O’Connor takes out prestigious Auckland Surfing Champion title for 09 December 14, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Surfing NZ logo clear 70In testing 1 to 1.5m waves at Piha, Tim O’Connor (Mnt) methodically worked his way through a stella field to win the open mens final in an enduring 12 hour contest on Saturday (12th December).  Organisers were keen to get the contest finished in one day and while the weather looked ominous to begin with, things improved and there were plenty of waves scored in the excellent range despite the ever changing tidal conditions.

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Tim O’Connor (Right, Image – Lion Rock) saw off his opposing finalists with his clinical backhand snaps in the pocket followed up with some east coast reverse trickery on the inside.  The judges were strict on ASP criteria and O’Connor took the title by being both radical and having variety in his moves.

Fellow Mount surfer, Alex Dive impressed all day with his speed and vertical attack everytime a critical section appeared.  He claimed second in the Open after previously dispensing with all comers in the junior final.  For Alex, it was hopefully a prequel for how he will want to perform at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championship that will also be held at Piha next month.

Export Gold Joins Forces with Surfing New Zealand October 29, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Surfing NZ logo clear 70Kiwi beer brand Export Gold has today (Thursday 29th October 2009) announced its sponsorship of Surfing New Zealand Inc after signing a two year contract with the national sporting organisation.

The news comes at a perfect time for Surfing New Zealand as the organisation prepares for the biggest schedule of summer events and activities in the organisation’s history.

Export Gold will partner with Surfing New Zealand and will be the naming rights sponsor for the Export Gold Series – a five-event series that sees the top surfers in New Zealand visit the best surf locations in the country.

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The Export Gold Series will see events held at Gisborne, Whangamata, Raglan and Piha, boasting a total prize purse in excess of $40,000. The Export Gold Series culminates in the prestigious Export Gold Super 16 which will be contested by 16 of New Zealand’s elite surfers. To qualify for the event, surfers must gain enough ratings points from the first four events to secure their invitation.

Bro Down September 1, 2009 by Jeremy Thorns (Snowboarder)

jeremy-profile-clear-70-newSo the Billabong Bro Down turned out to be sick!!! The 1/4 pipe was a bit tough for riders because the weather was pretty av but the Big Air on Saturday was sick. With good weather and some amped riders there where some hammers being thrown! Some tricks that were seen….front 9s, back 9s, cab 9s, switch back 9s, double backflips, back rodeo 7s, attempted double back rodeo, double corks and a few 10s….pretty epic. Mark Anderson held it down for the local crew getting 3rd and pocketing $1000 and Shelly Gotleib also claimed 3rd grabbing $500. Good effort! the after party was goodtimes with the Bacardi bus hooking up the drinks.

Billabong bro down August 28, 2009 by Jeremy Thorns (Snowboarder)

jeremy-profile-clear-70-newSup. The Billabong crew are back in town again and will be up Snowpark this friday and saturday with the Quarter pipe and big air comps!!! Get up there and watch some epic riding from the local crew and a few international pros that will be there to throw down. chur

Billabong Pro Tahiti Back ON, Possible Finish Today May 20, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

asp-world-tour-logo-clear-70The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui, event No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, has called competition on today, with a champion being crowned by day’s end, conditions permitting.

This morning’s surf is running in the three-to-five foot (1- 1.5 metre) range and the opening heats of the day will hit the water at 8:30am.

Aranburu Defeats Kelly Slater in Round 2 of Billabong Pro Tahiti, Boal Exits Competition May 19, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

asp-world-tour-logo-clear-70Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu (Zarauz, EUK), 23, caused the upset of Round 2 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti last night by eliminating nine-time and reigning ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Florida, USA), 37, in Round 2 of competition. Aranburu, who found his rhythm in the three to four foot (1 to 1.2 meter) waves breaking over the infamous sharp reef of Teahupoo, not only defeated Slater but also posted an impressive 17.27 point heat score (out of a possible 20), the highest total of the day, to finalize his exceptional performance.

Billabong Pro Tahiti Back ON, 9am Start May 18, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

asp-world-tour-logo-clear-70The Billabong Pro Tahiti, event No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, is set to recommence at 9am this morning, with improved two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves breaking at Teahupoo.

Having completed Round 1 and the opening six heats of Round 2, the Billabong Pro Tahiti has since survived four lay days, but this morning’s improved conditions have prompted the event’s recommencement with the remaining Round 2 heats up first, with event organizers hopeful to complete half of Round 3.

Lay Day for Billabong Pro Tahiti, Next Call 6:30am Tomorrow May 17, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

asp-world-tour-logo-clear-70The Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui, stop No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, has been called off again with only small, one-to-three foot (0.5 metre) waves and onshore winds on offer today at Teahupoo.

While event organizers went on hold for the majority of the day, optimal conditions never manifested and the Billabong Pro Tahiti entered into its fourth consecutive lay day.

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