The 12th annual Heritage Rip Curl Memorial Pro took place at Sea Isle, New Jersey, on September 18-21. On hand were many of the world’s top professional surfers all competing for the $50,000 prize purse. The sixth stop on this years Fosters Pro Surfing Tour carries vital ratings points as a Three Star World Qualifying Series event. Sea Isle, New Jersey lived up to it’s reputation as being on of the liked spots on the East Coast Tour as Hurricane Isabel produce solid 3-5 ft. surf providing ideal conditions for the surfers to compete in.
After three strong days of competition only a handful of surfers were able to rise above the rest. The final day of the event brought forth both semi-finals and thus a highly awaited main event. Taking advantage of the solid hurricane surf and pushing their way into semi-final #1 was Tim Reyes (USA), Eric Taylor (USA), Chris Ward (USA), and Heath Walker (AUS). Semi # 2 saw the skilled surfing talents of hometown hero Dean Randazzo (USA), Cam Anderson (USA), Rob Machado (USA), and Ben Bourgeois (USA). The combination of power and finesse of surfers Heath Walker, Tim Reyes, Dean Randazzo, and Rob Machado prevailed into the final round. Timmy Reyes combined hard turns and progressive surfing to secure himself a solid 2nd place finish; however, it was the fast turns and quick snaps of tour veteran Rob Machado that took home the win.
1) Rob Machado (USA) $7,000
2) Tim Reyes (USA) $3,500
3) Heath Walker (AUS) $2,500
4) Dean Randazzo(USA) $2,000
About Surfing America :-
The eight event Foster`s Pro Surfing Tour incorporates all WQS-rated events in North America and is the stepping stone to the Association of Surfing Professionals` (ASP) elite World Championship Tour (WCT). This year`s circuit includes stops in Florida, California, New Jersey and North Carolina. The Foster`s Pro Surfing Tour is sanctioned and administered by Surfing America, the nonprofit governing body for amateur and professional surfing in America.