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Australian Owen Wright Attains Perfection with Fiji Pro Victory

Australian Owen Wright Attains Perfection with Fiji Pro VictoryTuesday, 16 June 2015
TAVARUA, Fiji (Tuesday, June 16, 2015) – Owen Wright (AUS) has won the Fiji Pro in historic fashion today, claiming his second Perfect 20 of the event in the Final bout against compatriot Julian Wilson (AUS) held in pumping eight-to-ten foot (2.5 – 3 metre) barrels.Stop No. 5 of 11 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), the Fiji Pro, has been treated to an abundance of swell and incredible performances by the world’s best surfers, culminating today with Wright’s unparalleled mastery of Cloudbreak.“I can’t believe it, to finish with a couple of 10’s is a dream come true,” said Wright. “I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes and watching the top guys closely and it’s definitely paid off. Gabriel Medina has been a huge inspiration for me, especially watching him at this event last year and what he’s done.”Wright was the form surfer of the event after a series of incredible performances and huge scores, including a flawless Round 5 heat where he posted his first perfect heat total (only the then-seventh in sport’s history). The Australian made history today by delivering another Perfect 20 in the Final, the sport’s eighth ever perfect heat total, as the first surfer to achieve this incredible feat twice in one event.“I’ve done two trips to Tahiti already this year and I think that’s where some of the barrel riding has come from,” continued Wright. “I have to pay a big tribute to my boards – I’ve never felt better doing turns out there and I love the turns as much as I love the barrels.”Wright’s win at the Fiji Pro is his second CT victory, after a previous win at the Quiksilver Pro New York in 2011. Wright came into to the event ranked sixth in the world and the result sees him jump up to third on the Jeep Leaderboard. A combination of deep barrel rides and carving rail-work helped the goofyfooter reach the Final after defeating Jeremy Flores (FRA) in the Semifinals and Joel Parkinson (AUS) in the Quarters earlier today.“Yesterday was a dream come true and today is even better,” Wright said. “To finish with two 10’s is really special. I was watching the ocean before the Final and I knew it would turn on. I knew I just had to be in that rhythm and the waves came and I took them. I’m stoked to be back up on the podium and wouldn’t be here without all the support back home.”Wright dominated the Final from start to finish, opening early with a 9.60 and quickly putting Wilson in a combination. With less than five minutes remaining Wright delivered an epic ride, opening with a huge turn and big barrel, and was rewarded with a Perfect 10. Another long, critical tube ride moments afterwards earned him another Perfect 10, his fourth of the competition and his second Perfect heat total, to seal his victory.Today was the second Final appearance of 2015 for Julian Wilson (AUS) after meeting Filipe Toledo (BRA) in the season opener on the Gold Coast. The result is his best ever in Fiji after a previous Quarterfinal against Kelly Slater (USA) in 2012 and will see him move from 8th to 5th place on the ratings. Wilson previously dispatched Taj Burrow (AUS) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) today on his way to the Final.“It was a great event and a great result,” said Wilson. “I’m super happy with the result for sure. I couldn’t even hear the scores out there but I knew I was in a tough spot. To get two 20’s in one event is incredible, it was Owen’s turn and I’m so happy for him. He’s got some wind beneath his wings again and congratulations to him. I did everything in my power and I just couldn’t do it, Owen was just so on. I just want to put a good year together and get some consistent results. I’ll just focus on each event and second place is a good result. Hopefully the ocean comes my way next time.”Today’s Semifinal berth for Jeremy Flores (FRA) marks a great result for the new world no. 10, coming off the back of his worst season on the CT in 2014. This is the Frenchman’s best ever showing in Fiji and his first Semifinal appearance since 2012, when he faced Kelly Slater (USA) at Bells Beach. Flores faced eventual winner Owen Wright (AUS) in a thrilling back-and-forth Semifinal battle.“Every time I was paddling out this contest it was pulsing so I’m happy with that,” Flores said. “I’m a bit bummed not to make the Final but you can’t be too disappointed when you get to surf in pumping waves with just one other guy out. It’s really positive for me. I’m feeling really good at the moment and Jeffreys Bay is one of those really good waves and I love it there. I’ve never had a great result there so this year I’m hoping to do something this year.”2015 marks 18 years amongst the world’s best for Taj Burrow (AUS) and his result at the Fiji Pro today is his best of the season and the first Semifinal appearance since Bells Beach last year. An all-Australian match-up against eventual runner-up Wilson saw Burrow leave the competition in third place, equalling his top result at the Fiji Pro, and moves him up three places on the rankings to 6th.“Was unfortunate not to find a rhythm out there today,” Burrow said. “I can’t be unhappy with a Semifinals finish though. We had pumping surf here and I was stoked to get on a bit of a roll before we head into a really fun leg of events.”2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), who posted the first perfect 10 of the competition yesterday in Round 4, went down to Wright in the Quarterfinals. The fifth place finish sees him move up to 15th place on the Jeep Leaderboard and equals his best result in Fiji. Today also marks his top result of 2015 after his worst start to a season in his 15 years on tour.Kai Otton (AUS) caused several upsets at the Fiji Pro this year after eliminating three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) from the competition in Round 5 and reigning WSL Champion and defending event winner Gabriel Medina (BRA) in Round 3. Otton was forced to exit the competition after a heavy wipeout in his match-up against Flores but takes home his first Quarterfinal finish since the Pipe Masters last year.“I got scorpioned harder than I’ve ever been scorpioned before in my life,” said Otton. “My knees went into the reef and I flipped over. Initially I was pretty worried and my legs felt tingly but it subsided by the time I got to the boat. We’ll see what the report says tonight on the injury but I’m feeling pretty good right now so I reckon I’ll be at the next event.”The two Brazilian rookies, Italo Ferreira (BRA) and Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), were both eliminated in the Quarterfinals today at the hands of Wilson and Burrow respectively. The pair have each had a great run of form through the competition with Ferreira eliminating four-time Fiji Pro winner and 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater in Round 5, while Dantas won through each round of competition before facing Burrow today.The next stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the J-Bay Open from July 8 – 19, 2015.Highlights from the Fiji Pro will be available via Pro Final Results:1: Owen Wright (AUS) 20.002: Julian Wilson (AUS) 7.84Fiji Pro Semifinal Results:SF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.50 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 8.66SF 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.93 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.57Fiji Pro Quarterfinal Results:QF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.36 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.00QF 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.37 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 7.40QF 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.60 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.84QF 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.83 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 12.902015 WSL Jeep Leaderboard Top 5 (after Fiji Pro):1. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 28,000 pts2. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 27,450 pts3. Owen Wright (AUS) 26,250 pts4. Mick Fanning (AUS) 24,950 pts5. Julian Wilson (AUS) 23,450 ptsFor regular updates and happenings, become a fan of our Facebook page here.

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POSITION VACANT – COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL MEDIA COORDINATORThursday, 11 June 2015SURFING AUSTRALIA COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL MEDIA COORDINATORREPORTS TO: General Manager – Communications & Digital MediaSALARY: Based on skills and experienceTERM: Full timeCOMMENCING: ASAP JulyPURPOSE: To service the organisation’s communication and digital initiativesLOCATION: Coolangatta, QLDQUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:• Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism preferred, not essentialEXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:• Experience and track record in journalism and communications• Strong digital content and social media experience and education• Candidates must be willing to undertake intrastate and interstate travel• Excellent communication skills• Photographic skills preferred• Ideally have a background within the sports / surfing industry• Surfing interest / passion is desirableKEY POSITION OBJECTIVES:To execute the following:• Social media management including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter• Maintenance and management of Surfing Australia website, event websites and other online properties• EDM management• Press release preparation and media liaison• Photograph Surfing Australia events, launches and other programs• Production of two magazines per year• Production of programs for Surfing Australia events• Production of Annual Report• Production of artwork collateral including logos, posters, invitations and advertisements• Working with the Digital Content team to ensure sponsor AV and social media content requirements fulfilledApplications Open: Friday 12 June 2015Applications Close: Friday 26 June 2015Submit Applications to: info@surfingaustralia.comFor regular updates and happenings, become a fan of our Facebook page here.

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Brett Chenoweth Appointed To Board Of Surfing Australia

Brett Chenoweth Appointed To Board Of Surfing AustraliaWednesday, 10 June 2015
Senior executive and media and digital business specialist Brett Chenoweth has been appointed to the Board of Surfing Australia.Brett is a proven Chief Executive Officer in both public and private companies, specialising in media, with particular expertise in digital businesses and international operations. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of APN News and Media and has held senior executive roles at the Silverfern Group, Telecom New Zealand, Publishing & Broadcasting Limited, ecorp, ninemsn and Village Roadshow Pictures.Brett has also held Board and Chairman positions on a number of private and public companies over the past 15 years in the media, telecommunications, technology and entertainment sectors, in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Asia. He is currently Chairman of Madman Entertainment, Chairman of Yellow Pages Group, Chairman of The Advisory Board of HRL Morrison & Co., Managing Director of HJB Limited and a Principal of the Bombora Group.His expertise in media, technology, content and the evolving digitally driven communications sectors will provide crucial guidance as Surfing Australia continues to develop its digital and broadcasting initiatives.“I am thrilled to have been asked to join the Board of Surfing Australia,” Brett said. “To contribute to the development of the sport of surfing and in particular, to work with Norm, Andrew and the Board to expand the Surf For Life Project, is something that I feel privileged to do.”Surfing Australia chairman Norm Innis welcomed the appointment of Brett to the Board.“On behalf of the Board, I welcome Brett Chenoweth to Surfing Australia,” Norm said. “As we increasingly rely on digital media and marketing as part of our business model, Brett’s background and experience will be an invaluable addition to our Board’s skill set.“In addition, with an ever increasing emphasis on corporate governance now being a prerequisite for sport, Brett’s extensive knowledge of boardroom operations ensures Surfing Australia will continually strive for, and achieve, best practice in this aspect of our operations.”For regular updates and happenings, become a fan of our Facebook page here.

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Sally Fitzgibbons Wins Fiji Women’s Pro

Sally Fitzgibbons Wins Fiji Women’s ProThursday, 4 June 2015
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) wins the fifth stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), the Fiji Women’s Pro, in challenging and sizable surf. Fitzgibbons defeated Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) in the Final after a day of big upsets which saw the world’s best female surfers battle one another in solid eight-to-10-foot (3 – 3.5 metres) waves at Cloudbreak.Today’s victory is Fitzgibbons’ first of the year and the ninth elite CT win of her career. The result sees the Australian move up three places to third on the Jeep Leaderboard, putting her firmly back in the world title race. The 2014 event winner was able to defend her title, claiming back-to-back wins in Fiji despite suffering a perforated eardrum in Round 2.“I’m so exhausted the tears came out,” said Fitzgibbons. “It’s been such a big couple of days and quite a bit of pain. I just thought whatever the ocean is going to deal up to me I’ll be happy with it. At this stage to have a win is so amazing and I’m just so happy. Credit to the medical staff for taping me up and to everyone supporting me back home – I love you guys, we did it. In the face of adversity this is definitely one of the most special wins I’ve ever had.”Fitzgibbons showed commitment, focus and resolve throughout the Final and was the first competitor to post a significant score, a 9.23, to put Buitendag in a combination situation with only 2 points on the board. With twelve minutes remaining the South African broke the combination with a 6.90, now looking for an 8.67. An exciting final exchange saw Buitendag claim a 7.50 while an excellent 9.33 from Fitzgibbons for two big, committed turns, sealed her victory and left Buitendag searching for two huge scores that she was unable to find.Fitzgibbons looked determined and fearless throughout the competition, powering through heavy conditions on her way to the Final. Even with her injury she sailed through her Quarterfinal match-up earlier today, eliminating one of the event standouts Laura Evener (AUS) with a near-perfect 9.73 in the final minutes.Fitzgibbons went on to face Lakey Peterson (USA) in the first Semifinal. After a heavy wipeout the Australian came back to secure an 8.73 and quickly followed up with an 8.10 under Peterson’s priority for a commanding lead. The American had only 3.33 on the board as the clocked ticked down and Fitzgibbons moved through to the Final.“All those years of training and that mental strength really helped today, you just know that you’ve got it in you,” Fitzgibbons continued. “I really like connecting with the ocean out here in Fiji. It’s got so much power and it’s the biggest challenge. It threw me around a couple of times today but I just told myself to relax, you only near one ear so it’s okay!”“Starting the year I was on such a high because I felt like my surfing was there and I got a bit down a couple of times not getting the results that I was working for,” Fitzgibbons said. “Over the years of experience I learned to go with the flow, have patience and enjoy that some heats don’t go your way. You just have to work harder and that’s what all the girls on Tour are doing and they’re really pushing me and teaching me that.”Today is Buitendag’s second Final appearance of 2015, after a match-up with Courtney Conlogue (USA) in Rio, and the third of her CT career. The South African earns 8,000 points for the runner-up result and jumps up three places on the Jeep Leaderboard to 6th.“It’s been an incredible day for women’s surfing and I’m very proud of Sally (Fitzgibbons),” Buitendag said. “She is a true warrior and deserves this win. Of course, I’m a little disappointed to not come out on top, but it was a great event for the WSL. We had excellent waves and all the girls stepped up. It was impressive to see and another Runner-Up finish puts me in a great position for the back half of the year.”Buitendag was in devastating form today, posting three nine-point rides on her way to the Final. The South African got the better of Malia Manuel (HAW) in Round 4 and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in the Quarterfinals, where she began her heat by breaking her favourite board but quickly recovered, posting a 9.70 on her back-up. An 8.33 left Van Dijk in a combination situation and saw the South African through to the Semifinals where she faced good friend Johanne Defay (FRA). Defay has delivered incredible performances throughout the competition however, it was the South African that dominated the heat with two consecutive nine-point rides for an 18.40 heat total. Despite posting an 8.70 and an 8.27 Defay she wasn’t able to find the near-perfect score needed and takes home a third-place finish.Defay looked electrifying, eliminating world no. 5 Tyler Wright (AUS) in Round 4 with two excellent scores, a 9.27 and a 9.33, and the highest heat total of the entire competition, an 18.60. The 2014 rookie of the year also took down American powerhouse Courtney Conlogue (USA) in the Quarterfinals. Today marks the third CT Semifinal berth for Defay and her best result this year.“Bianca (Buitendag) did so good and picked the right waves,” said Defay. “I think she’s going to win and I really hope so. It was a great heat with Bianca, one of my best friends, with perfect waves and great scores. I’m going to go back home now to train. Huntington will be very different but I’m looking forward to it.”Peterson, who went down to eventual winner Fitzgibbons, goes home in equal third place. Today was her first Semifinal appearance since the Rio Pro last year and her best result of 2015. Peterson previously delivered two big upsets, first by defeating event standout Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) in Quarterfinal 2. The rookie looked dominant through the opening four rounds of competition, posting two nine-point rides before succumbing to Peterson.The American also took down two-time World Champion and current no. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard Carissa Moore (HAW) in Round 4. The 9th place finish is Moore’s worst result since the Swatch Women’s Pro last year, where she was also defeated by Peterson in Round 4.“It was so good to get into the Semifinals and get my best result of the year, especially here,” said Peterson. “This isn’t a wave that I’m too comfortable in so it’s a big personal goal of mine. I wish I could have gone further but I’m really happy with it. The next event, Huntington, is one I’ve won so it will be really good to be there and be back in California. I’m excited going into the back half of the year and some strong waves for me.”Fiji Women’s Pro Final Results:1 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.562 – Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.40Fiji Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:SF 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.83 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 3.33SF 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 18.40 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 16.97Fiji Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:QF 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.06 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 11.34QF 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.57 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.73QF 3: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.00 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 4.26QF 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 18.03 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.57Fiji Women’s Pro Round 4 Results:Heat 1: Laura Enever (AUS) 13.67 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 9.00Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.67 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.60Heat 3: Johanne Defay (FRA) 18.60 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 10.76Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.70 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.36For regular updates and happenings, become a fan of our Facebook page here.

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POSITION VACANT – SPONSORSHIP COORDINATORThursday, 4 June 2015POSITION: SPONSORSHIP COORDINATORREPORTS TO: General Manager – Sponsorship and EventsSALARY: Based on skills and experienceTERM: Full timeCOMMENCING: Early July 2015PURPOSE: To service the organisation’s commercial partnersLOCATION: Coolangatta, QLDQUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing / Business preferred, not essential
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:Experience and track record in commercial partnerships and sponsor servicing / reporting
Strong digital content and social media experience
Candidates must be willing to undertake intrastate and interstate travel
Strong knowledge of SA’s customer demographics
Excellent communication skills
Ideally have a background within the sports / surfing industry
Surfing interest / passion is desirable
KEY POSITION OBJECTIVES:To execute the following:Working with the General Manager – Sponsorship and Events to service more than 25 corporate partners across more than 5 key event series and programs per annum
Maintaining and further developing partner servicing and reporting practices
Ensuring partner KPI’s are met and exceeded
Reporting for Surfing Australia’s corporate and event program partners
Preparation of Surfing Australia partnership proposals
Assisting with the management of event program launches
Assisting with the management of Surfing Australia partnership agreements
Assisting with the development and planning of the sponsorship Content Calendar
Assisting with the development and execution of social media competitions and general promotion
Working with the Digital Content team to ensure AV and social media content requirements for corporate and event partners are fulfilled
Applications Open: Thursday 4 June 2015Applications Close: Friday 12 June 2015Submit Applications to: kristin@surfingaustralia.comFor regular updates and happenings, become a fan of our Facebook page here.

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