De Souza defeats WCT rookie Nat Young in the Final to claim his first-ever Bell trophy. He's now in 4th behind Taj in 3rd, Mick in 2nd and Kelly in 1st.
April 2, 2013 – Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, has claimed the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford over ASP Dream Tour rookie Nat Young (USA), 21, in clean three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach today.
Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach culminated in dramatic fashion Tuesday with the young Brazilian claiming the first South American men’s title in the event’s storied 52-year history....
SeaBass riding the lip
Bells Beach came alive with booming six-to-eight foot waves steaming through all Sunday. The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach embarked on another solid day of competition with well-overhead surf in the Bells Bowl.
Jordy Smith was in sensational form, nailing a near-perfect 19.14 heat total for unmatched power and precision in the big Bells righthanders. At 6’2″, 190 lbs, Smith cuts one of the more imposing figures amongst the world’s elite and his dominant physicality is a huge asset at Bells Beach.
Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, has claimed the 2013 Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford over Tyler Wright (AUS), 19, in clean three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves today in front of a capacity crowd at Bells Beach. Today’s win vaults the young Hawaiian back into the lead on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) ratings for the first time in over a year.
“To win Bells is a dream,” Moore said. “As a little kid, you always looked forward to watching it and reading about it. The history and the prestige and the people who have won it are really legendary. To be a part of it now is really special.”
The ASP Top 34 returned to Bells Beach Sunday, taking on solid six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) surf for Round 2 and the opening three heats of Round 3 at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford.
The second stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach embarked on another solid day of competition this morning with the world’s best surfers doing battle in the well-overhead surf in the Bells Bowl.
Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, long considered a threat to the ASP World Title, was in sensational form this morning, nailing a near-perfect 19.14 heat total out of a possible 20 for unmatched power and precision in the big Bells righthanders.
Full story coming....stayed tuned....The Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford, Stop No. 3 of 7 on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, completed a mammoth day of competition Saturday with Rounds 2, 3, 4, the Quarterfinals and the Semifinals all ran in pumping four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 meter) waves at Bells Beach.
Tyler Wright (AUS), 18, current ASP WCT No. 1, put on an inspired performance throughout today’s five rounds of competition, blending her energetic approach with unmatched power in the Bells Bowl. The young natural-footer closed her day out with a Semifinal win over a rampaging Courtney Conlogue (USA), 20, in classic Bells conditions.
28 March, 2013 : Tatiana Weston-Webb of Hawaii and Leonardo Fioravanti from Italy have been crowned the Rip Curl International GromSearch champions for 2013. In wind affected two to three foot surf from Rincon to the Bells Bowl, Weston-Webb successfully defended her 2012 title, and became the first surfer in International GromSearch series history to go back-to-back. With the highest wave score of the event (9.33) logged in the semi final, Weston-Webb continued on to post the highest combined total of 17.26 in the final, to take down her opponents. Isabella Nichols from Coolum posted 13.96 to become event runner-up. Kim Veteau of France surfed her way to third with a 12.26, and in fourth place was local surfer Zoe Clarke of Jan Juc on a 10.66.
Alana Blanchard has been pro surfing’s reigning beauty queen for a couple years now. The blonde bombshell from Kauai is the preeminent sexy surfer girl. Yet the pool of pretty women on tour is deep these days, and the list of ladies turning heads for both beauty and surfing brawn is getting longer every day. Translation: Blanchard’s spot has to be backed up with some substance. And in the latest episode of her “Surfer Girl” series, we get a look at how seriously she trains.
Follow this superb video with Jamie for 72 hours leading up to, during and after the 2013 Mavericks Invitational.
The word 'challenge' doesn't quite cover what it is to surf Mavericks. Out there in the cold juice of Half Moon Bay in Northern California, taking on a crushing black mountain that wants to put you down deep. Jamie Sterling gets his thrills from places like that. He recently competed in the Mavericks Invitational, held in a swell that was questionable as far as contestability goes. Regardless, the butterflies came swooping and the boat ride out always means a quickened pulse, no matter what. "Peaking" puts you right next to the former Big Wave World Champion as he experiences Mavericks and the range of emotion that comes with competing at a big wave event...
Shawn Dollar, Cortes Bank © Frank Quirarte
The five biggest or best in each of the key categories
27 March, 2013 : The nominees have just been announced for the 2013 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Pacifico, and it's going to be another amazing year for surfing as the sport's best continue to smash down the barriers of what was once thought possible. The Billabong XXL Awards competition window closed on March 20, the start of spring, with every wave ridden at every big wave break around the world in the previous 12 months in contention....
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