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December 6, 2001
Here's a look at the action that's been happeningover around our area and in Hawaii the past couple weeks. At the United States Surfing Federation'sfive-star championship tour contest at Salt Creek lastSunday, in fun 2- to 3-foot surf and sheet glassconditions, some of our local contingency did well. Inthe men's, Satoshi Nakamura -- who lives in Huntington and is fromJapan -- finished up third. In the master blasters,Harold Bessa was carving some nice turns and showinghis consistency as he placed third, making another final.
May 20, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI The $260,000 Billabong Pro at Teahupoo (pronounced "Chopuu"), Tahiti, finished up last weekend in 6- to 10-foot, perfect offshore surf. It's a small island where the swells come in, hit a shallow, super-sharp reef creating a long, barreling left that breaks toward the channel with often perfect shape. When it's big, it's one of the gnarliest waves in the world. The drop is almost below sea level, and the wave itself is so oval -- not to mention that the break has killed a few experienced surfers over the years.
By RICK FIGNETTI | December 15, 2005
The $270,000 World Championship Tour's Rip Curl Pipeline Masters has been on hold on the North Shore of Hawaii as organizers are waiting for the next big-time swell. So far they've run the trials. Making the final and advancing to the main event were Hawaiian local boy Dustin Barca; Kalani Chapman, a fearless bowl rider; big-wave standout Makua Rothman; and Brazilian shredder Bruno Santos. A couple of legends lost in the trials: Rob Machado, a former winner there, and three-time world champ Tom Curren.
October 16, 2003
RICK FIGNETTI The Assn. of Surfing Professionals just finished off its eighth event of the 2003 season, the Quicksilver Pro at Hossegor, France last week. The top surfers in the world were on hold for the final day of the event, waiting for the swell to hit, and it did last Saturday, picking up to 4 to 6 feet with killer shape and some 8-foot bomb sets. The world champ, Andy Irons from Kauai, set the pace in the final with an 8.0 point ride, then finished off Aussie Phillip McDonald with an 9.63 deep barrel and combo slash back to ice it. Irons busted his favorite surfboard in half with five minutes to go but still came up with the victory with his unsurpassable scores.
By: RICK FIGNETTI | October 13, 2005
The Quiksilver International Surfing Assn. World Junior Surfing Championships is going big time in Surf City this week on the south side of the Huntington Pier. Surfers from 27 countries are competing. They are from Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Equador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Tahiti, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Venezuela.
By Joe Haakenson | November 9, 2011
Kelly Slater is sooooo good… How good is he? Slater is so good that he won the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour championship twice this year. In fact, he won it twice in one week! OK, that might not be so funny to those who work so hard to run the ASP World Tour, but unfortunately for them, it's true. Sort of. Here's how it went down. Slater and all the ASP pros went up to Ocean Beach in San Francisco last week for the 10th of the 11 events on the ASP World Tour.
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