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FLORIDA PRO PRESENTED BY FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE LAGER BRINGS MAJOR QS BACK TO SEBASTIAN INLET

FLORIDA PRO PRESENTED BY FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE LAGER BRINGS MAJOR QS BACK TO SEBASTIAN INLET

22/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24920938

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FLORIDA PRO PRESENTED BY FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE LAGER
BRINGS MAJOR QS BACK TO SEBASTIAN INLET

- WOMEN'S QS6,000 AND MEN'S QS1,500 ON SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 18 THROUGH 24
- EVENT KICKS OFF 2018 NORTH AMERICA REGIONAL QS SEASON

- FIRST TIME QS RETURNS TO SEBASTIAN INLET SINCE 2009
- MORE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: The Florida Pro presented by Florida Sunshine State Lager features a major women's QS6,000 and men's QS1,500 event at Sebastian Inlet for the first time since 2009.
Credit: © WSL / Space Coast Tourism


HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Tuesday, November 21, 2017) – The 2018 World Surf League (WSL) schedule for all tours has been released and the North America Regional Qualifying Series (QS) Tour will begin at Sebastian Inlet, Florida. The inaugural Florida Pro presented by Florida Sunshine State Lager Men’s QS1,500 and Women’s QS6,000 will run January 18 through 24 and get the women’s qualification race started early. This also marks the return of a men’s QS to Sebastian Inlet for the first time since 2009 and North America General Manager Meg Bernardo continues to see the regional schedule grow in the right direction.
 
“We couldn’t be more excited with the addition of another major women’s event alongside building the men’s schedule for our up-and-coming surfers,” Bernardo said. “2017 was a great year for us and this coming year is looking to be even more promising with these two events to start the season off. Our office knows how dedicated Mitch Varnes and his team are to keeping events in Florida with the success of their Cocoa Beach event staying on schedule as well. We’re really looking forward to seeing what’s in store for January.”
 
Overall event director Mitch Varnes was adamant about getting a big event back in Florida since he’s brought the Junior Tour to Cocoa Beach six years running. Now, with a lot of support from local tourism, Varnes and his team are able to bring a QS back to Sebastian Inlet for the first time in nearly a decade. But, the Florida Pro crew have something a little extra special in mind for their inaugural event.
 
“We’re super excited to get a high level of surfing back in Florida and the Space Coast Tourism Board was always interested in a women’s event so it’s great to see them fully behind this,” Varnes said. “They were able to raise most of the funds and secure Florida Brewing Company as a big sponsor to help with the rest. Our goal was to attract some of the world’s best with a QS6,000 event and it’ll be great have a homecoming for Caroline Marks as she qualified for the 2018 CT. We’ll also be giving the winner a to be determined bonus to make this the richest prize purse for the women, and also have a Champions and Icons event that CJ Hobgood is the ambassador of which boasts a $15,000 dollar prize just after the event concludes.”
 
“Florida’s Space Coast has been known as the East Coast capital of surfing since the 1960s,” Space Coast Tourism Marketing Director Tiffany Minton said. “Legends such as Kelly Slater and CJ Hobgood grew up here and we are stoked to bring the Florida Pro to Sebastian Inlet this January. We're also pleased to have Florida icon Matt Kechele as the event director on the competitive side of things for both men's and women's .contests"
 
All the work being done by Mitch Varnes, his team, and the Space Coast Tourism Board are all for surfers such as 15-year-old, 2018 Championship Tour (CT) rookie, Caroline Marks (USA). Marks grew up surfing up and down the East Coast for amateur events and Junior Tour events in Cocoa Beach, but now has the chance to claim a vital 6,000 points toward backing her re-qualification campaign right away.
 
“It's going to be a lot fun to see some of the top-level girls coming in town for a big event just down the road from where I grew up,” Marks said. “The talent level is just getting higher and higher, and I’m really excited to see what happens next with the sport in coming years. To have opportunities like these is huge for our sport to have that next step happen and I’m really looking forward to getting my year started at Sebastian Inlet. It’ll be great to have all my family there and get to spend more time with them at the start of the year so it’s great all around.”
 
Fellow born-and-raised Floridian Evan Geiselman (USA) is the reigning Ron Jon Vans Pro winner and can secure another Florida title under his belt in 2018. The New Smyrna Beach, Florida, native didn't have the amount of opportunities along the East Coast that are now provided for today's surfers -- including the four events currently on schedule for 2018 from Florida up to Virginia Beach.
 
“The Sebastian Inlet Pro was the event I most looked forward to as a kid so it’s incredible to see it back on the schedule," Geiselman said. "To have events continue to grow in Florida is great for the kids coming up as well, being part of the North America region. To win that Regional Title is huge. It was tough growing up and having to travel around the world for these lower events to get a seed at all, but now you can get right into the major events by winning that title and have plenty of events to do so. This is only a step in the right direction and we as surfers just want to see more events continue grow.”

A full 2018 WSL schedule can be accessed HERE.
 
The Florida Pro presented by Florida State Sunshine Lager will run January 18 through 24 at Sebastian Inlet, Florida.

For more information go to www.worldsurfleague.com or download the WSL App to receive updates on your mobile device.
FILIPE TOLEDO FIRST BRAZILIAN WINNER AT HAWAIIAN PRO,TAKES LEAD ON VANS TRIPLE CROWN TITLE

FILIPE TOLEDO FIRST BRAZILIAN WINNER AT HAWAIIAN PRO,TAKES LEAD ON VANS TRIPLE CROWN TITLE

22/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24920856

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FILIPE TOLEDO FIRST BRAZILIAN WINNER AT HAWAIIAN PRO,TAKES LEAD ON
VANS TRIPLE CROWN TITLE

- RUNNER-UP GRIFFIN COLAPINTO QUALIFIES FOR 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR
- VANS WORLD CUP BEGINS SATURDAY AT SUNSET BEACH

Caption: 2017 Hawaiian Pro finalists: Filipe Toledo (1st), Griffin Colapinto (2nd), Wiggolly Dantas (3rd) and Michel Bourez (4th). Image: WSL / Freesurf / Keoki

 
Event:      Hawaiian Pro                                               
Window:   November 12 - 24, 2017 
Rating:   Men's QS10,000
Conditions:   4-6+ft. N swell, gusty onshore winds 

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HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii – (Monday, November 20, 2017) -- Filipe Toledo (BRA)earned a huge victory in Hawaii today and became the first Brazilian to win the Hawaiian Pro, a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 and the first event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu’s North Shore. Runner up Griffin Colapinto (USA)also had a momentous day and qualified for his inaugural year on the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) after he jumped to the No. 2 spot on the International QS rankings.

The Final ramped up to an unbelievable display of high-performance surfing from Toledo, Colapinto, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and 2x Hawaiian Pro winner Michel Bourez (PYF)who earned third and fourth place respectively.


Toledo is chaired up the beach to the awards stage after the Final. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

Bourez opened the Final by pulling into a closeout barrel for a 4.67 to set the scale and elevate the energy on the beach, but Colapinto quickly followed up with his first and best wave of the heat, an 8.17 for a strong carve and powerful finish. Dantas’ backhand looked lethal and the Brazilian had strong waves throughout the 35-minute heat, but Toledo was unstoppable after he landed a lofty 540 rotation on a buckled board.

“It was kind of an average wave and Wiggolly (Dantas) looked at it, he had priority and he didn't like it because it was kind of a close out wave,” commented Toledo. “Once I hit the lip and I felt my board was broken, I heard like a really crazy noise and I was like, ‘No!’ and did the whole rotation and landed on the foam. I was just super scared my board would be separated but thank God the board was pretty solid still and I could land that air.”


Air game on point, despite Filipe Toledo's broken board. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

Incredibly in-tune with his equipment and displaying impeccable wave knowledge, Toledo earned an 8.87 on the air and ultimately the win; no surfer could pull past his combined heat score of 16.54, one of the highest of the day and entire event.

“It feels amazing, it feels really amazing,” continued Toledo. “I got runner up in 2015 and I felt that little taste of the victory. I already qualified for the World Tour so I've been super relaxed. I stuck to my game with my strategy and I did what I needed to do and thank God for these wave and these airs, it was really fun.”

Colapinto had an all-out approach throughout the event and lost to Toledo by less than a point. The progressive athlete from San Clemente was the first to drop an excellent score in the Final, an 8.17, but couldn’t land his air 360 in the dying seconds of the heat for a back-up score to pull ahead.


Colapinto takes the highest score of the event, a 9.77 ahead of Cam Richard's 9.33 on Day 2. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Keoki

Aside from placing second and qualifying for the CT, the 19-year-old also made a huge impression after nailing the highest single wave score of the day, a 9.77, in the first Quarterfinal for a blow tail reverse on the end section, which absolutely wowed the beach crowd.

“This will give me a lot of confidence, especially since I'm going to be on tour next year, beating guys like that on tour,” said Colapinto of his fellow finalists.

“I'm lost for words almost, I don't know, I've gone through so much hard work, so much hard work with my parents,” he said after realizing his ultimate goal of CT qualification. “My parents have invested so much time in me and I have to thank them a lot because we committed when I was 15. I also set goals. I think when I was 16 I said, ‘Alright I want to be in the 6,000's by the time I'm 16, and by the time I'm 17 I want to be in the 10,000's, and by the time I’m 19 I want to qualify.’ So, I've nailed my goals on the spot, I'm so proud of that.”

Although Toledo takes an early lead on the Vans Triple Crown title, he will be sitting the Vans World Cup out, which leaves the door open for Colapinto, Dantas and Bourez to earn their first title on hallowed grounds.

Another CT qualification story unfolded today as Tomas Hermes (BRA) earned a place among the new progressive roster of names after a Quarterfinal finish.


Hermes adds to next year's talented wave of progressive surfers on the WSL CT. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

“It's not a dream, I think I live the dream every day,” said Hermes. “It's not a dream to qualify, it's like a job. I just want to say a lot of thanks to so many people, my family, Vans. I believe in me, my creator, my wife, she is with me a lot. She doesn’t care about anything, wakes up early with me, is my wife, best friend, coach. Especially because of her I am here.” 

Current World Champion and 2016 Hawaiian Pro winner John John Florence (HAW)suffered a disappointing departure after he was pushed out of the competition in the second Quarterfinal. Good friend and fellow North Shore standout Kiron Jabour (HAW)went against Florence after advancing through three days of competition from Round 1, but also fell short to eventual finalist Dantas and Kolohe Andino (USA).

Florence will maintain focus heading into the Vans World Cup and still eyes a fourth Vans Triple Crown title.


Florence heads out for Round 4 and keeps his head in the game. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

“I'm always super motivated by the Triple Crown for sure,” said Florence. “I think this year my heads a little more at Pipe, focusing for Pipe and getting ready for that. These two events are really fun warm up events to kind of get back into that heat structure. Been a little while since Europe.”

The WSL QS and Vans Triple Crown of Surfing now heads to the heavy water spot of Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup, which has a holding period of November 25 – December 6. With energy headed to Hawaii, the forecast looks good for a solid start to Event No. 2 of the 35th Annual Vans Triple Crown.

“There is a series of N-NW swells lining up for the event holding period and good surf looks promising for the Vans World Cup,” said WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Tour Manager and Vans Triple Crown Event Director. For more information, please visit www.worldsurfleague.com or download the WSL app to receive updates on your mobile device and watch LIVE action. Fans can also tune into Spectrum SURF Channel, which will televise the 2017 Vans Triple Crown events LIVE and in replay on digital channels 250 SD and 1250 HD, across the state of Hawaii. 
 
RESULTS
Surfers shown in order of 1st through 4th, all athletes from Hawaii unless otherwise noted


1st – Filipe Toledo (BRA), 16.54
2nd – Griffin Colapinto (USA), 15.94
3rd – Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), 13.03
4th – Michel Bourez (PYF), 8.77


Semifinals (1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 5th place, 4th = 7th place)
SF1: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Adriano de Souza (BRA)
SF2: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Quarterfinals (1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 9th place, 4th = 13th place)
QF1: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Connor O’Leary (AUS)
QF2: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Kiron Jabour, John John Florence
QF3: Michel Bourez (PYF), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Italo Ferreira (BRA)
QF4: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Joshua Moniz, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)

Round of 32 (1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 17th place, 4th = 25th place)
H1: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Ian Gouveia (BRA), Caio Ibelli (BRA)
H2: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Kiron Jabour, Brett Simpson, Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
H3: John John Florence, Miguel Pupo (BRA), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Frederico Morais (PRT)
H4: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Mitch Coleborn (AUS), Yago Dora (BRA)
H5: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Jadson Andre (BRA), Sebastian Zietz
H6: Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Joshua Moniz, Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Willian Cardoso (BRA)
H7: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Stu Kennedy (AUS)
H8: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Wade Carmichael (AUS)

 
About Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.


Aloha!

Lauren Rolland
WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui
Media and Communications Manager
Why every CEO should surf

Why every CEO should surf

22/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24914354

It might sound bizarre, but surfers and businessmen share many values. And, in some situations, they even speak the same language.

Surfing is all about making decisions - the surf break that is pumping the best waves, going left or right on a perfect-peeling A-frame wave, and knowing when and which maneuver to perform in the critical part of a wave.

In surfing, rides can be short, but they allow you to meditate on your past, present, and future decisions. And when you're not on top of the wave, you can always close your eyes and mind surf.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/14031-why-every-ceo-should-surf
The cartoon history of surfing

The cartoon history of surfing

21/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24910532

The history of surfing is a complicated of facts and assumptions. TED released a five-minute cartoon video with a simplified description of the sport of kings.

Scott Laderman, author of "Empire in Waves," and director Silvia Prietov teamed up to create a short animated cartoon that reveals some of the things we know about surfing.

The sport of riding waves originated in the Polynesian islands of the Pacific Ocean, but also in West Africa and Peru, with the so-called "caballitos de totora."



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/14029-the-cartoon-history-of-surfing
Filipe Toledo wins the 2017 Hawaiian Pro

Filipe Toledo wins the 2017 Hawaiian Pro

21/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24910109

Filipe Toledo has taken out the 2017 Hawaiian Pro, in Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park, on the North Shore of Oahu.

The Brazilian surfer bested a field of tough competitors in the finals and walked away victorious. Toledo beat Griffin Colapinto, Wiggolly Dantas, and Michel Bourez, and secured his first-ever win on the North Shore.

The decisive heat got underway in wind-affected four-to-six-foot waves. The Championship Tour (CT) campaigner caught seven waves and was able to impose his experience in the shifty lineup.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/14028-filipe-toledo-wins-the-2017-hawaiian-pro
 WORLD SURF LEAGUE (WSL) RELEASES 2018 SCHEDULE

WORLD SURF LEAGUE (WSL) RELEASES 2018 SCHEDULE

21/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24903106

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WORLD SURF LEAGUE (WSL) RELEASES 2018 SCHEDULE
- INDONESIA REPLACES FIJI FOR WORLD’S BEST SURFERS
- WOMEN JOIN MEN AT JEFFREYS BAY, SOUTH AFRICA
- FULL SCHEDULE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT​ WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

 

 

 

Caption: The iconic Jeffreys Bay will play host to the world's best female surfers in 2018.
Credit: © WSL / Cestari

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LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Monday, November 20, 2017) - The World Surf League (WSL) has released the 2018 schedule of events covering the men's and women's Championship Tours (CT), Qualifying Series (QS), Pro Junior and Longboard tours as well as the WSL Big Wave Tour (BWT).
 
Key changes to the 2018 Championship Tour calendars include last week’s announcement of the CT event at Surf Ranch, Indonesia replacing Fiji, the world’s best women surfers joining the men at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, as well as the removal of Cascais, Portugal and Trestles, USA for 2018 (both markets planned to return to the schedule in the future).
 
“We’re excited about the release of the 2018 calendar, which includes some important changes designed to ensure we continue to champion the best surfing across the world and with a view to delivering long-term investment for the sport,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “Indonesia is universally-regarded as home to world-class waves and is a location where the League is exploring long-term opportunities for the sport. While Fiji has been a multi-year pillar of the Dream Tour and we may return in future, appropriate support from the government of Fiji is needed to bring the world’s best back to Cloudbreak and Restaurants. Keramas is a fantastic venue and we are stoked to go there in 2018.”
 
“Additionally, we can’t wait to see what the world’s best women surfers will bring to the canvases of Jeffreys Bay in South Africa next season, accompanying the men to the iconic South African wave. Trestles and Cascais are not on the tour in 2018, which were difficult decisions for the League due to the heritage and the welcoming communities of both – however we’ll look for opportunities to incorporate those markets into the WSL calendar at some level in seasons to come.”
 
“The 2018 calendar has some of the most significant changes we have implemented in many years,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “While we sadly depart from some locations and say thank you to the communities who have supported us, we are also excited with the return to Indonesia and to hold the first ever CT event in a wave system at Surf Ranch. As the sport evolves we will continue to explore opportunities to enhance the schedule, collaborating with our stakeholders - Surfers as well as Partners.”
 
“As we move into a new era of professional surfing, it’s reassuring to have the support of WSL and commitment to putting the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves,” Adrian Buchan, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “Whilst we are disappointed at losing Fiji and Trestles for 2018, we are really excited to be returning to Keramas, Indonesia and for the inaugural Surf Ranch event. I have no doubt that the 2018 season will be injected with some fresh excitement from these new venues.”

“2018 is looking like the most exciting calendar year for women’s surfing yet,” Sage Erickson, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “Mixing up the venues and adding in new ones for us like Keramas and Jeffreys Bay is going to really showcase a new level of surfing from the women.”
 
2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men's Championship Tour:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia - March 11 - 22, 2018
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia - March 28 - April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia - April 11 - 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil - May 10 - 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia - May 27 - June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa - July 2 - 13, 2018
Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o, Tahiti - August 10 - 21, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 - 9, 2018
Quiksilver Pro France, France - October 3 - 14, 2018
Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Portugal - October 16 - 27, 2018
Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii/USA - December 8 - 20, 2018
 
The 2017 WSL Men's Championship Tour will finish with the Billabong Pipe Masters in memory of Andy Irons in Hawaii, USA from December 8 - 20, 2017.
 
2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women's Championship Tour:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Australia - March 11 - 22, 2018
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, Australia - March 28 - April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia - April 11 - 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil - May 10 - 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia - May 27 - June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa - July 10 - 17, 2018
Vans US Open of Surfing, USA - July 30 - August 5, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 - 9, 2018
Roxy Pro France, France - October 3 - 14, 2018
Hawaii Women’s Pro, Hawaii/USA - November 25 - December 6, 2018
 
The 2017 WSL Women's Championship Tour is culminating next week at Honolua Bay, Hawaii with the Maui Women's Pro.
 
2018/2019 Big Wave Tour:
Puerto Escondido Challenge, Oaxaca/Mexico
Pe’ahi Challenge, Maui/Hawaii
Mavericks Challenge, California/USA
Nazaré Challenge, Costa de Prata/Portugal
 
A full 2018 WSL schedule can be accessed HERE.
 

HALEIWA LEVELS PLAYING FIELD AT HAWAIIAN PRO, CT QUALIFICATION FOR WILLIAN CARDOSO

HALEIWA LEVELS PLAYING FIELD AT HAWAIIAN PRO, CT QUALIFICATION FOR WILLIAN CARDOSO

21/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24903087

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HALEIWA LEVELS PLAYING FIELD AT HAWAIIAN PRO, CT QUALIFICATION FOR WILLIAN CARDOSO
- TAHITIAN MICHEL BOUREZ SCORES EXCELLENT 9.10 RIDE
- WORLD TITLE CONTENDERS JOHN FLORENCE AND JORDY SMITH ADVANCE 

Caption: 2x Hawaiian Pro winner Michel Bourez (PYF) displayed classic power turns for a 9.10 during Day 3 of the Hawaiian Pro. Image: WSL / Freesurf / Heff

 
Event:      Hawaiian Pro                                               
Window:   November 12 - 24, 2017 
Rating:   Men's QS10,000
Conditions:   4-6ft. N swell, gusty onshore winds 

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HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii – (Sunday, November 19, 2017) -- The Hawaiian Pro roared back to action in heavy, overhead surf for competitors in Round Three today at Haleiwa Ali‘i Beach Park, which featured top seeds and World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) title contenders John John Florence (HAW) and Jordy Smith (ZAF). The biggest triumph of the day came in the form of 2018 CT qualification for Brazil’s Willian Cardoso, who advanced in first from Round Three Heat 11 to finally make the tour after 12 years competing on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS).

“It's not been easy, I've been in this moment before, been here, needed a result and it never came,” said Cardoso during an emotional post-heat interview. “After all these years working hard, everyone helped me. After 12 years on the (QS) tour this happened right now, after I lost my sponsor, but I have really good people behind me. My family, they helped me a lot to help my dreams come true. Super stoked to qualify next year.”


Cardosa launched his career today and will compete alongside the best on the 2018 WSL Championship Tour. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

Florence garnered a large crowd ahead of his heat with Mitch Coleborn (AUS)Bino Lopes (BRA) and Benji Brand (HAW) and drew out big, arcing turns for a combined heat score of 14.14. His best wave, an excellent 8.17, still wasn’t enough to overtake Coleborn’s power surfing and the Australian ended up with the heat win over the current World Champion. Coleborn earned the highest combined heat score of the day, 16.34, and tied with Filipe Toledo (BRA) for the second-best wave of Round 3, an 8.37.

As the event defending winner, Florence is using the Hawaiian Pro to get into the North Shore winter groove and looks forward to an exciting Vans Triple Crown of Surfingseason.

“It’s kind of like a nice warm up in a way, surfing Haleiwa and then Sunset, they’re real powerful waves,” commented Florence. “I’m getting used to surfing heats back at home again because it is different than anywhere else in the world. I’m excited, I think Pipe is going to be insane and it’s just a fun year. 


World Title contender Florence looked laid-back and stylish during Round 3. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Keoki

“This year with everything coming down to Pipe for the world title, it’s pretty interesting, puts that added pressure, but it’s fine, I’m stoked,” Florence continued. “I still have yet to try to win Pipe so I really want to do that. We’ll see what happens at the end of the year and stoked to surf Haleiwa, Sunset and Pipe with nobody out.” 

Hawaii athletes Kiron Jabour (North Shore), 2012 Hawaiian Pro winner Sebastian Zietz (Kauai) and Josh Moniz (Honolulu) will join Florence in Round Four as the four remaining locals in the Hawaiian Pro. Jabour was the only local surfer still left in the event that advanced from the beginning round of competition.

Current World No. 3 and title contender Jordy Smith (ZAF) showcased the versatility of Haleiwa with a combination of maneuvers in Heat 9 that included a barrel ride, turn and air.


Smith rebounded from the barrel with a solid carve and air reverse to complete the wave and earn a 7.60. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Keoki

“Paddling into that wave, I think (Adam) Melling had priority, but he passed it up,” said Smith. “It was a really slow start, but I saw it doubling up. You never know, you have to keep your options open and never count anything out over here. The waves break along shallow little reef so you never know what might pop up, luckily in my case it was a little barrel.”

Judges scored the wave a 7.60 and Smith was able to back this up with a 5.60 he scored earlier in the heat. Advancing alongside the South African was Honolulu’s Moniz who, despite his young age of 21, has competed in the Vans Triple Crown five times. This is also the second time he has drawn Smith in a heat this year.

“I was pretty nervous since it was my second time this year being matched up with Jordy,” commented Moniz. “But it kind of made it easy for me, I knew I had to stick to my own game plan and not think what he was doing. At some point it was actually a bit easy for me, my strategy was pretty simple, I had to go for it and not worry about what the other guys were doing. 


Moniz posted an 11.90 to advance behind CT veteran Jordy Smith (ZAF) in Heat 9. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Keoki

“My main goal is I want to make heats and put on a good performance,” he continued. “I always make it through a couple heats, but I haven't put together two good events. I'm not focused on qualifying, I just want to put together two good events and that's my goal.”

The powerful CT surfer from Tahiti, Michel Bourez (PYF) earned the best wave of the day and third highest of the event, a 9.10 for two very controlled, critical turns on a set wave. After dropping this near-perfect ride, Bourez comboed the field but Australia’s Josh Kerr was able to tally two mid-range scores to advance in second.

One of only five surfers to have won all three Vans Triple Crown events, Bourez looked confident and comfortable in the chunky surf thanks to his years of experience in similar waves back home in Tahiti, and time well-spent in Hawaii.


Bourez unloads a backhand attack and advanced in first with a heat total of 15.77. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

“I'm super honored by it, it took me ten years to get to that level,” said Bourez. “I know this place is super special because Ali'i Beach is where I won a long time ago, then I won Sunset and last year at Pipe, so Hawaii is big for me.”

Bourez has won the Hawaiian Pro twice now (2013 and 2008) and has become a household name on the North Shore after demonstrating his talent amongst Hawaii’s best power surfers.
 

RESULTS
Surfers shown in order of 1st through 4th, all athletes from Hawaii unless otherwise noted


Round of 64 (1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 33rd place, 4th = 49th place)
H2: Caio Ibelli (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA), Ezekiel Lau, Nat Young (USA)
H3: Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Ian Gouveia (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA), Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
H4: Kiron Jabour, Kolohe Andino (USA), Rafael Teixeira (BRA), Keanu Asing
H5: Frederico Morais (PRT), Yago Dora (BRA), Dion Atkinson (AUS), Dusty Payne
H6: Victor Bernardo (BRA), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Davey Cathels (AUS)
H7: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Ricardo Christie (NZL), Jorgann Couzinet (FRA)
H8: Mitch Coleborn (AUS), John John Florence, Bino Lopes (BRA), Benji Brand
H9: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Joshua Moniz, Adam Melling (AUS), Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI)
H10: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), David Van Zyl (ZAF), Conner Coffin (USA)
H11: Willian Cardoso (BRA), Sebastian Zietz, Cam Richards (USA), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)
H12: Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS), Deivid Silva (BRA)
H13: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Lucas Silveira (BRA), Imaikalani deVault
H14: Michel Bourez (PYF), Josh Kerr (AUS), Carlos Munoz (CRI), Michael Dunphy (USA)
H15: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Luel Felipe (BRA)
H16: Wade Carmichael (AUS), Stu Kennedy (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Thiago Camarao (BRA)


The Hawaiian Pro event window will run from November 12 - 24, followed by event No. 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans World Cup of Surfing, from November 25 - December 6 and  event No. 3, the Billabong Pipe Masters, from December 8 - 20.

For more information, please visit www.worldsurfleague.com or download the WSL app to receive updates on your mobile device and watch LIVE action. Fans can also tune into Spectrum SURF Channel, which will televise the 2017 Vans Triple Crown events LIVE and in replay on digital channels 250 SD and 1250 HD, across the state of Hawaii. 
 
 
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CORY ARRAMBIDE WINS INAUGURAL PISMO BEACH OPEN QS1,000

CORY ARRAMBIDE WINS INAUGURAL PISMO BEACH OPEN QS1,000

21/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24903078

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CORY ARRAMBIDE WINS INAUGURAL PISMO BEACH OPEN QS1,000
- ARRAMBIDE EARNS LONG-AWAITED MAIDEN QS VICTORY ON HOME SOIL
- MAUI'S IAN GENTIL CLAIMS RUNNER-UP IN HIS RETURN TO COMPETITION
- JORDY COLLINS BECOMES 2017 NORTH AMERICA QS REGIONAL TITLE 

- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption:  The inaugural Pismo Beach Open QS1,000  presented by Dignity Health runner-up Ian Gentil (HAW) and winner Cory Arrambide (USA).
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PISMO BEACH PIER, Pismo Beach, California/USA (Sunday, November 19, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Pismo Beach Open QS1,000 presented by Dignity Health crowned Cory Arrambide (USA) its inaugural winner at the Pismo Beach Pier. An incredible day of action capped off with a clash of event standouts Arrambide and Ian Gentil (HAW). The two went head-to-head in a showdown to close out the first-ever WSL event on Pismo Beach’s shores and Arrambide claimed his long-awaited, maiden QS victory.


Caption: Cory Arrambide (USA) claimed his first-ever QS win after seven years as a full-time QS campaigner.
Credit: WSL/ Reis
 
“It feels really good to get a win finally and it’s about time I did after so many years of getting close,” Arrambide said. “I was trying not think too much because that’s my worst enemy at events so I just put no pressure on myself for this one. This feels great after having such a good Pro Junior career and  now getting a win nearly seven years later. I based my whole year off the first two QS6,000s in Australia and had a shocker so to cap off this year with a win is amazing."
 
The Ventura, California, native’s winning result was well-earned after posting the day’s highest single-wave score of a 9.50 in his Round Four bout. Arrambide found two more near-perfect scores in his Quarterfinal heat against Derek Peters (USA) -- earning the event’s highest heat total of 18.33. But, the 28-year-old’s backhand was relentless once more in the Final and posted another excellent 16.67 heat total.


Caption: Arrambide's dominant backhand attack earned him the event's top scores -- including this 9.50.
Credit: WSL/ Salce
 
“I could feel a lot of support on the beach and any event in California feels like home just being able to drive down the road for one,” Arrambide said. “Now I’ll see what’s next and what I want to do for next year. But, to get a win like this at the end just makes the whole year worth it so I’m pumped.”
 
Arrambide’s big performance in the Semifinals over fellow Central Coast native Kilian Garland (USA) also crowned Jordy Collins (USA) the 2017 North America QS Regional Champion.
 
“I wanted to win it in the water so bad and to just leave it on the beach with nothing I could’ve done to change the outcome was insane to watch,” Collins said. “They both surfed so well and Cory [Arrambide] ripped the start of that heat and I thought he had it, but Kilian [Garland] kept chipping away and I thought he had it at the end. I was just sweating bullets and it feels amazing to get this title -- I’m beyond excited to earn it after a long year.”


Caption: Ian Gentil (HAW) may have spent two years away from the jersey, but he didn't lose any of his competitive fire.
Credit: WSL/ Reis
 
The Pismo Beach Open runner-up, Gentil, kept his dominant form going throughout the entire event until finally facing defeat in the Final. Gentil started his campaign in Round One and didn’t lose a single heat en route to his second-place finish. The Maui native has a big 2018 in store after time away from the jersey and can build momentum with this result.
 
“I’m really stoked with this result and I came here with one goal -- to get into the Hawaii events for the Sunset event in January,” Gentil said. “I’m not sure if I quite did that, but I think I have a shot now because I came here with no points and this result will really help. It’s been really fun and I have a new attitude about competing. I’m still taking it seriously, but I’ve learned to just have fun. At the end of the day it’s surfing and if you’re not having fun then it’s not really worth it. I'll look to move to Oahu next year and really throw myself in the scene with hopes of surfing in the Triple Crown next year.”
 
2016 North America QS Regional Champion Kilian Garland (USA) fell to eventual winner Arrambide in a highly-anticipated Semifinal bout. Garland put up a last-minute win over Collins in the Quarterfinals on his final wave and gave himself a big opportunity. But, the Santa Barbara, California, native still finished the year strong and will have a chance to find his way back into the Top 100.
 
“It’s been a radical year and I’ve had a lot of good times competing in places I never thought I’d make it to,” Garland said. “That was great to have a shot at the end of the year and maybe I should’ve put a little more effort into [the North America Regional Title], but I think my overall points are good enough to get into some of the bigger events. I’ve never had a QS near home and it was a great to have my family and friends around me. This is such a good place to have a contest and looking forward to the next one.”
 
Semifinalist Taro Watanabe (USA) made an incredible run at Pismo Beach that was cut short by eventual runner-up Gentil. But, the 15-year-old showcased what he’s capable of in tough conditions, defeating fellow 15-year-old upstart Kade Matson (USA) in the Quarterfinals after an impressive Round Four win to start the day. Watanabe will be one to watch in 2018 among the Junior Tour and QS ranks with a full year now under his belt.
 
“I’m stoked to finish off the year strong like this and I’m learning every event,” Watanabe said. “I know why they call it the grind and you just have to surf your best. I’ve had heat strategy since I was young, but it really helps at these QS events. That was my first man-on-man heat with Kade [Matson] so that was great and now I’ll just start looking forward to next year.”
 
The Pismo Beach Open QS1,000 presented by Dignity Health concludes the 2016 North America QS season. An official North America Regional Champions announcement will follow Thanksgiving holiday.
 
Pismo Beach Open QS1,000 Final Results:
– Cory Arrambide (USA) 16.67    1,000 points $2,500
2 – Ian Gentil (HAW) 14.07             750 points    $1,500
 
Pismo Beach Open QS1,000 Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Ian Gentil (HAW) 13.77 def. Taro Watanabe (USA) 13.10
SF 2: Cory Arrambide (USA) 14.83 def. Kilian Garland (USA) 14.70
 
Pismo Beach Open QS1,000 Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Taro Watanabe (USA) 15.84 def. Kade Matson (USA) 11.67
QF 2: Ian Gentil (HAW) 13.66 def. Taylor Clark (USA) 12.87
QF 3: Kilian Garland (USA) 13.40 def. Jordy Collins (USA) 12.57
QF 4: Cory Arrambide (USA) 18.33 def. Derek Peters (USA) 14.50
 
Pismo Beach Open QS1,000 Round Four Results:
Heat 1: Taro Watanabe (USA) 16.23, Taylor Clark (USA) 14.10, Jeremy Carter (USA) 11.27, Gabriel Morvil (USA) 9.24
Heat 2: Ian Gentil (HAW) 14.60, Kade Matson (USA) 12.10, Anthony Fillingim (CRI) 10.30, Elijah Fox (HAW) 7.53
Heat 3: Kilian Garland (USA) 15.87, Cory Arrambide (USA) 15.83, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.47, Pedro Todaro (BRA) 8.07
Heat 4: Derek Peters (USA) 13.50, Jordy Collins (USA) 12.40, Cole Houshmand (USA) 12.26, Ben Coffey (USA) 7.54
CHARLY MARTIN VICTORIOUS AT INAUGURAL JEEP INTERNATIONAL HAINAN OPEN

CHARLY MARTIN VICTORIOUS AT INAUGURAL JEEP INTERNATIONAL HAINAN OPEN

21/11/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24902995

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CHARLY MARTIN VICTORIOUS AT INAUGURAL JEEP INTERNATIONAL HAINAN OPEN
- KEI KOBAYASHI (USA) FINISHES RUNNER-UP
- INDONESIA'S RIO WAIDA SOLIDIFIES TOP SPOT ON ASIA QS RANKINGS
- BRAZILIAN SAMUEL PUPO EQUALS CAREER BEST RESULT

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Caption: The four finalists of the Jeep International Hainan Open from left to right: Kei Kobayashi (USA), Charly Martin (FRA) Rio Waida (IDN) and Samuel Pupo (BRA).
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Lingsui, Hainan/China (Sunday, November 19, 2017) -  Frenchman Charly Martin (FRA) has won the Inaugural Jeep International Hainan Open World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 3000 event.  In 1-foot wind affected waves at QuingShui Bay, Martin came up against Kei Kobayashi (USA), Samuel Pupo (BRA) and Rio Waida (IDN), all being standouts of the event. 

After a lack of swell hampered the efforts of event organisers throughout the week, the final day of the event window saw a slight increase in ocean activity. With a bump in wave heights, Finals Day was a marathon for all involved with 27 heats being surfed by day’s end.

Small conditions aside, the Final was an absolute thriller with each surfer putting on excellent performances in what was undoubtedly the heat of the event. All surfers held the lead for a portion of the final and posted waves in the good range, but it was Martin’s power and finesse in the small surf that earned him the winning heat total of 13.95 (out of a possible 20).

“It has been a hard few years for me – to win today makes me so happy,” Martin said. “I came here all the way from the Caribbean and it was a long journey but today it has all paid off. Although conditions were tough we all had to deal with it and it was hard for everyone especially the organisers so I am really thankful for everyone’s hard work. I just worked hard to get the best waves and snap them all the way to the beach and it worked for me.”


Caption: Charly Martin (FRA) displaying his powerful attack on finals day of the Jeep International Hainan Open
Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain


Martin is currently sitting at 109th on the QS rankings so missed out on competing at the Hawaiian events this month. But this result will put him inside the top 100 and give him a shot at making a serious assault on the QS in 2018.

“My purpose at this event was to gain as many points as possible to improve my seed,” Martin continued. “You can’t get more points than first so I’m so stoked that I came. I feel like I’m back and I can’t wait for next season.”


Caption: Charly Martin (FRA) is chaired to victory at the Jeep International Hainan Open.
Credit: © WSL / Tom Bennett


Trailing Martin in second position was Californian Kei Kobayashi (USA). Kobayashi looked to be in control of the Final with a solid lead at one point. Unfortunately, he was unable to hang on with a heat total of 12.50 but was over the moon with his second place finish and his performance in China this week.

“Going into the final I was already stoked with my result,” Kobayashi said. “It was awesome to share the final with that crew - we are all great friends. The waves were small but I still had fun, my board went really well and I just felt fired up to surf the entire week. This is my first time to China and it’s been great. I’ll never forget it.”


Caption: Kei Kobayashi finishing runner-up at the Jeep International Hainan Open.
Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain


Currently leading the WSL Asia QS rankings is Indonesian prodigy Rio Waida (IDN). Waida looked solid all event and was finding places on the small waves to lay rail that others would only dream about. Although he came up just short with a heat total of 12.20, Waida has solidified himself on top of the Asia rankings and is closer than ever to clinching a start in the QS6,000 and 10,000 events in 2018.

“I really didn’t know what would happen at the beginning of the event because the waves were small, so I’m stoked to have made the final,” Waida said. “In the final, I had the lead for awhile and was really having fun out there.  I wanted to win of course, but I’m happy with third in a QS3,000 for sure. I’m really stoked to have the WSL Asia rankings lead now, and looking forward to next year getting to surf more big events and hopefully do well.” 


Caption: Rio Waida (IDN) at the Jeep International Hainan Open.
Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain


Coming into the final the clear event standout was Brazilian upstart, Samuel Pupo (BRA). Pupo was posting some of the events highest heat totals and single wave scores for his lightning-quick progressive approach.

In the final, he was unable to find a rhythm but leaves China equaling the best result of his young career. “It was really hard out there in the final,” Pupo said. “Whenever I got a good wave it seemed like Charly would get a better one.  I wasn’t really in rhythm with the waves. In all my other heats I was finding the right waves and getting scores, but not in this final.  But it’s all right, I’m happy to make the final. China has been really nice, especially with this result.  I really love this place, even though the waves were really hard.  But you have to be able to be good in all conditions.”


Caption: Samuel Pupo (BRA) at the Jeep International Hainan Open.
Credit: © WSL / Tom Hain


The 2017 Jeep International Hainan Open runs from November 16 – 19 at the beautiful QingShui Bay in LingShui County.  For more information on the event head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check the WSL App.
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