Posts Tagged ‘ISA World Surfing Games’


Florida’s C.J. Hobgood Wins O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach

December 8, 2008

The O’Neill World Cup Champion is C.J. Hobgood.

The day started with wave face heights of 12 feet which were  scheduled to hit 25+ by midday for the final day of the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach.

Hobgood, 29, won the World Cup  in clean 20- to 30-foot wave face heights, making Hobgood the first goofy-footer in 11 years to win at Sunset Beach – Australia’s Michael Romelese was the last goofy-foot to win at Sunset in 1997. Hobgood was lucky enough to grab the biggest wave in the 35-minute final and was absolutely blown away by his first place finish:

“That just shows you what Sunset can do. You just roll the dice, go out and sometimes Mother Nature is good to you and other times it just beats you down. There’s four guys out there, but you never really see your competitors the whole time. It’s Man versus Nature out there and that’s what makes Sunset so challenging and appealing.”

Australia’s Tom Whitaker, 29, finished runner-up. Whitaker was awed by the quality of surf Sunset Beach produced today: “It’s pretty much as dreamy as Sunset gets, it’s beautifully clean and really, really good sized,” he said.

Sunset Beach local, Marcus Hickman, 29, finished third with Jordy Smith of South Africa in fourth place. Smith posted a 10-point ride earlier in the day by getting a tube. He also posted the highest heat score of the contest – an 18.50 out of a possible 20 in the same round. The highest placed European was  Eric Rebiere of France, who placed third in his heat in the round of 32 to finish equal 17th overall.

ASPWorldTour posted this video with the day’s highlights…

After this event, Dusty Payne (Hawaii) is ranked first for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing overall title. This year’s O’Neill World Cup of Surfing Champion C.J. Hobgood(USA) is second and Joel Parkinson (Australia) is in third. All three surfers will be competing at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

The Billabong Pipeline Masters  started today – Monday, 8th December – it’s a never-ending wave for these guys!


ISA World Surfing Games – Day 5

October 16, 2008

Day 5

“At this stage of the event the level of surfing is so high that it comes down to who gets the best waves,” says New Zealand coach Cory Scott.

Costa de Caparica : photo courtesy ISA

A busy day today – the following heats will take place starting at 8:00 a.m.

Open Repercharge 2 and 3
Open Main Event 4
Women Surf Main Event 3
Women Surf Repercharge 2
Bodyboard Men Repercharge 2, 3 and 4
Bodyboard Women Main Event 3
Bodyboard Women Repercharge 2
Longboard Repercharge 2

The main attraction yesterday were the final heats of the repercharge. The Open Men´s Round 2 was held in two foot waves, and the tide finally forced the Contest Director to suspend the final heats of the day.

Here’s a video from  SURFDWV . No surfing, but you can meet some of the contestants…


Day 4 at Costa de Caparica, Portugal

October 15, 2008

Day 4 has dawned and the ISA World Surfing Games are well underway. The wave action has been smaller than anticipated but this hasn’t lessened the competitive spirit that was running high by the end of the third day.

Yesterday saw heats for the Surf Open, Surf Ladies, Bodyboard Open, Bodyboard Ladies and Longboard.

There have  been some outstanding performances from newcomers and youngsters who are determined to keep the older generation on their toes.

The heats for the Ladies Surf were highlighted with a superb performance from 17 yr old Australian, Sally Fitzgibbons.

Fitzgibbons, who won in Costa de Caparica at the World Junior Surfing Championship last year, produced the highest combined scores in both her first and second round heats, 14.17 and 15.00 respectively. The Australian easily made it through to the finals.

The talented youngster said,  “It’s good to get in the water today. We’ve had a couple of days off watching the boys in other divisions. Conditions all through the day are very contestable and it’s pretty hard now to pick those high scorers. All the girls are surfing really well and just hope to keep moving through a couple more rounds and have a little but of fun. I’ve been feeling good and the Aussie Team too!”

Fitzgibbons is the reigning ASP World Junior Champion and has already made ASP history by securing enough ratings points on the ASP World Qualifying Series to qualify for the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour… well before this season’s halfway point – a feat that has never been accomplished before by any surfer, male or female.

Sally Fitzgibbons : photo Steve Robertson

Tamaroa McComb, a 16 yr old from Tahiti, is also giving his competitors in these Games something to think about. He was crowned ISA World Junior Champion in the Under 16 division five months ago on the French coast and his talent ensured that he was selected for the Tahitian Surfing Team as an Open surfer – despite his age. The gamble paid off – he posted an 18.17 score in the third round.

“I was a bit lucky to get the good ones. It was kind of hard out there since the tide was high but I just sat on the side and waited for the rights and they just came to me. I tried to do airs and carves,” McComb said, and commenting on his first time surfing for the Open Tahitian team, he said, “I heard that the Federation wanted me to come here, and I wanted exactly the same. It’s amazing to surf with the pros and push my level up.”


A 14 Year Old Surfing Phenomenon: Tyler Wright

October 13, 2008

And whilst the ISA World Games are going on in Portugal, over in Australia they have just had the Beachley Classic at Manly Beach. 14 year old Tyler Wright has become the youngest girl ever to win this event.


“This is easily the best day of my life,” she said. “I’m so stoked. I don’t really have the words to describe it. I knew Silvana (Lima) would be dangerous out there so I just did my best to stick to my game plan and get waves.”

Tyler, who gained entry into the Beachley Classic after her impressive win at the Oakley Trials last Thursday, defeated reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 29, and Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, en route to her Finals berth with Lima. 

“These are girls that all us grommets look up to and to just be competing with them is an honor,” she said. “I had no expectations whatsoever this week for myself and I think that really worked in my favor.”

A natural-footer from NSW,  Tyler has been creating quite a stir in the last 2 weeks: she won the Billabong Pro Junior Championships on 1st October allowing her to qualify for the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior; she won the Oakley Trials on the 9th October, and yesterday, in peaky waves of about 1m, she won the Beachley Classic -one of women’s surfing richest events – allowing her to pocket a handsome cheque. She is now going off on a well earned break with Ripcurl and fellow world tour surfers, Steph Gilmoure and Jess Miley Dyer.


Owen Wright must be proud of his little sister. He, too, is a surfer to be reckoned with. First he captured the under 16 world championship last year in Brazil and has continued to knock over more fancied rivals before joining the World Qualifying Series tour. He has won four ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series events in 2008, and now sits fifth in the ratings.

 “This is my fourth win of the year and I’m sitting fifth – it just shows how high the standard is at the moment” Wright said.

What a pair of siblings.


Another Red Alert – Put This Date in Your Surfing Calendar

September 18, 2008

From the 11th – 19th October, Costa de Caparica in Portugual will be hosting the ISA World Surfing Games, one of the world’s most important surfing competitions.

Costa de Caparica is 13km of beautiful beaches located on the central Portuguese coastline, half an hour away from Lisbon International Airport. It is a chain of very consistent left and right beach breaks with swells that come from the south and west with different variations. The waves start to break at a half metre or more, and can support up to 8-feet swells.

They are busy preparing themselves for the spectacle that begins in less than a month.

The event holders are expecting about 300 surfers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tahiti, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay and the host nation.

This competition brings surfers from around the world together for the twentieth time to test their skills against their fellow participants. ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, speaking for Portugal, says: “We are very happy and honored to bring the ISA World Surfing Games to Portugal for the second time in history.”

The competition was first held in 1964 in Sydney, Australia and both main titles were won by Australians, Bernard “Midget” Farrelly and Phyllis O´Donnell. 15 World Championships followed until, in 1976, the ISF (International Surfing Federation) took over the event. The ISF is recognised by the Internation Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing authority for surfing, bodyboarding and surfriding and it is the ISA (International Surfing Association) which supervises the world championships.

Portugal first held this competition in 1998. The Portuguese Federation and the event producer, Natural Factor, organised a superb ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in 2007. “We are very confident in their ability to deliver a top level event. I’m sure that all delegations will enjoy the Portuguese hospitality and friendship,” they said.

There will be medals in the following categories:

Open Men – four members per team
Open Women – two members per team
Bodyboard Men – two members per team
Bodyboard Women – one member per team
Longboard – one member per team

To refresh your memories, the defending champions are:

Jordy Smith from South Africa in Open Men
Julia Christian of the United States in Open Women
Manuel Centeno of Portugal in Bodyboard Men
Kira Llewellyn from Australia in Bodyboard Women
Mathew Moir from South Africa in Longboard


Thanks to Manulaboy for this video on 18 year old Jordy Smith.

A word of advice from the ISA:

Surfers interested in participating in ISA surf events MUST contact their country’s National Governing Body (NGB). If your country does not have an NGB representative, please contact the ISA. Should you wish to find out more about ISA Events Open for Bidding, please contact ISA Headquarters,