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After three-consecutive off days, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach continued today with a highly anticipated swell at Winkipop, the event’s backup site. Stop No. 2 on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) completed the remaining three heats of men’s Round 1, women’s Round 1, and men’s and women’s Elimination Round 2 in four-to-five foot (1.2 – 1.5 metre) waves.
After causing big upsets as a wildcard on the Gold Coast, Aussie youngster Reef Heazlewood caught the attention of event organizers and was an obvious choice to replace Sebastian Zeitz (HAW), who pulled out of the event for the upcoming birth of his first child. Heazlewood once again made the most of his opportunity, putting on a dynamic performance to take down 2019 CT Rookie Mikey Wright (AUS) and Jesse Mendes (BRA). Heazlewood looked comfortable on the big stage, accruing a two-wave combination of 12.67 (out of a possible 20) to progress. His and Wright’s results eliminated Mendes, who leaves in Equal 33rd place.
“I was actually at home running an event with some groms when the news came through that I’d have a spot in the event,” Heazlewood said. “I rushed to get ready and head to the airport, then my flight got canceled, but I eventually got here so I’m stoked. I have a little bit of experience here at Bells but not a heap. There is definitely a lot of room to grow and learn so I’m really happy to make it through and will hopefully keep making heats.”
Current World No. 1 Caroline Marks (USA) put on a solid display at Winkipop, smashing huge turns on her highly regarded backhand, but surprisingly, it was not enough to win her heat. 2019 CT Rookie Brisa Hennessy (CRI) posted the highest wave score of the women’s event so far, 8.33 (out of a possible 10), taking the win from Marks. Hennessy will move directly into Round 3 where she hopes to take another win and better her result of Equal 9th from Stop No. 1. Marks’ second place will also advance her to Round 3.
“That was a pretty heavy heat, so I was going into it giving it my all and I’m just glad I eventually found some good waves,” Hennessy said. “It’s so special to get underway here at Bells. It was reallycool to hear them play Hells Bells this morning and know I’d be competing. I’m just so happy to be here competing fulltime on the CT and to be competing at such a historical event.”
After a tough Round 3 loss on the Gold Coast, 2019 CT Rookie Soli Bailey (AUS) was close to another dreaded early elimination. The young Byron Bay local was determined to take his first CT heat win and overcome 2018 CT Rookie of the Year Wade Carmichael (AUS) and wildcard Xavier Huxtable (AUS) in their Round 2 matchup. Bailey dominated the heat with a combination of progressive aerial surfing and classic power turns. Bailey moves into Round 3 where he will take on an in-form Conner Coffin (USA).
“It’s all on the line when you’re surfing in those Elimination Round heats,” Bailey said. “I ended up posting a couple of good scores, which was great. After that heat, I was really excited to think about some solid waves coming later in the week but also wanted to stay in the moment and enjoy the feeling of taking a CT heat with some good scores. I’m definitely excited to see what lays ahead with the waves that are on the way.”
2019 CT Rookies Peterson Crisanto (BRA) and Deivid Silva (BRA) also progressed through the Round of 32 as they continue to search for a breakthrough result on their first year on the elite level.
Victoria’s Van Dijk Brings Heat against Peterson and Hareb
n her 10th year of competing at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (four years as a wildcard), Phillip Island’s Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) hopes to ring the Bell for not only her first time but also as the first Victorian to do so since Gail Couper did in 1976. Today, Van Dijk took a step in the right direction, taking down World Title hopeful Lakey Peterson (USA) and Paige Hareb (NZL) in the opening heat of Round 1. Van Dijk will progress directly into the Round of 16 where she will take on two-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner Courtney Conlogue (USA).
“I was really trying to control that heat at the end,” Van Dijk said. “I made a bit of a mistake at the end taking an average wave, which could have left the door open for the others but it was all good in the end. Winning this opening round is so important as it gives you a good seed in Round 3, but there are no easy heats on the CT so can’t think too much like that. That keeps it exciting and I’m loving the new format. My first CT was this event years ago and the format was like this so it feels familiar which is good.”
CT Veterans Stamp Authority in Early Rounds
Seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) struggled with wave selection against wildcard Kobie Enright (AUS) and Bronte Macaulay (AUS). Gilmore had a slow start to the heat but eventually found her rhythm and posted two solid scores for a heat total of 15.33 (out of a possible 20), the highest combination of the event so far. Gilmore’s win puts her in the Round of 16 where she will again match-up with Enright.
“I get frustrated at Winki because I tend to pick bad waves,” Gilmore said. “I look at waves and think they won’t be good and paddle past them then the ones I choose are worse then I end up in a bad headspace. Halfway through I had to gather myself and just remember that I only need two waves and luckily I got back-to-back decent ones in a short amount of time. ”
After falling to Gilmore and Enright, Macaulay battled back in the last heat of the day, Round 2 Heat 2, to also advance to the next round.
Coco Ho (HAW) shined in her opening heat at Winkipop with a commanding win over three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and former Rookie of the Year Keely Andrew (AUS). Ho and Moore will both skip to Round 3 (Round of 16), while Andrew was eliminated from the event.
Owen Wright Advances After Hold at Winki
Owen Wright (AUS) took a vital win in his Elimination Round over Jack Freestone (AUS) and Trials winner Harrison Mann (AUS). Despite Wright and Freestone advancing, the heat saw no shortage of excitement with a heat pause after something was spotted in the lineup, which turned out to be a large plume of seaweed.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Men’s Remaining Round 1 (H10-12) Results:
Heat 10: Deivid Silva (BRA) 10.67 DEF. Michel Bourez (FRA) 10.60, Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 10.34
Heat 11: John John Florence (HAW) 13.00 DEF. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 7.67, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 7.53
Heat 12: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 10.87 DEF. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 10.46, Mikey Wright (AUS) 9.33
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Men’s Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 11.30 DEF. Jack Freestone (AUS) 10.80, Harrison Mann (AUS) 8.37
Heat 2: Soli Bailey (AUS) 13.03 DEF. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 11.74, Xavier Huxtable (AUS) 11.40
Heat 3: Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 12.67 DEF. Mikey Wright (AUS) 11.50, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.46
Heat 4: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 12.83 DEF. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 11.07, Joan Duru (FRA) 7.64
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Men’s Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 2: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 3: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Soli Bailey (AUS)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (FRA) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Heat 6: Mikey Wright (AUS) vs. Seth Moniz (HAW)
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jacob Willcox (AUS)
Heat 8: Wade Carmichael (AUS) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Reef Heazlewood (AUS)
Heat 10: Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 13: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 14: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 15: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 16: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Women’s Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.66 DEF. Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.84, Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.40
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 13.86 DEF. Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.60, Keely Andrew (AUS) 10.16
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.50 DEF. Kobie Enright (AUS) 11.77, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 10.33
Heat 4: Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 13.90 DEF. Caroline Marks (USA) 12.74, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9.27
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 14.00 DEF. Macy Callaghan (AUS) 12.10, Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.57
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.50 DEF. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.16, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.00
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Women’s Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.90 DEF. Sage Erickson (USA) 11.33, Keely Andrew (AUS) 6.90
Heat 2: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.00 DEF. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.96, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.00
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Women’s Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Kobie Enright (AUS)
Heat 6: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 7: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 8: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Brisa Hennessy (CRI)
British surfer Marcus Hutchins, also known as Malwaretech, has admitted two charges relating to writing malware.
IN May 2017 Hutchins stopped a malware virus WannaCry virus that hit more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries and threw the world into crisis with a ransomeware hack. NHS Trusts computer systems were shut down, Global telecommunications businesses are hit, Russian banks, you name it. It was carnage, an unprecedented cyber apocalypse.
In August 2017 he was arrested by the FBI who alleged he helped write and sell another ransomware “Kronus’.
In a statement on his website, Hutchins said
“As you may be aware, I’ve pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware in the years prior to my career in security. I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes. Having grown up, I’ve since been using the same skills that I misused several years ago for constructive purposes. I will continue to devote my time to keeping people safe from malware attacks.”
Sultans was unreal for last years Champions Trophy. Kerrsy slotted. Photo Alfie England
It’s that time of year again when Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa surf crowd commences the countdown to the world’s most luxurious surfing event, which will take place from August 5 to 12, 2019.
2018’s champion Josh Kerr and WSL Air show commissioner has confirmed he will defend his title at the 9th annual Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.
2018’s exclusive invitational event was an epic tightly fought affair with epic displays from each of the riders before Kerr took the victory in a Grand Finale matchup against Alejo Muniz.
This could be you with Four Seasons surfers package. Photo Alfie England
A surf competition like no other, the Surfing Champions Trophy determines a surfer’s heat time based on their age, and tests skill across three different divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and triple-fin thruster, challenging its elite line-up of six former world champions to perfect a variety of disciplines to take the top spot.
Speaking after last year’s triumph, Kerr said, “Last year was such an incredible event to be involved with. I never thought I’d get so barrelled here in the Maldives! The concept of this event is really cool; to test surfer’s depth of talent across craft from different eras in surfing is awesome. I can’t wait to return to the Maldives and share this experience with a new group of contestants. Oh and my family are super excited to come back to Kuda Huraa, they absolutely love it there.”
At Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa he’ll be battling it out for serious inner-circle surfing kudos and USD 25,000 prize winnings, while enjoying all the spoils of one of the Maldives’ best loved resorts, which plays host to the event, competitors, judges and TropicSurf partners, plus a packed house of lucky Kuda Huraa guests.
The Champions Trophy is pretty special experience for surfers as not only do you get to watch the action from a super yacht and hang out with legends, you also get to surf the waves and get treated like royalty in the resort.
Event Co-ordinator Mark Winson of Tropicsurf said, “This is an awesome experience for anyone passionate about competitive surfing, with a chance to see a unique world-class competition while enjoying the modern luxury of Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. A true test of surfing skill and adaptability, you can definitely expect some surprises as our diverse line-up of contestants take to the waves.”
Four Seasons Resort offer a tournament-specific surf package, Surfing Champions Trophy 2019, which includes: 10 per cent off Bed & Breakfast rates; daily breakfast; VIP event passes (held on board the Maldives’ ultimate surf cruiser, Four Seasons Explorer); a nightly cocktail hour with the Championship pro competitors; Surf Lagoon Lessons for two (option for advanced surfers to upgrade to Ocean Transition classes); complimentary daily surf reports with the latest conditions and event updates; daily yoga sessions; use of stand-up paddleboards and a 60-minute massage at the Island Spa.
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Photo Mohamed Navi
Under grey skies and bumpy, contestable surf, the Junior Pro Espinho crowned two new champions today as Rachel Presti and Justin Becret took the titles.
In the men’s draw France’s Becret and Afonso Antunes were the in-form surfers throughout the entire event. Fortunately they made their runs through opposite sides of the draw to meet in a dramatic final.
During the fledgling days of European professional surfing, Afonso Antunes’ father Joao Antunes won the event here at Espinho. In that final in 1992 the elder Antunes ousted British surfer Spencer Hargraves to claim the win. Today, Afonso wanted to join his old man as a victor at Praia de Baia.
The France vs. Portugal final saw the two regularfoots battle in the set rights off the jetty. Both surfers started the heat with radical, but conservative surfing, trading the lead back and forth. Then Justin Becret threw caution to the wind with a giant air-reverse in the worst part of the wave possible, landing in the flats and somehow sticking it for a 9.67.
Hot on the Frenchman’s heels, Antunes threw one of the smoothest, highest airs of the event but failed to land it. A short time later he secured a 7.67 for a single-maneuver air to get him out of combo land. In the dying seconds Afonso tossed up an air for a 6.66 which was not enough to overcome Becret’s calculated wizardry.
“Last year I came really really close to the European title, and then lost it in the last event,” said Becret. “So I have a knot in my throat since losing it like that. So I hope this year I can realise my dreams and do what I set out to do.”
The crowd favourite throughout the event and the only surfer to earn a 10 this year at Espinho, Antunes is looking forward to the European Junior Tour.
“My plans for this year are to have fun and have a chance to hang out with friends and make some new friends. And now with this result I’m gonna focus on winning a title at the end of the year.”
Women’s semifinal number 1 was a seesaw battle between powerful regularfoot Rachel Presti and lanky goofyfoot Ainhoa Leiceaga. Presti’s approach fit the bumpy rights and she produced some solid turns for the highest heat total of the women’s semis, a 12.27.
“My strategy was to get a good one right off the bat and then back it up real fast with another one,” said the German surfer by way of Florida. “But I took a really bad wave at first and my plan didn’t go as it was supposed to so I was just trying to catch a couple waves under priority and get a good score.”
Her strategy paid off with a 7.00 rewarded for powerful hook. “At the end I wanted to get a big set and do a big turn and that’s what I did. It worked for me.”
A heavy rip developed in the lineup when Ellie Turner and Carolina Santos battled for semifinal 2. The British and Portuguese surfers tossed the lead back and forth in a low-scoring affair.
“It was really hard to get good waves,” said Turner. “I tried to stay in a bit and just get a couple mid-range scores and just about managed it but it was super tough conditions and really hard to get the good waves.”
Scores mounted in the women’s final compared to the earlier girls’ heats. Turner worked her crisp snap through two solid waves while Presti’s powerful carve boosted her postings. The UK surfer took the lead early with a 6.0s for a series of quick turns. Then Presti turned on her torque and secured the next two scores, a 5.93 and a 6.23. On Ellie’s last ride she needed a 6.14, but only managed a 5.57, handing the victory to Presti.
Presti said she was super stoked with the win, but doesn’t plan on competing in all the European Pro Junior events.
“I’m hoping to win a couple QS events and finish Top 20 on the QS. I just want to practice and get experience and get my confidence up and get in the routine of doing heats. Just like anything, the more practice the better.”
MEN’S FINAL RESULTS
Heat 1: Justin Becret 15.57 def. Afonso Antunes 14.16
WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS
Heat 1: Rachel Presti 12.16 def. Ellie Turner 11.60
MEN’S SEMI FINAL RESULTS
Heat 1: Justin Becret 10.67 def. Kauli Vaast 10.33
Heat 2: Afonso Antunes 14.33 def. Selyann Zouhir 7.87
WOMEN’S SEMI FINAL RESULTS
Heat 1: Rachel Presti 12.27 def. Ainhoa Leiceaga 8.83
Heat 2: Ellie Turner 7.67 def Carolina Santos 3.57