Rip Curl Surf 2000

Sunday 6th August 2000 Day ten and the Final day of the Rip Curl Surf 2000 saw a consistent swell of two to three feet, and a beautiful sunny day. In the first heat Russell Winter, Europe’s number one surfer powered his way into the semi finals with a fantastic display of radical surfing. The Newquay local looked set to go all the way on his home turf until he met the Australian duo Danny Wills and Trent Munro. Wills posted the highest score of the morning while Russell seemed unable to find a decent set wave and bowed out. In the second semi Andy Irons continued his blistering form exploring the new criteria to the limit with a series of huge turns and airs.

The final took to the water mid afternoon as the swell began to drop off. Danny Wills started well and with two long waves under his belt the rest of the finalists were playing catch up in the small conditions. Rip Curl sponsored rider Nathan Hedge got fourth while a deflated Irons came third. Trent Munroe from Queensland came closest pushing Wills in the final few minutes but the diminutive Aussie ripper pulled off a polished performance to take the $6,000 first prize money in front of a 10,000 crowd.

Now the organisers are looking forward to a bigger and better event for next year.