Day 1 – Four-Star Rip Curl Pro At Newps

A powerful mix of hot young surfing talent and top professionals began battling it out for$60,000 in prize money on Day 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Newport Beach, a Mens4-Star and Womens 1-Star rated ASP World Qualifying Series event and thefourth stop on the Professional Surfing Tour of America (PSTA).

Cloudy skies and mediocre waist to shoulder-high lefts and rights on thenorth side of the 56th Street jetty tested the surfers’ abilities andpatience. Early standouts on were the two Matts, Americans Matt Coleman andMatt Archbold. Both are known for their strong free-surfing performancesandtheir selectivity regarding competitive events. Coleman was just two days’back from an Indonesian photo trip, a stark contrast to the gray waist toshoulder-high Newport beachbreak. He’s received extensive editorialcoveragelately, including a cover shot for The Surfer’s Journal magazine.

“I’m jet-lagged and feel pretty weak after a solid three days oftraveling,”said Coleman. “But the waves have a little push, Newport always has alittlepush because it’s close to the beach and it’s kinda punchy.”

Archbold, known for his uncompromising radical surfing attack, and wholivesa few blocks away from the contest site, was a late entry and caught onelong and fast right and left each to an easy victory in the first round asan alternate. “I’ve been thinking about doing the WQS next year, so Iwantedto do a couple now so I have some points,” said Archy. “But I haven’t donecontests in a long time. When I do ’em I do all right, it’s just a matterofme getting to the beach and doing it.” Archbold and Coleman both alsoadvanced out of their second heats into the Round of 128 tomorrow.

Tahitian Hira Teriinatoofa was among the international contingent on Day 1of the Rip Curl Pro, and looked fast and quick in the decidedlynon-Tahitian-like conditions. Hira is progressing toward his goal of a ASPTop 44 seed, but said he is feeling the pressure of competition.”I’ve been surfing in a lot of contests this year, maybe too many,” saidHira. “I’m not used to surfing in so many contests and it’s hard toconcentrate. But I’m pushing myself to go faster than anyone, I like tofeelmy board flying on the waves. My board is working really good so I’mstoked.”

Hot 19-year-old Australian junior Glenn Hall also took advantage of thesmall surf thanks to his short stocky frame and low center of gravitysurfing style reminiscent of former world champion Tom Carroll. “This ismyfirst year on the ‘WQS and I’m seeing what happens,” said Hall, whose bestshowing of the year was a fifth at the Newquay WQS. Glenn also advancedthrough two heats into the Round of 128.

Ben Bourgeois was the first of several ASP World Championship Series (WCT)surfers to set to appear in the Rip Curl Pro, and advanced to tomorrow’saction despite a travel snafu. Bourgeois flew in from his native NorthCarolina, where he spent a few days after a marathon contest schedule inEurope.

“I just flew in a half-hour ago, just in time for my heat,” said Bourgeois.”My board didn’t make it, so I had to borrow one from Fred Pattachia. Itfelt alright, same dimensions but it’s hard to tell in these conditions.I’mnot doing that good on the ‘CT so far, and I’m in the 20s in the ‘QS, so Icould use a good result here.”

Conditions are expected to improve over the next two days, withSurfline.compredicting a decent south swell originating off the coast of South America.Some top names surfing tomorrow include Bruce Irons (fresh from his thirdplace showing at the Surfer Magazine Poll awards on Tuesday night), RossWilliams, Bobby Martinez, Gavin Beschen, and hot Hawaiian upstarts Joel Centeio and Sean Moody.

Rip Curl Pro Newport Beach, Sept. 5-9, 2001
Round of 192
Heat 1
1. Carlos Cabrero 16.84
2. Joe Stauffer 13.00
3. Ian Rotgans 8.10
4. Logan Dulien 7.60
Heat 2
1. Fred Pattachia 13.00
2. Walter Cerny 11.40
3. Rory Parker 9.20
4. Sean Taylor 8.17
Heat 3
1. Jay Larson 15.80
22. Todd Kline 15.00
3. Benji Severson 14.83
4. CT Taylor 8.67
Heat 4
1. Pedro Diaz 14.14
2. Jason Senn 14.10
3. Aaron Ernst 9.90
4. Taku Horie 8.20
Heat 51. Matt Coleman 15.49
2. Todd Miller 12.17
3. Max Hoshino 9.04
4. Bobby Baum 7.00
Heat 6
1. Matt Archbold 18.73
2. Greg Long 10.94
3. Julian Mullins 9.90
4. Andrew Gahan 8.17
Heat 7
1. Kyle Knox 15.21
2. Nathan Yeomans 12.80
3. John Robertson 12.07
4. Tim Frisk 4.40
Heat 8
1. Nathan Carroll 13.99
2. Daniel Jones 13.07
3. Zach Keenan 12.17
4. Tom Steenbock 9.04
Heat 9
1. Glenn Hall 17.17
2. Chris Ward 12.00
3. Danny Fuller 10.36
4. Chris McLaughlin 7.80
Heat 10
1. Ted Navarro 19.50
2. Matt King 16.17
3. Kunio Hayashi 12.51
4. Andy Hobson 12.27
Heat 11
1. Kurt Tice 16.80
2. Kyle Garson 13.84
3. Ian Walsh 12.27
4. Peter Mussio 10.60
Heat 12
1. Dave Post 14.67
2. Casey Snider 12.60
3. Kevin Meyer 10.84
4. Anthony Tashnick 6.84
Heat 13
1. Hira Teriinatoofa 17.16
2. Josh Montgomery 14.83
3. Cordell Miller 12.33
4. Chris Camacho 10.03
Heat 14
1. Tarik Khasoshggi 10.90
2. Sean Walker 10.50
3. Jim Hogan 9.80
4. Jason Magallanes 3.26
Heat 15
1. Russell Molony 17.17
2. Adam Virs 14.57
3. Mike Dodd 13.36
4. Willie Safreed 12.16
Heat 16
1. David Diaz 12.81
2. Troy Eckert 12.67
3. Brad Dougherty 10.17
4. Randall Paulson 8.97
Round of 160
Heat 1
1. Carlos Cabrero 23.27
2. Ben Will 15.83
3. Llewellyn Whitaker 14.50
4. Joe Stauffer 10.44
Heat 2
1. Michael Hoisington 14.37
2. Fred Patachia 14.00
3. Eric Ramirez 8.70
4. Walter Cerny 3.67
Heat 3
1. Russell Molony 17.17
2. Adam Virs 14.57
3. Mike Dodd 13.36
4. Willie Safreed 12.16
Heat 4
1. Jason Senn 11.27
2. Ben Bourgeois 11.03
3. Jeff Hurley 10.87
4. Pedro Diaz 3.77
Heat 5
1. Todd Miller 11.17
2. Matt Coleman 10.37
3. Ryan Kimmel 8.64
4. Eli Mirandon 7.97
Heat 6
1. Matt Archbold 15.40
2. Greg Long 12.67
3. Ryan Jeremy 9.00
4. Carl Holm 8.97
Heat 7
1. Nathan Yeomans 11.43
2. Kyle Knox 10.40
3. David Gonsalves 9.16
4. Craig Butcher 8.33
Heat 8
1. Sean Peterson 14.84
2. Daniel Jones 11.87
3. Nathan Carroll 8.83
4. Ryan Ragan 5.36
Heat 9
1. Chris Ward 15.27
2. Glenn Hall 13.83
3. Robbie Schofield 11.54
4. Danny Hart 6.50
Heat 10
1. Matt King 13.00
2. Ted Navarro 9.60
3. Bryce Heart 8.37
4. James Crush 7.10
Heat 11
1. Kurt Tice 15.17
2. Jason Hinds 13.90
3. Kyle Garson 12.57
4. JJ Rhoads 9.47
Heat 12
1. David Post 18.67
2. Che Stang 13.40
3. Ian McPhillips 13.16
4. Casey Snider 9.00
Heat 13
1. Hira Teriinatoofa 17.84
2. Josh Montgomery 13.17
3. Tommy O’Brien 9.80
4. Haley Yurgens 8.07
Heat 14
1. Ryan Turner 14.67
2. Tarik Khassoggi 10.51
3. Sean Walker 10.37
4. Tyler Smith 8.56