News For The Bros

News For The Bros

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Split was nominated as Breakthrough Manufacturer of the Year.

Shea Lopez advanced to the quarterfinals and took equal 5th at the Rip Curl Pro in Bells Beach, Australia. After a brief trip home to Florida, he headed off to Teahupoo for the WCT Billabong Pro, where he took equal 17th. Go to asptour.com for current ratings and upcoming events.

Mikala Jones and Lincoln Eather went to Japan for the Chiba Pro. Check out the results at asptour.com

Brett Schwartz is still in Indonesia after a sick boat trip from Jakarta to Bali. He’s been shooting with Transworld Photog DHump and Surfing Mag’s Photog John Heppler.

Carlos Cabrero is on his second surf trip to Mexico in the past month. Guy can’t get enough of the place. The first trip was to mainland Mexico where he met up with Surfing Mag photog Benjamin Kottke and after two weeks, he headed back to charge Puerto Escondido.

The Split Ams have been making their presence known. Ian Ekberg took first place in the Southwest Juniors Division at the year-end NSSA Open, held at the South Jetty in Oceanside April 16th and 27th. This win moved him up to 3rd overall in the season point’s standings.

Fellow Huntington Beach Split Am, Chase Newsom has been on a tear as well. Chase took second in the end of the year Southwest Explorer Juniors contest and recently took fourth at the Volcom Qualifying Series’ Final.

Both Ian and Chase competed in the ’02-’03 NSSA Westerns at Huntington Beach, CA over the past weekend. With a heavy field of the west coast’s top Amateurs, Ian Ekberg surfed his way to the finals of the Open Juniors. Although there were a lack of waves during the final, Ian got enogh to take second place.

Ian and Chase will be making a strong push, along with Asa Desmet, at the 2003 NSSA Nationals.

Adio Team News

Adio Footwear would like to welcome Nate Yeomans of San Clemente, to the team. Nate was one of the standouts during last week’s Fosters Cup at Lowers finishing 5th overall. The 22 year old goofy-footer is currently 6th on SMAS airshow tour, and was featured in the June issue of Transworld, surfing the remote islands of Madeira. Nate will be getting to work quickly, heading offto Costa Azul Mexico this weekend with Transworld photographer Tom Carey and fellow Adio team rider Mike Losness. After Mexico Nate is off to Cost Rica to compete in the second event of the SMAS airshow tour. We expect to see a lot more of Nate coming up in the near future.

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In other Adio surf team news, Tim Curran was featured on the cover of the June issue of Surfing Magazine. Tim and fellow Adio team rider Taylor Knox are currently in Tahiti awaiting the start of the contest at the infamous Teahupo’o. Speaking of Teahupo’o Adio Australian rider Joel Fitzgerald was down there warming up for the trials of the event and was towed into some of the biggest waves ever ridden out there, check the attachment for a photo ofthe session.

Adio rider Jesse Evans from Huntington Beach just signed up with Ambiguous Clothing. Jesse has been out a few weeks with an injury, he’ll be back just time for a trip to Indonesia with photographer Tom Carey.

Pete Labrador is back home in Hawaii. Pete was just out here in California surfing and filming for his up coming project tentatively titled “The Collective” just before Pete went back to Hawaii he stopped off in Mexico for a photo shoot with photographer David Tryoer. That1s about it for now check the website for more team news and updates soon.

Quiksilver Team News

Videographer Josh Williams of The Rising fame (not the Springsteen album, but the red-hot surf vid) is hard at work on Quiksilver’s upcoming video release, Circle One. Williams has been shooting all over the globe and just wrapped up several insane sessions with Kelly Slater in Australia. The new film is expected to be the best Quik production in years and will be available mid-summer. U.S. tour is in the works for early August to coincide with the publicity run for Slater’s autobiography by Regan Books, Pipe Dreams, which is due around the same time.

The war is over, but thanks to a raging swell in the South Pacific, fifty-megaton wave-bombs are currently exploding onto the reef at Teahupoo in Tahiti, where Quik surfers Strider Wasilewski, Danny Fuller, Mark Healy, and Reef Macintosh are meeting the challenge. The group received prestigious slots in the Air Tahiti Nui VZ Trials for the upcoming ASP World Championship Tour event. The surf leading up to the trials was rumored to be bigger than the day of Laird Hamilton’s famous Teahupoo beast of 2000. There should be plenty of sick footage for Quik’s upcoming release, Circle One.

Kelly Slater continues to blow minds on the ASP World Championship Tour despite coming up short in both events thus far on the 2003 season. In the Quiksilver Pro on Australia’s Gold Coast, he blazed a few heats before falling to eventual champion Dean Morrison. At the Rip Curl Pro at Bells, our hero posted the second highest heat score of the contest, a whopping 18.17 out of 20, but narrowly fell in choppy conditions to Mark Occhilupo in Round Four. With two ninth place finishes, Kelly sits just outside the top 10 going into Teahupoo. For an in depth interview with the six-time world champ, check the latest issue of Water magazine.

With the Northern California big wave season at an end, Pete Mel has had to leave his backyard in search of excitement. Never one to be considered soft, Pete has dragged his Jet ski to Mainland Mexico for a few weeks of hardcore tow-ins in the notoriously heaving beachbreak barrels around Puerto Escondido.

Pride of Carolina, Ben Bourgeois, is hard at work to regain a spot on the coveted WCT by chasing points on the World Qualifying Series. At the Fosters Cup at Lower Trestles in April, Benny just missed a finals berth with an equal seventh finish. Fellow Carolina export Mike Hoisington placed ninth.

Tutankhamun of Egypt may be the world’s most famous child king, but come June 7-8, he will step aside as the Quiksilver King of the Groms is crowned at Sebastian Inlet, Florida. The top East Coast and Caribbean juvenile talent will be on hand to do battle for the coveted throne of First Peak. Lord Matthew of Kechele will direct the festivities.

The NSSA Eastern Championships recently went down in Florida, and Quiksilver riders jammed up the finals, including Puerto Rican sensation Dylan Graves, fellow islander Gabriel Escudero, and Floridians Davey Awbrey and Bradley Margol. Each will be looking to keep the roll alive this July at the NSSA Nationals at Lower Trestles. In other events, Margol swept the field at the ESA Southeast Regionals, while Awbrey rocked the boat in the 39th Easter Surfing Festival at Canaveral Pier by joining Adam Wickwire in the semifinals of the pro division against a host of established professionals. Kechele called it the best surf ever for the longstanding event, and he’s been around for enough of them to know.

The Quiksilver Airshow at Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica on May 22-25 is the second stop of the Vans/Surfing Magazine Airshow Series. The best aerialists in the United States as well as Latin America will do battle for the $12,000 purse. In addition, the weekend also features the Quiksilver and Roxy Jackpot Skins. These unique events offer prize money to the one surfer from every heat that claims the highest scoring ride, including the possibility of getting on a roll and winning big. Playa Hermosa produces some of the most consistent, A-frame peaks around, and the boys will be boosting. A special appearance by the Quiksilver Crossing will turn this year’s festival into a full-on happening.

The waiting period for the Quiksilver Pro Fiji at the fabled Tavarua reefbreak known as Cloubreak is set for May 25-June 6. The top 48 surfers in the world will compete in what is potentially the best surf in the world. Quiksilver’s Fred Patacchia is hoping to once again advance through the trials to join Kelly Slater and others in the main event.

We will be heading north of the border once again for the Quiksilver/Roxy Surfjam in Tofino, British Columbia. The event, which features both men’s and women’s pro and amateur surfing divisions as well as a team challenge between the U.S. and Canada, was moved from its usual timeslot in October to a more balmy June 14-15.

Quiksilver and Roxy have launched their 2003 season of summer surf camps led by Matt Kechele and Jason Borte. There is a full docket of camps scheduled for the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S., meaning another couple thousand groms will receive the gift of stoke this summer courtesy of Quik and Roxy. The camps stress ocean awareness, water safety, and beginner and advanced surfing technique. QUAMAV will be a welcome addition to the camp experience.

The Hotline/Quiksilver Lord of the Jetty aims to bring the top East Coast amateur and professional surfers to Virginia Beach June 13-15 for a shot at $6500 in cash and four roundtrip tickets to Hawaii (for amateur Open, Women, Longboard, and Bodyboard divisions). The event features a progressive “best wave wins” format, as well as a cumulative scoring system that rewards the top scorers over the duration of the contest. With $2500 going to the pro winner, the First Street Jetty lineup will be firing.

Hawaii continues to be the hotbed of amateur talent, with nine Quiksilver riders all qualifying for two divisions in the upcoming NSSA Nationals at Trestles. In addition, Hawaii teamers Ola Eleogram, Torrey Meister, Clay Marzo, and Tory Titcomb will represent the Islands and Quiksilver in World Junior Championships in Durban, South Africa in August.

e best surf in the world. Quiksilver’s Fred Patacchia is hoping to once again advance through the trials to join Kelly Slater and others in the main event.

We will be heading north of the border once again for the Quiksilver/Roxy Surfjam in Tofino, British Columbia. The event, which features both men’s and women’s pro and amateur surfing divisions as well as a team challenge between the U.S. and Canada, was moved from its usual timeslot in October to a more balmy June 14-15.

Quiksilver and Roxy have launched their 2003 season of summer surf camps led by Matt Kechele and Jason Borte. There is a full docket of camps scheduled for the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S., meaning another couple thousand groms will receive the gift of stoke this summer courtesy of Quik and Roxy. The camps stress ocean awareness, water safety, and beginner and advanced surfing technique. QUAMAV will be a welcome addition to the camp experience.

The Hotline/Quiksilver Lord of the Jetty aims to bring the top East Coast amateur and professional surfers to Virginia Beach June 13-15 for a shot at $6500 in cash and four roundtrip tickets to Hawaii (for amateur Open, Women, Longboard, and Bodyboard divisions). The event features a progressive “best wave wins” format, as well as a cumulative scoring system that rewards the top scorers over the duration of the contest. With $2500 going to the pro winner, the First Street Jetty lineup will be firing.

Hawaii continues to be the hotbed of amateur talent, with nine Quiksilver riders all qualifying for two divisions in the upcoming NSSA Nationals at Trestles. In addition, Hawaii teamers Ola Eleogram, Torrey Meister, Clay Marzo, and Tory Titcomb will represent the Islands and Quiksilver in World Junior Championships in Durban, South Africa in August.