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November 20, 2003
RICK FIGNETTI We have a new world longboard champ as the $50,000 Oxbow Pro Long Board championship finals were held down at Ragland, New Zealand last week. Two former world champs battled it out in 4- to 5-foot surf conditions that got a little bumpy by the end. Australian Beau Young made it his second Assn. of Surfing Professionals title, picking up $7,000 with the win over California's style-master Joel Tudor. Young came into the event rated No. 6 and left rated numero uno. To make the event even more special, Beau, with his dad on hand, the legendary, Nat Young, a four-time world longboard champ himself, gave his dad a birthday present, another title for the family!
By Matt Szabo | July 9, 2009
One of the last things Bobby Bruch said he told his team before the game was simple enough. Seacliff Elementary wasn’t about to play in just any old soccer game. Here Bruch and the girls were, about 1,400 miles from home. They were about to leave in a van that had “Go USA.” painted on the windows and play Costa Rica for an international title in “futbolito,” six-on-six indoor soccer. The day wasn’t just any old Saturday, either. It was the Fourth of July.
August 29, 2011
The Ocean View All-Stars, who became the first team from Orange County to win a Little League Baseball World Series title, are scheduled to arrive home from South Williamsport, Pa., on Monday night at Los Angeles International Airport. The team then will be bused to the Ocean View Little League playing fields at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach. Ocean View won the Little League World Series championship Sunday by coming from behind to defeat Japan, 2-1. Team members Hagen Danner, Anthony Martinez and Nick Pratto, Manager Jeff Pratto and Coach Jose Martinez will not be part of the Ocean View entourage Monday.
By RICK FIGNETTI | June 28, 2007
The World Championship Tour is way down in South America for the Rip Curl Search in Chile. So far they've encountered big waves 10 to 18 feet-plus, and cold water, with a break that has lots of jagged barnacle-lined rock reef. The first part of the contest was run in double overhead-plus surf with a few of the pros getting worked. Brazilian standout Adriano De Souza was taken out of the water with a big gash needing stiches, and American Bobby Martinez broke his fin out and smashed his finger.
By RICK FIGNETTI | April 12, 2007
The Assn. of Surfing Professional's World Championship Tour is in its second event of the season, the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia. They've already run a couple of the rounds in 2- to 4-foot surf, with some hollow rights lining up. Already there have been some big upsets as a few of the big-gun U.S. surfers have lost out in round three, like Bobby Martinez and Chris Ward, plus Hawaii's Pancho Sullivan the "Power Master," and Aussies Mark...
October 10, 2002
Wet and wild with Rockin' Fig The big-time surf scene, the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour, has just finished up a couple of events over in Europe. The boys were ripping up Portugal and then the fine beaches of France at Hossegor. Next up on the schedule is the Billabong Pro at Mundaka, Spain, that killer left-hander, Oct. 9 through 21. Hawaiian Andy Irons from the Island of Kauai is holding down first place over Trestles winner Luke Egan by a close 518 points.
By RICK FIGNETTI | July 19, 2007
Friday is the kick-off of the $175,000 U.S. Open of Surfing, presented by O'Neill at the Huntington Beach Pier. The trials will start in some small-scale combo surf in double areas through the weekend. The big heats are scheduled for later next week when the big-rated guns will come out of the woodwork. Meanwhile, former winner and world champ Sunny Garcia got a wild card entry in, and as for the local crew, last year's No. 11 in the world, Timmy Reyes, is looking like he's ready for action, after coming back from a knee injury.
July 25, 2007
The waves picked up Tuesday and the action will heat up today as the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing enters its final four days at the Huntington Beach Pier. At 7 p.m. today, a massive beach cattle drive with 100 steers commanded by 40 cowboys/riders will lumber from Goldenwest Street and Pacific Coast Highway to the U.S. Open of Surfing competition at the pier. The drive is held in conjunction with the Orange County Fair. At 10 a.m. today, the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame, the nation's first sidewalk monument to honor surfing, inducts its 14th class.
By RICK FIGNETTI | May 11, 2006
It's that time of year again: The ballots have just been sent out for the 2006 Surfing Walk of Fame. There are five categories: Surfing Pioneers, Surfing Champions, Local Heroes, Surf Culture and Women of the Year. A prominent group of people from around the world was chosen to participate in this year's selection process. Ballots with the names of more than 200 deserving individuals were sent to the voters. The Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame was started in 1994 when the first granite stone was cemented at the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in front of Jack's Surf Shop.
By Rick Fignetti | March 11, 2010
It was thunder Down Under at the $400,000 Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks last week in Australia. The Gold Coast was rocking in summertime, with warm water, top surfers and the start of the 2010 pro surf scene. Thirty-one-year-old Aussie ripper Taj Burrow was slashing away in the 3- to 5-foot windblown rights to take the victory. Burrow waited patiently for the bigger set waves and tore them apart to defeat South African rad man Jordy Smith. Smith led the first half of the final, but Burrow busted a big score — an 8.17 — and took it along with the lead in the ratings.
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