A cacophony of bells reverberated around the sandstone cliffs of Bells Beach on Wednesday, announcing the wins of two wholly unsurprising victors.
The world title race has never been so open.
MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Thursday, October 2, 2008) – Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka commenced at 9:30am in four to five foot (1 metre plus) waves at Mundaka. Event organizers and the ASP have opted to use the Dual Heat format today. Heats will be 40 minutes long.
MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Wednesday, October 1, 2008) – Kelly Slater (USA) needs to finish ninth or better in the ninth event of the year to win his ninth ASP World Title. He’s one heat away from doing so after scoring a 9.00 and a 7.33 to win his Round 1 heat at the Billabong Pro Mundaka back-up venue of Sopelana today.
MANLY BEACH, Australia (Wednesday, October 1, 2008) – The ASP Top 17 are returning to Australia for the richest female event in professional surfing, the Beachley Classic at Sydney’s Northern Beaches, running from October 9 – 14, 2008.
MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Wednesday, October 1, 2008) – Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka will run in two to three foot (1 metre) waves at the back-up site of Sopelana today. Heat 1 hit the water at 9am local time.
MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008) – Contest officials made the 45 minute drive to assess conditions at the back-up site of Sopelana this morning but ultimately decided to call ASP World Tour competition off for the day.
MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Monday, Sept. 29, 2008) The Billabong Pro Mundaka waiting period began today, but after assessing conditions at the main event site in Mundaka and the back-up venue of Sopelana until 11:30am, the contest was called off for the day.
CAPBRETON, France (Friday, September 26, 2008) - The Quiksliver Pro France finished wednesday but the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) are about to get back on with European surfers all readying for a good start to the end-of-the-year marathon that will take them from Brazil to the Canary Islands then Hawaii for the showdown. We caught up with current ASP WQS No. 3 French surfer Tim Boal (Anglet, FRA), on his career, training, goals, and a look back on this year...
SEIGNOSSE, France (Friday, September 26, 2008) - Michel Bourez (Tahiti, PYF), 23, current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 14 and wildcard in the Quiksilver Pro France, ended his run in the Quarterfinals of the event after defeating three of the top 20 surfers including ASP World Tour No. 3 and 4 Bede Durbidge (AUS) and Joel Parkinson (AUS) respectively in Round 3 and 2.
MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Thursday, September 25, 2008) – ASP World Tour ratings leader Kelly Slater (USA) was 7.31 points away from clinching his ninth ASP World Title when he was beaten by Australia’s Adrian Buchan in their French final bout yesterday. Slater now has to secure an equal 9th finish at next week’s Billabong Pro Mundaka to clinch crown No.9.