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By Rick Fignetti | September 17, 2008
The big show, the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley, went off big time at Lowers last week with overhead rippable surf. The top 44 and wild cards from the world championship tour took advantage of the killer conditions. As the field narrowed down it set up for an insane showdown with none other that eight-time world champ from the U.S., Kelly Slater, and one of the best freestyle surfers in the world from Australia, Taj Burrow. Just to pump things up, Bob Hurley from Hurley clothes upped the ante $45,000, so instead of $30,000 prize money it was $75,000, the most ever for a win in surfing history.
March 4, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI The Assn. of Surfing Professionals 2004 World Championship Tour season has started in Australia. The trials were run in 2- to 4-foot, fun right-handers at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast of Australia. There was one wildcard slot open into the tour's $260,000 Quiksilver Pro that was won by three-time South African national champ Shaun Gossman. In the opening round of competition, a win puts you in Round 3 and a loss sets you up to battle in Round 2, where you need a victory or you're knocked out. So far, looking good and taking some wins were world champ Andy Irons, who had a slow start but came on strong in the end with a clean barrel on a set and some mean carves to back it up, earning a 9.8, almost a perfect score.
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.
January 20, 2005
RICK FIGNETTI I'll take a few days of sunshine, as some warmer days have finally hit here in Surf City. Those sunnier days have pushed daytime air temps up to the '70s and it's feelin' good. The water is still freezin', but it's mostly getting back to its normal color after all the runoff. After a long flat spell, finally some overhead surf has hit. In fact, today just might be the day, with good surf and nice weather too, you have to call in sick and head to the beach.
December 11, 2003
RICK FIGNETTI The surf has been pumping on the North Shore of Hawaii and they've just finished up the $250,000 Rip Curl Cup at Sunset Beach. The surf was bombing eight to 15 feet with bigger sets, and the world's top pros were tearing it up. Aussie Jake Patterson was a man on a mission, taking out the points leader, six-time world champ Kelly Slater in round three. Patterson then took out world champ Andy Irons in the final, in a close -- less than a point -- decision, for the victory, even though A.I. had one score of a perfect 10. Third was the big island's semi-retired Shane Dorian and fourth was Australian ripper Taj Burrow.
December 18, 2003
RICK FIGNETTI The women's Assn. of Surfing Professionals season concluded with the $60,000 Billabong Maui Pro, held in perfect 4- to 5-foot Honolua Bay. It was a Cinderella story for Aussie Layne Beachley, who lost to countrywoman Samantha Cornish in the 35-minute final by the slimmest of margins, 15.3 to 15.0. But Beachley, who was trailing in the overall points race in the second half of the season, secured her sixth world title in a row by making the final.
April 17, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN FIG Spring break is here and the groms are out of school this week. You can definitely see more people cruising around. Even the beaches have been filling up a bit on those nicer days. It did get a cold start though, with that storm blowing by in the first part of the week leaving us with some rain and even one last blast of snow in our local mountains. Out in the lineup another combo swell of southwest and west mixes thrown together has been making it head-high plus.
May 29, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG The Assn. of Surfing Professionals has been steam rolling along, knocking one event off in perfect 6- to 10-foot surf at Teahupoo, Tahiti May 6 through 18. It was a high-scoring final with some steep and hollow lefts and back to the center stage was the US's six-time world champ Kelly Slater. Slater, surfing on two dislocated toes, came back to win the event, his last major victory was in 2000, in top form. He air-dropped a big set, pulled in for a deep barrel and threw a cutback at the end of the wave to score a 9.57.
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