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By RICK FIGNETTI | September 6, 2007
The three-day Labor Day weekend went off at Surf City with scorching air temps that climbed into the 80s, with triple digits inland and a pumping south swell that drove a million people down to the beaches to cool off. Downtown was packed, traffic was thick on the sidewalks and in the streets, too. Part of the crowd came down to the beach to check out Boardfest, the women’s surfing event on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier....
By Jessie Brunner | June 14, 2007
Audiences at Edwards Big Newport had an opportunity to meet professional surfer Rob Machado twice at a Quiksilver-sponsored event on June 6 — once in human form and again as a penguin. Machado, who won last year's U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, joined more than 400 people at the theater for an advanced screening of Sony Pictures' "Surf's Up," an animated action-comedy profiling a young penguin surfer as he prepares for his first pro competition. In addition to providing advice to animators, Machado lent his voice to the film, starring as a penguin version of himself, complete with his signature hair and goatee.
By Jessie Brunner | April 12, 2007
Huntington Beach has found a place for itself in the 2007 Newport Beach Film Festival, and, not surprisingly, it has done so in the form of a surf documentary. But "Chasing the Dream" is not the traditional collage of exotic surf spots or world-champion surfers. Following eight Huntington Beach High School teens as they pursue their dream of becoming world-championship surfers, the film aims to show the behind-the-scenes reality of professional surfing. "In a lot of the surf films out there, you see this elite, hard-bodied, tan group of people — not vulnerable human beings," said director Angelo Mei. "This film shows you what it really takes to become a professional surfer."
By RICK FIGNETTI | March 15, 2007
They finally finished up the World Championship Tour's Quiksilver Pro in perfect 5- to 6-foot waves at Snapper Rocks, Australia. The rights were screaming down the line pedal-to-the-metal, and the surf suited the style of Aussie Mick "the Quick" Fanning, who was lighting it up. Fanning, who's known for his high-speed turns, was surfing lightning fast throughout the whole event and looked to be the man to beat. In the final, the dark horse — the big Aussie Bede Durbidge — struck first with a sick tube and some mean slashes to score an eight-point ride, putting on the pressure and taking the early lead.
By RICK FIGNETTI | December 21, 2006
The final showdown of the year went down at legendary Pipeline during the Rip Curl Pipe Masters last week. Mother nature sent some 8- to 12-foot surf to the barrel that breaks over a shallow reef and produces some of the hollowest waves on the planet. The final was a déjà vu duel between the two best surfers of the past five years — Andy Irons and Kelly Slater. Veteran East Coaster Cory Lopez made the heat too, as well as Mr. Casual, Rob Machado. But it was Irons who struck first, with a massive backside deep-tube ride on a left, where he got spit out and hit a big floater, to receive a 9.87 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.
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.
By: RICK FIGNETTI | September 22, 2005
The Assn. of Surfing Professionals scored big time last week for the Boost Mobile Pro at Lower Trestles, as the biggest swell of the summer hit with breakers getting as large as 10 feet. The premier southwest point break had flawless shape for the last part of the event, and the top surfers in the world were putting on quite a performance. The top-ranked surfer in the world -- six-time world champ Kelly Slater -- was once again the man of the hour.
July 28, 2005
Mike Sciacca Four individuals who either evolved or revolutionized the sport of surfing through technique, ability or lifestyle, will be inducted Friday into the Surfers' Hall of Fame. The annual ceremony this year will induct the late Carl Hayward, a local surfboard shaper known for the "Rocket Fish;" Tom Carroll, a hard-charging surfer who became a two-time world champion; Robert McKnight, who brought about a wildly successful marriage of the surf lifestyle to fashion; and Mark Richards, surfing's first four-time consecutive world champion.
July 21, 2005
Mike Sciacca The world's largest surfing competition, the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O'Neill, gets underway Friday at the Huntington Beach Pier. The U.S. Open of Surfing anchors the Bank of the West Beach Games. More than 600 athletes from around the globe will compete in surfing, skateboarding, BMX and volleyball. The Bank of the West Beach Games run July 28-31 at the pier. More than 500 world-class surfers from the U.S. and abroad will compete over a 10-day period in five divisions of competition.
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