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Julian Wilson © ASP / Dunbar shown here during the Billabong Rio Pro which kicked off in tricky lefts of Arpoador


Top Seeds Lead Opening Round at Billabong Rio Pro

Surf News, 9 May, 2012 : Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil -- The 2012 Billabong Rio Pro, Stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, kicked off competition at the secondary venue of Arpoador this morning and the event’s top seeds dominated the clean two-to-four foot (1.5 metre) lefthanders on offer for Round 1.

Julian Wilson (AUS), 23, into his second year amongst the world’s elite, was in solid form for his opening round bout this morning, posting the day’s highest single-wave score of 9.27 out of 10 for committed backhand surfing en route to attaining the day’s highest heat-total, 17.14 out of 20.

   

Kelly Slater Pulls Out Of Billabong Rio Pro


Kelly Slater Withdraws from Billabong Rio Pro due to ankle injury/infection, Round 1 Draw Amended

BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Tuesday, May 8, 2012) – Kelly Slater (USA), 40, reigning 11-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, has withdrawn from the Billabong Rio Pro following a heel injury sustained in Java.

“I injured the inside of my left heel in Java and then re-opened it again the following week at Cloudbreak,” Slater said. “It became infected and I flew to Australia to get it treated and stitched in hopes of making it to Rio, if not for Round 1, at least for Round 2. I’ve been in the water since getting it stitched and while I can go straight, I can’t do turns at all right now so I’ll have to pull out of Rio. It’s unfortunate, but I’m just going to focus on healing up as soon as possible right now. Good luck to all the competitors in Brazil and I’ll be watching online.”

   

This Wednesday evening at Surfer the Bar: Talk Story Series ftg. Kimo Hollinger | Hosted by Jodi Wilmott


This Wednesday evening at Surfer the Bar: Talk Story Series ftg. Kimo Hollinger | Hosted by Jodi Wilmott
Doors 6p , Show 8p | $5 requested for charity
Kimo Hollinger graced many of the North Shore’s most memorable sessions in elite company during big wave riding’s burgeoning era. In the mid-70s, after a near-fatal session at huge Waimea, he turned his back on big wave riding forever. A deep-thinking Hawaiian whose insightful observations have been published by SURFER magazine and Surfer’s Journal, his contributions to surf culture persist to this day – though rarely this publicly. Kimo’s story will take you far beyond the waves and deep into the life of a true and thoughtful Hawaiian.
   

Day 2 is pau; Rio is 7 hours ahead starting midnight HI time. Women went Thursday. The Billabong Rio Pro


Surf News, 6 May, 2012 : Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The world’s best surfers are descending on Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro for the next stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour season, the Billabong Rio Pro, to be held from May 9 – 20, 2012.

Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Rio Pro will recommence this season’s exciting race for the ASP World Title following impressive wins by Taj Burrow (AUS), 33, and Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, at Snapper Rocks and Bells Beach respectively. In addition to the dominant Australians and, of course, reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, the public’s eye will be firmly fixed upon the performance of the seven-man-strong Brazilian contingent.

 

   

AUSTRALIAN TRAVIS GRANT & SAN DIEGO'S GILLIAN GIBREE WIN SURVIVOR SUP AT QUIKSILVER WATERMAN COLLECTION WAIKIKI PADDLE FESTIVAL


Above: Travis Grant (black 87), Jamie Mitchell (center 346), Travis Grant (right in green) were the men to beat. Photo: Bernie Baker.

HONOLULU - (May 5, 2012) -- Australian Travis Grant mastered a brand new stand-up paddle race format today to win the elite "Survivor SUP" race of the Quiksilver Waterman Collection Waikiki Paddle Festival. Grant finished ahead of Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, California), and the designer of today's course, Jamie Mitchell (Australia), who were second and third respectively. Grant won $2,000 for the result. The women's division was a clear upset with a win by California's Gillian Gibree (San Diego) over Hawaii pair Jenny Kalmbach and Candice Appleby respectively. Gibree won $1,500.

   

Gabriel Medina wins the Nike Lowers Pro PRIME event; gains momentum for Brazil next week.


Gabriel Medina takes out darkhorse Glenn Hall in the final
Young Brazilian Pockets $40,000 Cash, Most Valuable Trophy in Surfing & 6,500 ASP World Ranking Points

Surf News, 5 May, 2012 : Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, has taken out the ASP PRIME Nike Lowers Pro, defeating veteran campaigner Glenn Hall (IRL), 30, in two-to-four foot waves at Lower Trestles. Medina got the best of an opening exchange against Hall and held the lead throughout the heat’s entirety, marking him as the second consecutive Brazilian to win the Nike Lowers Pro following Miguel Pupo’s (BRA), 20, win in 2011.

   

Guinness World Records confirm Garrett McNamara's Nazaré wave as the biggest ever


Garrett McNamara has officially surfed the biggest wave ever. The Guinness World Records have confirmed that McNamara has ridden a 78-foot wave (23,7 metres) in Nazaré, Portugal, to dethrone Mike Parsons and his wave at Cortes Bank.

The announcement was made during the 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards and confirms what SurferToday.com has reported in November 2011, right after the incredible stunt in the Nazaré Canyon.

The Portuguese wave was not immediately seen as the biggest ever to be surfed. Several international sources, magazines and personal lobbies were at stake and it was clear that Europe and its waves were under heavy fire. Justice has been done.

   

Nathan Fletcher nails the XXL night and Garrett McNamara confirms the World Record and more....


photo: JP Van Swae. Nathan Fletcher and Garret McNamara, 2011/12's BIG-WAVE Surfing Kings.

The house was packed at The Grove in Anaheim Nathan Fletcher humbly accepted his XXL Award for Ride of the Year for his historic wave at Teahupoo. Towed into it by Makua Rothman in August 2011.

"When you catch a wave like this they don't give you public speaking lessons," stammered Fletcher, searching his pocket for his "notes."

"Nathan should win because anybody that can survive what he did deserves Ride of the Year," claimed Garrett McNamara who was also in contention for the award and earlier in the night won top prize for a world record 78-foot wave (12' less than the original estimate) he was towed into off the coast of Portugal on Nov. 1, 2011.

   

Best in the Biz: Art Brewer gets 40-year retrospective


Pic: Shane Dorian, Hollow Trees Mentawais Islands 1999 © Art Brewer

Surf News, 4 May, 2012 : - - New York -- School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents 'Art Brewer: Surf Evolution,' a retrospective celebrating the work of legendary surf photographer Art Brewer, who has spent four decades documenting and shaping surf culture around the globe. The exhibition is presented by the Arts Abroad Program at SVA, where Art Brewer teaches a course in Action Surf Photography in Rincon, Puerto Rico. 'Art Brewer: Surf Evolution' will be on view at the SVA Gallery, 209 East 23 Street, New York City, from June 8 – 30, 2012.

   

Peter Mel crowned 2011/2012 Big Wave World Champ in town for the QS Waikiki SUP Paddlefest


Peter Mel was officially awarded the Big Wave World Tour Title in Newport Beach, CA on Sunday, April 29th 2012. The ceremony was held aboard the Eternity, a 140ft luxury yacht, and featured music by local band The Barnwell Shift. Approximately 150 people were in attendance including, 2x ASP Champ Tom Carroll, 10x Molokai to Oahu Paddle Champ Jamie Mitchell, Dana Rohrabacher, U.S. Representative for the California 46th Congressional District andGuest of honor, Dick Brewer, who was acknowledged for his lifetime achievement of big wave surfboard design.

   

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