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Surf Comp

  • Slater storms it at the Volcom Fiji Pro!


    Nice work Slater! Reigning world champion Kelly Slater got his campaign for a 12th world crown back on track with victory at the Volcom Fiji Pro. The result now places him as no.2 in the World Championship Tour.

    The 40-year-old beat Brazilian teenager Gabriel Medina in pumping four-to-six foot (one-and-a-half-to-two metre) surf at Cloudbreak to jump back up to second in the world rankings.

    “That’s probably the best I could surf out there,” said Slater, who posted single waves scores of 8.33 and 9.83 out of a possible 10 early in the final. “The barrel and the turn sections just lined up for me and I was able to do what I did. That was a perfect canvas for me.

    Kelly Slater

    “The waves just pumped today. It’s about time I got him. He had my number in the back half of last year and he’ll probably go on to beat everyone for the next 20 years. “He can do it all and I think he proved that to a lot of people this week at Restaurants and out here at Cloudbreak.”

    Medina took out Mick Fanning in the semi-finals, the Australian taking over at the top of the world championship standings after finishing tied for third with compatriot Joel Parkinson.

    “I’m pretty happy with my result,” Medina said. “The waves here have been so good all week and it has been a great trip.

    “I haven’t had the best season in terms of results but I’m very happy to make the Final and congrats to Kelly (Slater) – he was surfing amazing all event.”

    The next stop on the world tour is not until August at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti, where Slater is the defending champion.


    1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.16

    2 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.87


    SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.93 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 6.57

    SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.50 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.50


    QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.57 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 7.76

    QF 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.14 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.76


    1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 24,750 pts

    2. Kelly Slater (USA) 23,700 pts

    3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 23,700 pts

    4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 22,400 pts

    5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 20,950 pts


    c/o Eurosport


  • C-Skins Team Rider takes 2nd Place at 3-Star Protest Vendee Pro!

    Vincent Duvignac, C-Skins FRANCE team rider came second place at the 2012 ASP 3-Star Protest Vendee Pro in a close fought low scoring final in shifting 4-5Ft wind affected peaks. Progressing solidly through the early rounds of competition, Duvignac, labeled the events ‘overall standout’ was finally beaten to the top spot by Marlon Lipke (DEU).

    Vincent Duvignac, 24, only needed a small score to overtake his opponent but never found the wave that he needed. Duvignac has been on top form during the whole event netting the highest single wave score and heat total of the 2012 Protest Vendee Pro.

    It was frustrating because I had a good score and I just missed a second decent wave, Duvignac stated. It’s been a really hard contest with difficult waves breaking everywhere and the luckiest guys got two good waves in the previous heats. I’m a little disappointed because I was that close to winning my first Star event. But a second place is a great way to start the year, winning ranking points and a little prize money to allow me to travel to future events.

    With an excellent first result this season, Duvignac hopes to capitalize on his ranking which will help him demonstrate his talent and fulfill his potential as a pro surfer. The young natural footer displayed a fantastic flawless style in Vendee this week and will soon export his abilities to compete against the World’s best in California for an ASP Prime event.

    Vincent’s next event is Trestles where he hopes to continue his success with a good result, and from there he will be focusing on the European Tour where he will make a run for the Title.

    Needless to say, C-Skins are stoked for Vincent and are sure this is just the first of many great results in 2012.

  • Pure Spirit / Ocean Sports Surf Team Triumph at Bournemouth Surf Comp

    On Saturday 20th November the Pure Spirit Surf School Groms, sponsored by Ocean Sports Board Riders and O’Neill Wetsuits, travelled down to Bournemouth to the first of a series of inter-club competitions between Brighton, Bournemouth and the Witterings.

    "We left at 7:30am on a grey morning and arrived to a 2-3ft easterly swell which was very contestable, but a dumping shore break made it very challenging for the younger kids."

    Our team consisted of:
    Finn Lightbown (8 years old)
    Harrison Chambers (10 years old)
    Max Spicer (10 years old)
    Patrick Nolan (14 years old)
    Annie Warner (14 years old)
    Josh Munroe (12 years old)
    Kieran Munroe (14 years old)
    Cameron Munroe (16 years old)

    "Heats took to the water immediately with about 40 kids entering. It was non-stop action - heats were run at the same time on both sides of Boscombe Pier. It was a great sight to see the kids in the contest vests all having fun, for some it was the first comp they had entered to, with proud parents looking on."

    "After a long cold day for all, the results were tabulated and after great performances by Cam and the Munroe brothers, Cam won the under 17's and Annie won for the girls! Patrick Nolan also performed well and in all the Pure Spirit Ocean Sports Brighton team triumphed!"

    1st Brighton
    2nd Bournemouth
    3rd Witterings

    Special thanks to Bournemouth for a great event, Cliff for your tireless support and encouragement for the groms. A big shout out to the two Shaun’s, all the judges, Gary Knights and all at O’Neill Wetsuits.

    Well done guys.

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