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Piping Hot Surf Fest Blown Out.

Piping Hot Surf Fest Blown Out.

06/01/2014, Geelong, Surfing, Piping Hot Surfing Festival, Article # 1419931

 Piping Hot Surf Fest Blown Out.

By Mark Humphrey

The ASP 1 star rated Piping Hot Surf Fest was called early today due to extremely tough conditions. With a howling on-shore wind blowing combined with a heavy swell that was lumpy at best organisers had no other alternative but to can the day’s proceedings and start fresh tomorrow.

Super Tuesday will now host all 4 finals as the Open Women’s final scheduled for 1.00pm today was shifted back to Tuesday due to the conditions. Organisers were able to run the women’s semi-finals earlier in the day with eventual semi winners Stephanie Single and Laura Macaulay going head to head tomorrow in what promises to be an epic battle between 2 highly skilled female surfers.

Local hope in the men’s division Cody Robinson has advanced through to the quarter finals of both the Open Men’s and the Pro Junior Men’s and has the daunting task of facing event favourite Nathan Hedge in the Open Men’s division.  Another local hope Tristan Forras was unlucky not to join Robinson in the quarters after being knocked out by a fraction of a point in the last minute of his round. Such a huge effort by the local boys this week.Cody Robinson has been solid all week.Nathan Hedge is stoked after a huge 8+ heat wave and will face-off with Robinson tomorrow

With the Men’s and Pro Junior Men’s divisions up to the quarter final stage there should be plenty of hot surfing on display tomorrow. The Junior Women’s category has advanced 1 step further and will start with the semi-finals.

Action is expected to commence around 7.00am.

For more details on the event go to http://www.pipinghotsurffestival.com/


Surf Fest Moves Into Quarters Action.

Surf Fest Moves Into Quarters Action.

05/01/2014, Geelong, Surfing, Piping Hot Surfing Festival, Article # 1415815

     Surf Fest Moves Into Quarters Action.

By Mark Humphrey

The 2014 Piping Hot Surfwear Surf Fest continued at Bells Beach today in conditions that would eventually see a halt in proceedings for the day. With strong off-shore breezes and a declining swell organizers had no other option but to call it a day having partially completed the day’s program.Grace Styman-Lane on her way to a quarter final heat win

The WQS 1 men’s event failed to get a contest in the water and have to date only completed round 1 of their program. Like their male counterparts the WQS 1 women’s event also failed to run a heat today and will resume at the quarter final stages of their program when proceeding re-commence.

The Pro Junior Men’s division were lucky enough to get in their 2nd and 3rd round of heats with the Pro Junior Women’s conducting their quarter finals.

Round 2 of the Pro Junior Men’s division had the nations hot shots going head to head looking to advance from the round of 32. Australian junior representatives such as Hynd and Bailey had their work cut out to advance to the round of 16 with Luke Hynd scratching through to the next round.

Elliot Paerata-Reid posted the highest wave score of the round with an 8.50 to win his heat with Jake Thompson, Kalani Ball and Kelly Norris all posting heat scores of 13.50 to safely move through to the next round. Other heat winners were Jacob Willcox, Harrison Mann, Hamish Renwick and Bells Beach local Cody Robinson.

The round of 16 in the Pro Junior Men’s had some big match ups with a couple of the hot guys eliminated from the event in conditions that were now uneven to say at best. Wave selection was so critical and the odd bit of luck certainly was an advantage.

Heat 1 started the ball rolling with one of the fancied surfers in Jake Thompson finishing 4th and being eliminated along with Jordan Lawler. After posting the equal highest combination in the round of 32, Thompson was unable tore- capture the same form and subsequently said good-bye to the Pro Junior Men’s division. The heat was tied with both Kelly Norris and Johnnie Keith advancing to the quarters.

Heat 2 had Elliot Paerata-Reid sensationally follow on from his previous heat and post the day’s highest combination score of 18.50 to dominate his heat. His combined total of 18.50 consisted of a 9.50 and a 9.0 wave score to follow on from his previous round high of 8.50. Joining Paerata-Reid in the quarters was Kalani Ball with Harrison Martin and Josh Hay dropping out of the event.

Heat 3 had a couple of the pre-tournament favourites in Jacob Willcox and Soli Bailey go head to head with both guys advancing to the next round. Willcox comfortably took the heat from Bailey with Louis Gillick and Harrison Mann knocked out.

The final round of 16 heat was won by local surfer Cody Robinson. Robinson a member of the strong Torquay Boardriders Club used his local knowledge to safely win through to the quarters with Sheldon Simkus closely following. Unfortunately for Hamish Renwick and Luke Hynd the Pro Junior Men’s tournament has finish for both of them. It wasn’t that long ago that Hynd was dominating for Australia at the ISA World Juniors and now finds himself eliminated from the ASP rated Surf Fest.

Match ups for the next round will no doubt provide plenty of interest with Keith up against Ball in the first heat. Norris will take on in-form Paerata-Reid followed by Willcox up against Simkus. The final heat of the quarters has Robinson taking on Soli Bailey which should be a fantastic heat. Bailey is no stranger to success at Bells having dominated at last year’s indigenous titles at Bells Beach.

The other action of the day came from the Pro Junior Women’s section where the quarter finals were contested with some close results.

In QF 1 Grace Styman-Lane proved too strong for Lucy Callister and comfortably moved into the semis where she will go head to head with Billy Melinz who posted the 2nd highest heat score of the round on her way to beating a gallant Bronte Macaulay. Macaulay surfed well and posted a combo that would have won the next heat. The next heat was in fact taken out by Sophia Bernard over Isabella Nichols. This was a huge win for Bernard as Nichols looked to be the in-form surfer from day 1 of the championships. Bernard will take on event favourite Keely Andrew in the other semi-final after Andrew posted the highest heat score of 16.90 to comfortably beat Eden Putland who like Nichols had been surfing strong throughout the event. Well done to Putland, Nichols and all the other Pro Junior Women who had managed to get this far in the tournament. The strength of Australian women’s surfing is at an all-time high and sits well for the future of the sport.

PRO JUNIOR WOMENS IMAGESKeely AndrewSophia BernardLucy CallisterBronte MacaulayBillie MelinzIsabella NicholsEden PutlandEden PutlandGrace Styman-Lane

Action will resume tomorrow at Bells Beach depending on conditions.

For more info go to http://www.pipinghotsurffestival.com

or Surfing Victoria on http://www.surfingaustralia.com/vic/

Piping Hot Surf Fest Pumps @ Bells

Piping Hot Surf Fest Pumps @ Bells

04/01/2014, Geelong, Surfing, Piping Hot Surfing Festival, Article # 1409882

   Piping Hot Surf Fest Pumps @ Bells


By Mark Humphrey

Day 2 of the Piping Hot Surfwear Surf Fest shifted to the famous Bells Beach surfing precinct for round 2 of the tournament.

In perfect off-shore conditions the bowl dished up its famous 5’ sets to challenge the big guns of the tournament. Both the open men’s and women’s divisions were contested today with the round of 16 for the women also completed.

First up was the men’s division which was a who’s who of grass roots surfing. Last year’s Rip Curl Pro Wingman Jack Perry was in the line-up along with some other familiar names such as Willcox, Ball, Hynd, Thompson, Archibald, Fowler and Bell- Warren. Actually you could go through the whole list such was the talent on display for the Surf Fest.  The usual suspects made it through to the next round of the men’s division with some big heat scores recorded.  Nathan Hedge and Mitch Parkinson both recorded the men’s highest heat score of 16.50 with Brent Dorrington recording a combination of 16.00. Parkinson recorded the highest men’s wave score with a classic 9.25. With the 1st round now completed the action will get even hotter for the men from here on in.

In the open women’s section the field was made up by a majority of the pro junior girls who competed in the division yesterday demonstrating the future strength of women’s surfing in Australia. No doubt these girls will surely go on and represent Australia in pro women’s surfing for years to come.

With the round 1 eliminations out of the way the women followed up with the round of 16 heats to determine the quarter final combatants.  After the dust had settled the quarter finals took shape with QF 1 to be decided between Keely Andrew & Bronte Macaulay. QF 2 will see Amiya Doyle and Laura Macaulay go head to head. Yesterday Doyle was knocked out of the Pro Junior Women’s section citing that she and Jan Juc just don’t like each other. It seems that Doyle feels more at home in the famous bowl as she comfortably finished in the top 2 in her heat. QF 3 will see Tayla Hanak and Stephanie Single go head to head with the remaining QF heat between Laura Poncini and Freya Prumm.

Surfing action is at Bells Beach again tomorrow with a scheduled 7.30am start. All divisions are on notice.

For more information go to http://www.pipinghotsurffestival.com



Girls Light Up Piping Hot Surf

Girls Light Up Piping Hot Surf

03/01/2014, Geelong, Surfing, Piping Hot Surfing Festival, Article # 1408109

                Girls Light Up Piping Hot Surf

By Mark Humphrey

Go back 30 years on the Westcoast of Victoria and the iconic brand of Piping Hot littered every beach in the region along with another iconic brand Golden Breed. Making a splash back into competition surfing, the Piping Hot Surf Festival kicks off the ASP schedule in Australia for 2014.

The ASP 1 rated Piping Hot Surf Festival kicked off today on Victoria’s Westcoast. Today’s round of junior men’s and women’s was conducted at Victoria’s Jan Juc beach with the festival to move to the iconic Bells Beach tomorrow.

The day’s proceedings started off with the junior men taking to the water for round 1. The list of surfers reads through a who’s who of junior men’s surfing with Australian representatives spread throughout the field. Add to that the strong presence of local surfing talent and we are in for some hot surfing over the weekend.

In the junior women’s section rounds 1 & 2 were completed in varying conditions that ranged around the 3’ mark with winds initially strong on-shore that abated to a lighter cross-shore breeze.

With conditions being lumpy at best the women found it hard to secure waves that rolled out with the majority of scoring being marked sub 5. One of the category favourites Eden Putland dominated her heat with the day’s high score of 9.00 and then followed it up with a round of 16 win with the day’s second highest wave score of 8.75. Earlier in the day Grace Styman-Lane recorded an 8.25 wave in her heat to easily advance to the round of 16.

Heat 1 in the round of 16 was won by Lucy Callister with a combination score of 13. Billie Melinz was second with Amiya Doyle just getting the nod over Zoe Clarke. Clarke a local to Jan Juc found it hard to pick up scoring waves today with only 4 waves recorded in the heat.Lucy Callister Billie MelinzAmiya DoyleZoe Clarke

Heat 2 had Bronte Macaulay with a heat high 7.75 wave record a narrow win from Grace Styman – Lane with Steph Single 3rd in front of Brodie Doyle.Bronte MacaulayGrace Styman-LaneStephanie SingleBrodie Doyle

Heat 3 was the closest round of 16 heats with Isabella Nichols winning by .70 from Keely Andrew with Holly Wawn and Holly-Sue Coffee rounding out the 4. Both Coffee and Andrew had more scoring waves than Nichols but a high score of 7.00 combined with her next highest was enough for Nichols to take out the heat.Isabella NicholsKeely AndrewHolly WawnHolly-Sue Coffee

The final round of 16 heats was won by Eden Putland in another hotly contested heat from Sophia Bernard with Laura Poncini and Cali McDonagh closely following. Putland’s high wave score of 8.75 was enough to get her the nod from the judges even though the other 3 girls had posted 2 scoring waves each that were higher than Putland’s second scoring wave. It just highlighted the importance today of wave selection and posting a high wave score.Eden PutlandSophia BernardLaura PonciniCali McDonagh

The Piping Hot Surf Festival continues tomorrow at Bells Beach from 7.30am with the open men and women’s rounds to be completed.

For updates visit, Surfing Victoria http://www.surfingaustralia.com/vic/index.php

                               Piping Hot, www.pipinghot.com.au                     

                              Or ASP, http://www.aspworldtour.com/


Grace Day Tayla HanakSophie McCullochKira-Lee O'Connor