Modern Collective composer Kai Neville has just dropped the first trailer for his latest full-length creation LOST ATLAS. The film was put together in under a year with the original MC cast, like Dusty, Dane, Jordy, Mitch, Yadin, supplemented with hot young boys Kolohe Andino, Craig Anderson, Julian Wilson, Evan Geiselman, etc etc. The cast for this film is a pretty good snapshot of progression in surfing at this moment in time. Cannot wait to see her in all her glory...
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"Shoulda been here yesta-day" was probably the most commonly uttered expression today at Surfer's Beach in Ballito for day 2 of competition. Yesterday's spitting barrels were replaced by disorganized onshore peaks. Still contestable by all means, but compared to day 1, pretty deflating.
Despite the drop in wave quality, event organizers decided to get the remaining round 1 heats out of the way.
The standout performance of the day went to Brazilian super-grom Gabriel Medina, who has already become the youngest surfer to qualify for the dream tour after a stellar WQS run over the last 4 months. He is currently 17th on the world rankings, far ahead of many of the CT surfers that have been doing both CT and QS events. Medina was able to find 2 high-scoring rides, including an 8.83, the highest wave score of the day, in the tricky conditions.
Julian Wilson put together a solid round 1 performance as well, posting two 7-range scores with quick rail-work and polished surfing.
John Florence also got the job done in heat 22, posting 14.77 points in the spotty surf, enough to take the heat and eliminate Dream Tour rookie Alejo Muniz.
A cold front is now bearing down on the Kwazulu-Natal province, but after the weather subsides, more good swell is forecasted. Check out the contest live here. First call is at 10:30 PM on the West Coast.
Mr Price Pro Ballito Round of 96 Results:
Heat 13: Adam Robertson (AUS) 13.66; Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.67; Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.87; Kai Barger (HAW) 9.96
Heat 14: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 12.13; Alain Riou (PYF) 11.77; Tanner Gudauskas (HAW) 10.94; Tom Whittaker (AUS) 9.27
Heat 15: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.07; Stu Kennedy (AUS) 12.77; Tim Boal (FRA) 11.14; Mitchell Coleborn (AUS) 8.10
Heat 16: Blake Thornton (AUS) 13.17; Brendon Gibbens (RSA)10.84; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 6.67; Jadson Andre (BRA) 3.97
Heat 17: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.43; Heath Joske (AUS) 16.43; Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.67; Masatoshi Ohno (JPN) 6.76
Heat 18: Joan Duru (FRA) 13.23;Richard Christie (NZL) 12.96;Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.67; Tomas Hermes (BRA) 9.03
Heat 19: William Cardosa (BRA) 12.76; Jano Belo (BRA) 10.34; Richard Santos (BRA) 6.50; Travis Logie (ZAF)6.30
Heat 20: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.77; David Van Zyl (ZAF) 10.43; Steven Sawyer (Z AF) 8.10; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 3.47
Heat 21: Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.94; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 10.07; Klee Strachan (ZAF) 10.00; Dylan Graves (PRI) 4.13
Heat 22: John John Florence (HAW) 14.77; Felix Messias (BRA) 10.13; Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.84; Pedro Henrique (BRA) 6.90
Heat 23: Davey Cathels (AUS) 16.16; Kai Otton (AUS) 15.50; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 4.70; Jean De Silva (BRA) 2.26
Heat 24: Adrian Toyon (REU) 13.26; Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.66; Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 9.40; Nat Young (USA) 8.77
For the first time in about a month, a non-Brazilian has stepped onto the winner's podium of a major event, and it was Australia's world tour rookie Julian Wilson.
The dashing young regularfoot had been a standout all event, posting some of the biggest scores of the contest, including a 9.8 and a 9.57 in the final to seal the victory. Medina was left comboed for most of the heat. His 19.37 heat total in the final would be the highest of the entire event. Mr/ Wilson chose a great time to peak today.
The waves were lumpy but reforming into fun walls on certain sets. Julian was able to nab two big rights that walled all the way through to the sand. Gabriel Medina of Brazil never found a good rhythm in the final, despite landing a ridiculous frontside rotator (check the vid) on a funky left. Medina came pretty close to claiming his second Prime event in two months coming off his victory in Brazil. The kid's having quite a year.
Quiksilver Pro Portugal Final
1 - Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.37
2 - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.83
Quiksilver Pro Portugal Semifinal Results
SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.00 Def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.67
SF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.04 Def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.37
Quiksilver Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Results
QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.37 Def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.33
QF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 18.03 Def. Pat Gudauskas (USA) 12.43
QF 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.84 Def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.17
QF 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.26 Def. Jay Quinn (NZL) 9.40
Another day of rideable surf at Praia de Itauna greeted the contestants of the Oakley Saquarema Prime today. The remaining heats in round one as well as the first 7 heats of round 2 were completed in soft backwashy lefts and rights.
Obviously still drunk from his Rio Pro victory party, Adriano de Souza, current world number 1, had a shocker in the first heat of the day. The diminutive Brazilian was unable to break into a double digit heat total, while his other three competitors battled for the top 2 spots. De Souza is known for his aggressive heat strategy, catching as many waves as possible to build on his scores, so a result like this is quite out of character. Luckily for him there is another prime event in Brazil 2 days after the completion of this one, in Santa Catarina.
Julian Wilson was another standout of the round. He started his heat with a near perfect 9.87 for a left where he was able to get a huge vertical backhand snap followed by fins out reverse. He then backed it up with a 8.47. The kid was on fire, posting the highest heat total of the entire event, 18.34.
Matt Wilkinson was unable to survive his brazilian nightmare in heat 3, where Jadson Andre and Raoni Monteiro were able to secure big scores to advance. Jadson was once again a standout of the day, scoring a 9.27 for a blistering series of rail turns finishing off with his patented blow-tail-reverse-to-fist-pump. Although it wouldn't end up being a scoring ride, Jadson also pulled off one of the more impressive comboes i've seen anyone throw. He managed to do 2 back to back air reverses on 2 consecutive sections, with barely a pump in between on a crumbly left.
The swell is dropping, but organizers are optimistic and will be checking the waves at 7 am Brazil time, which is 3 am West Coast time.
Full heat results here.
The demi-gods over at Nike 6.0 have upped the surf film ante again. Having seen what companies like Red Bull have done as far as pushing the envelope in creativity and production value, Nike is hopping on board. Not only do they have what is destined to be the best Girl's Surf FIlm ever, LEAVE A MESSAGE, coming out shortly, but now they have released this mysterious gem, with the full feature coming out June 2nd. CHOSEN stars Julian Wilson, Alejo Muniz, Laura Enever, Monyca Byrne-Wickey, Michel Bourez, Kolohe Andino and Malia Manuel. The teaser looks like a scene out of Apocalypse Now, with fire, smoke, motors buzzing, all under the cloak of night. Can't wait to see this.
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