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By RICK FIGNETTI | February 28, 2008
The World Championship Tour?s Quiksilver Pro has started over in Australia on the Gold Coast at Duranbah in some rippable 2- to 4-foot-plus surf. Last year?s world champ, Mick Fanning, blazed through his first heat with forehand slashes looking super quick. Hawaii?s Bruce Irons nailed some big airs and other nice moves for a win. Bobby Martinez was precise with a solid back-hand attack. Eight-time world champ Kelly Slater pulled his victory out in the last 30 seconds of the heat with a big front side slash.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
March 31, 2005
RICK FIGNETTI The world's best surfers are still in the land Down Under, Australia, for the World Championship Tour's Rip Curl Pro. The surf contest that usually is held at Bells Beach -- for an incredible 33 years, the longest-running pro surf event in Australian history -- was moved to Phillip Island's Woolamai Beach for bigger surf. It was more contestable there, in the 3- to 5-foot range as the standouts of the first round were East Coasters C.J. Hobgood, the 2001 world champ, and twin brother Damien.
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