The most interesting moment of the contest was when Mick Fanning interfered with John John Florence’s final wave in their Round 4 heat. It was a strategic move on his part to avoid facing Florence in Round 5. Florence is surfing in his own backyard here at Pipeline and knows this wave better than most. He is a very difficult draw for anyone, including potential world champs.
Pipeline - the most famous wave in the world. Day one of this years Pipe Masters contest began with near perfect Pipeline surf. Sometime during this contest, the ASP 2013 World Title will be decided. If Mick Fanning gets past the Quarter Finals, he will win the title, even if Kelly Slater wins the contest. Kelly is basically in the position of needing a miracle to win title #12 this year. That being said, he is the greatest competitive surfer ever, so don’t write him off just yet. If Mick loses in the Quarters or before, Kelly still has to win the event to claim the title. It doesn’t get much more exciting than this in pro surfing!
A large NW Swell with a high wave period hit the North Shore of Hawaii on ‘Black Friday’ the 29th of Novemeber 2013
Nic Von Rupp
Jon Jon Florence
Filmed & Edited by Owen Milne
The final day of the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach was met with pounding rain, thunderstorms, and a dying swell. By no means optimum conditions for Sunset, the 3- to 4-foot surf on hand still offered up enough of a platform for World Tour and ‘QS surfers alike to dramatically battle it out in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. By events end, the conditions began to glass off but the rain continued to pour as Hawaii’s own Zeke Lau defeated Damien Hobgood, Raoni Monteiro, and Frederico Morais respectively to take the win.
Throughout the duration of the contest—which included a day of massive 12-foot surf—Lau looked to be an event favorite as he weaved his powerful frame through an array of conditions. With his win today, Lau is now tied with Tahiti’s Michel Bourez for the Triple Crown title race. At only 20 years old, Lau has cemented himself as one of Hawaii’s next great hopes—something that the Honolulu native doesn’t take lightly.
Lau, who was awarded a slot into the Pipe Masters, will be looking to further his lead over Bourez and the rest of the pack when the holding period for final World Tour event of the season opens on December 8. “It feels amazing to represent Hawaii. For me, that’s the biggest thing. I really want to make Hawaii proud and take the Triple Crown title.”
For the first time in the history of this contest, organizers had to extend the event for an extra day due to an unseasonable flat spell for most of the waiting period. Not what you expect on the North Shore of Oahu at this time of year.
In surf of the XXL variety at Nazaré, the big-wave break in Portugal, Maya Gabeira nearly drowned when she wiped out and was consumed by an avalanche of water. The video below shows Carlos Burle attempting to rescue Gabeira on his jet ski on the inside; After a number of failed attempts to get her on the sled, Gabeira was forced to grab on to the tow rope and was engulfed by two more sets. The footage shows Gabeira unconscious and face down in the water before she’s finally rescued by Burle, who took her to shore and administered CPR. From there she was transported to a hospital, where she’s now in stable condition
More: Maya Gabeira Survives
It’s looking like Kelly Slater is out of the running for the ASP World Title this year, unless Mick Fanning gets eliminated before the semi finals in this event. After starting the year with some great events held in epic conditions, the last three events have had very lackluster conditions. Kelly’s comments can be heard in this video clip:
You have to wonder why heats that are so important to the title race between Mick and Kelly were run in such marginal conditions. The forecast is to blame, with increasing swell and poor conditions on offer for the rest of the waiting period. Still, it is tragic to see the title race come down to who gets luckiest in crappy surf… I’d much rather see them being pushed to their limits so that the best performance wins the title.
The final is about to get underway in somewhat messy conditions. The conditions seem to favor Gabriel, who has a very impressive aerial game, but one can never count Mick out of the running. Should be an interesting final.
The ASP World Title Race resumed this morning on the opening day of the Quiksilver Pro France, with the world’s best surfers taking on clean 3-4Ft A-frames at the back-up location of Seignosse Le Penon.
Event No.8 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France showcases professional surfing’s heroes in some of the best beachbreaks on the planet. With only two more events left this year, both World Title contenders and surfers outside the Top22 consider the Quiksilver Pro France with the utmost importance.
Quiksilver surfer Kelly Slater (USA) 41, eleven-time ASP World Champion, had his back against the ropes in his Round 1 encounter with Adam Melling (AUS) and Dane Reynolds (USA) and failed to find excellent scoring opportunities for most of the 30-minute exchange. With only seconds on the clock, Slater found a cleaner, longer left with more verticality and dismantled every section of the wave to earn a near-perfect 9.23 out of a possible 10.
The Hurley Pro, at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, CA is the 7th stop on the ASP World Tour. It is usually one of the most exciting contests of the year, since Trestles is one of the world’s most high-performance waves. This year was no exception, however the pyrotechnics occurred in rather small scale surf. The Pacific Ocean has not been producing much in the way of surf for the west coast recently, so the contest was run in 2-3’ waves. It is still amazing though, to watch what these guys can do even in smaller, weaker waves.
Early exits for both Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater have made the title race very interesting. Coming soon - the European leg of the tour, with events in France and Portugal, beginning on September 26.