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By James Pribram | October 6, 2010
There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned dog fight, even in the world of professional surfing — and that is exactly what this year's world title race is beginning to look like. I'm just not sure that it includes Jordy Smith anymore. A semifinal clash of the titans between defending event champion and defending world champion Mick Fanning against surfing celebrity Kelly Slater saw a visibly upset Fanning question Slater's tactics and gamesmanship shortly after his defeat.
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By James Pribram | October 27, 2010
Somewhere in Puerto Rico, the Rip Curl Pro Search is gearing up to start at a still-mysterious location, with the world's best surfers ready to converge on the island paradise of warm weather and fun waves. Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search will have a waiting period from Oct. 30 through Nov. 10 and potentially bear witness to Kelly Slater winning an unprecedented 10th world title. This could turn out to be one of the greatest feats in sports history, right there with Lance Armstrong's seven consecutive Tour de France victories and Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam victories record.
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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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December 5, 2002
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG The air temps at the beaches are starting to cool down a bit lately. I know a lot of you cross over from surfing to doing a little snowboarding in the winter time. The mountains have been getting colder after the last few storms that have gone by. Air temps dropped past freezing as they even got a little dusting of snow locally. And with those Santa Ana winds we had last week, perfect for blowing snow, a few of the mountain resorts have opened.
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By Joe Haakenson | April 18, 2012
The surfing world is still buzzing about the final heat in last week's Rip Curl Pro, the second contest in the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' World Tour schedule at Bells Beach in Australia. Kelly Slater, who seems to be leaning toward making a serious run at his 12th ASP World Tour championship, did not win the event. He lost to Mick Fanning in the final heat. But what Slater did do is pull off another perfect 10 in the final heat, his second one in less than a year. He also did it last year at the Quiksilver Pro in New York, both with the same move - an air-reverse 360. Surfinglife.com.au has put together a video of both so you can judge which one was better.
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By Andrea Hanst | November 17, 2010
Sunday in Huntington Beach could not have been more pristine, as local surfing royalty, friends and fans of the late Andy Irons gathered on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier to pay tribute to the legendary surfing icon. Still reeling from shock after Irons' untimely death at age 32 on Nov. 2, this surfing community gathered first on the sand for a beautifully executed memorial and then a somber procession into the surf for a traditional paddle-out to honor their fallen brother.
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By James Pribram | October 27, 2010
Somewhere in Puerto Rico, the Rip Curl Pro Search is gearing up to start at a still-mysterious location, with the world's best surfers ready to converge on the island paradise of warm weather and fun waves. Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search will have a waiting period from Oct. 30 through Nov. 10 and potentially bear witness to Kelly Slater winning an unprecedented 10th world title. This could turn out to be one of the greatest feats in sports history, right there with Lance Armstrong's seven consecutive Tour de France victories and Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam victories record.
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By James Pribram | October 6, 2010
There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned dog fight, even in the world of professional surfing — and that is exactly what this year's world title race is beginning to look like. I'm just not sure that it includes Jordy Smith anymore. A semifinal clash of the titans between defending event champion and defending world champion Mick Fanning against surfing celebrity Kelly Slater saw a visibly upset Fanning question Slater's tactics and gamesmanship shortly after his defeat.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | August 11, 2010
Brett Simpson is The $100,000 Man. Again . Just after noon Sunday, right about the time the sun began to break through the heavy overcast sky, the Huntington Beach native thrust his arms high into the air at the sound of the final horn, directing his triumphant pose toward the massive throng that packed the southside and top of the Huntington Beach Pier. A sweeter sound there wasn't for the 25-year-old, a graduate of Huntington Beach High School: He had just won the coveted Men's title of the U.S. Open of Surfing presented by Hurley, Nike 6.0 and Converse, for a second straight year.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | August 7, 2010
Six days before the Women's final at the U.S .Open of Surfing came the big announcement. To the winner of Saturday's finale would go a record $50,000. That was $30,000 more than the previously set first-place prize of $20,000, which was also a record. No wonder Carissa Moore of Hawaii was all smiles late Saturday at the Huntington Beach Pier. Moore emerged from a frustrating waiting game with fellow finalist Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia to win the coveted Women's title.
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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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