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July 25, 2007
The waves picked up Tuesday and the action will heat up today as the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing enters its final four days at the Huntington Beach Pier. At 7 p.m. today, a massive beach cattle drive with 100 steers commanded by 40 cowboys/riders will lumber from Goldenwest Street and Pacific Coast Highway to the U.S. Open of Surfing competition at the pier. The drive is held in conjunction with the Orange County Fair. At 10 a.m. today, the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame, the nation's first sidewalk monument to honor surfing, inducts its 14th class.
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By RICK FIGNETTI | December 15, 2005
The $270,000 World Championship Tour's Rip Curl Pipeline Masters has been on hold on the North Shore of Hawaii as organizers are waiting for the next big-time swell. So far they've run the trials. Making the final and advancing to the main event were Hawaiian local boy Dustin Barca; Kalani Chapman, a fearless bowl rider; big-wave standout Makua Rothman; and Brazilian shredder Bruno Santos. A couple of legends lost in the trials: Rob Machado, a former winner there, and three-time world champ Tom Curren.
NEWS
November 28, 2002
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG Well, let's start off with a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Lots to be thankful for: The waves have been going off for about a month, can't beat that. The weather has been great, too -- how many sunny days have we had with warm air temps like summer? We just scored some offshore, Santa Ana conditions earlier in the week, which provided lots of mini bowls out in the lineup. Most people I talk to are in good health, staying in shape, surfing, paddling around, cross-training and maybe playing some hoops.
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | September 27, 2007
Just down the road over the weekend they finished up ASP two-star Newport Pro in some fun 3- to 5-foot-plus surf. The defending champ Nathan Yeomans was in trouble after Ventura’s Adam Virs scored a 9.25-point wave with three big vertical snaps starting behind one of the jetties. Yeomans was feeling the pressure, but with two minutes remaining he caught a set wave, pumped hard for a lot of speed and hit the launch pad section, boosting a huge air. Yeomans received an 8.5 from the judges to come from behind and take the win. Never say never to the disbelief of Virs who’s No. 1 in the Macy’s Trifecta series, which heads up to the chilly waters of Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz next for the Cold Water Classic.
NEWS
November 20, 2003
RICK FIGNETTI We have a new world longboard champ as the $50,000 Oxbow Pro Long Board championship finals were held down at Ragland, New Zealand last week. Two former world champs battled it out in 4- to 5-foot surf conditions that got a little bumpy by the end. Australian Beau Young made it his second Assn. of Surfing Professionals title, picking up $7,000 with the win over California's style-master Joel Tudor. Young came into the event rated No. 6 and left rated numero uno. To make the event even more special, Beau, with his dad on hand, the legendary, Nat Young, a four-time world longboard champ himself, gave his dad a birthday present, another title for the family!
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | November 24, 2005
It's that time of year when the surf scene heads to the North Shore of Hawaii for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The Triple Crown features the last rated surfing contests of the year in the big surf of Hawaii. The first jewel of the Triple Crown is the six-star, $125,000 O.P. Pro Hawaii held at Haleiwa, which began Nov. 12 and finished today. For the women, goofy-footed Aussie Chelsea Georgeson has won the first Triple Crown event, the Roxy Pro Hawaii, scoring the only perfect 10 of the contest with a triple vertical top-to-bottom turn on a steep 6-footer.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
RICK FIGNETTI The boys up north, the Santa Cruz Stormriders, took three out of four matches in the first round of "The Game" at Steamer Lane last week. The surf, overhead and lining up through the Slot and Indicator, was throwing out rippable rights again. Team surfers were loving it, but the hometown guys proved to be a little too much, winning three out of four matches. Santa Cruz met up with Orange County first, taking a 97.75-84.5 win over the Octopus, last season's overall champ.
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By Rick Fignetti | November 5, 2008
The world championship surfing tour was way down south in Brazil last week for the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Imbituba. The tour is winding down with the last two events, as surfers are trying to secure their standings for the 2008 season. Big Aussie Bede Durbidge caught a couple bomb sets in the final to take the win pretty handily over the “French Man” Jeremy Flores. The victory moved Durbidge up in to the No. 2 spot in the ratings ahead of Australian Taj Burrow and behind newly crowned world champ in Spain at Mundaka, the U.S.’s Kelly Slater.
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SPORTS
July 25, 2007
The waves picked up Tuesday and the action will heat up today as the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing enters its final four days at the Huntington Beach Pier. At 7 p.m. today, a massive beach cattle drive with 100 steers commanded by 40 cowboys/riders will lumber from Goldenwest Street and Pacific Coast Highway to the U.S. Open of Surfing competition at the pier. The drive is held in conjunction with the Orange County Fair. At 10 a.m. today, the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame, the nation's first sidewalk monument to honor surfing, inducts its 14th class.
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | December 15, 2005
The $270,000 World Championship Tour's Rip Curl Pipeline Masters has been on hold on the North Shore of Hawaii as organizers are waiting for the next big-time swell. So far they've run the trials. Making the final and advancing to the main event were Hawaiian local boy Dustin Barca; Kalani Chapman, a fearless bowl rider; big-wave standout Makua Rothman; and Brazilian shredder Bruno Santos. A couple of legends lost in the trials: Rob Machado, a former winner there, and three-time world champ Tom Curren.
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | November 24, 2005
It's that time of year when the surf scene heads to the North Shore of Hawaii for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The Triple Crown features the last rated surfing contests of the year in the big surf of Hawaii. The first jewel of the Triple Crown is the six-star, $125,000 O.P. Pro Hawaii held at Haleiwa, which began Nov. 12 and finished today. For the women, goofy-footed Aussie Chelsea Georgeson has won the first Triple Crown event, the Roxy Pro Hawaii, scoring the only perfect 10 of the contest with a triple vertical top-to-bottom turn on a steep 6-footer.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
RICK FIGNETTI The boys up north, the Santa Cruz Stormriders, took three out of four matches in the first round of "The Game" at Steamer Lane last week. The surf, overhead and lining up through the Slot and Indicator, was throwing out rippable rights again. Team surfers were loving it, but the hometown guys proved to be a little too much, winning three out of four matches. Santa Cruz met up with Orange County first, taking a 97.75-84.5 win over the Octopus, last season's overall champ.
NEWS
December 25, 2003
RICK FIGNETTI Let's start this column off with a Merry Christmas to everyone, no doubt kicking back with the day off, ready to meet with the family and friends later. If you're lucky, you might be able to sneak in a little session in the water before all the festivities. Don't eat too much or that surfboard won't be floating you as well as it used to. Or, on the other hand, the workout training to work those calories off might not start until next year.
NEWS
November 20, 2003
RICK FIGNETTI We have a new world longboard champ as the $50,000 Oxbow Pro Long Board championship finals were held down at Ragland, New Zealand last week. Two former world champs battled it out in 4- to 5-foot surf conditions that got a little bumpy by the end. Australian Beau Young made it his second Assn. of Surfing Professionals title, picking up $7,000 with the win over California's style-master Joel Tudor. Young came into the event rated No. 6 and left rated numero uno. To make the event even more special, Beau, with his dad on hand, the legendary, Nat Young, a four-time world longboard champ himself, gave his dad a birthday present, another title for the family!
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