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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.
By RICK FIGNETTI | July 26, 2007
Straight from the Figster in the announcer's booth, this years' Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O'Neill has been going big time. The weather has been kinda tropical, with partly cloudy skies, but sunshine too, with air temps in the mid-70s. Definitely on the humid side, with light variable winds, which brought down a good-sized crowd for the event's first weekend. The water has been unbelievable, at 70 degrees with a lot of the competitors trunking it. The waves were small last weekend, but with pretty decent shape.
April 15, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI The pro surfing season in the mainland United States has arrived with the $40,000 Body Glove Surf Bout scheduled to start at Lower Trestles in San Clemente from April 20 to 24. The two-star men's, women's and air show is also the start of the four-event Grand Slam Series. The Body Glove Surf Bout is sanctioned by Assn. Surfing Professionals North America and is the 2004 Surfing America Pro Tour's first event that will be covered by the Fuel TV show that airs on Fox Sports West.
July 15, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI With summer in full swing, the Assn. of Surfing Professionals is around the midway point of its season and now overseas. Surfers just started the $260,000 Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa on Tuesday. The surf for the start of the event was pretty darn good, 6 to 8 feet, with glassy rights lining up. The waiting period can go as long as July 23 but will be held on the best days at that classic right-hand, point break. They held an international trial, and the top three got an invite slot into the historic J-Bay Billabong Pro. Two South Africans made it, Sean Holmes and Ricky Basnett, who were ripping along with Aussie surfer Bede Durbridge.
By RICK FIGNETTI | November 30, 2006
The first event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series, the six-star Hawaiian Pro, finished up last week at Haleiwa. The surf was small by Hawaiian standards, a clean 2- to-4-foot with moderate offshore winds and some rippable rights and lefts. Three-time world champ Andy Irons started off with a couple of good rides and set the pace, leading the whole time. Irons found a right that held up, bashing the lip a couple of timesand throwing water until hooking a cuttie on the corner to outdistance Aussie Taj Burrow to win the $15,000 first-place check.
By RICK FIGNETTI | July 27, 2006
The Figster reporting in from the announcers' booth at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing. It's been going big-time at the largest surf contest in the world this past week. The action started last Friday and went through the weekend with four different divisions. There were the trials for the men to get in because so many surfers wanted to be in it. Eight got slots to the main event, which started Monday. In the men's, the surfing has been solid. Some standouts were Dane Reynolds, throwing some huge airs but getting knocked out in a tough heat, and a few of the locals making some great runs, such as Shaun Ward and Italian transplant to H.B., Pilurzu Federico.
By RICK FIGNETTI | December 22, 2005
Have to start on a sad note. Surf City filmmaker, Indo traveler, ripper and all-around nice guy Timmy Turner is in serious condition in the hospital right now. Timmy contracted a severe staph infection that spread to his brain. He had brain surgery and is in a coma. All our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family in these tough times, with the hope of total recovery. There was more big action from the North Shore of Hawaii as the 2005 surfing season come to a close with the conclusion of the $270,000 Rip Curl Pipeline Masters.
January 30, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG More good weather and surf has hit Surf City beaches this last week. Again, light Santa Ana wind conditions have left many a glassy afternoon session, when normally, it's heavy onshore winds. Air temps have climbed to the 70s, unheard of in January. And the El Nino storm track system has been downgraded because we haven't seen much rain or snow in our local mountains so far this year. Over in Hawaii, they held the QuickSilver Masters World Championships at Makaha Jan. 20 through 28. That's where all the top world tour standouts from yesteryear come together and surf it out like old times.
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