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August 22, 2003
Suzie Harrison World-renowned professional surf champion and icon Kelly Slater has been surfing every day in Laguna Beach since July 6 and plans to continue through the month. It might seem like a lot of hard work for Slater with this grueling schedule but it's not. Rather, it's the 500 volunteers and employees of the Pageant of the Masters, who have done all the work -- the surfing is a painting by Gary Prettyman of Slater doing his thing. He created the larger-than-life image of Slater for the surf section of the pageant.
LOCAL
By James Pribram | September 4, 2009
With the way this summer has been, with plenty of swell and warm water, there’s a good chance that there could be plenty of swell for the Billabong Pro, set for Lower Trestles from Sept. 13 to 19, which would be nice, considering the site is largely considered one of the best high-performance waves on the ASP world tour. This is exactly what the chosen one, Kelly Slater, needs to get back into the world title race if he’s going to give Joel Parkinson a run for his money.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding | August 29, 2008
LieberVision, a newly established production company in Orange County, will premiere its first surf film, ?The Pursuit,? at South Coast Cinemas on Tuesday in association with Hurley. The film, with a voiceover by surf legend Kelly Slater, follows 14 up-and-coming surfers like Brett Simpson around the globe, and features their high-performance maneuvers on waves in places like Australia, Samoa and Nicaragua ? and will be the first surf movie available on Blu-ray disc. Aaron Lieber, avid surfer and sole proprietor of LieberVision, said making the film has been a lifelong dream.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | October 20, 2006
The ninth stop on the ASP world tour, Mundaka, Spain, has come and gone. For those who had dismissed Kelly Slater, saying his best years are behind him, I've got news for you. He just put together his finest year to date, maybe ever, on this year's world tour ? wrapping up his eighth world title with two events left. What it is even more astonishing ? he has achieved this surfing in one less event than his rivals on the tour. Slater was injured in the third event of the year, and missed event number four (Tahiti)
NEWS
By James Pribram | August 7, 2009
The U.S. Open of Surfing took place two weeks ago, during one of the best summer swells in years, culminating with the Cinderella story of Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson winning over former world champion Mick Fanning in an all-star studded final. In the surfing world, all eyes will once again shift to California?s next big event ? the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, Sept. 13 to 19. While the Open was a six-star event on the World Qualifying Series, it had many of the World Championship Surfers competing because it offered the largest cash prize in the history of surfing ?
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 | September 7, 2007
The first word that comes to mind when thinking back to this past weekend and Labor Day is ?Wow.? What an insanely crowded weekend it was with beautiful weather in the ?80s. With the first swell of summer, Laguna beaches were packed. I took a walk with a friend from Pearl Street south and was astonished at just how packed full the beaches were. Given high tide was approaching with a swell, there wasn?t much sand to begin with on this stretch of beach and the lifeguards were busy running up and down doing their jobs.
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.
SPORTS
By James Pribram | May 12, 2011
After a decade of alternative surfing venues in Brazil, the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' World Tour returns to Rio de Janeiro this week with the king of surfing, Kelly Slater, once again leading the world title chase. At 39, Slater opened this season with yet another win but faltered in the quarterfinals against Brazilian Adriano de Souza. Slater should be considered one of the favorites to win this week in Brazil along with No. 2 world-ranked Joel Parkinson, followed closely by Taj Burrow and Mick Fanning as event favorites.
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SPORTS
September 12, 2013
The women's title at the Atlantic City Open, the fourth stop on the 2013 Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, was won Sunday by the team of Jennifer Kessy and April Rossat Atlantic City, N.J. The top-seeded team in the tournament, Kessy, of Laguna Beach, and Ross (Costa Mesa) came from a set down in Sunday's final to edge the No. 7 team of Emily Day/Summer Ross, 23-25, 21-6,15-13. Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach) and Kerri Walsh Jennings (Manhattan Beach)
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NEWS
By James Pribram | August 18, 2011
There's mutiny in the ranks at the Assn. of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour as it's turning into its own soap opera on surfboards. Dane Reynolds and Bobby Martinez have both dropped out of the upcoming Billabong Pro Tahiti. They have openly dissed the ASP World tour and have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure, along with Hawaiian standout Fred Patacchia, also known as "Freddy P. ", who thankfully will still be competing. I must admit the new format of the ASP World Tour is hard to understand with the new field of 32 surfers and a mid-year cut-off and reshuffling of surfers.
NEWS
By James Pribram | August 11, 2011
Wow. That's the first and only word that comes to mind when I think of the aerial 360 Kelly Slater pulled off in the dying minutes of his heat against Dusty Payne in the semifinals of the U.S. Open. The come-from-behind win propelled Slater to the finals, where he won his first U.S. Open title in 15 years. That title years ago came with a lot of controversy for Slater after he beat Shane Beschen on a paddling interference that had most of the crowd booing the decision. Fifteen years later, Slater has won 10 world titles; he's surfing better than ever, and Beschen is retired.
NEWS
By James Pribram | July 21, 2011
With two surfing superstars missing from this year's Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa and a rather small wave forecast, one has to wonder if we are seeing the future of the ASP World Tour. Well, let me rephrase that. One surfing superstar in the likes of 10-time world champion Kelly Slater was a no-show for his heat, and Bobby Martinez is also missing from this year's event. Both were rumored to have been in transit to the event before missing their heats. Slater has long been a mystery, showing up in countries mere hours or minutes before surfing his heats, and Martinez seems more content on sabotaging what's left of a once promising surfing career.
SPORTS
By James Pribram | May 12, 2011
After a decade of alternative surfing venues in Brazil, the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' World Tour returns to Rio de Janeiro this week with the king of surfing, Kelly Slater, once again leading the world title chase. At 39, Slater opened this season with yet another win but faltered in the quarterfinals against Brazilian Adriano de Souza. Slater should be considered one of the favorites to win this week in Brazil along with No. 2 world-ranked Joel Parkinson, followed closely by Taj Burrow and Mick Fanning as event favorites.
NEWS
By James Pribram | April 28, 2011
Ah yes, the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour is back in full swing with Kelly Slater taking the first event on the Gold Coast of Australia a couple weeks ago and Joel Parkinson in devastating form last week at Bells Beach, Australia. Parkinson defeated perhaps the most in-form surfer of the event, Mick Fanning, in winning the 50th anniversary Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in macking 6- to 8-foot surf. Parkinson threw it down from start to finish in the final, adding to his win-lose ratio over Fanning, who has become a great rival over the last couple of years with both surfers coming from the same area on the Gold Coast.
NEWS
By James Pribram | March 10, 2011
Luckily, I've been to some beautiful places in my life. Tahiti, Fiji, Hawaii … you get the point. Some real tropical places. Surrounded in warmth, palm trees and warm water. However, in this moment, I am writing in Sayulita, Mexico, and it just might be my favorite. Granted the waves do not compare to the above mentioned but neither does the compound in which I am staying. It's a sprawling estate on a private beach that stretches for acres with palm trees dotting its every square foot.
NEWS
By James Pribram | March 3, 2011
Here we go again, folks. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world tour has kicked off this week on the Gold Coast of Australia with the Quiksilver Pro currently taking place at Snapper Rocks. So far they have completed round one, with the usual suspects taking first-round wins, including the king — Kelly Slater — Jordy Smith, Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow and Joel Parkinson. Also participating are the new wave of surfers, including Julian Wilson, Owen Wright, Josh Kerr and Matt Wilkinson.
LOCAL
By James Pribram | February 26, 2010
If you’re a surfer you have to love this time of the year. The days are getting longer, and the ASP world tour is set to take place from Saturday to March 10. The Quiksilver Pro is on the Gold Coast of Australia with a brand new mixture of surfing talent on hand, along with professional surfing’s brightest stars. These include defending world champion Mick Fanning, defending Quiksilver Pro champion Joel Parkinson and let’s not forget the best of all time: nine-time world champion Kelly Slater.
SPORTS
By Chris Williams | February 5, 2010
Flanked by 11 frothing teenagers, I recently boarded an international flight bound for Costa Rica. We arrived in the bustling capital of San Jose and made our way to the gorgeous seaside town of Playa Hermosa along the Pacific Coast, where the lush resort Terazza Del Pacifico awaited. Once checked in, the groms and I threw our luggage into our rooms and bolted for the surf. Donning only board shorts, we stood nearly paralyzed in the warm tropical sun, mouths agape as perfect emerald green waves unfurled to shore.
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