Thurso Gallery…

Thurso Gallery…

Hazza de Roth

Hazza de Roth

The UK Pro Surf tour hit Thurso back end of last week… First two days were pretty wild condition wise then Saturday was cooking. Congrats to Reubyn Ash, Lucy Campbell, Harry de Roth and Kit Innes who who the respective divisions and honourable mentions for Boydie and Andrew Robertson who are proof Scottish surfing is on the up as they both made their finals.

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Reubs

Reubs


The UKPSA would like to thank The Highland Council for supporting another fantastic year of The Thurso Surf Festival & The Scottish Surfing Federation for their support in enabling us to utilise this world-class break for our event.
We would also like to thank our event sponsors; SSE, Adams Surfboards, Fistral Beach Newquay & UK Pro Surf Tour sponsor Korev Lager whose ongoing support enables us to continue producing the UK’s surfing champions & The Christian Surfers UK for providing all of our team and competitors nourished throughout those brisk Scottish mornings & Ground Swell CIC for providing transportation and opportunities for our young, upcoming competitors.

British Nationals Results

British Nationals Results

The British Nationals went off at the weekend at Perranporth. Fun waves, no rain/gales and good vibes all round. Of course there were a few, let’s just say ‘well discussed’ judging calls but that is the nature of surf comps right up to the highest level.

Here’s a few waves captured on Sunday. Shots from Saturday are a couple of posts back.

Results below.

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UNDER 12 BOYS
1. Keiron Smith
2. Sam Hearn
3. Thomas Reeves
4. Tai Garrett

UNDER 12 GIRLS
1. Claudia Cosgrove
2. Asha Sykes
3. Belle Betteridge
4. Eleanor Hewlett

UNDER 14 BOYS
1. Woody New
2. Will Masterman
3. Stanley Norman
4. Noah Capps

UNDER 14 GIRLS
1. Ffion Hughes
2. Bonita Whitelock
3. Esmee Gregorius
4. Francesca Sayer

UNDER 16 BOYS
1. Barnaby Cox
2. Fynnlee Miller
3. Kit Innes
4. Leo Reeves

UNDER 16 GIRLS
1. Ellie Turner
2. Kitty Brewer
3. Lily Mandeville
4. Amy Dyer

UNDER 18 BOYS
1. Will Bailey
2. Harry De Roth
3. Liam Murray Strout
4. Gus Brewer

UNDER 18 GIRLS
1. Tilly Theobald
2. Niamh Mathias
3. Mischa Maguire
4. Ruby Breadon

MENS OPEN
1. Jobe Harris
2. Jayce Robinson
3. Will Bailey
4. Liam Turner

WOMENS OPEN
1. Ellie Turner
2. Emily Currie
3. Lucy Campbell
4. Ellen Harding

SENIORS MENS (28+)
1. Joss Ash
2. Jordan Reed
3. Matt Le Maitre
4. Alex Chisholm

SENIORS WOMENS (28+)
1. Hannah Harding
2. Tina Beresford
3. Jennifer Pendlebury
4. Amy Murphy
5. October Hamlyn-Wright

MASTERS MENS (35+)
1. Joel Gray
2. Sam George
3. Paul Barlow
4. Luke Jannaway

MASTERS WOMENS (35+)
1. Dominique Kent
2. Rachael Taylor
3. Mary Lucas
4. Jenny Butt

VETERANS OPEN (45+)
1. Roger Knight
2. Mike Young
3. Chris Harris
4. Drustan Ward

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Jesus Longboard Classic is Nearly Here

With just over one week to go before the 9th Jesus Longboard Classic in Polzeath, North Cornwall, entries are flooding in, and expectations are high after the disappointment of cancelling the event last year due to no surf, then storm surf, for a fantastic weekend of surfing. The event will be held at its traditional venue over the weekend of 15th – 16th October, using the ‘Tubestation’ as its contest base.

It’s a great contest for both those who have not entered a competition before and those seasoned contest surfers. The Jesus Longboard Classic has a well deserved reputation for its friendly atmosphere and relaxed vibe, as well as the later rounds being highly competitive.

This event follows on from the 24th Jesus Surf Classic held at Croyde over the weekend of 10th – 11th September, which attracted around 150 entries from many of the UK’s top surfers. Organisers Christian Surfers UK are very pleased to be continuing their long term sponsorship partners with ‘Tubestation’, ‘Nineplus’ ‘Finisterre’, and new supporters Zeaglass. Beagle Create will be documenting the weekend through videography meaning all is set for a great weekend of action in, and out of the water. They are a visual innovation company producing film, animation and holographic content, based in London, Cornwall and California.

We are also pleased to be partnering with Surfers Against Sewage with regards to reusable cups, doing our bit to reduce waste, and look forward to welcoming them to the event as well.

Contest Director Phil Williams, head of Christian Surfers UK said that “After the disappointment of having to postpone last year’s event we are really excited to put all our efforts into make this weekend a fantastic time for all involved. As with ‘The Jesus’, there’ll be some great hospitality for the competitors, as well as a prize fund of over £1,000, with first place in the Open event winning £250″. Looking forward to see if last 2014’s Men’s and Women’s Open winner Connor Griffiths and Emily Currie can retain their titles.”

Christian Surfers UK are very grateful to the key sponsors and also to Cornwall Council and the local community for their assistance. Combining the resources of these groups should make for a top class competition.

We are also very pleased that although not forming part of their contest series, the event is being endorsed by the British Longboard Union (BLU).

You can enter online via www.christiansurfers.co.uk/register or via the website contest page.

For further details contact on the contest, contact davidjrenyard@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07870830182, and for more information on Christian Surfers UK, including all the latest news on the events log onto www.christiansurfers.co.uk, and for more information on the Tubestation log onto www.tubestation.org

Boardmasters Day 3

Boardmasters Day 3

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FISTRAL BEACH, Cornwall – England (Friday, August 12, 2016) – It was an all-women day at the Boardmasters, Cornwall on Day 3 of the event’s waiting period, with both QS and longboard athletes taking on the wind-affected one-to-two foot surf at North Fistral.

Shortboarders first took action to complete the third round of competition and decide the event’s quarterfinalists that will battle for the 2016 Boardmasters title when competition resumes tomorrow.

Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), 33, continued to progress through the rounds with ease, displaying her powerful and stylish brand of surfing and will be the number one threat on finals day Saturday.

Barbados up-and-comer Chelsea Roett, 21, was another standout in today’s QS action, taking out her Round 3 bout ahead of European form surfer Ariane Ochoa (EUK). Advancing through to the quarters, Roett has insured she will at least equal her best result so far this season, an excellent fifth place at the Shoe City Pro.

“I needed one more result to finish my QS campaign so I’m hoping to do well here, everybody’s surfing really good here and the waves are challenging so I’ll try my best and hopefully be a little lucky to get through a couple more heats,” she said. “I love how beautiful Newquay is, I’ve passed through on my way to France and Portugal before but this is my first time surfing in England and I’m enjoying it. I’ll try to see a few different places when the contest is finished as well.”

Women longboarders then finally came into play at Fistral for the opening two rounds of competition, deciding the final eight surfers in contention for the prestigious Boardmasters title.

Reigning Women’s World Champion Rachael Tilly (USA), 18, launched her assault in the British waters and performed her signature gracious nose rides in the fading swell. Tilly picked up the right waves and belted the day’s highest single score, an excellent 8.17 out of a possible 10. The Californian, who already claimed an event win in Europe a few weeks ago at the Pro A Coruña will look to confirm her supremacy when finals day arrives Sunday.

“It was pretty fun if you’re able to pick the right waves, unfortunately a lot of them were dying quickly as we’re approaching the high tide,” she analyzed. “I always feel the pressure to perform, I want to do well and hopefully give everyone else a good show as well. I love it here, exactly how I imagined England would be with all the greenery, the cliffs and I’ve been having a really great time.”

Californian compatriot and former World Champion herself Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 31, also powered her way through to the quarters, in a similar fashion and with high scores in her earlier round. Steinriede alongside Tilly will look to play spoilers to the European title race as she will be facing one of the two surfers in contention on finals day.

“It’s my first time in England and I find it really beautiful, I knew the waves would be somewhat challenging but I’m still having a great time,” she stated. “It was great to get the two rounds out of the way and back-to-back so we could stay focused, warm and active.”

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European rankings leader Victoria Vergara (FRA), 22, survived a tricky opening round matchup in the dying swell and kept her hopes of a maiden regional title alive. Pressure’s on for the Reunion Island native who will need to advance into the semis and finish at least one round ahead of her direct opponent, reigning European Champion Alice Lemoigne (REU).

“I’m really happy to have escaped that round, this event is extremely important for me as I’m currently in the lead and I’m super motivated to try to win the European title so there’s no room for error.” she commented. “The first round stress is out of the way and we’re expecting good conditions for the finals Sunday so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Today marks the official launch of the main music festival at Watergate Bay which will bring together thousands of music and party enthusiasts for three days of LIVE acts in the pristine set up overlooking the ocean. More information on the full festival lineup at boardmasters.co.uk.

Organizers will welcome men and women QS competitors at 8:30AM Saturday for what could be their final day of competition, while longboarders will have a day to rest before the big finals on Sunday.

The Boardmasters, Cornwall are scheduled from August 10-14, 2016 at Fistral Beach, Cornwall – England. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.

The Boardmasters, Cornwall are supported by Surfers Against Sewage, Carve Mag, Corona, Relentless, Cornish Orchid, The Stable and MagicSeaWeed among others.

 

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS WOMEN’S QS QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS:
QF 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Lucy Campbell (GBR)
QF 2: Ainara Aymat (EUK) vs. Reika Noro (JPN)
QF 3: Denver Young (AUS) vs. Ariane Ochoa (EUK)
QF 4: Peony Knight (GBR) vs. Chelsea Roett (BRB)

BOARDMASTERS WOMEN’S QS RD3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.44, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 10.57, Sara Taylor (USA) 6.56, Valeria Patriarca (ITA) 4.40
Heat 2: Reika Noro (JPN) 10.20, Lucy Campbell (GBR) 7.03, Emily Currie (GBR) 6.67, Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR) 6.26
Heat 3: Denver Young (AUS) 9.60, Peony Knight (GBR) 9.00, Ellie Turner (GBR) 7.63, Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) 6.50
Heat 4: Chelsea Roett (BRB) 11.50, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 10.50, India Robinson (AUS) 8.43, Vittoria Farmer (AUS) 6.67

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS WOMEN’S LQS QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS:
QF 1: Rachael Tilly (USA) vs. Emily Currie (GBR)
QF 2: Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) vs. Carole Lormant (FRA)
QF 3: Victoria Vergara (FRA) vs. Lindsay Steinriede (USA)
QF 4: Jenny Briant (GBR) vs. Alice Lemoigne (REU)

BOARDMASTERS WOMEN’S LQS RD2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Rachael Tilly (USA) 13.77, Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 9.43, Lucy Small (AUS) 6.20, Tina Beresford (GBR) 3.90
Heat 2: Carole Lormant (FRA) 7.53, Emily Currie (GBR) 6.87, Francesca Rubegni (ITA) 5.77, Katrina Beddoe (GBR) 3.97
Heat 3: Victoria Vergara (FRA) 7.77, Jenny Briant (GBR) 7.17, Phoebe Gould (JEY) 5.33, Tamara Helbling (CHE) 3.26
Heat 4: Alice Lemoigne (REU) 11.60, Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 11.43, Jennifer Pendlebury (GBR) 4.77, Charlotte Bayliss (GBR) 3.07

BOARDMASTERS WOMEN’S LQS RD1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Natsumi Taoka (JPN) 11.57, Francesca Rubegni (ITA) 9.10, Beth Leighfield (GBR) 4.44
Heat 2: Katrina Beddoe (GBR) 7.73, Lucy Small (AUS) 6.73, Josie Pearce (GBR) 3.70
Heat 3: Phoebe Gould (JEY), Jennifer Pendlebury (GBR)
Heat 4: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.50, Tamara Helbling (CHE) 5.56, Felicia Vergara (REU) 4.56

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS MEN’S QS RD4 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Shane Campbell (AUS), Facundo Arreyes (ARG), Daiki Tanaka (JPN)
Heat 2: Cody Robinson (AUS), Jobe Harriss (GBR), Luis Perloiro (PRT), Jackson Giles (AUS)
Heat 3: Bruce MacKie (BRB), Louis Gillick (AUS), Monty Tait (AUS), Jayce Robinson (GBR)
Heat 4: Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Arthur Lassee (FRA), Jake Marshall (USA)

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS MEN’S LQS QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS:
QF 1: Ben Skinner (GBR) vs. Adam Griffith (GBR)
QF 2: Emilien Fleury (FRA) vs. Josh Le Marquand (JEY)
QF 3: Edouard Delpero (FRA) vs. Ben Howey (GBR)
QF 4: Sam Bleakley (GBR) vs. Antoine Delpero (FRA)

Boardmasters Day 1

Boardmasters Day 1

While we’re busy as hell finishing off the next issue of the mag Boardmasters has kicked off. Here’s the results from yesterday. More coverage once we’ve got this sucker off to the printers.

Boardmasters, Cornwall, launched its world famous international surf competition today in wind-affected two-foot surf at North Fistral Beach with the opening two rounds and first four heats of Round 3 of the men’s QS division completed while the women and longboard divisions were called off for the day. Boardmasters festival runs from 10-14 August across two sites in Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, Cornwall. More informationwww.boardmasters.co.uk.

Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), 25, was the form surfer of this opening day of competition in Newquay, with two dominant wins and the highest scores and totals seen so far in the event. The Italian, who has been a little competition-shy in recent years and is only participating in his first WSL event this season, definitely came out swinging and will look to build on his momentum when the event resumes.

“I haven’t had a main sponsor for a while and traveling to all the events is pricy so I’ve been staying in Costa Rica lately doing local comps there mainly,” he explained. “I’m going to do this coming leg though and look forward to compete again in France, Spain and Morocco maybe. Last year I came to surf here at Boardmasters and got injured right after the event unfortunately, which ended my season. This time I’m feeling much better, I’ve trained a lot and am confident to do well.”

Japan’s Daiki Tanaka, 18, came a close second for the day’s highest single-wave score, a near-excellent 7.83 for a combination of good, powerful hacks on a little Fistral runner. In his first season traveling outside his Asian region, Tanaka looked relaxed and stoked to perform in a foreign environment.

“I got a couple good waves it wasn’t too bad and I’m super happy to get a good start in that event,” Tanaka stated. “This is my first time visiting England and competing outside of Japan, I’ll head to France after here and I’m exciting to see all these different places. I’m traveling with a good crew of Japanese guys and staying with my dad in a house nearby so I’m having a great time.”

Portuguese young up-and-comers Luis Perloiro (PRT), 18, and Tomas Fernandes (PRT), 20, also had a good start to their Cornish campaign, making it to the fourth round with solid heat results. The pair will look to confirm their good form in the last four-man matchups in Round 4 before the event moves to the all-exciting man-on-man format.

“I was expecting to surf more lefts as they seemed much better when I looked before my heat but surprisingly I got my two best scores on the rights, as soon as I paddled out I saw three roll through and positioned myself for them,” Perloiro said. “I’m doing all the junior events and small QS so there are a lot of events at the moment in Europe and it’s great to gain experience and try to get a few points.”

“I couldn’t be happier to have such a good start cause conditions were definitely not easy so to find a few decent waves and surf them well is a great way to start,” Fernandes added. “I was here six years ago for the King of the Groms and I’m happy to be back, it’s a cool place, a little cold for me but I’m having fun.”

Local pro surfer Luke Dillon (GBR), 21, is one of five British surfers to survive the first day of competition at Fistral and will try to fly the red and white English flag all-the-way into the finals when competition is called back on. The talented and powerful regular-footer, who is currently in his best season amongst the Qualifying Series crowd, belted a couple of solid results early in 2016 internationally and will represent the host country’s strongest chance of a title this week.

“I’m really glad the Boardmasters is back to be a QS again this is great for all the British surfers to see what the QS level is and for me cause I live just on the other side of the beach and I’ve been surfing here since I was like seven years old,” he commented. “I got a few good results in Australia and Europe and am super motivated to keep getting results and building on my rankings. It’s looking like we’re going to get good waves towards the weekend and good weather so I look forward to compete again and make a few more heats. I’ve got a lot of friends here who go and enjoy the music festival as well, but I’ll try to be serious, watch some of the acts and still go to bed early to stay in good form in this event.”

As the surfing event wrapped up, the music took central stage to launch the festival with 3-time surfing World Champion Tom Curren playing tonight at the Beach Sessions on Fistral beach.

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More information on the full festival lineup is available at boardmasters.co.uk

The Boardmasters are supported by Carve Mag, SurfGirl, Surfers Against Sewage, Corona, Relentless, Cornish Orchid, The Stable among others.

Full reuslts below:

REMAINING BOARDMASTERS MEN’S QS RD3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 5: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Bruce MacKie (BRB), Che Allan (BRB), Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA)
Heat 6: Chris Friend (AUS), Alan Stokes (GBR), Monty Tait (AUS), Jake Marshall (USA)
Heat 7: Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Shaun Burns (USA), Luke Dillon (GBR), Louis Gillick (AUS)
Heat 8: Jared Hickel (AUS), Kit Innes (GBR), Jayce Robinson (GBR), Arthur Lassee (FRA)

BOARDMASTERS MEN’S QS RD3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 9.46, Jobe Harriss (GBR) 8.77, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 7.90, Kai Awada (JPN) 6.90
Heat 2: Facundo Arreyes (ARG) 12.77, Jackson Giles (AUS) 9.83, Charly Quivront (FRA) 9.57, Harrison Mann (AUS) 9.43
Heat 3: Cody Robinson (AUS) 13.96, Shane Campbell (AUS) 10.36, Edouard Delpero (FRA) 8.66, Joss Ash (GBR) 7.07
Heat 4: Luis Perloiro (PRT) 9.83, Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 7.90, Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU) 6.84, Nate Dorman (USA) 5.33

BOARDMASTERS MEN’S QS RD2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 12.63, Facundo Arreyes (ARG) 9.83, Oli Adams (GBR) 6.30
Heat 2: Kai Awada (JPN) 11.00, Jackson Giles (AUS) 10.90, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 6.14, Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 5.37
Heat 3: Charly Quivront (FRA) 12.06, Jobe Harriss (GBR) 10.06, Liam Turner (GBR) 8.90, Arran Strong (GBR) 6.70
Heat 4: Harrison Mann (AUS) 8.47, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 8.10, Greg Urata (USA) 5.33, Will Bailey (GBR) 3.77
Heat 5: Cody Robinson (AUS) 12.84, Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU) 9.80, Ian Costa (BRA) 9.37, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 7.66
Heat 6: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 12.44, Nate Dorman (USA) 9.83, Harry De Roth (GBR) 9.06, Jack Coombs (GBR) 8.73
Heat 7: Luis Perloiro (PRT) 13.60, Shane Campbell (AUS) 13.37, Matthew Chapman (JEY) 9.00, Harry Timson (GBR) 7.60
Heat 8: Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 14.33, Joss Ash (GBR) 10.74, Fraser Dovell (AUS) 8.00, Max Payne (GBR) 6.20
Heat 9: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 10.67, Chris Friend (AUS) 9.47, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 8.90, Axe Garrett (BRB) 5.93
Heat 10: Bruce MacKie (BRB) 12.43, Alan Stokes (GBR) 9.30, Miles Lee Hargreaves (GBR) 7.86, Kairi Noro (JPN) 7.40
Heat 11: Monty Tait (AUS) 11.90, Che Allan (BRB) 10.73, Joshua Braddock (GBR) 9.00, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 8.63
Heat 12: Jake Marshall (USA) 11.70, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 9.34, Rhys Barfield (GBR) 7.03, Kasperi Turkia (FIN) 4.80
Heat 13: Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 12.34, Jared Hickel (AUS) 10.50, Ian Fontaine (FRA) 7.90, Dylan Groen (DEU) 7.63
Heat 14: Shaun Burns (USA) 10.70, Kit Innes (GBR) 9.53, Sam Harwood (GBR) 8.50, Remi Petersen (NLD) 6.87
Heat 15: Jayce Robinson (GBR) 12.20, Luke Dillon (GBR) 12.14, Tad McCardell (USA) 5.90, Angus Scotney (GBR) 0.77
Heat 16: Arthur Lassee (FRA) 12.66, Louis Gillick (AUS) 10.97, Jack Keenan (GBR) 6.34, Tom Boelsma (NDL) 6.03

BOARDMASTERS MEN’S QS RD1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Facundo Arreyes (ARG) 9.00, Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 5.53, Joshua Hughes (GBR) 5.50
Heat 2: Liam Turner (GBR) 9.40, Will Bailey (GBR) 9.27, Russel Winter (GBR) 7.24, Alex Ashen (GBR) 3.67
Heat 3: Ian Costa (BRA) 10.50, Jack Coombs (GBR) 6.80
Heat 4: Matthew Chapman (JEY) 9.16, Max Payne (GBR) 7.70, Pepijn Tigges (NDL) 4.97
Heat 5: Axe Garrett (BRB) 8.97, Miles Lee Hargreaves (GBR) 7.76, Cieran Hughes (GBR) 4.27
Heat 6: Hodei Collazo (EUK) 12.87, Rhys Barfield (GBR) 7.44, Mason Alderman (GBR) 4.00
Heat 7: Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 14.93, Sam Harwood (GBR) 6.40, Steve Ley (GBR) 2.63
Heat 8: Jayce Robinson (GBR) 11.94, Tom Boelsma (NDL) 6.60, Noah Biersack (GBR) 5.46

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS WOMEN’S QS RD1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Ellen Harding (GBR), Rachel Cosier (GBR), Mischa Maguire (GBR)
Heat 2: Ellie Turner (GBR), Bethan Lewis (GBR), Georgia Timson (GBR)

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS MEN’S LQS RD1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Emilien Fleury (FRA), Louis Thomas Hudson (GBR), Jordan Zervas (GBR)
Heat 2: Josh Le Marquand (JEY), Robin Henry (FRA)
Heat 3: Martin John (GBR), Stephan Hudson (GBR)
Heat 4: Ben Howey (GBR), Edward Wilson (GBR), Toby Lowe (GBR)

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS WOMEN’S LQS RD1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Francesca Rubegni (ITA), Beth Leighfield (GBR), Natsumi Taoka (JPN)
Heat 2: Katrina Beddoe (GBR), Josie Pearce (GBR), Lucy Small (AUS)
Heat 3: Phoebe Gould (JEY), Jennifer Pendlebury (GBR), Honolua Blomfield (HAW)
Heat 4: Felicia Vergara (REU), Tamara Helbling (CHE), Lindsay Steinriede (USA)

Burrow Off to A Flying Start on Day One of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Burrow Off to A Flying Start on Day One of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Kuda Huraa, Maldives (August 10, 2016) – Competition is underway at the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy with Day 1 seeing competitors return to basics and hitting the water on single fin boards. Taj Burrow (AUS) took out the division in pumping 3 to 4 foot clean right-handers at Sultans.

Burrow, who had only just ridden a single fin for the first time yesterday put on an amazing show all day pulling into barrels and smashing vertical reentries on the groomed walls of Sultans.

In the final, Burrow came up against former Pipe Master Rob Machado (USA). The two went blow for blow but it was Burrow who came out on top with a heat total of 14.94 (out of a possible 20).

“Surfing in a final on a single fin against Rob Machado is like a dream,” Burrow said. “That was just so much fun, the waves are sick and my board felt really good. It’s a bit bigger than what I’m used to but you could really push it through turns. I’m just having such a sick time here on Kuda Huraa we’re all being so spoiled.”

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Machado, who was surfing on a board he shaped himself, was a real standout. Surfing a single fin at a wave like Sultans on your backhand is no easy task, but Machado made light work of it posting high heat scores all day.

“That was so fun out there,” Machado said. “The conditions are so dreamy today. It’s been so sick to catch up with Shane (Dorian) and the rest of the crew especially here in paradise. It doesn’t get any better.”

Last year’s event Champion Shane Dorian (HAW) came up against childhood friend and single fin master Machado in Semifinal two. Dorian tucked into a number of barrels for a heat total of 15.34 to tie with Machado who won on a count back due to receiving the highest single wave score of the heat.

“Rob and I have been competing against each other since we were kids,” Dorian said. “We’re good friends so it was super chilled out there. Rob is surfing as a good as he ever has so it was sick to share waves with him. It’s just such a pleasure to be back at this event.”

Semifinal one was an amazing duel between Taj Burrow and WSL Deputy Commissioner and former CT competitor Travis Logie (ZAF). Logie’s backhand was on point going vertical on critical sections to earn himself a heat total of 17.06. He was unable to overcome Burrow’s division high score of 18.44.

“They were the best waves I’ve had in a heat in over ten years,” Logie said. “Taj was just getting tubes and I was doing a million turns, it was so fun. It’s always great when you both get opportunities. The conditions are perfect for a single fin, just so good.”

In one of the slower heats of the morning, Hawaii’s Jamie O’Brien was unable to find an early score as the ocean went flat. As the heat progressed he began to develop momentum as the waves built. Left needing a 8.40, O’Brien took off on one of the better looking waves of the heat pulling into a long barrel across the inside section; unfortunately it was after the siren and O’Brien bowed out of the day’s competition.

“This is such a unique contest,” O’Brien said. “When a wave comes through and it’s your turn, it’s a real treat; this wave is so perfect. It was a real challenge to ride the single find, you have to take off a bunch of talent and just go with the feel of it. It’s really cool out there, everyone was super relaxed so it was really cool.”

Local Trials Winner Hussain ‘Iboo’ Areef (MDV) had to ask a friend if he could borrow a single fin as the young Maldivian had never ridden one before. His lack of experience did not show as the goofy footer nailed backhand hit after backhand hit. His heat total of 12.40 was not enough to move into the Semifinals so Areef will now set his sights on the twin fin division.

“Riding a single fin is really different,” Areef said. “You have to really slow everything down. It was so cool too see Travis, Jamie and Shane surfing up close they were all ripping. I surf out at Sultans a lot and it can get really busy so having it with only four people out there was awesome.”

Check back at WorldSurfLeague.com for more images and information on the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy or on the WSL App as competitors ready themnselves for the twin fin division.

Single Fin Division Results

Round 1

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.67, Rob Machado (USA) 14.67, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 13.56

Heat 2: Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.93, Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.33, Iboo Areef (MDV) 12.44, Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 7.86

Semifinals

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.44, Travis Logie (ZAF) 17.06 Heat 2: Rob Machado (USA) 15.34, Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.34

Final: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.94, Rob Machado (USA) 14.00