Competition heats up at Snapper Rocks, as the world’s best surfers battle for a spot in Round 4 of the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia. With the famous right-hander peeling down the line in the three-to-five foot range, John John Florence unleashed his technical experience to defeat Mikey Wright in Round 3. “Mikey Wright is such a gnarly competitor especially. That wave I got was smaller, which is why Mikey didn’t take it knowing there was time left. It had a nice long wall, so I got to surf the whole way through and had a few barrels,” explained the 2016 world champion.
Tight battles in the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
It’s still hard to believe that Andy Irons is not surfing the same waves we do. But while there are memories, he will continue to live in our mind and hearts. Recently, brother Bruce Irons, wife Lyndie Irons, and longtime friend Joel Parkinson visited Andy’s garage, which has been virtually untouched since his passing in 2010. The first thing you see when the garage doors open is surfboards. Dozens of white surfboards with the Billabong logo, fins installed, and ready to go.
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The surf garage of Andy Irons
Can you imagine Kelly Slater surfing in 1986? Herbie Fletcher says it was “raw talent at a young age.” Kelly Slater is the most successful professional surfer in the history of the sport. He won his first ASP World Tour title in 1992, and his last in 2011. The Floridian started pulling airs in a time when VHS tapes were a hit, and the expression “surfing the internet” made no sense at all. There were no social networks – only television, newspapers, and magazines showcased the sport of wave riding.
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A voyage in time with Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson are out of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015. The quarterfinalists have been decided. In the clash of the event, with less than five minutes remaining, the 2014 ASP World Tour champion rode a smaller inside wave without priority, rapped three turns to land a 7.17 and the win over Slater. “That was pretty close. It was a tough heat against Kelly, I knew it was going to be hard. I’m stoked to be in the quarters; it’s a tough event, and I’m looking for a solid result here,” said Gabriel Medina, who won six out of 11 heats against the Floridian.
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Tense finals set at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015
ALYSSA LOCK AND JEAMES YOUNG TAKE OUT UNDER-18 TITLES AT THE SUBWAY SUMMER SURF SERIES IN YAMBASaturday, 21 March 2015
TURNERS BEACH, YAMBA (Saturday, 21 March 2015): The final Subway Summer Surf Series event for 2014/2015 crowned the champions of the Under-18 divisions today, after the premier age group tore apart difficult two-to-three foot peaks at Turners Beach.Local surfer Jeames Young (Yamba, NSW) ensured the Under-18 Boys trophy remained in the Clarence Valley region taking a win in the coveted division. The local goofy-footer used his local nous to catch the best possible waves on both ends of the tide. Young, surfed four times over the course of the day and managed to win all of his respective heats, bagging a heat total of 10.74 (out of a possible 20 points) in the final. Young will now venture to New Zealand to compete in the Taranaki Pro Juniors.“I actually just got a brand new board and it went so well in the conditions,” said Young. “I’m stoked to come away with a win and keep the title in Yamba. A lot of the boys were down here cheering, so that makes the win all that more special.”Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW) had an undefeated run through the Under-18 Girls to take out the highly competitive division. The North Coast goofy-footer managed to unload a barrage of fast and technically sound forehand turns in difficult sections to post a heat total of 12.94 and take the win. Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, Qld) put up a valiant fight, but failed to find the required 6.62 wave score to take Lock’s lead.“I feel pretty good to get a win in the difficult waves,” said Lock. “The waves changed dramatically over the day from being pretty fun this morning to super small and tricky, so you had to adapt a fair bit. I knew I just had to do as many turns as possible on the waves I caught.”Local surfer Chris Zaffis (Angourie, NSW) suffered the upset of the event, getting eliminated in the opening round. After claiming victory at the Subway® Summer Surf Series at Cronulla less than a fortnight ago, Zaffis went into the event as the top seed in Under-18 Boys, but unfortunately failed to muster up the required score to move into the next round.Dylan Moffat (Narrabeen, NSW) took out the Subway® Summer Surf Series Expression Session for a variety of innovative manoeuvres.The main base for event 13 of the Subway® Summer Surf Series is Yamba Main Beach, Pippies and Turners.Day two is expected to commence tomorrow, beginning with the first round of the Under-16 Boys. All remaining divisions will crown champions tomorrow.All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.Participants will compete to win the chance to attend a three-day Subway® Surf Camp at the renowned Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina. The camp, conducted by Australia’s leading surf coaches, will provide participants with the guidance and training they need to make the transition from surfer to professional athlete.Organised by Surfing Australia and proudly supported by Billabong, the Subway® Summer Surf Series will be held around Australia this summer with New South Wales hosting five of the 13 events. Each event is expected to attract as many as 100 surfers.The new series was created to fill a competition void, which exists at a crucial point in the development of Australia’s leading junior surfers. It represents an important link in the ‘pathway to the podium’ developed by Surfing Australia, with surfers now able to progress from the VEGEMITE SurfGroms program, onto the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps, into the Subway® Summer Surf Series, followed by the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle.The aim of the Subway® Summer Surf Series is to help young Australians continue to develop their passion for surfing, whether it be professionally or recreationally and carry on to enjoy a lifetime of surfing.Ambassadors for the Subway® Summer Surf Series are ASP World Tour competitor and 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson and leading ASP World Tour female competitor Laura Enever.RESULTS:Under-18 Boys1 – Jeames Young (Yamba, NSW)2 – Kian Shahar (Suffolk Park, NSW)3 – Jake Snellgrove (Lennox Head, NSW)4 – Tez Harrison (Suffolk Park, NSW)Under-18 Girls1 – Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW)2 – Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, Qld)3 – Samahra Bye (Coffs Harbour, NSW)4 – Sophia Fulton (Morriset, NSW)SUBWAY® SUMMER SURF SERIES EVENT CALENDAR – 2014/15:EVENT 1 – Dee Why, NSW – September 13-14, 2014EVENT 2 – Newcastle Beach, NSW – September 27 – 28, 2014EVENT 3 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – October 25 – 26, 2014EVENT 4 – Torquay, VIC – November 1 – 2, 2014EVENT 5 – Kiama, NSW – November 22-23, 2014EVENT 6 – Clifton, TAS – December 13, 2014EVENT 7 – Gold Coast, QLD – January 3 – 4, 2015EVENT 8 – Phillip Island, VIC – January 17 -18, 2015EVENT 9 – Margaret River, WA – January 31 – February 1, 2015EVENT 10 – Victor Harbor, SA – February 14 – 15, 2015EVENT 11 – Cronulla, NSW – March 7 – 8, 2015EVENT 12 – Trigg, WA – March 14 -15, 2015EVENT 13 – Yamba, NSW – March 21 – 22, 2015For regular updates and happenings, become a fan of our Facebook page here.