Turning Up The Heat

Andy Versus The WCT

Irons defeats Parkinson to win and extend ratings lead in Japan.

Andy Irons flew into Japan for the fifth stop of the WCT with two wins under his belt this season, including the previous Quiksilver Pro in Fiji. In two- to three-foot waves with a slight onshore wind blowing, the reigning world champ made it three with a win at the Nijima Quiksilver Pro and extended his already commanding ratings lead. Three wins and virtually a thousand ratings points now separate him from the nearest contenders.

“I can’t believe I’m in Japan and actually won,” said Irons, surrounded by media onshore. “Especially against Parko as he was surfing so good in the semis. It kind of brought my confidence down, and I thought I had no chance at all. I just caught a bunch of little waves, but it ended up paying off. The little waves were actually scores as the big ones closed out. I’m really stoked right now.”–Jesse Faen/aspworldtour.com

Official Nijima Quiksilver Pro Results:

1. Andy Irons $30,000

2. Joel Parkinson $16,000

3. Kieren Perrow (tie) $10,000

3. Mick Fanning (tie) $10,000

WCT ratings after Nijima Quiksilver Pro:

1. Andy Irons 4,800

2. Mick Fanning 3,840

3. Kieren Perrow 3,816

4. Joel Parkinson 3,756

5. Cory Lopez 3,456

6. Kelly Slater 3,420

7. C.J. Hobgood 3,408

8. Taj Burrow 3,204

9. Dean Morrison3,120

10. Mick Lowe2,976

Munro Versus Brazil

Australian Trent Munro takes on three Brazilians and wins the O’Neill Deep Blue Open.

From June 9 through 15, a small chain of atolls called the Maldives are home to 200 of the world’s best surfers trying to qualify for the World Championship Tour (WCT). Hosted by the Lohifushi resort, the five-star O’Neill Deep Blue Open was held on a really fun, very rippable left.

In semifinal number one, Brazilians Paulo Moura and Rodrigo Dornelles used quality wave selection and systematic surfing all the way inside to outlast Aussies Toby Martin and Phil MacDonald. Shane Beschen (well on his way to qualifying this year) lost his quarterfinal and left one lone American, Ben Bourgeois, to carry the flag in semi number two. Although the waves were consistently overhead a majority of the last day, a flat spell during semi number two worked to eliminate Ben and Mick Campbell. Australian Trent Munro and Brazilian Raoni Monteiro advanced and the final was set–Munro versus Brazil.

In the final, Munro stuck to his game plan of laying down square bottom turns with beautiful backside snaps all the way in. With three scores over eight on three waves, all Monteiro, Moura, and Dornelles could do was watch–they were all combo’d (unable to gain the lead with one wave). “After my second (wave), those guys didn’t really have much at all and I had those two lucky run-off waves,” said Munro. “I figured there’s a good chance it could be mine.”–Checkwood

Final Results Of The O’Neill Deep Blue Open:

1. Trent Munro$12,000

2. Paulo Moura$6,000

3. Raoni Monteiro$4,000

4. Rodrigo Dornelles$3,000

=5. Mick Campbell

Toby Martin

=7. Phil MacDonald

Ben Bourgeois

Turning Up The Heat

The kids just keep getting better at the NSSA Nationals.

All the kids in the Mini-Grom Open Season final at the 2003 NSSA Nationals at Lower Trestles have long hairIt’s hard to tell exactly who’s who, but the kid on the green board threw forehand snaps all the way in. In fact, the whole heat was doing the norm for a high score–a big outside move with full wraparound cutbacks all the way in. Once the announcer stated her name, a voice among the crowd of spectators said, “That’s a girl? She’s not a normal girl, though.” It was a normal girl but not a normal surfer–Carissa Moore surfing in a heat full of boys in her age group.

If there were a theme to this year’s Nationals, held June 20 and 21 at Salt Creek and June 22 through 28 at Lower Trestles, it would be progression. Of course, the crown prize of the entire competition and the year has to be the Open Men and Women’s titles–or the Governor’s Cups. However, from the Mini Groms up, the judges’ scores ranged eight and higher, and not because the judges were being nice.

This year the waves stayed fairly consistent. As usual, there were slight lulls now and then, but nobody could complain about waves that occasionally resembled the perfect Lowers witnessed at last year’s Boost Mobile Pro. In fact, the kids did their best imitations of the same moves thrown down back in September.

For the women, last year’s winners Leilani Gryde and Katrina Petroni came into the contest as heavy favorites–especially after last year’s performances. But somewhere along the way, the rest of the division caught up. In the Explorer Women, Anastasia Ashley’s 8.5 helped her take a finals battle where scores of sixes were the norm.

In the Open Women’s final, a rash of interference’s highlighted the 35-minute heat won by Erica Hosseini. First on Petroni, who got a paddling interference in the opening seconds, then on Ashley who received one in the end. Leading the heat with two scores of 7.5, all Hosseini had to do was go in for the win, but she somehow got crossed up in a near double interference that could’ve cost her the heat and the eventual title. “Oh yeah, I was just thinking I for sure lost since Lowers is a right and I went left,” said a relieved Hosseini. “I should’ve paddled in when I knew I had two 7.5s.”

“I felt so bad for her,” commented Hosseini on Petroni’s early interference. “To get a paddling interference in the first ten seconds. It could’ve been a whole different heat if she didn’t get an interference.”

For the featured division, the Open Men, this year’s final came down to a fight between favorite Dane Reynolds and underdog Patrick Gudauskas. After losing to Dustin Cuizon in the Explorer Juniors, Patrick came into the Open Men 35-minute final with a giant first move–the one thing needed to win.

Like an all-star heat of the future, finals don’t get much better when you consider names such as Andrew Gahan, Nathan Carroll, Kekoa Bacalso, Cuizon, Reynolds, and Gudauskas. With a talent pool that deep, straight-up critical turns were mandatory–basically a score was the result of a masterpiece all the way in.

After taking a mediocre wave right off the bat, Gudauskas’ second wave featured a huge frontside snap to tailspin, followed by a floater, and finished with a 360 double-grab air for a score of 9.25. His fourth wave of the heat, otherwise known as the deal sealer, was a 7.5 filled with four straight-up backside snaps.

Midway through, the heat, became a simple surf-off between Reynolds and Gudauskas. Gahan and Carroll were knocked out by a double interference while Bacalso and Cuizon were combo’d. Coming into the final minutes, Reynolds found himself needing an 8.26 to wrestle the lead back from Gudauskas. On a midsize wave, Reynolds blasted a picture-perfect frontside air but still came up short. Throwing away a score of eight, he tried once more only to get a 7.5. The heat wound down with nothing on the horizon, and Gudauskas’ San Clemente posse carried the new Governor’s Cup champ off to the podium and a brand-new Toyota Scion as first prize.

“I knew I had to go big–no holding back,” said Gudauskas. “Go big or go home.” Gudauskas knew he’d been lucky–Dane’s score of 8.26 put him within striking distance: “For Dane, that’s a feasible score–it’s not anything he can’t do. I was just stoked he couldn’t get a big one (wave) to blow up. Luckily Mother Nature helped me out.”–Checkwood

The following are the final results of the 2003 NSSA Nationals. For a complete look at all the divisions go to transworldsurf.com:

Open Men/Governor’s Cup

1. Pat Gudauskas

2. Dane Reynolds

3. Dustin Cuizon

4. Kekoa Bacalso

5. Nathan Carroll

6. Andrew Gahan

Open Women/Governor’s Cup

1. Erica Hosseini

2. Bethany Hamilton

3. Lauren Sweeney

4. Alana Blanchard

5. Karina Petroni

6. Anastasia Ashley

Open Mini-Groms

1. John John Florence

2. Andrew Doheny

3. Carissa Moore

4. Evan Geiselman

5. Kolohe Andino

6. Ezekiel Lau

Open Boys

1. Granger Larsen

2. Tyler Newton

3. Brent Reiley

4. Thomas Clarke

5. Dege O’Connell

6. John John Florence

Open Juniors

1. Killian Garland

2. Kellen Ellison

3. Eric Geiselman

4. Dane Ward

5. Ian Ekberg

6. Kai Ellison

Explorer Menehune

1. Tyler Newton

2. Granger Larson

3. Albee Layer

4. Thomas Clarke

5. Dege O’Connell

6. Andrew Doheny

Explorer Boys

1. Tanner Gudauskas

2. Casey Brown

3. Kellen Ellison

4. Clay Marzo

5. Cory Arrambide

6. Torrey Meister

Explorer Juniors

1. Dustin Cuizon

2. Pat Gudauskas

3. Kekoa Bacalso

4. Brian Toth

5. Dane Reynolds

6. Gavin Gillette

Explorer Men

1. Andrew Gahan

2. Tyler Anderson

3. Nick King

4. Nathan Carroll

5. Josh Montgomery

6. Zander Morton

Explorer Women

1. Anastasia Ashley

2. Karina Petroni

3. Lilia Boerner

4. Leilani Gryde

5. Bethany Hamilton

6. Connie Arias

 

 

 

nothing on the horizon, and Gudauskas’ San Clemente posse carried the new Governor’s Cup champ off to the podium and a brand-new Toyota Scion as first prize.

“I knew I had to go big–no holding back,” said Gudauskas. “Go big or go home.” Gudauskas knew he’d been lucky–Dane’s score of 8.26 put him within striking distance: “For Dane, that’s a feasible score–it’s not anything he can’t do. I was just stoked he couldn’t get a big one (wave) to blow up. Luckily Mother Nature helped me out.”–Checkwood

The following are the final results of the 2003 NSSA Nationals. For a complete look at all the divisions go to transworldsurf.com:

Open Men/Governor’s Cup

1. Pat Gudauskas

2. Dane Reynolds

3. Dustin Cuizon

4. Kekoa Bacalso

5. Nathan Carroll

6. Andrew Gahan

Open Women/Governor’s Cup

1. Erica Hosseini

2. Bethany Hamilton

3. Lauren Sweeney

4. Alana Blanchard

5. Karina Petroni

6. Anastasia Ashley

Open Mini-Groms

1. John John Florence

2. Andrew Doheny

3. Carissa Moore

4. Evan Geiselman

5. Kolohe Andino

6. Ezekiel Lau

Open Boys

1. Granger Larsen

2. Tyler Newton

3. Brent Reiley

4. Thomas Clarke

5. Dege O’Connell

6. John John Florence

Open Juniors

1. Killian Garland

2. Kellen Ellison

3. Eric Geiselman

4. Dane Ward

5. Ian Ekberg

6. Kai Ellison

Explorer Menehune

1. Tyler Newton

2. Granger Larson

3. Albee Layer

4. Thomas Clarke

5. Dege O’Connell

6. Andrew Doheny

Explorer Boys

1. Tanner Gudauskas

2. Casey Brown

3. Kellen Ellison

4. Clay Marzo

5. Cory Arrambide

6. Torrey Meister

Explorer Juniors

1. Dustin Cuizon

2. Pat Gudauskas

3. Kekoa Bacalso

4. Brian Toth

5. Dane Reynolds

6. Gavin Gillette

Explorer Men

1. Andrew Gahan

2. Tyler Anderson

3. Nick King

4. Nathan Carroll

5. Josh Montgomery

6. Zander Morton

Explorer Women

1. Anastasia Ashley

2. Karina Petroni

3. Lilia Boerner

4. Leilani Gryde

5. Bethany Hamilton

6. Connie Arias