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Gothca Tahiti Pro 2000, Kelly Slater, Teahupoo

Australian Luke Egan Wins His Second Quiksilver Pro Title Moves up to second spot in ratings while Garcia maintains lead.

Australian Luke Egan today became the first surfer to win two Quiksilver Pro titles when he defeated Brazilian Guilherme Herdy in their35-minute final at Cloudbreak on the island of Tavarua, Fiji. The victory was his second WCT win of fourteen years, after claiming his first back in 1997 during the Quiksilver Pro G-Land (Java, Indonesia), before the event was forced to move locations.

Egan, 30, made the most of the deteriorating conditions during the final heat, electing to catch a few of the smaller waves and build his tally early, while Herdy waited in vain for the less consistent sets. Though the surf was still in the six-foot range, increased wind made the wave faces very difficult to ride, and Herdy was left needing a 5.16-point wave when the match finished.”It doesn’t get much better,” laughed Egan as he boarded the marshaling boat victorious. “Having your two best mates sitting there with you referring to Australians Matt Hoy and Mark Occhilupo, who were first to congratulate him in the water. I did it to Occy last year when he won, and he just did it to me¿it’s the best.”Speaking about his second Quiksilver Pro title and now being placed second in the world after today’s result, Egan added, “Yeah, there’s something good about this … Fiji Bitter he joked as a local beer was handed to him mid quote. I’m actually stoked to be the only guy to ever win this event twice, and I’ve won it in two different spots. I feel good about that. I’ve been trying really hard and have made a lot of sacrifices, so I’m going for it the world title.”¿courtesy of the Association of Surfing Professionals

Official Results Of The Quiksilver Pro Fiji 2000
1. Luke Egan
2. Guillerme Herdy
3. (tie) C.J. Hobgood; Cory Lopez
5. (tie) Todd Prestage; Shane Dorian; Troy Brooks; Mark Occhilupo

Current ASP Ratings After Quiksilver Pro Fiji 2000
(Top 10)
1. Sunny Garcia 3,000 points
2. Luke Egan 2,620
3. Cory Lopez 2,340
4. (tie) Flavio Padaratz; Taj Burrow 2,260
6. Guillerme Herdy 2,160
7. Mark Occhilupo 2,140
8. Shane Dorian 2,110
9. Luke Hitchings 2,080
10. (tie) Mick Campbell; Shane Beschen 1,910

Billabong Pro Panama
By Juan “Haole” Muñoz, Panamanian surfer and Billabong affiliate.

There’re not many high-quality, high-level surf tournaments in Panama, but with a few more connections than usual this year, the Billabong Panama Pro was a reality. All of a sudden we had the major U.S. mag guys there, an ASP head judge with two delegates, and surfers of the highest quality combining to make the biggest surf classic ever held in Panama.

The waves were small but perfect, the offshore’s were sweet, and the water temperature was excellent. Playa Venao is a beachbreak that works consistently all year round; it’s right next to the continental shelf, and water temperatures can get a bit chilly early in the morning. Panama has eighteen-foot Pacific tides, and as the afternoon went by, the tide started to get too high for some sandbars to work optimally. The crew with me from Billabong U.S.A. was Bryan Hewitson, Peter Mendia, James Pribram, Scott Crump, and Zeldo from TransWorld SURF. We surfed some killer secret spots with good waves and just our crew out for the first few days. The boys were all stoked.

There were surfers from all over Central and South America, including the Caribbean islands. It seemed everybody had brought down their finest surfers for this event. As the eliminating rounds took their toll, things started to get a little tighter in the water, and excellent wave execution was needed to push through the heats.

The night came fast, and with a full-on disco right on the beach, some surfers decided to go party before heading back to our hotel for a good rest. Not only did I have to get them good surf and on irie vibe, I also had to hookp my gringo buddies with some female Spanish teachers so they could work on their español. After this was done, they all had smiles on their faces¿even if they didn’t do so well in their heats.

The party Saturday night was massive! I woke up in back of some girl’s truck with weeds all over my clothes but happy to be okay. I had my car keys and money among other valuables that I didn’t lose¿enough to make me smile and walk down the beach to see how the waves were breaking. It was a sight! A beautiful sunrise, and perfect six footers rolling in. The semis took place in the upcoming tide during the afternoon, with a crowd of thousands cheering for their home country.

The conditions for the final were so classic, you had to be there to believe it. Solid six-foot sets coming in every four to six minutes. Brian Hewitson took first place along with four-thousand dollars, Magoo de la Rosa from Peru took second place, Gary Saavedra from Panama took third, John Logan from Florida took fourth, and Paul Barga from California came in fifth, respectively.

The different styles of the surfers from around the world reflect their cultures and roots, and here in my little country I thought we were all the same. It’s not about the contest at all, it’s about the unreal waves waiting for us out there with new people and hard-to-reach places.

Slater Wins The Gotcha Pro[IMAGE 2]

Six-time World Champion Kelly Slater added the Gotcha Pro Tahiti title to his illustrious list of career victories. Slater took on Hawai’ian Shane Dorian in the final, but outclassed his close friend to claim his 22nd World Championship Tour event since he started competing on the Association of Surfing Professionals in 1991.

Slater, 28, entered the Gotcha Pro Tahiti as a wildcard entrant, having decided to spend some time away from competition over the past two years. Nonetheless, his performance this past week at Teahupoo offered no signs of diminished talent. He surfed the infamous break with complete control, posting the highest total heat score of the day during his semifinal against current World Champion and defending Gotcha Pro Tahiti Champion Mark Occhilupo.

During the 35-minute final, Slater picked off the best rides and found the deepest tubes, performing the most critical maneuvers in the clean three- to four-foot conditions. He and Dorian both rode their first rides switch-stance, just as they had in their last man-on-man final back in 1992 in Australia’s premier junior event. All fun aside, Slater got down to business and convincingly dominated the finale.

“The waves kind of pulsed for the final,” Slater said after paddling over to the media boat. “I’d noticed for my last couple of heats that the second waves of the sets were a little hollower with cleaner faces, so with Shane having priority every time and taking the first ones, I just lucked into three really good ones. They were pretty much the best waves that came in.”

Later, onstage to accept his Tahitian carved trophy, Slater offered the following dedication and thanks:

“First off I would like to dedicate this to Briece Taera, the guy who passed away surfing out here. It really hits home when a surfer anywhere in the world dies, but at a place that’s so intense and everyone has thought could take a life¿it’s sad for it to happen. I mean, there’s never a good time for it. So I’d like to send his family my condolences, and I hope there’s some good in it, somewhere. We’re all thinking about him here. And thanks to Teahupoo. It’s a really challenging wave. Today wasn’t as challenging as it gets, but it was really fun. Thanks to all the Tahitian people.”[IMAGE 1]

Dorian, who finished 1999 in eleventh position, was pleased with his second-place finish, especially because his start to the 2000 season has been far from ideal, finishing thirty-third and seventeenth respectively, in the first two events. His 9.80 ride against current ratings leader Sunny Garcia of Hawai’i, however, during their round-four match-up on the morning of the final day, turned out to be the day’s highest, and got the ball rolling.

“The final would’ve gone all right for me if I didn’t have a guy Kelly who was getting nines and nines and nines,” joked Dorian afterward. “It just seemed like I wasn’t really in rhythm. My waves would just be decent, then I’d turn around and he’d be in a sick barrel. It was just his heat. There’s not much you can do when that happens.

“It’s nice to be in the final and with my best friend,” Dorian continued. “We could just cut loose and have a good time. That’s what it’s all about anyway.”¿courtesy of the Association of Surfing Professionals

Official Results of the Gotcha Pro Tahiti:
1. Kelly Slater
2. Shane Dorian
3. (tie) Luke Hitchings; Mark Occhilupo
5. (tie) Conan Hayes; Luke Egan; Mick Campbell; Cory Lopez
9. (tie) Yuri Sodre; Nathan Hedge; Ben Bourgeois; Sunny Garcia; Guillerme Herdy; C.J. Hobgood; Beau Emerton; Flavio Padaratz

Current Ratings:
1. Sunny Garcia 2,500 pts.
2. Taj Burrow 1,860 pts.
3. Flavio Padaratz 1,760 pts.
4. Jake Paterson 1,660 pts.
5. Nathan Webster 1,630 pts.

The MCD Def-Con 4 Pro
Hedgey holds off a charging Randazzo.

Exciting finals are the best. Nathan Hedge and Dean Randazzo made the finals of the MCD Def-Con 4 a thrill by putting on a show in the three- to five-foot surf at Lowers in San Clemente, California. The excitement started in the semi’s when Randazzo crossed up with Brazilian Fabio Nunes and took on an interference. Despite having less than five minutes left, Randazzo took a righthand set wave and proceeded to kill it for a 9.35. Realizing he had just moved into second, he then paddled his ass off to get back outside and watch as no more waves would come in, leaving the other Brazilian Paolo Maoro in third¿unbelievable.

For the final, Hedge played his cards well by getting four strong waves in what eventually became a somewhat wave-starved final. C.J. Hobgood and Shea Lopez seemed to have lost their groove from the start, while Randazzo staged a late comeback. Again, it came down to the last minutes, with Hedge sitting on Randazzo to prevent him from getting a fourth wave worth just under a five. Although the waves held out, Randazzo scratched for a small one, only to fall on the first turn. The final results had Hedge in first, followed by Randazzo, Hobgood, and Lopez.

No stranger to Lowers, former NSSA Nationals Champ Fred Pattachia held off a strong charge by Floridian Gabe Kling, South African Simon Nicholson, and Hawai’ian Sean Moody to take the victory in the Arnette Pro-Junior Throwdown.¿A.C.

MCD Def-Con 4 Results
1. Nathan Hedge 27.35
2. Dean Randazzo 24.50
3. C.J. Hobgood 19.20
4. Shea Lopez 17.25

Arnette Pro-Junior Throwdown
1. Fred Patacchia 27.15
2. Gabe Kling 26.50
3. Simon Nicholson 24.50
4. Sean Moody 22.45.
Hawai’i, however, during their round-four match-up on the morning of the final day, turned out to be the day’s highest, and got the ball rolling.

“The final would’ve gone all right for me if I didn’t have a guy Kelly who was getting nines and nines and nines,” joked Dorian afterward. “It just seemed like I wasn’t really in rhythm. My waves would just be decent, then I’d turn around and he’d be in a sick barrel. It was just his heat. There’s not much you can do when that happens.

“It’s nice to be in the final and with my best friend,” Dorian continued. “We could just cut loose and have a good time. That’s what it’s all about anyway.”¿courtesy of the Association of Surfing Professionals

Official Results of the Gotcha Pro Tahiti:
1. Kelly Slater
2. Shane Dorian
3. (tie) Luke Hitchings; Mark Occhilupo
5. (tie) Conan Hayes; Luke Egan; Mick Campbell; Cory Lopez
9. (tie) Yuri Sodre; Nathan Hedge; Ben Bourgeois; Sunny Garcia; Guillerme Herdy; C.J. Hobgood; Beau Emerton; Flavio Padaratz

Current Ratings:
1. Sunny Garcia 2,500 pts.
2. Taj Burrow 1,860 pts.
3. Flavio Padaratz 1,760 pts.
4. Jake Paterson 1,660 pts.
5. Nathan Webster 1,630 pts.

The MCD Def-Con 4 Pro
Hedgey holds off a charging Randazzo.

Exciting finals are the best. Nathan Hedge and Dean Randazzo made the finals of the MCD Def-Con 4 a thrill by putting on a show in the three- to five-foot surf at Lowers in San Clemente, California. The excitement started in the semi’s when Randazzo crossed up with Brazilian Fabio Nunes and took on an interference. Despite having less than five minutes left, Randazzo took a righthand set wave and proceeded to kill it for a 9.35. Realizing he had just moved into second, he then paddled his ass off to get back outside and watch as no more waves would come in, leaving the other Brazilian Paolo Maoro in third¿unbelievable.

For the final, Hedge played his cards well by getting four strong waves in what eventually became a somewhat wave-starved final. C.J. Hobgood and Shea Lopez seemed to have lost their groove from the start, while Randazzo staged a late comeback. Again, it came down to the last minutes, with Hedge sitting on Randazzo to prevent him from getting a fourth wave worth just under a five. Although the waves held out, Randazzo scratched for a small one, only to fall on the first turn. The final results had Hedge in first, followed by Randazzo, Hobgood, and Lopez.

No stranger to Lowers, former NSSA Nationals Champ Fred Pattachia held off a strong charge by Floridian Gabe Kling, South African Simon Nicholson, and Hawai’ian Sean Moody to take the victory in the Arnette Pro-Junior Throwdown.¿A.C.

MCD Def-Con 4 Results
1. Nathan Hedge 27.35
2. Dean Randazzo 24.50
3. C.J. Hobgood 19.20
4. Shea Lopez 17.25

Arnette Pro-Junior Throwdown
1. Fred Patacchia 27.15
2. Gabe Kling 26.50
3. Simon Nicholson 24.50
4. Sean Moody 22.45.