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NEWS
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.
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NEWS
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!
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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