Day 2 – Four-Star Rip Curl Pro At Newps

Newport Turns On for Rip Curl Pro

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA-USA (Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001) – A building swelland powerful A-frame peaks provided a high performance playground for someof the world’s best surfers on Day 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Newport Beach, aMen’s 4-Star and Women’s 1-Star rated ASP World Qualifying Series event andthe fourth stop on the Professional Surfing Tour of America (PSTA).

By mid-morning, the predicted convergence of northwest and south swellsstarted pouring through, with an exceptional flurry of lefts and rightsoccurring during Heat 6 in the Round of 128 featuring Matt Archbold, JoshCurran, William Sue-A-Quan and Greg Long. Archy won the heat handily,putting the others in a combo position (requiring two waves to take thelead), but Josh Curran picked off some strong lefts as well, including abackside tube he couldn’t quite finish.

[IMAGE 1]“The surf was really good, the best I’ve seen all week,” said Curran. “Thatone barrel was kind of on accident. I took off late and when I stood up thewhole thing barreled. It was so quick I didn’t even grab my rail yet. Ireached down and grabbed it and the wave passed me by. Archy looked like hewas the man out there, he got the rights on the ones I was going left on,and the rights seemed a lot longer.”

Former WCT Top 16 surfer Ross Williams of Hawaii also found the rights tohis liking in Heat 9 in the Round of 128, prevailing over Chris Ward, whobarely squeaked by Australian Glenn Hall in the final seconds. Said Williamsafter the heat, “It’s actually pretty fun out there, and the higher tide ismaking it better too. I stayed to the north, just stayed away from the otherguys so I could just surf and not hassle.” Williams said he’s taking a yearoff from full-time competition after failing to requalify for the WCT in2001. “It’s the first year I haven’t been on the ‘CT tour in a long timeS Ididn’t want to do 10 or 15 WQS events starting from the trials. I’ve donejust four or five events so next year I’ll have a better seed, even thoughlast year I was in the Top 16. It is nice to take a year off, buttravel-wise I’ve been just as busy with photos and films and stuff. It’sbeen a lot of fun.”

Williams was among those progressing to the Round of 64 on Friday, as wellas Bruce Irons and Bobby Martinez, both of whom stuck big 360 airs, WCT’sBen Bourgeois, brothers Tim and Nathaniel Curran, Cold Water Classic winnerRoy Powers, and Matt Archbold, who’s emerging as an early round dark horsefavorite as the contest continues.

Adding to the high performance atmosphere is the SMAS Rip Curl Air Show onthe south side of 56th Street jetty. Competitors are judged on the biggesttricks and aerials. “If you do something real crazy, like a big rotation ora huge straight air with certain grabs, you will score higher and that scorewill carry all the way to the finals,” explained SMAS event director DarrenBrillhart. “Height is important, but also technical and style are bigfactors. And there’s certain rotations, you can do an air reverse, which isa 180 air and reverse into a 360, but if you boost out and do a fullrotation 360 and land cleanly, you’ll get a much higher score.”

The SMAS Rip Curl Air Show provided an awesome display of cutting-edgetricks from competitors and free-surfers alike, with Cheyne Magnussenleading the pack with 44 points heading into tomorrow’s main round andfinal.

[IMAGE 2]The surf is expected to build further tomorrow, just in time for the firstappearance of some of the best surfers on the planet, including: Current ASPWorld Champion Sunny Garcia of Hawaii; Current WQS points leader Taj Burrowof Western Australia, fresh off a first place showing in Portugal; WCTsurfers Cory and Shea Lopez, currently ranked #3 and #8 in the worldrespectively , current #4 WCT surfer Taylor Knox, Australian sensations ZaneHarrison and Mick Fanning, currently ranked #2 on the WQS tour, and Rip CurlPro wildcards Gabe Kling of the East Coast and Jamie O’Brien from Hawaii.

Rip Curl Pro Newport Beach, Sept. 5-9, 2001
Round of 160

Heat 15

1. Adam Virs 15.33
2. Russell Molony 14.16
3. Peter Berker 12.73
4. Mike Kline 8.10
Heat 16

1. David Diaz 16.57
2. David Giddings 13.80
3. Sean Hayes 12.43
4. Troy Eckert 0.00
Round of 128
Heat 1

1. Tim Curran 16.93
2. Carlos Cabrero 15.97
3. Ben Will 10.57
4. Kevin Hiltbrand
Heat 2

1. Fred Pattachia 20.07
2. Mitchell Ross 16.04
3. Michael Hoisington 13.86
4. Jesse Merle-Jones 11.93
Heat 3

1. Magnum Martinez 17.33
2. Dane Johnson 12.70
3. Geoff Moysa 12.67
4. Liam McNamara 8.30
Heat 4

1. Ben Bourgeois 16.79
2. Dustin Barca 15.27
3. Anthony Petruso 13.93
4. Jason Senn 11.90
Heat 5

1. Matt Coleman 18.33
2. Matt Thompson 15.67
3. Peter Labrador 12.90
4. Todd Miller 10.84
Heat 6

1. Matt Archbold 21.17
2. Josh Curran 14.70
3. Greg Long 14.50
4. William Sue-A-Quan 10.67
Heat 7

1. Nathaniel Curran 21.33
2. Nathan Yeomans 16.50
3. Kirk Flintoff 15.73
4. Kyle Knox 12.10
Heat 8

1. Micah Byrne 16.30
2. Austin Ware 15.67
3. Sean Petersen 14.64
4. Daniel Jones 12.17
Heat 9

1. Ross Williams 18.84
2. Chris Ward 15.50
3. Glenn Hall 15.10
4. Peter Mel 3.67
Heat 10

1. Bron Heussenstamm 15.33
2. Matt King 14.93
3. Mike Losness 13.61
4. Ted Navarro 12.70
Heat 11

1. Jason Hinds 18.41
2. Kurt Tice 13.70
3. Brian Labbe 10.89
4. Sean Moody 8.99
Heat 12

1. Che Stang 17.33
2. Josh Fuller 14.80
3. Shaun Burrell 14.57
4. David Post 14.51
Heat 13

1. Tim Reyes 22.43
2. Hira Teriinatoofa 17.24
3. Josh Montgomery 12.34
4. Shane Desmond 12.27
Heat 14

1. Ty Arnold 15.77
2. Ryan Turner 15.43
3. Tarik Khassoggi 12.13
4. Golden Depesa 10.30
Heat 15

1. Adam Virs 17.49
2. Russell Molony 15.67
3. Brian Conley 13.70
4. Joel Centeio 13.11
Heat 16

1. Nick Novack 19.37
2. Jeff Deffenbaugh 17.24
3. David Diaz 13.26
4. David Giddings 12.54
Round of 96
Heat 1

1. Tim Curran 18.50
2. Carlos Cabrero 13.47
3. Travis Logie 12.23
4. Jun Jo 0.00
Heat 2

1. Kieran Horn 19.93
2. Mitchell Ross 16.60
3. Conan Hayes 14.83
4. Fred Pattachia 14.74
Heat 3

1. Magnum Martinez 14.16
2. Dane Johnson 12.79
3. Issac Kaneshiro 12.30
4. Matt Keenan 12.20
Heat 4

1. Ben Bourgeois 17.81
2. David Weare 17.13
3. Peter Media 13.93
4. Dustin Barca 11.34
Heat 5

1. Omar Etcheverry 16.00
2. Matt Thompson 13.87
3. Wilson Nora 11.40
4. Craig Butcher 8.33
Heat 6

1. Matt Archbold 18.50
2. Asher Nolan 13.60
3. Josh Curran 10.17
4. Myles Padaca 6.73
Heat 7

1. Nathaniel Curran 14.60
2. Mike Todd 13.97
3. Tom Whitaker 11.93
4. Nathan Yeomans 11.37
Heat 8

1. Samba Mann 17.07
2. Danilo Grilo 15.16
3. Austin Ware 11.74
4. Micah Byrne 11.60
Heat 9

1. Ross Williams 19.17
2. Darren O’Rafferty 16.27
3. Chris Ward 12.73
Heat 10

1. Roy Powers 14.37
2. Bruce Irons 13.51
3. Matt King 12.20
4. Bron Heussentamm 12.10
Heat 11

1. Bobby Martinez 19.49
2. Kurt Tice 13.51
3. Gavin Beschen 13.47
4. Jason Hinds 6.90
Heat 12

1. Naohisa Ogawa 15.43
2. Troy Brooks 15.17
3. Che Stang 11.50