PARKO SCORES LATEST COVER OF SURFING LIFE MAGAZINE

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Check the latest issue of ASL (April 09 issue) and you will see Parko gracing the cover. Parko has kicked off 09 with an intense training regime and is blowing minds with his off season surfing, so in turn was kindly rewarded by the Ed team at Surfing Life with a glossy cover shot and an interview. With a quiver of what JS calls 'the best boards I have ever shaped for Parko' and the man himself in peak physical condition, expect to see big things from him on tour this year.

ASL' Chris Binns took the time to sit down with Parko and see what has been going on for the last few months, and to see what is fueling this focused approach to the 09 season. To read the interview (titled 'Angling for the Crown'), you will have to purchase the magazine. Sorry gang, but we are not allowed to let the cat out of the bag!. Until then, check out the cover and opening page.


JORDY SMITH JOINS THE JS INDUSTRIES TEAM

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Coolangatta - Friday 20th February 2009 - Jordy Smith signed on to ride for JS surfboards today in his quest for a world title on the ASP World Tour of Surfing in 2009. Smith now accompanies some of the world's best surfers that are already part of the JS family. Jason Stevenson, (head shaper and company founder) and Jordy have been working together for a number of years and have gained some great results. In 2008, Smtih spent the year trying out other surfboard brands to see what worked best for him, but has returned to ride JS surfboards full time due to his past success with Jason.

"The tractor (JS logo) is iconic to the JS brand, and Jordy has had great success on our boards in the past." Said Stevenson. "He has won many qualifying series events on our boards, and who could forget his unforgettable 3rd place in the Billabong Pro (Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa) in 2007 on a tractor board.  I am glad to be working with Jordy again and am proud to have him on the JS team."

The deal will see Jordy representing JS for at least the next three years. "Signing a long term agreement shows dedication and commitment from both parties," stated Craig Pitchers, company co-director and sales manager. "We couldn't be more pleased to have him on board for the long haul."

Jordy resides in Durban South Africa, and at age 21, is regarded as one of the most talented upcoming surfers. After a mixed rookie year in 2008 and a season ending injury late in the year in Hawaii, his focus and determination to be surfing his best for 2009 has been mind blowing.

Smith joins world title candidate and 2008 Triple Crown winner, Joel Parkinson on the JS elite team, along with Bruce Irons, Luke Egan, Mark Occhilupo and Andrew Doheny.

The deal will see Jordy kick off the first event of the "2009 ASP World Tour" calendar riding JS surfboards at the Quiksilver Pro in Coolangatta late february. 

Stay tuned for the newest surfboard in the JS range; the "Jordy Smith signature model". 


Winners are Grinners - JS Team wins the 2009 FCS Manufacturers Cup at Duranbah

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The 2009 FCS Manufacturers Cup kicked off in sensational style with the QLD qualifier being held in smoking conditions at D-Bar. The opening qualifier also marked the introduction of some of the best World Tour surfers into the event who were keen to represent their respective surfboard sponsors. 

The QLD qualifier was won by JS Industries who took the well earned victory with the help of their star rider Joel Parkinson. Joel teamed up with shaper Jason Stevenson as well as Paul Stacey and former pro surfer Craig 'Scat' Pitchers. The JS team proved too good, aided considerably by an in form Parko who top scored on the day. In the final, the JS team defeated some of the Gold Coast's other well known shapers to take out bragging rights for another year.

The tag team format adds a unique dynamic to the event and produces a very different atmosphere from other conventional surfing competitions. Former pro surfer and FCS representative Jason Frost remarked, 'A great day was had by everyone who attended and it's great to have some of the best WT surfers involved. Some guys feel the pressure because you only have a short time to get two good waves and then get back to the beach. The adrenalin kicks in and everyone gets enthusiastic about what's happening out in the water. The event is really about having fun, but there are some bragging rights on the line'.

The FCS Manufacturers Cup is run in conjunction with the Jim Beam Surf Tag Series, and not only produces a fun and exciting competition but it also gives the guys in the trenches the opportunity to surf against the world's best Dream Tour surfers. 

The state qualifying rounds will be followed by an all important final to be held at North Narrabeen in March where FCS will crown the champions of the surfboard industry.  

Pictured below: Parko scored the highest score for the day, 2nd image - Parko, Craig Pitchers, Paul Stacey and Jason Stevenson



(Press release and images courtesy of FCS)


OCCY BOOK SIGNING

Monday, December 29, 2008

FREEWAVE CHALLENGE - DOHENY FREE SURFS TO VICTORY IN JUNIOR DIVISION

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (October 17, 2008) -- This summer featured an unprecedentedly high level of surfing performances by 16-and-under surfers along Mainland USA coasts, but the wave of the season was ridden by Andrew Doheny of Newport Beach, California.  Doheny, 16, won the "Small Fries" division of the Billabong Freewave Challenge Mainland edition with a pair of solid carves and an air reverse on an overhead wave at Lower Trestles on June 20, the opening day of the online free-surfing event.  Doheny receives $3,000 for his performance on the wave while Noah Alani gets $750 for capturing the action with his video camera.  To see all of the Small Fries finalist rides, CLICK HERE

The Small Fries award is just one of five divisions which acknowledge the finest freesurfing to take place in the USA this summer outside of regular surf contests. Other category winners recently revealed include the Best Barrel and the Heartbreaker Female Performance Awards.  The top-line Monster Maneuver Award will be announced on Monday.  In total, the event offers $40,000 in prize money for the surfers and videographers. Full rules and event format details can be accessed at the event website at www.FreewaveChallenge.com

The runner-up in the Small Fries division is Kolohe Andino, 14, of San Clemente, California for his demolition of another Lower Trestles right-hander on September 8, 2008. Andino, son of former US Champ Dino Andino, earns $2,000 for the single ride. Videographer Chris Gabriel receives $500 for his efforts in documenting the performance.

Finishing in third place is another San Clemente resident, 15-year-old Luke Davis who also took advantage of a good, long southern hemisphere swell wave at Lower Trestles on September 11.  Davis is rewarded in the amount of $1,500 for his smooth air 360 and Chris Gabriel collects another $400 for obtaining the photographic evidence.

According to the published Freewave rules, the Small Fries Award will be won by "The best performance on a single wave by a surfer age 16 or under at the time of the ride."  The rankings of the finalists were determined by a large voting panel made up of the surfers and videographers registered in the event along with select surfing media members from around the world.  Over 150 video clips of spectacular surfing were uploaded to the Freewave website with nominees qualifying=20 from a diverse number of surf breaks from all over the East, West and Gulf Coasts of the USA.  All the original clips can still be viewed by clicking on the Freewave Video Hub.

On Monday, October 20, the final results will be announced in the top category of the Billabong Freewave Challenge, the Monster Maneuver.  Vying for $15,700 in prize money (including $5,000 for the winning surfer) are:

  • Ryan Carlson  Ryan Carlson, 540 Rodeo at Huntington Beach, California. Video by DSG
  • Aaron Cormican, Air Reverse at Gulf Coast, Florida. Video by Jerry Ricciotti
  • Mason Ho, Backside 360 Air at Huntington Beach, California. Video by DSG
  • Zach Rhinehart, McTwist at Oceanside, California. Video by Boost Video Cody Thompson, Alley Oop Plus at Lower Trestles, California. Video by Evan Thompson

To see the Monster Maneuver finalists in action, click HERE.

BILLABONG FREEWAVE CHALLENGE MAINLAND

SMALL FRIES (16 and Under) RESULTS

  1. Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA) at Lower Trestles on June 20, 2008. ($3,000)  Video by Noah Alani ($750)
  2. Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA) at Lower Trestles on September 8, 2008.  ($2,000)  Video by Chris Gabriel ($500)
  3. Luke Davis (San Clemente, CA) at Lower Trestles on September 11, 2008.  (!,500) Video by Chris Gabriel ($400)

PARKO SCORES PERFECT 20 AT BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS & TAKES OUR THE VANS TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING

Sunday, December 14, 2008

PIPELINE, Hawaii - Parko surfed a perfect heat this week to cement his name in the history books at the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The current World No. 4 scored two perfect 10's to become the only surfer to earn a perfect 20 out of 20 heat total at Pipeline. 

'I never thought I would get two perfect 10s,' Parkinson said. 'It's not something you hear about every day, so I'd never really thought about doing it. I definitely claimed it like I had won an event for a second, but then I had to settle down and tell myself, 'All you did was make a heat!' The next heat I paddle out for, I'll have to remember that." 

Nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) is the only other surfer to score a perfect 20 out of 20. He did so in a 2005 final at Teahupoo, Tahiti to win the contest.

Parko then went on to take out the prestigious Vans Triple Crown after placing fifth in Halewia and Sunset, and then placing ninth at Pipeline. He is only the second Australian to take out the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing since Mike Rommelse (AUS) in 1997.

'I've come runner-up to the Triple Crown a couple of times,' Parkinson said. 'Andy nabbed it from me both times, so no hard feelings to Wardo, but I really didn't want that to happen again. It feels amazing to actually take it home this time.'

Well done Parko, from everyone at JS!!!! 


ACE BUCHAN TAKES OUT HIS FIRST WCT EVENT IN FRANCE

Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Hossegor, France (Wednesday, September 24, 2008) - Adrian Buchan (AUS) has beaten eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) to win his first ever ASP World Tour event - the Quiksilver Pro France - in Hossegor, France today.

Buchan beat Slater 15.73 to 15.16 in a tight heat held at Les Bourdaines this afternoon. The final berth was the first of Buchan's ASP World Tour career. Prior to winning the Quiksilver Pro France, Buchan he had never advanced from the quarterfinal round.

Congrats to you and the Sixstar team Ace, yeah! 


TAKING THE TRACTOR TO THE STREETS OF FRANCE

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Parko takes some time out from competition while in France recently to get acquainted with the locals.


BI WINS 2008 RIP CURL PRO 'SOMEWHERE' IN INDONESIA

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

BI (HAW) has defeated fellow finalist Frederick Pataachia ( HAW) to take out the 2008 Rip Curl Pro Search 'somewhere' in Indonesia.

Irons, who took down reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and Dream Tour sophomore Ben Dunn (AUS) en route to his Finals berth, came from behind in last 10 minutes of the event, grabbing an 8.33 and a 9.33 to scalp his first ASP World Tour victory.

'One of my goals when I joined the Tour was to win an event and I wasn't sure if it was going to happen since I'll be stepping away after this season,' Irons said. 'But the waves pumped this event! This is what the Dream Tour should be like all the time. I'm definitely stepping away from the ASP Tour at the end of this year, but I'm not retiring. I'm still planning on competing at Pipeline and Teahupoo and at venues that I can get into.'

The progressive natural-footer eased into the Final against Patacchia grabbing small scores before unleashing a fury of backhand tubes and commited re-entries over dry reef to take the win and move into No. 10 on the ASP World Tour ratings.

'I was tripping out in the water when they kept announcing Fred (Patacchia) and I in the Final - you never hear that,' Irons said. 'It was all business though. This is only the second time I've ever made one on Tour and I wasn't about to let it go. I was trying my hardest out there.'

Bruce scored 17.66 to win the grand final

Irons maintains the family monopoly on Rip Curl Pro Search events, joining older brother Andy, who has two Rip Curl Pro Search titles (2006, 2007) under his belt already.

'My brother has won this event twice and all I could think about in the Final is how I wanted that trophy,' Irons said. 'The thing is sick! It was a great event and we're going to have a huge party tonight!'

Patacchia was in stunning form all event, netting high scores and eliminating top seeds before coming up short in the Final.

'Bruce (Irons) and I are good friends but we were super competitive in that Final,' Patacchia said. 'Both of us wanted to win and we were hassling and trash-talking and everything. I had one wave at the start, but Bruce got two bombs towards the end and I could tell he was really gunning for it.'

After suffering an injury early in the season, Patacchia has since rebounded, finishing equal 9th in Fiji and Jeffreys Bay before his runner-up finish 'somewhere' Indonesia. The stylish goofy-footer now sits at No. 14 on the ASP World Tour.

'It feels great to come back after a slow start to the year,' Patacchia said. 'The waves were so good for this event and I'm bummed I didn't win, but to have Bruce (Irons) there and since he's stepping away, it feels good that we kept the title within Hawaii.'


ANDREW DOHENY STARS IN LA TIMES

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Life is looking pretty sweet when you get a feature article on your self in the LA Times newspaper. Thats exactly what has happened to team rider Andrew Doheny.

Check out the article and watch the little feature video on America's best surfer for his age group.

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