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By Rick Fignetti | July 16, 2009
The big show is about ready to begin — the Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing is set to kick off Saturday on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The event concludes July 26. This also marks 50 years of competitive surfing at the pier, which started in 1959 with the West Coast Surfing Championships, which lasted until 1963 with legendary winners like Jack Haley and Linda Benson. In 1964, it changed to the United States Surfing Championships, which graced the pier until 1973.
By RICK FIGNETTI | November 3, 2005
How about this weather? Another heat wave hit our Surf City beaches in, yes, November, with sizzling air temps hitting the 70s-plus on the sand. Santa Ana conditions and light off-shores to glassy conditions prevailed along with a small combo swell outta the southwest and west, giving us fun, rippable surf. You gotta love it when other parts of the U.S. are already freezin'. Over in Hawaii, the action is already starting with the Assn. of Surfing Professional's first event of the winter season, the $50,000, three-star Xcel Pro presented by No Fear.
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.
May 29, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG The Assn. of Surfing Professionals has been steam rolling along, knocking one event off in perfect 6- to 10-foot surf at Teahupoo, Tahiti May 6 through 18. It was a high-scoring final with some steep and hollow lefts and back to the center stage was the US's six-time world champ Kelly Slater. Slater, surfing on two dislocated toes, came back to win the event, his last major victory was in 2000, in top form. He air-dropped a big set, pulled in for a deep barrel and threw a cutback at the end of the wave to score a 9.57.
March 18, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI The focal point of the surfing world for the big boys this week was in Australia for the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks. The event, which saw a huge storm come through right smack in the middle of it, saw some heavy winds and 10-foot-plus storm surf, forcing some days of cancellation. When it did clear up, it was overhead with light off-shores, and featured some rippable walls. Australian Mick Lowe proved to be unstoppable in these conditions, busting straight-up moves several times in heat after heat till the finals.
By RICK FIGNETTI | March 1, 2007
The Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour is kicking off in Australia this week. The Quicksilver Pro waiting period has started at Snapper Rocks. It's been on hold the first part of the week, waiting for a Cyclone swell from a storm off the coast to get it rolling. The surf's been in the 2- to 4-foot zone but could get epic if it all comes together. The top dog, eight-time world champ Kelly Slater, is there, rumor has it. He hasn't really surfed too much in the last three weeks, but he's got a new quiver of hot boards, and has been on a health-kick diet recently and is ready to start the season.
March 20, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG Over in Australia, the first leg of the Assn. of Surfing Professionals Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro was held in good 2- to 4-foot surf at Snapper Rocks. Taking the big win was up-and-coming Aussie Dean Morrison, who proved to be unstoppable. Morrison went off in the final, scoring two waves in the 9-foot plus zone, to defeat former world champ Mark Occhilupo. This is Occy's best start too, as the veteran will be turning a ripe 37 in June and is still known as one of the toughest competitor's in a heat.
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