museum, capture nothing but the most basic body language.
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SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson and By Joe Haakenson | August 15, 2012
The U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach wrapped up the season for the women on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour, withAustralia'sStephanie Gilmore winning the world championship for the fifth time. Gilmore is quickly becoming the Kelly Slater of the women's tour, those five world titles head and shoulders above her competitors. Speaking of Slater, the men's World Tour is in the middle of its 10-event season. The fifth contest starts Thursday in Tahiti with the Billabong Pro Teahupoo.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson | May 16, 2012
Courtney Conlogue continues to make things interesting in the race for the title of world's best women's surfer. Conlogue, 19, a Santa Ana native who went to Sage Hill School in Newport Coast, is in fourth place in the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour standings through five events, with two to go. She trails Australian powerhouses Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons, as well as last year's World Tour champion, Hawaiian Carissa Moore. But Conlogue jumped into the fray when she won the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Australia last month, and more recently placed fifth in the Billabong Rio Pro last week in Brazil.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson | December 14, 2011
Now that the 2011 Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour is complete — in case you've been in a coma, Kelly Slater won his 11th World Tour crown — the ASP has named the 34 competitors for next year's ASP World Tour title: 1. Kelly Slater (USA), 2. Joel Parkinson (Australia), 3. Taj Burrow (Australia), 4. Gabriel Medina (Brazil), 5. Owen Wright (Australia), 6. Adriano de Souza (Brazil), 7. Julian Wilson (Australia), 8. Jordy Smith (South Africa), 9. Alejo Muniz (Brazil), 10. Michel Bourez (Portugal)
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By Joe Haakenson | November 16, 2011
Last time we checked in with him, Brett Simpson — "Simpo" to his friends — was leaving the water on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier with his head down. It was his first heat of the U.S. Open of Surfing in August and he was trying to defend the title he had won twice in a row, pulling in a cool $100,000 with each win. But Simpson was one-and-done, eliminated from the competition, forced to get over it and move forward. It's been a crazy year for the Huntington native, with highs and lows and not much middle ground.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson | November 9, 2011
Kelly Slater is sooooo good… How good is he? Slater is so good that he won the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour championship twice this year. In fact, he won it twice in one week! OK, that might not be so funny to those who work so hard to run the ASP World Tour, but unfortunately for them, it's true. Sort of. Here's how it went down. Slater and all the ASP pros went up to Ocean Beach in San Francisco last week for the 10th of the 11 events on the ASP World Tour.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson | July 27, 2011
Kelly Slater hasn't done it. Neither has Rob Machado, Sunny Garcia nor Tom Curren. Not when it was called the OP Pro, or more recently, the U.S. Open of Surfing. In fact, nobody on the men's side has ever won the U.S. Open of Surfing three consecutive times. But that streak - which dates back to the event's beginning as the OP Pro in 1982 - will be in jeopardy starting this weekend on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The U.S. Open of Surfing gets underway Saturday and runs through Aug. 7, and a lot of attention will be paid to the performance of Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson, who has taken advantage of surfing his home wave by turning it into back-to-back U.S. Open victories.
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By James Pribram | August 25, 2010
As of Tuesday, the Billabong Pro being held at Teahupoo, Tahiti, again saw small surf in the one- to two-foot range and has forced event organizers to call another lay day. However, a slightly improved forecast for later in the week could see the world's best surfers slotting themselves into the perfect barrels of Teahupoo in the coming days. The Billabong Pro Tahiti, which will be No. 5 out of the 10-event tour on the 2010 ASP World Tour, is a crucial venue for the ASP Top 45. With the ASP World Tour halfway through its season and soon to see a drastic reduction from the Top 45 surfers to the Top 34 (Top 32 finishers plus two wild cards)
SPORTS
By James Pribram | August 18, 2010
Here we are going into event No. 5 out of 10 on the ASP World Tour, with Jordy Smith winning event No. 4 for his first world tour victory. This after Kelly Slater had gone on a mini two-event hot streak of his own, winning one and placing second before a shocking Round 3 defeat at the hands of local and wild-card entry Sean Holmes at the Billabong Pro in South Africa and placing equal 17th. The defeat for Slater was so bad that Smith, who went on to win the event, also overtook Slater as the No. 1-ranked surfer in the world.
NEWS
By James Pribram | July 21, 2010
Well, so much for my call that Kelly Slater would continue his run of finals in the two previous events and win the 2010 Billabong Pro held at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. Instead, it was hometown hero Jordy Smith taking his maiden victory on the ASP World Tour in an electrifying final, with unsung upstart Adam Melling of Australia making his first final and skyrocketing up from a lonely 41st in the ratings up to 19th in the ASP World Tour. That's key for Melling, since at the mid-point this year the world tour will cut down to only the top 32 surfers qualifying and able to continue on, which seems absurd to me. Meanwhile, it is Smith who now finds himself ranked No. 1 in the world with six events remaining, going into one of the tour's most dangerous waves in the likes of Teahupoo, Tahiti, another venue that is tailor-made for the likes of Slater, who was upended in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay. Slater was taken out by local South African and giant killer Sean Holmes, who is known as one of the best surfers at J-Bay but was a wild card at the Billabong Pro, notoriously known for taking down some of the tour's biggest stars like Slater and former three-time world champion Andy Irons.
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