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July 13, 2000
The Bluetorch Pro will run July 19-23 at the Huntington Beach Pier. The $168,100 World Championship Tour event will feature the world's top 44 male and 15 female surfers in a sudden death format. Comprised of the $135,600 men's division and the $32,500 Women's Pro, the "Super Bowl" of surfing will have an impact on the sport's world champions, ultimately to be crown at Hawaii's North Shore in December. Reigning men's world champion Mark Occhilupo (Australia)
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July 20, 2000
The world's largest professional surfing competition will headline the second annual Panasonic ShockWave Beach Games, which will run July 24-30 at the Huntington Beach Pier. The action sports festival attracts world-class athletes from around the globe and features surfing, skateboarding, BMX biking, wakeboarding, freestyle motocross, and in-line skating at a variety of venues. More than $300,000 in cash and prizes will be at stake. But the event that will launch the festival will be the seventh annual $100,000 Panasonic ShockWave U.S. Open of Surfing and $25,000 elleven U.S. Open of Women, both six-star World Qualifying Series (WQS)
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By RICK FIGNETTI | May 4, 2006
There was a little south swell at the end of last week, and it was just what the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' four-star, $75,000 Body Glove Surf Bout needed to finish off its event at Lower Trestles in San Clemente on Saturday. Rising to the occasion was up-and-coming 21-year-old Hawaiian shredder "Bustin'" Dustin Cuizon, who took the win in his first World Qualifying Series final, cashing in on a $10,000 prize. Cuizon scored a nine-point ride with a series of lip bashes and some nice rail-to-rail speed turns, pulling the high score of the hour.
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June 10, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI How nice would it be if your boss told you your next assignment would be in tropical paradise with perfect waves -- that you're going to Fiji? Well, that's pretty much what the World Championship Tour laid out for the top 44 surfers in the world last week. The site was the island of Tavarua, and the contest at perfect 8-to-10-foot Cloudbreak with crystal clear aqua blue water. Having the time of his life was part of the brother combo, this time Damien Hobgood of Florida who scored some perfect waves.
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By RICK FIGNETTI | June 29, 2006
Down south in Mexico at the World Championship Tour event the Rip Curl Search, there was some perfect 3- to 6-foot plus surf for the finals at the classic right point break, La Jolla. Located near Puerto Escondido, the contest saw surf ranging as big as double overhead with some barreling conditions. Surfers in the event were saying it might have been the best surf on tour so far in 2006, which has already scored some pretty epic surf in Australia, Fiji and Tahiti. Three-time world champ Andy Irons stepped it up, busting some mean lip slashes and a huge air, at least 6 feet up, that he landed in the final to beat Carlsbad's Taylor Knox, who was on fire this event, too. A.I. earned a 16.96 to 11.33 solid decision.
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By Rick Fignetti | February 25, 2010
The start of the 2010 Assn. of Surfing Professionals’ world championship tour kicks off Saturday and continues through March 10. The $400,000 Quiksilver Pro starts at Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia, with the top 48 surfers in the world ready to go. This is the first of 10 stops for the elite surfers. Starting out the list of standouts is last year’s world champ, Mick Fanning, no doubt the fastest surfer on the planet. Fanning, with his focus and all-around training, is again looking like the man to beat.
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By Rick Fignetti | February 25, 2010
The start of the 2010 Assn. of Surfing Professionals’ world championship tour kicks off Saturday and continues through March 10. The $400,000 Quiksilver Pro starts at Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia, with the top 48 surfers in the world ready to go. This is the first of 10 stops for the elite surfers. Starting out the list of standouts is last year’s world champ, Mick Fanning, no doubt the fastest surfer on the planet. Fanning, with his focus and all-around training, is again looking like the man to beat.
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By RICK FIGNETTI | November 16, 2006
There was thunder down under as they finished up the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' Nova Schin Festival in Brazil in some windy four to six foot plus surf. Aussie Mick Fanning notched up his second win of the year with a blistering front-side attack with an assortment of lip bash and tail-out moves. Fanning pretty much blew Damien Hobgood right out the door with a 18.77 decision out of 20.00. Hobgood, who'd been ripping all of the event, surfed the lefts that were way more wind-blown and difficult to perform on in the final.
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By RICK FIGNETTI | September 21, 2006
The big week of world-class surfing action is over at Lowers as the Boost Mobile Pro of Surfing presented by Hurley finished up last Saturday. And what a week it was, starting with some south west swell action that gave the surfers some fun stuff to work with all week long. Ranging from waist high to a couple feet overhead plus on the "mo bigga" days with rippable longer rights and steeper shorter lefts. Lowers is the kind of wave that's like a skate park where the surfers can bust all the moves — heavy turns, airs, roundos and even more futuristic stuff.
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By RICK FIGNETTI | July 27, 2006
The Figster reporting in from the announcers' booth at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing. It's been going big-time at the largest surf contest in the world this past week. The action started last Friday and went through the weekend with four different divisions. There were the trials for the men to get in because so many surfers wanted to be in it. Eight got slots to the main event, which started Monday. In the men's, the surfing has been solid. Some standouts were Dane Reynolds, throwing some huge airs but getting knocked out in a tough heat, and a few of the locals making some great runs, such as Shaun Ward and Italian transplant to H.B., Pilurzu Federico.
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By RICK FIGNETTI | June 29, 2006
Down south in Mexico at the World Championship Tour event the Rip Curl Search, there was some perfect 3- to 6-foot plus surf for the finals at the classic right point break, La Jolla. Located near Puerto Escondido, the contest saw surf ranging as big as double overhead with some barreling conditions. Surfers in the event were saying it might have been the best surf on tour so far in 2006, which has already scored some pretty epic surf in Australia, Fiji and Tahiti. Three-time world champ Andy Irons stepped it up, busting some mean lip slashes and a huge air, at least 6 feet up, that he landed in the final to beat Carlsbad's Taylor Knox, who was on fire this event, too. A.I. earned a 16.96 to 11.33 solid decision.
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | May 4, 2006
There was a little south swell at the end of last week, and it was just what the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' four-star, $75,000 Body Glove Surf Bout needed to finish off its event at Lower Trestles in San Clemente on Saturday. Rising to the occasion was up-and-coming 21-year-old Hawaiian shredder "Bustin'" Dustin Cuizon, who took the win in his first World Qualifying Series final, cashing in on a $10,000 prize. Cuizon scored a nine-point ride with a series of lip bashes and some nice rail-to-rail speed turns, pulling the high score of the hour.
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