August 18, 2010
Here we are going into event No. 5 out of 10 on the ASP World Tour, with Jordy Smith winning event No. 4 for his first world tour victory. This after Kelly Slater had gone on a mini two-event hot streak of his own, winning one and placing second before a shocking Round 3 defeat at the hands of local and wild-card entry Sean Holmes at the Billabong Pro in South Africa and placing equal 17th. The defeat for Slater was so bad that Smith, who went on to win the event, also overtook Slater as the No. 1-ranked surfer in the world.
April 8, 2010
The ringing of the bell — that’s what three-time world champ Stephanie Gilmore did at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro at Bells Beach last week. The 22-year-old made it three wins at Bells in four years with a blistering forehand attack that saw her slash some critical turns on the lined-up rights to earn big scores in the 2- to 4-foot surf. Gilmore defeated 26-year-old Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich, who had injured her neck in an earlier heat, and it looked like it bothered her performance as she fell on a couple set waves.
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.
March 16, 2006
There's been some stormy weather the last couple of weeks along the California coastline. This storm brought us an Arctic blast of freezing air, with lows dropping to the 30s ? not to mention gusty winds, dark clouds in all shapes and sizes, rain squalls and even some hail. The water is iceberg patrol. We're talking mid-50s ? ouch ? with a wind-chill factor to boot. Luckily, spring is just around the corner. It's still summer in Australia, and they just finished the World Championship Tour's Quiksilver Pro in sunny 2- to 3-foot surf at Duranbah on the Gold Coast.
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.
February 27, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN FIG Another big storm hammered the West Coast earlier in the week leaving some rain and a much need snowfall in our local mountains. We did get a bit of swell off it, and you had to be ready because right smack in the middle of the stormy conditions it did glass off and winds were offshore. Although, once again, surfing in the water after the runoff goes out is questionable for a few days. It's winter here, but summer on the other side of the globe in Australia where they're gearing up for the Assn.