JLpress/Paula Lamares Tradução Paula Lamares The debut of Frederico Morais in the first stage of the world surfing circuit is going very well. The Portuguese was qualified, on this Thursday, for …
Marksfirst event toward world longboard championship multi-event series Reigning world champion tory gilkerson Set to defend her title Over the last five years the World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Championship Tour surfers …
Marksfirst event toward world longboard championship multi-event series
Reigning world champion tory gilkerson Set to defend her title
Over the last five years the World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Championship Tour surfers have had just one event to decide who wins the sport’s ultimate prize. WSL has been working with partners globally to increase this Tour to a multi-event series with the first brand new event announced as the Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships to be held at Tupira, Papua New Guinea from 18 – 25 March, 2017.
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, said he is pleased the global surfing community recognizes PNG as a destination to host such a prestigious event.
“Papua New Guinea is looking forward to hosting the World Surf League Longboard Championship in Tupira near Madang,” the Prime Minister said. “I am glad that people around the world are discovering that Papua New Guinea is a great surfing destination, with challenging waves in pristine waters on beautiful beaches. I hope all competitors and spectators have an enjoyable time at the first international surfing event ever held in Papua New Guinea.”
California’s Tory Gilkerson, reigning World Longboard Champion is looking forward to putting her Title defence to the test in a brand new and exciting location for the Longboard Championship Tour.
“Going to PNG for a WLC event is such a privilege and a really exciting new experience for us all,” Gilkerson said. “This year will be the hopeful start for multiple events on the WLC and to kick it off with a new venue is so exciting. PNG looks amazing, with crystal blue water, epic waves, and striving local communities that we can give back to. PNG will be a nice change of surf conditions and exciting new experience, I can’t wait!”
WSL is partnering with Surfing Association Papua New Guinea (SAPNG) to host the country’s first international surfing event. SAPNG is not only the local governing body of surfing in PNG, but they are using surfing as a vehicle to promote social change through a number of world-class initiates. The Pink Nose Revolution – to promote equality between men and women sees SAPNG donate surfboards to communities all over PNG. Half of the boards have the noses painted pink which represents that these are for the girls only, helping to teach from a young age to treat women equally.
“After 30 years since the establishment of the Surfing Association Papua New Guinea Inc (SAPNG), the staging of the inaugural 2017 KUMUL PNG World Longboard Championship marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Papua New Guinea since gaining Independence from its colonial rulers 41 years ago,” Said President and Co Founder of Surfing Association PNG Andrew Abel. “As the governing authority of everything surfing in Papua New Guinea and an emerging nation on the international surfing stage, SAPNG are proud to be able to stage this event with the full support of its National Government through the Kumul Consolidated Holdings Group in partnership with the World Surf League.”
WSL is thrilled to enter a new region of the world where surfing is such a big part of life and to be able to provide more opportunities for the world’s best longboarders to compete for the World Title.
“World Surf League would like to thank SAPNG, Kumul and the people of PNG for supporting this event and the important messages that we will be promoting,” said WSL Australia/Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith. “Papua New Guinea is a beautiful country with beautiful people and a whole lot of world-class surf breaks. We’re excited to see the world’s best longboarders come here in March and broadcast to the world what PNG has to offer.”
This event is being supported by the Papua New Guinea Government and Kumul Consolidated Holdings who are developing tourism opportunities in PNG through this partnership with SAPNG and will be helping provide the event with all that is required to put on a global broadcast to showcase the waves in PNG have to offer.
Baker Captures Second WSL BWT Title Alms Earns Historic Women’s Big Wave Crown With the conclusion of the 2016/2017 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) today, Grant “Twiggy” Baker …
Baker Captures Second WSL BWT Title
Alms Earns Historic Women’s Big Wave Crown
With the conclusion of the 2016/2017 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) today, Grant “Twiggy” Baker (ZAF) and Paige Alms (HAW) have claimed the WSL BWT men’s and women’s titles.
Today’s achievement marks Baker’s second BWT title clinching, after securing his first in 2013. Baker took on all three events that ran on this year’s men’s BWT, kicking off his yearlong lead with an emphatic victory at the Puerto Escondido Challenge. The South African then continued to carry the momentum to a strong showing at the Pe’ahi Challenge, where he captured the 3rd place trophy. Baker solidified his position atop the rankings after a Semifinal finish at the inaugural Nazaré Challenge.
“To be the Big Wave Tour Champion means the world to me,” Baker said. “I put in a lot of time and effort into this year and it is amazing that it has paid off. I got married two years ago and had a daughter last year, so my priorities to surf big waves have definitely changed to give them the best possible future. They drive me to catch bigger waves. This year, everything came together in the contests. I did what I had to do competitively and it feels good. I am super stoked.”
Baker started his incredible career in 2003 with a Finals appearance at his first ever big wave event at Dungeons in South Africa. Since then, the South African has continued to push the limits of big wave surfing with numerous event wins at venues ranging from Maverick’s in California to Punta de Lobos in Chile to Punta Galea in the Basque Country of Spain. Additionally, Baker’s remarkable career is brimming with accolades from the Big Wave Awards, and today’s victory further cements his place in surfing history.
“The progression of big wave surfing in the past few years has been exponential,” continued Baker. “The competition side is pushing the performance level of the sport. What this title means for me is that we are getting something going for the future. We are building something for the kids that are coming up now. The Championship means a lot and it is a great feeling to have that pressure off and to win.”
Baker completed his season with 25,018 points on the year-end rankings, edging out the 20-year old Brazilian charger, Pedro Calado (BRA), by 3,075 points. Two-time BWT Champion Greg Long (USA) came in third place with a total of 22,921 points.
On November 11, 2016, the first ever women’s WSL Big Wave Tour competition was held at the Pe’ahi Challenge. The historic event witnessed incredible performances as 12 individuals took to the water to compete for both the event win and the maiden Women’s Big Wave Champion Title.
Alms made history on the world stage when she won the Pe’ahi Challenge to become the first ever Big Wave Women’s Champion.
“Being the first Big Wave Women’s Champion at Pe’ahi is an amazing feeling,” said Alms. “I am stoked to be able to put that notch on my belt. I am happy to be an ambassador for the sport and for women in surfing. That was a win for women’s surfing and a win for the Maui community. It wasn’t just a win for me.”
Alms started charging big waves at the age of 15. Not unlike most female big wave surfers, Alms’ career has been self-supported through juggling multiple jobs to fund her travel and training. Her commitment, hard work and passion is not only evidenced through her accolades, but predominantly through her undoubted elevation of big wave surfing.
“Every session we have for big wave surfing for men or women [means] the sport is being progressed,” continued Alms. “For female big wave surfing, the more opportunities that we have like that in an empty line up, the more you’re going to see the best big wave women doing the best big wave surfing. I am really looking forward to seeing what the WSL has in store for next year. This is just the beginning and this was one contest. I think we are going to look back in ten years and say, ‘remember that time?’ I think the possibilities are endless.”
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2016/17 Men’s WSL Big Wave Tour Top 5:
1 – Grant Baker (ZAF) 25,018 points
2 – Pedro Calado (BRA) 21,943
3 – Greg Long (USA) 21,921 points
4 – Carlos Burle (BRA) 18,175
5 – Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 15,690
2016/17 Women’s WSL Big Wave Tour Top 5:
1 – Paige Alms (HAW) 12,500 points
2 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 10,416 points
3 – Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 8,680 points
4 – Emily Erickson (HAW) 6,029 points
4 – Keala Kennelly (HAW) 6,029 points
4 – Laura Enever (AUS) 6,029 points
The great adventure for Frederico Morais begins on March 14, when the world surf circuit starts on the Gold Coast. After a historic qualification in December in Hawaii’s demanding waves, the …
The great adventure for Frederico Morais begins on March 14, when the world surf circuit starts on the Gold Coast. After a historic qualification in December in Hawaii’s demanding waves, the 25-year-old Portuguese will surf in the WCT’s first division. Pointed out as one of the greatest hopes of the season, Kikas, as is known the surfer from Guincho (Cascais), is already in Australia training for his big debut.
The second place in December 2016, at the Vans World Cup, in Oahu Hawaii, guaranteed Frederico Morais direct entry into the Championship Tour, the main division of the World Surf League – where Portugal was represented only by the pioneer Tiago Saca Pires (between 2008 and 2014).
Kikas has in his father, Nuno Morais, a national rugby figure in the 80’s and 90’s and brother of the former coach Tomaz Morais, the great inspiration and the reason behind always believing that he could reach the world top: He did everything for me, all the sacrifices. He gave me a lot of strength before I was coming to Hawaii, “said the Guincho’s athlete (Interview from Diário de Notícias, on 12/6/2016).
In the last few years, Frederico Morais had already shown the world what he was worth, by knocking down stars such as Kelly Slater (2013), Mick Fanning (2015) or Gabriel Medina (2016) at Peniche, in the Portuguese stage of the world circuit. Already in the 2016 season, the surfer from Cascais had two historical performances – both in Hawaiin Pro and in the Vans World Cup – that allowed him to climb from 28th to 3rd place in the Qualifying Series, and ensure his presence in the Championship Tour, in 2017 (to which the top ten are promoted).
With this participation in the WCT, the national surf has found a new reference of world-wide level. Although Kikas refuses the status of leader, he admits to be an “inspiration for the surfers that come” – how, for years, Tiago Pires was to him. The dream of reaching the elite, like Saca, is fulfilled. Now, said Frederico “it’s time to set new dreams”.The first stage of these dreams will begin on March, 14.
Manly, Sydney NSW/AUS – The 2017 WSL Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 event has kicked off in punchy 3-to-4 foot waves at Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. …
Manly, Sydney NSW/AUS – The 2017 WSL Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 event has kicked off in punchy 3-to-4 foot waves at Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The event runs as part of the Australian Open of Surfing which also hosts a Men’s QS6,000 division.
Sunshine Coaster Dimity Stoyle didn’t have the best time in Manly last year, getting eliminated in the early rounds of the event. The former Championship tour (CT) competitor has returned in 2017 and got her campaign off to an impressive start. Stoyle found a few long right-handers and went to town, posting an excellent single wave sore of 9.00 (out of a possible 10) to go towards her heat total of 15.93 (out of a possible 20), both scores being the highest of the event so far.
“l’ve got a pretty low seed in this event so I’m really fired up to make lots of heat,” Stoyle said. “My goal is to make it to finals day so I’m off to a good start. Last year I had a shocker at this event and was knocked out in my first heat to kick it off with a solid heat like that is great. The waves are messy today but really fun and have a lot of push. These types of conditions really suit me.”
Kobie Enright faced every surfer’s worst nightmare of being eliminated with an excellent single wave score on the board. Enright charged out of the gates on her backhand posting an excellent 8.50 in the opening minutes of Heat Three. She then waited for another decent set wave that never seemed to materialise while she sat in last place. Enright then began to scramble, eventually finding an average score that was enough to put her into first place and win the heat.
“I was freaking out towards the end of that heat,” Enright said. “I just wanted to make sure that I was on the best waves of the heat, which in the end I was. It was super stressful when all of a sudden the clock was winding down so I was stoked to eventually get the score and make the heat.”
After watching fellow Kiwi Paige Hareb finish runner-up at the recent Anditi Women’s Pro QS6,000, Ella Williams felt inspired as she headed out in Heat Six of Round Two. Williams thrived in the punchy conditions throwing huge fans of spray with her powerful forehand to post an excellent 8.17 and 6.17 to progress into Round Three.
“I look up to Paige a lot and seeing her in the final yesterday was great motivation for me,” Williams said. “I’ve had a few early losses recently so It’s good to find inspiration in others. This is pretty easy with all the talent around at this contest. I’m just stoked to make my heat and surf again because the waves are really fun.”
After moving from Florida to San Juan, California to focus on her surfing, Caroline Marks has noticed an improvement in her approach to competition. Marks displayed this improvement at Manly today taking out her Round two heat easily with a mid-range heat total of 13.77. The 15-year-old natural footer also attributes her success to working with former CT star turn super coach Mike ‘Snips’ Parsons.
“It’s great to have heats where there are lots of waves and plenty of opportunity for everyone,” Marks said. “I’ve been working closely with Mike Parsons which has been a great help. He has been awesome at showing me new waves since I moved to California and going over strategies for heats – it’s been really fun. I’m only 15 so making heats is more of a leaning experience for me than anything else. I just love competing and surfing, it’s my favourite thing to do.”
Portugal’s Teresa Bonvelot may only be 18-years of age but she has been travelling to compete in Australia for years now. Bonvalot, on her third time to the Australian Open of Surfing and looked comfortable on her way to taking a heat win and progressing to Round Three to guarantee an event best finish.
“I have been coming to Australia for years now,” Bonvalot said. “I love coming here at this time of year to escape the European winter. I feel good at the moment and made a few heats at the Andti Women’s Pro in Newcastle but I’d like to go further at this event.”
Check Back tomorrow as we head into round One of Men’s action at the Australian Open of Surfing. All action can be seen live here:
Basse-Pointe hosts event from april 1-8 Field of 128 to take on the caribbean waves BASSE-POINTE, Martinique – France — Professional surfers from all four corners of the earth will soon …
Basse-Pointe hosts event from april 1-8
Field of 128 to take on the caribbean waves
BASSE-POINTE, Martinique – France — Professional surfers from all four corners of the earth will soon return to the idyllic Martinique island for the third consecutive edition of the Martinique Surf Pro, from April 1-8, 2017 at Basse-Pointe.
An increasingly popular event among the World’s Best QS surfers, the Martinique Surf Pro continues to play a major role in their qualifying campaigns towards the coveted Championship Tour. Portugal’s Frederico Morais, who won the event in 2016, counted the result as third-best in his season tally to obtain a precious ticket for the elite tour.
Following two editions graced with beautiful righthand point break waves, the event will once again unfold at the playful Basse-Pointe, in the Northern East side of the island. The tropical weather, very welcoming locals and breath-taking scenery of the area is sure to once again be a highlight of the surfers’ season.
This year, a field of 128 athletes will have a shot at the 3,000 QS points and US75,000$ global prize purse on offer. Nested in the season’s first half, the Martinique Surf Pro is a great stepping stone for surfers coming up strong on the ranks to secure their spot in the back-half of the year’s highly coveted big QS events of Europe and Hawaii.
A few lucky locals will also have a chance to battle some of the most successful competitive surfers and demonstrate the talent pool developing in the Caribbean.
The Martinique Surf Pro is scheduled from April 1-8, 2017 at Basse Pointe, Martinique – France.
About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels.
Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Greg Long, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Makua Rothman, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.
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2017 SEAT Pro Netanya Highlights: Champions Crowned in Israel Final Day Highlights from 2017 SEAT Pro Netanya Thursday, January 26, 2017 Brazil’s Peterson Crisanto and Basque Country’s Garazi Sanchez Ortun made …
2017 SEAT Pro Netanya Highlights:
Champions Crowned in Israel
Final Day Highlights from 2017 SEAT Pro Netanya
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Brazil’s Peterson Crisanto and Basque Country’s Garazi Sanchez Ortun made the most of their Mediterranean surf adventure by taking the top spots at the QS1500 SEAT Pro Netanya pres. by REEF in Israel.
After being sidelined for the better part of two years, Crisanto, 24, is looking to build some momentum in his renewed Qualifying Series campaign. In Netanya, his energetic brand of smooth, powerful surfing earned high praise from the judges throughout the event. He handily won the Final over Jordann Couzinet, leaving the Frenchman in a combo situation.
On the women’s side Garazi Sanchez edged American newcomer Marissa Shaw in the Final. The win was a big step forward for the Basque Country star, who finished No. 4 in the European region in 2016. It will be a big confidence booster as she heads to Australia. Shaw, meanwhile, will be leaving with a big smile on her face after a very successful start to her QS campaign.