Trophies Presented at Hello Pacitan Surfing Event

Source: Asian Surfing Championships

Image: ASC/Hain

The sixth president of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono came to Pancer Door Beach this morning to present the ASC Women’s Division finalists with their trophies and to be introduced to Indonesia’s best surfers at the ASC sanctioned Hello Pacitan 2016 surfing competition.

ASC Head Judge Made Sadiarta from Bali introduced the past president to several of the top ASC surfers who are from Indonesia and boast about what they have accomplished, starting from Raditya Rondi and Dede Suryana winning gold medals at the Asian Beach Games in Bali in 2008 to Rio Waida winning the international Young Guns/King of the Groms event in California just two weeks ago.  He also was able to explain to the ex-president the importance of surfing, and how many world-class waves exist in Indonesia, and ask for his support in preparing Indonesian surfers for the upcoming 2020 Olympics, now that surfing has finally been added as an Olympic sport.

Later in the event judging tower SBY (as he is known) was introduced to the ASC’s Tim Hain, and thanked him for what the ASC has been doing to support surfing in Indonesia.

After the ex-president had watched some of the surfers out in the water, it was time for him to move on to other commitments and for the remaining four heats of Round 2 to commence.  The waves conditions were slightly smaller than yesterday, but still provided excellent shape and plenty of opportunities for the surfers to impress the judges.

Bali’s Made “Bol” Adi Putra quickly found his rhythm in Heat 5 and put fellow Balinese surfer Tommy Sobry on the ropes, and though Sobry staged a valiant comeback it wasn’t enough to overcome the lead that Adi Putra had built up over the 30 minute heat.

In Heat 6 it was the battle of two regularfooters from the same surf club in Bali, the Padma Boy’s Made Darmayasa and Nyoman “Blacky” Satria.  Known has a tireless wave catching machine, “Bleronk” Darmayasa made it clear from his first wave that there was no doubt of his intention to win a quarterfinal berth, which he did convincingly.

Heat 7 saw fellow Rip Curl team riders, veteran Pepen Hendrik and young grom Andre Anwar going head-to-head, but the wily Hendrik, who spends a lot of time in Pacitan having a home stay just down the road from Pancer Door Beach and surfing nearby Watu Karung, was not going to be denied and handily dispatched his much younger team mate.

In the final heat of the day it was 3-time ASC champion Raditya Rondi posting the highest score of the session, an 8.33 out of a possible 10 points, then going on to crush Muklis Anwar’s hopes of a spot in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

Tomorrow will see the conclusion of the event and what promises to be a memorable evening of entertainment with live entertainment and the awards presentation.

Quarterfinal Matchups:

  1. Dede Suryana vs Raju Sena
  2. Rio Waida vs Rizal Tandjung
  3. Made Adi Putra vs Made Darmayasa
  4. Pepen Hendrik vs Raditya Rondi

The competitors have been told to stand by at 11 pm for the start of the quarterfinals, depending upon waves conditions, in what promises to be a very exciting conclusion to the Hello Pacitan 2016 “Flaming of the Sea” ASC sanctioned surfing competition.

First QS1,000 Pro A Coruña Winners Decided

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Finalists of the Pro A Coruña. Image: WSL/Poullenot

Jonathan Gonzalezand Ariane Ochoa have won the inaugural QS1,000 Pro A Coruña today in shifting three-to-five foot surf at the secondary venue of play de Caion. 

The women’s final was first to hit the water, with all surfers opting to sit out the back on the low tide bank instead of in the shore break like the previous heats had seen. The slow matchup witnessed Ariane Ochoa (EUK), 18, capitalize early with a two-turn combo on an outside set to take an early lead. The moving lineup served fast-breaking, short rides only allowing one or two maneuvers and kept all athletes scores in the average range. All following efforts from her opponents proved insufficient and the Basque junior claimed her maiden Qualifying Series win.

“I’m so incredibly happy today, I felt a little bit frustrated with my second place in the Juniors yesterday, I have worked hard for it and I hoped to take it out,” she reflected. “But today I came with a positive frame of mind thinking this was another opportunity so I’m stoked to win. I’ve always looked up to Pauline since I was really young and to surf against her today and win is very special. She’s an amazing surfer and a fantastic person, I hope I get to travel and surf with her again in the future.”

Placing second to Ochoa today was former Championship Tour competitor Pauline Ado (FRA), 25, who couldn’t execute her game plan as expected in the tricky conditions and was left chasing a medium score for the pole position. Today’s second place for Ado comforts her lead in the European title race as surfers will move onto the next event in Portugal in two weeks.

“I’m really disappointed because I thought it would be a great battle out there and with much better scores, I think maybe expecting too much beforehand got me overlooking opportunities,” she analyzed. “I’m happy for Ariane, she’s done really well and definitely deserved her win today.”

The men’s final was a two-way battle between Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), 35, andJorgann Couzinet (REU) who immediately put their opponents out of reach of the title with a solid 9 point ride each on similar solid right-handers with huge turns and maximum risk taking.

Gonzalez backed it up with a good 7.17 ride for the lead and despite two very close attempts from the Reunion Island surfer, Canarian Gonzalez stayed on top and claimed his second QS win this season after winning in Zarautz earlier this Spring.

“I wish I could do this good at a QS10,000, but to win two events in Europe is pretty amazing,” he said. “This particular event was incredible, having everyone involved in all categories made it really fun and I’m stoked to take out the first one. That final was really fun, we had big rights and that’s what I prefer, I thought my board was a little bit small for it but it worked out. I’ll move onto the next few events feeling confident and I’ll try to stay relaxed and have fun like I did here, it’s definitely the only way to surf your absolute best.”

Couzinet never backed down and tried his best up until the final horn sounded, but following his excellent first turns, the young surfer couldn’t stick his final maneuver and was forced to place runner-up. A surfer on the rise, Couzinet reached the final of a QS event for the first time in his young career and will be a force to be reckoned with in the near-future.

“I really thought I was going to win that one when I got the 9, but I fell on the two important waves where I could have gotten another big score,” he said. “I think I still lack confidence and maybe take a little too much risk considering the circumstances. But I can feel all the hard work is paying off and I’m close to getting where I want, on top of a podium !”

Today concludes the inaugural A Coruña Surf Fest, an exciting new event hosting all categories of surfing for a total of over 150 athletes competing in Galicia.

The Pro A Coruña Surf Fest is scheduled from July  5-10, 2016 at playa de Orzán / playa de Caión, A Coruña – Galicia / Spain.


1- Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 16.34
Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 15.20
Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 9.84
4- Marlon Lipke (PRT) 9.76

1- Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 9.77
Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.24
3- Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 6.20
4- Peony Knight (GBR) 6.20

SF 1: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 14.47, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 11.86, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 11.57, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 11.13
SF 2: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 11.97, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 10.97, Charly Quivront (FRA) 10.53, Luke Dillon (GBR) 8.10

SF 1: Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 10.73, Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.73, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 9.17, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 7.17
SF 2: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 8.83, Peony Knight (GBR) 7.30, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 5.97, Lisa Girardet (REU) 4.93

QF 1: Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 14.33, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 12.70, Luis Diaz (CNY) 11.27, Julian Cuello (CNY) 9.66
QF 2: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 11.34, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 11.16, Vicente Romero (ESP) 10.56, Eric Rebiere (FRA) 4.47
QF 3: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 12.90, Luke Dillon (GBR) 10.43, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 10.27, Henrique Pyrrait (PRT) 6.83
QF 4: Charly Quivront (FRA) 13.97, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 10.90, Guilherme Fonseca (PRT) 10.40, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 10.20

QF 1: Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.93, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 8.50, Camille-Elena Lavocat (MAF) 7.30, Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR) 5.27
QF 2: Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 11.83, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 8.86, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 6.60, Marion Philippe (PYF) 4.97
QF 3: Lisa Girardet (REU) 8.00, Peony Knight (GBR) 7.00, Anat Lelior (ISR) 5.27, Justine Dupont (FRA) 4.33
QF 4: Maddi Aizpurua (EUK) 8.54, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 7.76, Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK) 7.76, Emily Currie (GBR) 4.60

ISA Certifies 150 New SUP Instructors

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ISA course presenter, Nik Zanella, hosted an ISA SUP Flat Water Course in Saikung Bay, Hong Kong in May, certifying sixteen new instructors. Photo: HKSUPBA

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is continuing to spur the global development of StandUp Paddle (SUP) with the certification of over 150 ISA SUP instructors across 12 countries since April 2016.

Instructors were certified in countries including Brazil, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Belgium and Hong Kong, highlighting the universal appeal and access that has fueled the growth of the sport in recent years.

SUP Courses are part of the ISA CIP. The program is designed to establish an industry standard of safety, quality and efficacy for SUP and surf instructors around the world. With a special emphasis on safety, the ISA CIP teaches risk management, duty of care and water safety, along with the practical skills and knowledge to properly instruct others.

The courses exemplify the ISA’s strategy to grow the sport of SUP in non-traditional markets. As countries that have little to no access to quality waves, the rivers, lakes and oceans of these countries provide their people with the opportunity to practice the sport on flat water as an alternative to SUP Surfing.

Finland, which joined the ISA in 2015, has taken advantage of the ISA Coaching and Instructing Program to further grow the sport of SUP in the country.

Jari Laakso, Vice President of the Finnish SUP and Surf Federation, said:

“The ISA Flat Water SUP Course held in May was a great success certifying 26 new instructors. We are planning another course for fall. ISA Membership has helped the sport gain huge popularity in Finland and it is by far the fastest growing watersport in the country.”

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Florida surfer takes out 2016 Ichinomiya Chiba Open

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Geisalman’s backhand surfing was a standout all event. Image: WSL/Bennett

After suffering a near death wipeout at Pipeline last December, Floridian Evan Geisalman has comeback to take out the 2016 Ichinomiya Chiba Open in clean one-to-two foot waves at Shida Point. Geisalman came up against Italian Leonardo Fioravanti In final. The small conditions didn’t stop the pair from putting on an entertaining show for the huge Sunday Crowds who came out to watch the biggest Surfing event Japan has seen in over eight years.

The final started slowly with both surfers hesitant to strike first. With no waves ridden for ten minutes the Final was forced to restart and once it did both surfers got to work. Geisalman struck first blood posting his first scoring wave, a 7.00 (out of a possible 10) on a right. Fioravanti hit back with a huge air reverse on which he was scored an excellent 8.50. Needing a score to come back, Geisalman took off on a right and smashed four massive backhand snaps to score a 9.17 and take the biggest win of his career.

“The last two minutes out there I had so many emotions going through my head,” Geisalman said. “After what happened at Pipe I’m so lucky to be surfing at all, so to win the biggest event of my career here in Japan is amazing. Earning 6000 points is really big for me so I hope I can build some momentum.”

Evan Geisalman chaired to victory. Image: WSL/Bennett
Evan Geisalman chaired to victory. Image: WSL/Bennett

“Leo has really been the guy to beat so it was always going to be a tough final, I definitely got the better end of the waves but he still managed to turn a closeout into an 8.50 with that air so it was pretty intense. This result, although tough for him to get another second, he is already half way to qualifying which is great for him. What happened to me and to Leo at Pipe really puts things in perspective so it’s sick that we’re both here, in Japan, healthy and surfing.”

This marks the third QS6,000 Final appearance in 2016 for Fioravanti and his third runner-up finish; Although tough to deal with, Fioravanti see’s solace in his ratings lead and the probability of qualifying for the elite WSL Championship Tour (CT) in 2017.

“Three seconds in a row is really tough,” Fioravanti said. “When you look at the Qualifying points I’m really stoked, but the second is hard. The waves were tough today, there was only one really good wave and he was on it. I’m stoked to be getting results and having a good year.”

Today also saw the final of the Ichinomiya Chiba Open Women’s QS1,000 event run. It was no real surprise that it was taken out by the No.1 Seed Reika Noro. Noro surfed a flawless event and the final was no different with the goofy-footer going left and right to post her winning heat total of 14.76. This win is just the confidence booster she will need leafing in the Los Cabos Open of Surf QS6,000.

“I am so happy I don’t even know what to say,” Noro said. “I have been living in California so I’m so happy to come home to Japan for an event and win it. It was a tough final because all of the girls have been surfing so well, I knew it would be hard. It’s really given me confidence for the Los Cabos event which is coming up.”

Go Pro Men’s Canterbury Championships Underway

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A spectacular sunrise greeted 140 entrants on day one of the Go Pro Men’s Canterbury Championships held yesterday (Saturday 23rd April). The quarterfinalists in the premier Fussion Solutions Open Men’s Division were determined during a big day of surfing that saw competitors going head-to-head through until the sun had well and truly set.

As forecasted, the surf remained small all day, well under the 1.0m mark. However the outgoing tide early in the morning produced some nice waves before the northerly kicked in during the mean’s heats.

Mount Maunganui surfer Matt Hewitt was the stand out surfer of the day notching up a 16.83 point heat total using the northerly to his advantage completing a couple of nice airs on his waves. Number one seed Maz Quinn comfortably won his opening heat and both he and Hewitt are set to meet in the semifinals should they advance out of their respective quarterfinal match ups.

One of the young stars of the day was 12 year old Myka Black (Chch) who advanced to the quarterfinals of the Open Men’s Division as well as the semifinals of the Under 14 and 17 Boys Divisions. Others to advance included Harrison Whiteside (Chch), JC Susan (Dun), Zen Wallis (Piha), Daniel Farr (Tara) and Connor McLennan (Chch) who all won their heats.

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In the junior divisions it was Elliot Brown (Dun) with heat scores of 15.5, Daniel Farr (Tara) with 10.9 and Myka Black (Chch) with 10.93 out of a possible 20 who all showed a level of surfing that has them looking likely finals contenders. Black was again in action in the Under 14 Boys Division showing he will be fighting for more than one final on the last day of the event scheduled for Monday. Black was joined by Neko Tohiariki (Chch) and Ruben Peyroux (Dun) as the other stand outs in the division.

The Senior Men’ Division took place late in the day with Josh Thickpenny (Dun), Mike Oakley (Chch), Willy Newman (Chch) and Nick Black (Chch) all winning their heats.

The three-day event takes place from Saturday through until Monday (23rd – 25th April) along the Christchurch coastline and is sanctioned by both Surfing New Zealand and the South Island Surfing Association making for a high calibre field of surfers from around New Zealand.

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Matt Hewitt – Image:

The Go Pro Men’s Canterbury Championships also features senior divisions – Over 28 Men’s, Over 35 Men’s and Pier Lodge Over 45 Men’s plus the Longboard Division. Pier Lodge is also offering up a $250 prize for the best Father/Son result of the event with a number of Christchurch families expected vie for the title.

The surf is forecasted to remain small for the remainder of the event with neighbouring Taylors Mistake and Gore Bay possible location options on the final day.

Go Pro Men’s Canterbury Champs Day 1 Results:

Open Men’s Division Round of 40

Heat 1

Johnny Wardrop (ChCh), 7.80, 1, Willy Newman (Chch), 7.00, 2, Ryan Robertson (Chch), 4.10, 3

Heat 3

Levi O’Connor (Kaik), 10.50, 1, Max Marshall (Chch), 7.80, 2, Jai Forsyth (Chch), 5.50, 3

Heat 4

Cody Mccusker (Chch), 10.00, 1, Conor Mclennan, 9.03, 2, Matthew Adams (Chch), 5.90, 3

Open Men’s Division Round of 32

Heat 1

Myka Black (Chch), 9.50, 1, Johnny Wardrop (ChCh), 9.07, 2, John Klevstul (Muriwai), 8.20, 3, Jack Wilson (Chch), 6.90, 4

 Heat 2

Matt-Lewis Hewitt (Mnt), 16.80, 1, Willy Newman (Chch), 8.20, 2, Luca Brunotti (Dun), 8.10, 3, Moss Thompson (Chch), 7.10, 4

Heat 3

Zen Wallis (Piha), 12.5, 1, Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 8.33, 2, Max Cooke (Chch), 6.03, 3, Alex Casey (Chch), 5.8, 4

Heat 4

Maz Quinn (Gis), 12.80, 1, Anthony Hema (Wesport), 8.07, 2, Ross Dalkie (Chch), 5.60, 3, Hugh Ritchie (ChCh), 5.30, 4

Heat 5

JC Susan (Dun), 11.50, 1, Levi O’Connor (Kaik), 11.23, 2, Rowan Klevstul (Auck), 9.03, 3, Josh Thickpenny (Dun), 6.70, 4

Heat 6

Daniel Farr (Tara), 9.97, 1, Max Marshall (Chch), 7.9, 2, Ben Rees (Chch), 7.53, 3, Cody McClatchy (Chch), 3.1, 4

Heat 7

Harrison Whiteside (ChCh), 11.90, 1, Cody McCusker (Chch), 8.60, 2, Nick Tuhikarama (Chch), 7.00, 3, Stephen Lee (Bull), 7.00, 3

Heat 8

Conor Mclennan, 7.37, 1, Sam Sands (Chch), 7.30, 2, Ethan Burge (Wgtn), 6.20, 3, Jonty White (Chch), 3.30, 4

Under 17 Boys Division Round of 24

Heat 1

Jai Oakley (Chch), 8.2, 1, Maddy Barclay (Oamaru), 8.17, 2, Reuben Lyons (Kaik), 3.8, 3

Heat 2

Mitch Cameron (Chch), 8.5, 1, Jamie Horsefield (Chch), 7.6, 2, Josh McCaffrey (Chch), 5.7, 3, Seb Hudson (Chch), 3.5, 4

Heat 3

Ruben Peyroux (Dun), 10.4, 1, James Millar (Chch), 5.13, 2, Dara O’Malley (Chch), 3.6, 3

Heat 4  

Thomas Harcourt (Chch), 7.53, 1, Angus Mossman (Chch), 7.17, 2, Mac McKenzie (Chch), 4.93, 3

Under 17 Boys Division Round of 16

Heat 1

Elliot Brown (Dun), 15.5, 1, Neko Tohiariki (Chch), 8.17, 2, Jai Oakley (Chch), 7.37, 3, Jamie Horsefield (Chch), 5.27, 4

Heat 2

Daniel Farr (Tara), 10.9, 1, Maddy Barclay (Oamaru), 6.3, 2, Jack McLeod (Dun), 5.8, 3, Mitch Cameron (Chch), 3.9, 4

Heat 3

Myka Black (Chch), 10.9, 1, Ruben Peyroux (Dun), 8.6, 2, Samuel Sands (ChCh), 7.8, 3, Angus Mossman (Chch), 5.3, 4

Heat 4

Connor McLennan (Chch), 9.1, 1, James Murphy (Dun), 8.1, 2, Thomas Harcourt (Chch), 7.3, 3, James Millar (Chch), 4.2, 4

Under 14 Boys Division Round of 18

Heat 1

Brooklyn Ward (Chch), 6.77, 1, Tom Jones (Chch), 4.03, 2, Charlie Owens (Chch), 2.47, 3, Jack McKenzie (Chch), 1.03, 4

Under 14 Boys Division Round of 16

Heat 1

Josh McCaffry (Chch), 6.9, 1, Maddy Barclay (Oamaru), 6.1, 2, Koby Cameron (Chch), 3.6, 3, Jahmal Hansen (Chch), 3.3, 4

Heat 2

Myka Black (Chch), 11.3, 1, James Millar (Dun), 5.2, 2, Tom Jones (Chch), 3.7, 3, Seb Hudson (Chch), 2.6, 4

Heat 3

Ruben Peyroux (Dun), 10.1, 1, Dara O’Malley (Chch), 4.6, 2, Henry Mossman (Chch), 3.4, 3, Brooklyn Ward (Chch), 2.9, 4

Heat 4

Neko Tohiariki (Chch), 10.1, 1, Jai Oakley (Chch), 9.9, 2, Ben Chittock (Chch), 2.8, 3, Reuben Lyons (Kaik), 1.9, 4

Over 28 Men’s Division Round of 16

Heat 1

Josh Thickpenny (Dun), 13.1, 1, Jonny Wardrop (Chch), 12.5, 2, Jamie Clyne (Chch), 7.73, 3, Stephen Lee (Bul), 7.7, 4

Heat 2

Mike Oakley (Chch), 11.5, 1, Anthony Hema (Bil), 7.5, 2, Alan Te Moananui (Kaik), 6.2, 3, Matthew Adams (Westport), 2.8, 4

Heat 3

Willy Newman (Chch, 9.5, 1, John Klevstul (Auck), 8.2, 2, Ross Balkie (Chch), 5.4, 3, Dave Lynons (Kaik), 3.3, 4

Heat 4

Nick Black (Chch), 15.8, 1, Ben Rees (Chch), 8.7, 2, Rowan Klevstul (Auck), 6.6, 3, Alex Casey (Westport), 4.5, 4

WSL Brings Back Los Cabos Open of Surf

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Photo: Los Cabos Open of Surf

Following an exciting competition last year, the World Surf League (WSL) is proud to announce the return of the Los Cabos Open of Surf held at the high performance righthand pointbreak of Zippers. The Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 6000, Men’s and Women’s Junior Tour are back for the 2016 edition of this great event held on the pristine shores of Costa Azul in Baja California Sur.

Contest Executive Producer Uli Torre of Boardwalk Producciones expressed his excitement about the return of this event and is looking forward to another successful year. Working alongside the local supporters, his team wasted no time in getting the contest set for this year following 2015’s action and is set for another great year with its competitively rich history.

“After an exciting week of action wrapped up with Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) finishing brilliantly over Silvana Lima (BRA), the team at Boardwalk Producciones went straight back to work planning the 2016 event,” Torre said. “This wave has been the most popular surf break in the Los Cabos area for many years. In the 80s and early 90s, the world’s best surfers including Kelly Slater, Christian Fletcher, and Shane Beschen, came to participate in the Herbie Fletcher Cabo Classic.”

Los Cabos holds a lot of beautiful scenery, something that has helped build an incredible local surf scene. Holding a music festival and many other activities alongside the Los Cabos Open of Surf, this year’s additions will be ones to take notice of after a great turn out last year.

Photo: Los Cabos Open of Surf
Photo: Los Cabos Open of Surf

“In addition to the surfing action this year, the world famous Mexican dance music act, Kinky, has been announced as the festival stage headliner for June 11 and Hawaiian reggae infused rock-band Pepper are booked for June 10,” Torre added. “The buzz is building surrounding the Music Festival portion of the Los Cabos Open of Surf and with over 10,000 fans in attendance at last year’s festival, we’re expecting record-breaking crowds in 2016.”

Now CEO of the Los Cabos Tourism Board, Ruben Reachi has been with the board since July of last year and saw the impact of last year’s event unfold in the months that followed. Reachi is excited to maintain key sponsorship for this contest as a major focal point of the year.

“What better place to gather some of the most talented surfers than along our beautiful coastline,” said Reachi. “This year marks the fourth annual event, one of the largest surf competitions and music festivals in Mexico and Latin America, and we are looking forward to welcoming both competitors and spectators from around the world to our beaches.”

As one of the key voices in last year’s event, Chris Cote is back on board and helping this event keep its place among the QS’s top destinations. Working with Torre and Abe Juarez, Cote couldn’t imagine a better place to host a competition of this caliber.

“The guys at Boardwalk Producciones do all the heavy lifting—they really are the best event production team in all of Mexico,” Cote said. “The dynamic duo of Abe Juarez and Uli Torre along with their crew have created an incredible event from the ground up and I’m just fortunate that they’ve let me get involved to help spread the word this event. Our aim is to show the world how incredible not only the talent level of our Women and Junior competitors, but also spotlight Los Cabos which is truly a world class destination for surfing among all the other activities it’s already famous for.”

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Ultimate Waterman wins Excellence Award

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Kai Lenny. Photo: Cory Scott/The Ultimate Waterman

The Ultimate Waterman has won the Innovation Excellence Award at the annual New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards in Wellington, New Zealand last night.

The event, which has the support of the New Zealand government and ATEED, was recognised for its X-factor and the positive influence it has on New Zealand’s reputation as a world-class event destination.

The Ultimate Waterman was conceived by Surfing New Zealand’s Chief Executive Greg Townsend, who had the vision to develop a brand-new global event to find the world’s best, all-round waterman surfing champion.

The event provides a media vehicle to promote New Zealand as a destination through content such as the documentary commissioned by international media partner Red Bull Media House using New Zealand production company AJS Films.

Greg Townsend, Chief Executive of The Ultimate Waterman and Surfing NZ says the award is sweet recognition for years of hard work.

“I started working on turning this idea into reality back in 2011 with the help of some of New Zealand’s top businessmen and international surfing heavy weights, Hawaiians Laird Hamilton, Titus Kinimaka and Australian Joel Parkinson,” says Townsend.

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and The Ultimate Waterman and Surfing NZ Chief Executive Greg Townsend. Image: Jamie Nilsson / Roar Digital Services / Sport New Zealand
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and The Ultimate Waterman and Surfing NZ Chief Executive Greg Townsend. Image: Jamie Nilsson / Roar Digital Services / Sport New Zealand

“With the help of guys like this plus our commercial partners who recognised the potential in the idea, we are now approaching our third event in a very strong position.”

“We now have global attention, athletes are knocking on our door to participate and doors are opening up for growth,” says Townsend.

Townsend says a number of challenges were faced in the early stages such as gaining funding, securing the international athletes and getting an international media partner on board.

“My advice for people who have ideas like this is to have clear vision for the event that lives beyond the first few years, strong objectives and benefits for partners to invest in.”

“If you believe in the idea, keep at it. Relationships with like minded people are equally important,” says Townsend.

Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive of Sport NZ, says the Ultimate Waterman is a great example of innovative kiwi thinking.

“It brings together sport and tourism with a strong media partner to create a win for everyone. The really great thing is it’s New Zealand created and New Zealand owned,” says Mr Miskimmin.

Planning is now underway for the 2017 event.

Registration Open for Second Round of Kitespeed Worlds

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Registration is open now for the 2016 Kiteracing European Championships. The event will take place from 16 to 22 May in Cagliari, Sardinia.

Sardinia has already played host to the 2012 Worlds with a record entry of more than 200 riders, and the youth and masters worlds in 2014, and always provided excellent conditions.

For the first time, the Europeans will be held on foiling kiteboards, after the change of the Formula Kite class rules into a hydrofoil class.

Besides the racing event, Sardinia is also the second round of the kitespeed world championships and the top riders have a chance to qualify for the grand final in Marthas Vineyard.

Follow this link to register.

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All Set for Supreme Wake Surf Championship

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The 2016 Supreme Wake Surfing Championship presented by Skylon is preparing to hit Lake Weir in Central Florida with wake surfing’s top amateurs and pros April 15th & 16th.

The official towboat of the event, the 2016 S238 will be cranking out supreme waves for two solid days. The SWSC kicks off the U.S. leg of the World Series of Wake Surfing tour. This year the event has traveled across the country helping surfers to reign supreme on the East Coast behind Supreme boats. Orlando area Supreme Boats Dealer Transition Watersports is hosting the 2016 Supreme Wake Surf Championship presented by Skylon on Sandy Hook Beach in Ocklawaha, FL. Come to watch competitors surf supreme at the 2016 SWSC presented by Skylon.

Competitive Wake Surfing Association (CWSA) ranked surfers will take the water at the SWSC each morning at 8am EST. The Supreme S238 will pull the world’s best wake surfers until the last of 75 registered riders has surfed. The finals on the afternoon of April 16, 2016 will be followed immediately by the Supreme Wake Surfing Championship Awards. Divisions include both men’s and women’s and provide a range of age groups for both Surf Style and Skim Style riders. The top performers in the professional division will be awarded a total of $12,000.

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As an official World Series of Wake Surfing event, 2016 Supreme Wake Surfing Championship division standouts could earn an invite to the Centurion World Wake Surfing Championship. Dates and location for competitive wake surfing’s grand finale to be announced later this month.

The 2016 Supreme S238 is the official towboat of the SWSC. This 23-foot 8-inch water sports boat offers World-class performance, cool style, amazing accommodations and strong construction. The S238 allows you to wake, surf and reign supreme on the water. Get behind Supreme boats at the 2016 SWSC with Transition Watersports or anytime at a Supreme Boats Dealer near you.

The 2016 Supreme Wake Surfing Championship presented by Skylon is being managed by tournament directors Dennis Costa and Danny Biebricher. These wake surfing veterans are being supported by event hosts, Nate and Abigail Stockman owners of Transition Watersports. This team is dedicated to helping competitors reign supreme on the water. Many amazing performances are expected April 15-16, 2016. Come watch the 2016 SWSC at Lake Weir.