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By JAMES PRIBRAM | October 13, 2006
Anticipation mounts as all five world title contenders have advanced into round 4 of the Mundaka, Spain event — the ninth stop on the ASP world tour of surfing. The event — which is now heading into its second week and nearing the end of its waiting period — so far has been plagued with small and inconsistent surf. With three heats remaining of round 3, all eyes will begin to again focus on world title points leader and seven-time world champion Kelly Slater, who is looking for a win here and thus to capture his unprecedented eighth world title.
NEWS
December 20, 2002
LAGUNA LIFE The Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour just capped of its 2002 season in spectacular fashion Tuesday with Andy Irons winning the Pipeline Masters in solid 8- to 10-foot Hawaii surf. In doing so, Irons became only the third surfer in history to win the Pipeline Masters, the world title and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in the same year. Irons solidified his win in the last three minutes of the final by scoring an 8.4 to defeat Shane Dorian, who had been leading throughout the final.
NEWS
By James Pribram | January 25, 2008
Hold onto your seats, because the first big event of the 2008 ASP (Assn. of Surfing Professionals) will be this weekend at the famous Banzai pipeline. The ?Pipeline Pro? is set to begin this Sunday, highlighted by none other than former three-time world champion Andy Irons. Irons is rumored to be refocused and fit after falling to No. 6 in the world last year. Other top surfers in the field of 128 surfers from 10 nations will be California?s own Rob Machado, local super star Jamie O?
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | May 26, 2006
The big news on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals tour: In the first two events, the seven-time world champion (and my pick to win it again this year) was two for two. Heading into the next event, at the infamous Teahupoo in Tahiti, Kelly Slater had a chance to make it three for three. But after suffering a serious rib injury, he lost in the semifinals to Hawaiian Fred Pataccia. The injury meant Slater had to withdraw form the Globe Pro, which is being held right now on the island of Tavarua, Fiji, in perfect 6- to 8-foot waves.
FEATURES
By JAMES PRIBRAM | June 9, 2006
Damien Hobgood claims the Globe Pro in near perfect six-foot waves. Under spectacular sunny skies on the dream-like island of Tavarua, Fiji, (maybe that's way they call this the dream tour.) an in-form Hobgood defeated rookie sensation Shaun Cansdell with a high-scoring wave of 9.17 in the final. The final saw both surfers going tube for tube until Hobgood pulled ahead with an incredible tube ride that got the highest score of the final, giving Hobgood the win on the fourth stop on the Assn.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | July 28, 2006
So it was, on the last day of the surfing competition waiting period, that the infamous Billabong Pro ? held at the legendary Jeffery's Bay ? was completed with an all-Australian final held in good five-to six-foot waves. Taking the win in an extremely close final was Mick Fanning, just edging out an equally in-form surfer, Taj Burrow. Losing out in the semi-finals was none other than surfing superman Kelly Slater and the young unheralded wild card Jordy Smith, who hails from South Africa.
NEWS
August 29, 2003
Mike Sciacca An incredible, month-long stretch of summertime professional surfing on the local scene will reach it climax Thursday (Sept. 4) when the Boost Mobile Pro of Surf Presented by Quiksilver touches down at Lower Trestles in San Clemente. The only World Championship Tour event in North America runs through Sept. 13. It is the seventh leg of the 12-round World Championship Tour. Laguna Beach's Pat O'Connell is one of the 2003 World Championship Tour's top 45 athletes competing at the event that also will feature three wild card competitors.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | February 23, 2007
With Kelly Slater winning his unprecedented eighth world surfing title last year and making it two back-to-back titles after retiring for three years, it's nearly impossible to bet against this man. How could he not win number nine in 2007? However, with his fame at an all time high right now, the question remains: will he "go Hollywood" instead? Andy Irons came from behind in the final event of the year to seemingly steal the Pipeline Master title from Slater, something Slater has been hunting for since 1998.
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By Ashley Breeding | June 24, 2010
A little more than two years ago, surfer Nathan Gocke paddled out at his usual surf break, stoked to ride the four-foot swell that was rolling in on that foggy winter morning in the South Bay – the same way he did most Saturday mornings. The 32-year-old Los Angeles native, who had been surfing since his early 20s, never dreamed it might be his last ride. Gocke's life was about to change forever, as an accident at the break would leave him with a broken neck and paralyzed from the chest down.
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LOCAL
By James Pribram | November 14, 2008
In the world of professional surfing there’s a new sheriff in town — and it’s the same one as the old one. Kelly Slater won his ninth world title a couple of weeks ago with a couple of events remaining. Having won five out of eight events going into the Mundaka, Spain, and needing only a ninth-place finish or better, Slater did exactly that — finishing ninth, thus winning his ninth world title, with his eyes closed. Having already wrapped up this year’s world title, Slater skipped last week’s Hang Loose pro in Brazil, as did a host of other world tour surfers.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | February 23, 2007
With Kelly Slater winning his unprecedented eighth world surfing title last year and making it two back-to-back titles after retiring for three years, it's nearly impossible to bet against this man. How could he not win number nine in 2007? However, with his fame at an all time high right now, the question remains: will he "go Hollywood" instead? Andy Irons came from behind in the final event of the year to seemingly steal the Pipeline Master title from Slater, something Slater has been hunting for since 1998.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | October 13, 2006
Anticipation mounts as all five world title contenders have advanced into round 4 of the Mundaka, Spain event — the ninth stop on the ASP world tour of surfing. The event — which is now heading into its second week and nearing the end of its waiting period — so far has been plagued with small and inconsistent surf. With three heats remaining of round 3, all eyes will begin to again focus on world title points leader and seven-time world champion Kelly Slater, who is looking for a win here and thus to capture his unprecedented eighth world title.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | July 28, 2006
So it was, on the last day of the surfing competition waiting period, that the infamous Billabong Pro ? held at the legendary Jeffery's Bay ? was completed with an all-Australian final held in good five-to six-foot waves. Taking the win in an extremely close final was Mick Fanning, just edging out an equally in-form surfer, Taj Burrow. Losing out in the semi-finals was none other than surfing superman Kelly Slater and the young unheralded wild card Jordy Smith, who hails from South Africa.
FEATURES
By JAMES PRIBRAM | June 9, 2006
Damien Hobgood claims the Globe Pro in near perfect six-foot waves. Under spectacular sunny skies on the dream-like island of Tavarua, Fiji, (maybe that's way they call this the dream tour.) an in-form Hobgood defeated rookie sensation Shaun Cansdell with a high-scoring wave of 9.17 in the final. The final saw both surfers going tube for tube until Hobgood pulled ahead with an incredible tube ride that got the highest score of the final, giving Hobgood the win on the fourth stop on the Assn.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | May 26, 2006
The big news on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals tour: In the first two events, the seven-time world champion (and my pick to win it again this year) was two for two. Heading into the next event, at the infamous Teahupoo in Tahiti, Kelly Slater had a chance to make it three for three. But after suffering a serious rib injury, he lost in the semifinals to Hawaiian Fred Pataccia. The injury meant Slater had to withdraw form the Globe Pro, which is being held right now on the island of Tavarua, Fiji, in perfect 6- to 8-foot waves.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | March 10, 2006
All right folks, we don't call this column the "Surfing Soap Box" for nothing, so let's talk a little surfing for a change. I'll be sure to get back to current issues ? such as parking, water quality and open space just to name a few ? in Laguna Beach next week. The "WCT" ? otherwise known as the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour, or commonly referred to as "the dream tour" ? has begun on the epic stretch of beach in Queensland, Australia. As the first stop on the 12-stop surfing tour, every one of the top 44 surfers in the world competing in this event wants to start their new season with a bang.
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