Results for Surf Contests
Highlights from a finals day that became an unofficial air show. Maui native Dusty Payne won the first event of the Vans Triple Crown with a come-from-behind pair of nine-point performances. His win is all the more meaningful in light of his recovery from surgery in July.
It was time to look at the six of the best ever surfing events in history
Billabong Pipe Masters (2012)
Pipeline, the most famous stretch of surfing on earth. It is responsible for more momentous pro surfing moments than Bell’s, Huntington and Jeffreys Bay combined. Could the 2012 Pipe Masters actually rival some of the most pivotal and brain searing exploits ever seen by men wearing very tight wifebeater tops in very big waves?
The answer to the above is… yes! In a Pipeline Masters top five moments that include: Mike Ho’s victory in a fibreglass cast in 1982; Tom Carroll’s emotional victory in 1992; Barton Lynch’s dramatic world title win from nowhere in 1988; Kelly Slater’s world title win in 1995 (featuring the Machado high 5) and Andy Irons on the buzzer victory and world title win in 2004, Joel Parkinson steely victory to win his first world title easily slips in as one of the best bit of emotional surf theatre in the history of the sport.
Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater. The 11 times world champ, up against the smoothest and most popular surfer never to win one. After a see-sawing year, whoever went furthest at Pipe would win the title. Somehow Parko handled the pressure, constantly maintaining his nerve and style, to the point where an unexpected Kelly loss in the semi gave Parko the title. Perhaps no surfer had been so deserving, or won it under such immense pressure.
What They Said…
“I finally fucking won” – a shirt worn by Parko the following day.
Billabong Pro Tahiti (2011)
Teahupoo is easily the heaviest and most picturesque waves in the world, but for just over half a decade Huey and the Billabong Pro hadn’t gotten along. The world’s heaviest wave had produced at best, a few moments of six foot perfection, but none of the ten foot pube-greying, brown short staining mayhem that the online blood-baying crowd demanded.
In 2011 that all changed. A macking swell arrived around the ten foot plus mark, and didn’t go anywhere for five days. One day, it doubled to 20ft, ensuring a “Code Red” tow surfing session that was webcast live went down as one of the formative sessions in surf history. Around that session, the world’s best put on a show in the perfect massive Chopes, making it one of the most watched events in surfing history.
Kelly Slater won, further cementing his mastery in any sized waves, anywhere. The other finalist Owen Wright showed his big-wave credentials, while guys like Matt Wilkinson, Trav Logie and Jeremy Flores stepped up, lost blood and were heroes for a day.
What they said…
“The last heat I had against Andy was out here in the semi final last year, so I’m really stoked and really honoured to win,” said a choked up Kelly Slater, dedicating his win to Andy, who last victory was here in 2010.
What’s the chances of this every happening again?
This year’s event featured waves of similar size and consequence. A young Brazilian called Gabriel Medina beating Slater in the final, so the answer is, yes.
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (2010)
While the Superbank has provided some true perfection since the Quik Pro’s inception as a WCT event in 2000, 2010 wasn’t one of those years. Instead, storm surf and a gutted bank had threatened to turn the event from iconic to shithouse. However on the final day, with a solid ten foot cyclone swell running, and some bombs blasting down off the previously sand choked Kirra, it turned into a truly memorable day of professional surfing.
Mainly for the semi final featuring Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning, the two Cooly kids trading ten foot drainers off Kirra Groyne in front a huge crowd who couldn’t lose.
Joel Parkinson emerged triumphant, scoring a 10 and a 9.93 in the space of a minute. Fanning managed only 18 points or so, but the see-sawing nature of the heat, the huge local crowd and the sight of long lost Kirra kinda doing its thing, made this something special. Parko, of course, went on to beat Adriano De Souza in the final, scoring another ten on the way, fairytale-ing the event and rubber stamping an all-mighty piss up.
What they said…
“The crowd is awesome. There are so many people. Down here you don’t really see it, but from the water you can see the crowd on the hill and all along Coolangatta and even down Kirra Point. I could hear them roaring…it was amazing.” – Parko
Rip Curl Search Mexico (2006)
Tagged as “somewhere” in Mexico, but in fact was at the right-hand point break of La Jolla, a previously semi-secret spot located a few hours south of Puerto Escondido.
It was chosen for the mind-boggling perfection of the waves. Bede Durbidge described it as, “A cross between all time Kirra and Burleigh, but it’s better than both of them.” A once-in-a-decade perfectly directed south swell had coincided with a perfect and rare stacked sandbank. This coupled with three days of sun and offshore winds created a 500 metre wave of unrivalled perfection.
Pretty much every surfer, judge, journo, company exec and scaffold erector that was at this event counts it as the best surf they ever seen or surfed. Andy Irons won the final, then at the peak of his powers, surfing a wave that was perfect for his vast talents.
What they said…
“Every day I’d say that these are the best waves I’ve ever surfed. And I said that for four days running. And I meant it every time.” – Taj Burrow
What are the chances of it happening ever again?
Zero. The Search moved on, but even if someone was to try to hold another event there, the chances of scoring this perfect shitstorm of perfection is about roughly half of zero.
The 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour season has come to a close, with Brazilian phenom Gabriel Media clinching his inaugural men’s title and Australian sensation Stephanie Gilmore claiming a sixth women’s title.
Julian Wilson has won both the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing after defeating World Champion elect Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the closest Pipe Final on record. The victory marks his only win of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) and his second CT win of his career. He pocketed $100,000 for the event win and a bonus $50,000 for the Triple Crown series.
December 19, 2014, Rip Curl’s Gabriel Medina has just made history, clinching Brazil’s first ever surfing World Title in pumping 6 foot waves on the final day of the Pipe Masters at Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline.
Round 2 at the Billabong Pipe Masters saw heavy waves amid building swell and wind. Still, the best surfers in the world found some huge drops and a few big scores to impress a growing crowd.
The 2015 women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) is set. According to ASP rules, the women’s WCT is comprised of its top 10 surfers, the top 6 on the Qualification Series rankings, and one season wildcard. After the conclusion of the final elite Tour event, the Target Maui Pro, the results are in.
From big upsets to Mick Fanning’s triumph, the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal shook up the World Title race. It now comes down to the wire and the final event of the year, the Billabong Pipe Masters, where three surfers – Gabriel Medina, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater – will have a chance to win professional surfing’s most coveted prize.
Joel Parkinson sustained an injury while freesurfing Pipeline, and has withdrawn from the Vans World Cup of Surfing, the second event of the Triple Crown of Surfing.
The 2015 World Surf League (formerly ASP) schedule has been released and the only real change — other than losing the women’s US Open — is that of the name. For both Men’s and Women’s tours, the 2015 schedule mirrors that of 2014, apart from a few date changes.