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Surfers Paradise gold digger finds four more nuggets in the sand on Gold Coast beach

KERCHING! There’s more gold where the now-infamous Gold Coast beach nuggets came from.

The Surfers Paradise gold digger who found three precious rocks on a northern Gold Coast beach last week has done it again.

Local beachlover Greg Cooke uncovered another two nuggets on Saturday when he returned to his lucky secret spot in the sand.

Mr Cooke and his buddy returned to their treasure trove again yesterday — and found two more rocks.

“They’re not as big. My mate’s got them — he reckons those two are his,” Mr Cooke said.

Mr Cooke said he and his mate reckon the nuggets are most likely broken fragments from the same rock.

“The big one’s been there forever and it’s only with erosion that they’ve come to life,” he said.

“We reckon the small ones are coming from the rock retaining walls.

“You can see the quartz veins in the rock in the retaining walls.”

Eager to keep the exact location of his ‘gold mine’ secret, Mr Cookie said the unlikely prospectors were careful not to attract too much attention.

“There are an awful lot of people on the beach looking down at the moment,” he said, laughing.

“We’ve tried to be clever about it but it must be pretty obvious — two guys walking along the beach, one swinging a detector and the other one with a shovel.”

Max Elkington top goofy as South Africa series launches

26 March, 2017 – Port Elizabeth – The Bay welcomed competitive surfing back into her arms by providing excellent waves for the best junior surfers in the country.

Three-to four-feet peaks with plenty of power and fun, was the setting for the first Billabong Junior Series event in South Africa in a revamped surfing program for the year. Billabong’s Junior Series, currently enjoying its 20th anniversary, have upped their events back to four events, and are enjoying full entries across the board for their prestigious series, the oldest in the world.

Some of the best surfers cutting loose in the ultra competitive U16 division in the early rounds were the like of Luke Slijpen from Llandudno in Cape Town, Max Elkington from Kommetjie in Cape Town, Dillon Hendricks from Nelson mandela Bay, Saxton Randall from Durban Anelo Faulkner from JBay

Max Elkington, the standout goofyfooter, was pumped on his performance and on the upcoming heats. “I had a good heat. I started off with two really good waves pretty quickly so I was stoked,” said Elkington. “The waves got really good with the high tide with some nice bowls. It was super fun out there. Eli and Luke look like the people to beat out there, as well as Karl Steen and Angelo Faulkner. They all look like they’re on their game at the moment.”

Summer Sutton was one of the standouts in the fierce U16 Grs division, winning her opening heat and going through to the next day of competition. “It was really fun out there and I was so happy to win my first heat. The waves are great and it’s a great way to start this Junior Series,” said Sutton. “The waves are great and I’m just really happy that I got my two good waves and managed to get through.”

Another surfer, Kayla Nogueira from Durban, was the real standout in this division. Kayla, who is currently working with the High performance Surfing Academy in Durban, showed great maturity and competitive knowledge in her heat, going out and looking for her two good waves, the ultimate requirement for heat advancement. She did well, hooking in a combined two-wave total of 16 points out of her possible 20, and picking up the highest heat score of the day in the process.

“It’s been a great day of surfing and an exciting start to our year,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “The Billabong Junior Series has gone from strength to strength, and we’re in the 20 th year of the series. It’s a legacy we’re proud of, and we’re going to continue to support junior surfing in South Africa into the future.”

The series has been successful over the years, with surfers like Jordy Smith Bianca Buitendag and Travis Logie graduating from it to launch successful professional careers. Current graduates bubbling under consist of Mikey February, Beyrick De Vries, Dylan Lightfoot and Matt McGillivray, all digging in deep on the QS and vying for spots on the Championship Tour.

Wright and Gilmore Lead WSL elite into Western Australia

26 March, 2017 – Margaret River, Western Australia – The World Tour elite have left the Gold Coast on Australia’s eastern shore and made the journey west to Margaret River for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

The world’s best surfers are spanning the Australian continent for the second stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, which holds a competitive window of March 29 – April 9, 2017.

The innovative, inspiring and aggressive performances at the opening event of the 2017 CT season set the tone for an incredible year ahead. With seven out of nine WSL Champions earning Quarterfinal results or better on the Gold Coast, the tour is stacked with fierce competitors all gunning for the win. Western Australia will offer an exciting field of play for the world elite, with options at Main Break, The Box and North Point.

Owen Wright (AUS) will come into this event ranked first on the Jeep Leaderboard after his electrifying performance at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Wright, who sat out the entire 2016 season due to a career-threatening, traumatic brain injury, will look to best his 9th place finish at this event. Wright will face rookies Connor O’Leary (AUS) and Ian Gouveia (BRA) in Round 1 Heat 7.

Reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) will fight to reclaim the lead over the Top 34 coming into Western Australia. Florence will be up against rookie Frederico Morais (PRT) and the winner of the trials in Round 1.

2016 event winner Sebastian Zietz (HAW) will look to defend his event title this year. After a 13th place finish on the Gold Coast, Zietz will try to improve his points ranking with a back-to-back win in WA. Zietz, Filipe Toledo (BRA), and 2017 CT Rookie Ethan Ewing (AUS) will be in the last heat of Round 12.

2017 CT Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), currently ranked 25th on the Jeep Leaderboard, will face three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in Heat 1. Fioravanti made a name for himself at last year’s event after taking down Slater and 2015 WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA). Now, as a full-time CT competitor, Fioravanti will look to shake up the rankings and surpass his previous Quarterfinal berth.

Six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) will battle to best her previous Semifinal finishes at Margaret River and maintain her lead atop the rankings. The Australian Champion will sport the coveted Jeep Leader Jersey after her sixth win at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Round 1 Heat 4 will witness Gilmore match-up against Nikki Van Dijk (USA) and injury replacement Bianca Buitendag (ZAF).

Tyler Wright (AUS), 2016 WSL Champion and defending event winner, carried her intensity and power into the first event of the season to earn a fifth place ranking on the Jeep Leaderboard. Wright will attempt to repeat last year’s victory, but will first need to advance out of Round 1.

Carissa Moore (HAW), three-time WSL Champion and two-time event winner, will be up against World No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA) and Pauline Ado (FRA) in Round 1. Peterson, who sat out for a majority of the 2016 season due to an ankle injury, returned to the CT with an incredible runner-up finish at Snapper Rocks.

Jesse Mendes (BRA), the highest ranked surfer on the WSL Qualifying Series, has been awarded the wildcard into the main event. Mendes will surf against 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) in Heat 5.

Italo Ferreira (BRA) has withdrawn from the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro after an ankle injury he suffered at Duranbah a few days after his fifth place finish at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Ferreira’s position has been filled by Nat Young (USA).

On the women’s side, Laura Enever (AUS) will not be competing at this event due to a knee injury. Enever will be replaced by Bianca Buitendag (ZAF).

The remaining men’s and women’s wildcard will be decided by a trials event on Tuesday, March 28th.

Surfline, official forecast for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, are calling for: A strong SSW swell looks likely for the opening day of the waiting period, March 29th, easing /fading the 30th-31st. A much smaller, but still potentially overhead, SSW swell is possible for the 1st-2nd with more mid to large swell possible during the second week of the waiting period.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA), Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Nat Young (USA)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW), Frederico Morais (PRT), TBD
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Conner Coffin (USA), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 11: Julian WIlson (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 12: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Ethan Ewing (AUS)

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Sage Erickson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS), TBD
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van DIjk (USA), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW), Lakey Peterson (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 6: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Silvana Lima

Expectations rise as Noosa Festival of Surfing nears

Eagerly anticipated entry for pro and specialty divisions of the 2017 Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing are now officially open.

While amateur and age divisions have been gaining a swathe of entries from all over the world, the pro and specialty events were yet to be available for entry until 1 November. The festival team has been inundated with enquiries regarding this diverse range of divisions, and is anticipating an unprecedented influx of entries, with many already flooding in over the first two days.

The stand-up paddle community has been hankering to secure places across its numerous divisions, including the race events – the Battle of the Paddle and SUP Endurance Race, presented by Aussie Soles – and two surf divisions, the now familiar men’s and women’s SUP Surf events, as well as the newly inaugurated 10-foot+ Longboard SUP Surf division.

In many respects showcasing the cutting edge of contemporary longboarding, the Logger Pro and Women’s Pro both annually attract an international contingent of some of the finest longboard surfers in the world.

With some 68 entrants this year, male and female, the Logger Pro has proven to be the most popular and attended division of the festival in recent years, and with the continual rise in popularity of more traditionally inspired equipment and surfing, 2017 is sure to be more popular than ever before.

Golden Breed returns once more to the Noosa Festival, presenting the world-renowned Golden Breed Noserider Pro. Always a huge festival draw card for spectators and competitors alike, the Golden Breed Noserider Pro is a spectacular display of skill, pitting surfers against the clock to achieve as much tip time as possible.

Also returning to the schedule of specialty events is the Garage Handplanes Body Bash, a boards-free division celebrating the growing discipline of bodysurfing. Twice winner and former world bodysurfing champion, Tom Marr will be returning to defend his title, also representing the division’s sponsor as leading Garage Handplanes ambassador.

The fast and frantic Teams Challenge will also be back in 2017, the tag-team event hugely popular, often controversial and always great fun amongst local and visiting surf clubs and factions. Four teams, four surfers each and forty minutes to score the best single wave per person before a desperate dash for the finish line.

Celebrating the family vibes and spirit of aloha, and the universal surfing family, Noosa Civic joins the festival for the first time to present the Family Challenge. Family values and environmental awareness are high on the agenda of Noosa Civic Shopping Centre, making it the perfect partnership, not only for the festival, but also the all-ages Family Challenge. Noosa Civic will also be hosting several events back on terra firma, with more news on those and other dry-land events and activities coming soon.

The already crammed schedule is going to be pushed to bursting for 2017, and the world’s largest surf festival continues to grow bigger, better and more popular with every passing year.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the action – get your entries in today for the 2017 Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Seven new champs crowned as grom series wraps up

The final NSW based Wahu Surfer Groms Comp for 2016/2017 wrapped up yesterday with seven new champions being crowned.

Jarvis Earle (Cronulla) and Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon) both claimed their second Wahu Surfer Groms Comp presented by Woolworths for the season, taking out the Under-14 Boys and Girls division. Both surfers posted a series of impressive performances over the duration of the event to claim the coveted title and ensure titles returned to Sydney.

Winter Vincent (Manly) made his first appearance in the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp presented by Woolworths in Kiama and ensured it counted, claiming the Under-12 Boys division. The fast and flowing natural-footer posted a respectable 13.33 heat total to claim the title and add the win to his already impressive portfolio of results.

Holly Wishart (Werri), Koby Jackson (Lake Tabourie) and Shyla Short (Austinmer) all claimed titles for the Illawarra/South Coast region, claiming the Under-12 Girls and Under-10 Boys and Girls respectively. All three surfers showed healthy repertoires across their Wahu campaigns to take the three titles.

Kobe Kremer (Terrigal) continued his charge through the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp presented by Woolworths, taking out the Under-8 Mixed division. Kremer posted a respectable 7.93 heat total to claim the win ahead of Sunny Vincent (Manly), Jacob Hall (Avoca) and Taj Air (Thirroul) who claimed second, third and fourth respectively.

The main base for event four of the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp series presented by Woolworths was Jones Beach with backup locations of Bombo, Kiama Surf Beach and Werri.

Regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 9-event Wahu Surfer Groms Comps presented by Woolworths caters for surfers from Under 8 to Under 14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia over summer. The Under 8 is a mixed division with parent assists.

As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC). For the South Australian and Victorian events, the Wahu Surf Camp prize will be awarded to the highest place Under-14 Boy and Girl who reside in that respective State.

Each entrant will also receive a Wahu Surfer Groms Comps presented by Woolworths t-shirt for entering, plus a Wahu beach product and there will be plenty of beach games and giveaways at each event.

Adding to the high stakes is the Woolworths Fresh Wave Awards, presented to the best and fairest male and female surfers from each event. The recipients will have a high degree of sportsmanship and exhibit future surfing potential and will be awarded a $250 Woolworths voucher each.

At selected Wahu events, Flight Centre, the travel experts, will be giving competitors and spectators the chance to try out their mechanical surfboard and win prizes in the ‘Flight Centre Air Powered Flight Cube.’

The Wahu Surfer Groms Comps presented by Woolworths have helped to launch the careers of many of Australia’s most promising junior surfers with more than 800 children set to take part in the 2016/17 event series.

Previous champions include Matt Banting, Jacob Willcox, Luke Hynd, Eli Steele, Kai Hing, Chris Zaffis, Quinn Bruce, Ellie-Jean Coffey, Macy Callaghan, Isabella Nichols, Holly Wawn and Laura Poncini.

Male – Woolworths Fresh Wave Winner: Kai Allen
Female – Woolworths Fresh Wave Winner: Kasey Hargreaves

U8 Mixed
1. Kobe Kremer (Terrigal)
2. Sunny Vincent (Manly)
3. Jacob Hall (Avoca)
4. Taj Air (Thirroul)

U10 Girls
1. Shyla Short (Austinmer)
2. Bodhi Simon (Port Kembla)
3. Evie Fisher (Gymea Bay)
4.Tiana Darragh (Maroubra)

U10 Boys
1. Koby Jackson (Lake Tabourie)
2. Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater)
3. Dayan Conti (Minnamurra)
4. Jake Feher (Matraville)

U12 Girls
1. Holly Wishart (Werri)
2. Oceanna Rogers (Shell Cove)
3. Jada Thomas (Barrack Point)
4. Zahlia Short (Austinmer)

U12 Boys
1. Winter Vincent (Manly)
2. Jarvis Robson (Bulli)
3. Hugh Vaughan (Bateau Bay)
4. Sam Cornock (Cronulla)

U14 Girls
1. Cedar Leigh Jones (Avalon)
2. Jasmine Riggs (Curl Curl)
3. Lily Macdonald (Freswater)
4. Charli Hurst (Port Kembla)

U14 Boys
1. Jarvis Earle (Cronulla)
2. Axel Rose- Curotta (Manly)
3. Grayson Hinrichs (Bondi)
4. Saxon Reber (Beacon Hill)

Wahu Surfer Groms Comps presented by Woolworths 2016/2017 Series Schedule:
EVENT 1 – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Sep 10 – 11, 2016
EVENT 2 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Oct 15 – 16, 2016
EVENT 3 – Cronulla NSW – Oct 22-23, 2016
EVENT 4 – Kiama, NSW – Nov 5 – 6, 2016
EVENT 5 – Ocean Grove, VIC – Nov 19-20, 2016
EVENT 6 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Nov 26, 2016
EVENT 7 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 10-11, 2016
EVENT 8 – Gold Coast, QLD – Jan 10 – 11, 2017
EVENT 9 – Trigg Point, WA – Jan 28-29, 2017

America’s first surf park closes after pool leak, flooding

This year the U.S. opened its first surf park in Austin Texas. The NLand Surf Park welcomed visitors this summer and planned to run through the rest of this season when they hit a snag, or snagged the lining to their man-made lake system.

While doing repairs NLand Surf Park inadvertently flooded a nearby road. The park drained the main lagoon on its property causing water to reach the neighbours yards. The flooded road serves four nearby homes. Local residents contacted the city when they noticed their property being flooded.

“It was full of water, and I couldn’t even walk through here,” Patricia Garcia told KXAN News when pointing to her driveway. “I want them to fix the water so it wouldn’t come into my property because it’s messing up my yard.”

The city said their only responsibility is for determining whether the water poses a health hazard or not. However, they confirmed that the water came from NLand surf park and is clean.

“The liner in our reef section has been compromised more so than expected by fin and nose cuts and we need to do more extensive repairs,” NLand said on their website. “Therefore, we will be closed through November and potentially beyond.”

Quiksilver and Aikau family may not reach Eddie agreement

As the North Pacific stirs to life and the surf world turns its collective attention to the North Shore, it’s been reported that The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau may lay dormant for several more years. The reason? The longstanding agreement between Quiksilver and the Aikau family has dissolved.

The family is “exploring other options” for sponsorship according to Hawaii News Now and will hold a news conference today.

The report added that the Aikau family had severed ties with Quiksilver. In addition, due to the lengthy permit requirement process, the contest would not be able to run this year as no application has been submitted correctly.

“It’s unfortunate because the Quiksilver application was based upon it being the Eddie, and we have informed Quiksilver that they are the awardee but they would have to hold the event as the Eddie,” city deputy managing director Georgette Deemer told Hawaii News Now. “So unless there is some kind of resolution that’s the only way it appears the Eddie could go forward.”

A capacity crowd of 25,000 lined Waimea Bay last February to witness John John Florence win the event. It was the first time in seven years that conditions met Eddie standards and the 28-man field was able to compete.

Thurso Super Series wraps up event #1 in solid surf

The Finals day of competition was heralded by jaw-dropping 6-8’ barrels as the UKPSA team pulled up to Thurso-east in the early morning, peering through the twilight scene, we immediately knew this would be an epic finale to 2016’s Thurso Super Surf Series #1 stop.

Re-commencing with the last outstanding heat of the Fistral Beach Under 18’s round:1 at 8am, saw Seth Morris take 1st place with two 4 point waves, joining the semi-finalists alongside Scottish junior Andrew Robertson who demonstrated a great consistency of 2 point rides before smashing out a solid 4.6 (highest wave of the heat) for his 2nd place.

The next heats paddling into the pumping swell, were the Semi-Finals of both; the Adams Surfboards Under 16’s & the Fistral Beach Under 18’s division, with the tide dropping back, Thurso-East put on an impressive display of natural force and our riders completed split barrel sections and negotiated its steep drops for our finalists to emerge from the pack –

Bude’s Barnaby Cox, Patrick Langdon-Dark (Swansea), Sol Hawkins from Newquay & Kit Innes from Widemouth; all battled it out in the Adams Surfboards Under 16 Finals within high-fiving distance from the exposed reef as Kit Innes continued his winning form this season topping the win over Patrick Langdon-Dark.

Keeping his now “lucky” blue rash vest on, Kit Innes continued onto the Final of the Fistral Beach Under 18’s with Harry De Roth (St Ives), Logan Nicol from Wales & Andrew Robertson from St Andrews, Scotland.

The Under 18’s lit up the Northern sky with plumes of spray as they attacked the line to gain the win, it was doubly impressive to see that these young athletes were pushing the boundaries so hard that fins were breaking free from the turns. But there can be only one overall victor and Harry De Roth takes the trophy with his easy and fluid style getting those vital points over 2 nd place winner Kit Innes.

Young athletes were pushing the boundaries so hard that fins were breaking free from the turns. But there can be only one overall victor and Harry De Roth takes the trophy with his easy and fluid style getting those vital points over 2nd place winner Kit Innes.

Elimination rounds for the Men’s Open were as exciting as anticipated with both Scottish and UK Pro Tour surfers giving the best displays of surfing skill imaginable on this quality wave, with long-drawn barrels, huge cutbacks and powerful attacks on the lip. It wasn’t long before the reef became home to a dedicated crowd cheering them on. Thurso local Mark Boyd showed the strength of local knowledge, making it through to the Finals on his home-turf alongside Jayce Robinson, Jobe Harriss & Reubyn Ash.

The Women’s Open proceeded, being a straight 5 woman Final due to low entries able to make it up to The Highlands for this event, nevertheless spectators and judges were thrilled with the charismatic surfing of both Bude’s Emily Currie & Lucy Campbell from Woolacombe who traded one powerful wave after another in a run for the title, some excellent surfing was displayed from Thurso locals Shoana Blackadder and Iona McLachlan & The Vale’s Ffion Hughes but ultimately it was the perfected style and focused turns of Lucy Campbell that stole the show.

Blake Thornton claims the Bacardi Surf Tour

Maroubra’s Blake Thornton has taken out the Inaugural Bacardi Surf Tour after claiming victory in the Hemingway’s Manly Pro at South Curl Curl Beach, Sydney.

In a day full of twists and turns the overall Tour Champion was decided in the final heat of the Tour with Thornton defeating Bondi’s Perth Standlick in the man on man final, 16.83 to 14.13.

The stylish natural footer started strong, opening up with an 8-point ride that he soon backed up with the highest score of the day – 8.83. Standlick waited patiently for a good wave and found an 8.63 late in the final but ran out of time chasing down the 8.21 required for victory.

Before taking on Standlick in the final Thornton survived a massive Semi Final match up against Manly’s Dayyan Neve. If Neve won the Semi he would have won the Tour and it all came down to Neve’s last wave. Needing a 6.48 Neve executed a series of strong forehand maneuvers but fell short of the score required by less than a point with the judges locking in a 5.6. Thornton won 13.30 to 12.43.

“It’s quite surreal how the whole day played out,” said Thornton. “I thought Nic (Squiers) would run away with it given his lead and the conditions but when he lost early it left the door open and created a lot of exciting scenarios. In my head I was just set on winning the event and thinking that was the only way I could take the series out, I peaked in the final and surfed my best heat when it counted. It was a sick series and a top bunch of blokes to surf against all year.”

Standlick was the form surfer going into the final posting the highest heat totals in the Semi and Quarter Finals. “It was rad that the whole series came down to the last heat of the five events,” Standlick said. “It was a fun final to be apart of.”

After competing in all five events Neve was stoked to be back in the comp rash shirt with his competitive juices re-ignited. “I was devastated losing the Semi Final to Blake as I really wanted to win the Tour,” Neve said. “I enjoyed competing in all the events and it was good to surf against the younger guys as well. I was jealous of Blake winning the overall trophy but he worked really hard and deserved the win.”

Avalon young gun Letty Mortensen was the giant killer on the day knocking Nic Squiers out of the event in Round 2, which really opened the door for Thornton, Standlick and Neve to take the overall Title. In his first Bacardi Surf Tour event, Mortensen powered through the draw defeating Gerard McCallum 14.10 to 9.27 in the Quarter Finals before narrowly going down to Standlick 14.33 to 13.67 in the Semi Finals.

“Pretty happy to finish 3 rd in my first Bacardi event,” said Mortensen. “To get an 8.67 and then not be able to get a mid range back up in the Semi was a bummer. The whole day was tricky conditions and you really just had to find those corners that were going to give you some opportunity. It was so cool to have guys like Matt Bemrose and ex CT surfer Dayyan Neve in the event, there’s so many good surfers doing these events so you really have to bring you’re A-Game. Next time I’d love to take the win.”

Thornton cleaned up on the day receiving $2500 for winning the Tour, $1000 for winning the Hemingway’s Pro and a $900 G-Shock for the highest wave score of the day.

Blake Thornton Results – 2016 Bacardi Surf Tour

Triple Bull Cronulla Pro 1st

Aloha Manly Style Pro 7 th – Retired injured in Semi Final

Stowaway Pro 9 th – Defeated by Dayyan Neve

Deck Bar Pro 9 th – Defeated by Shane Holmes

Hemingway’s Pro 1 st

Hemingway’s Manly Pro Results

1 st Blake Thornton 16.83

2 nd Perth Standlick 14.13

3 rd Letty Mortensen

3 rd Dayyan Neve

5 th Gerard McCallum

5 th Dane Atcheson

5 th Ben Penny

5 th Matt Bemrose

Bacardi Surf Tour Final Ratings

1 st Blake Thornton 2695

2 nd Nic Squiers 2420

3 rd Dayyan Neve 2400

4 th Perth Standlick 2340

5 th Dane Atcheson 1795

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Andy Irons documentary in the works

When Andy Irons died in a Texas hotel room in 2010 there was a torrent of speculation as to the cause of his death. In the subsequent months several causes including drug use, a heart condition and rare tropical diseases all emerged as the cause of his untimely departure from this world.

But a new Andy Irons documentary in the works from Teton Gravity focuses on Andy’s struggle with bi-polar disorder and how that shaped so much of his life, including the demons and drug use that tormented him.

“Andy Irons to me was my older brother, my hero,” says a tearful Bruce Irons in the film. Along with Bruce, Andy’s story is told by Lyndie Irons, Kelly Slater, Michael Tomson, and those who surfed with him, grew up with him and tried to help him.

“This is the life story of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons who died at age 32 from a heart attack with the secondary cause being an acute mixture of drugs,” said Teton Gravity in a statement.

“The film chronicles Andy’s struggles with dyslexia, bipolar disease, self-medication, addiction, fame, success, and failure. Andy was a blue collar people’s champ who dealt with the same issues millions of people around the world struggle with every day.”

Teton Gravity has a kickstarter page going to keep help them finish the project. You can support it here.