DECEMBER 09, 2012 – SURFING NEWS — TALKING WITH CINE LEGEND SONNY MILLER IN -STUDIO: SANDY RELIEF, TOM CURREN, PIPE MASTERS, CHASING MAVERICKS MUCH MUCH MORE
DECEMBER 09, 2012 – SURFING NEWS — TALKING WITH CINE LEGEND SONNY MILLER IN-STUDIO: SANDY RELIEF, TOM CURREN, PIPE MASTERS, CHASING MAVERICKS MUCH MUCH MORE
w/ Scott Bass (surfer) and Jeff Baldwin (surfer)
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons kicked off Round 1 of competition yesterday in pumping six-to-eight foot (2 metre) waves at Pipeline, hosting the ASP Top 34 as they battled the notorious local wildcards in an attempt to requalify for the 2013 ASP Top 34.
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EMAIL: Hi Scott and Jeff, I’m a long time listener from Cornwall, England – love the show!
However, I’ve got to take issue with Scott’s repeated use of the term ‘athlete’ when describing pro-surfers. Maybe I’m losing something in translation across the pond, but when I think of an athlete, I think of the Olympics, I think of events like the decathlon, or the triple jump. I know that the top surfers might be athletes in a sense, but, before being athletes, they are SURFERS!
Was Andy Irons an athlete? Sort of… but, you’d never call him that first. First of all he was a SURFER. And after that? a charger, a frother, a wild animal!
And I know the top pros train and work out and have coaches nowadays, but if you stripped all that away, and you took away the all the comps and the money, you’d still have a bunch of people who would surf every day of their lives because they love how it makes you feel. To me, that lifts surfers above athletes.
Just thought I’d challenge you guys on that – be interested to hear your thoughts!– Paul Keech from Cornwall, England
SONNY MILLER MILLER TIME!
Tell us about your trip to New York and the eastern seaboard .
Chasing Mavericks. What is the buzz amongst the crew?
TOP 5 STORIES OF THE WEEK:
#1 BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS GETS UNDERWAY IN REALLY GOOD PIPE
The 2012 Billabong Pipe Masters, the final stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), will see a showdown for this year’s ASP World Title and also represents the final jewel of the Vans Triple Crown.
A) WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL WILDCARD RUN IN THE EVENT? HOW FAR DOES ONE NEED TO GO TO STATE UNEQUIVOCALLY “THAT WAS A GOOD RUN”?
I’D SUGGEST TO YOU THAT A ROUND FOUR FINISH OR BETTER?
B) WILDCARDS ARE IMPORTANT, FROM A FANS/SPECTATORS STANDPOINT, THE UNDERDOG VS THE PRO; IT’S VERY IMPORTANT BUT…HOW WILD ARE THE THEY? Wildcards still in the event: There are five wildcard Pipeline specialists (5) left… seven have been eliminated, there are still nine heats remaining in round two. Six of the twelve 12 got through round one.
C) Is the gap between Pipe specialist and the Top 34 in the world narrowing significantly? Or… are the Pipe Specialists still special?
D) DID Bruce Irons looked un-inspired? You look at the competitive hunger of a guy like Billy Kemper or Seabastian Zeits or Kalani Chapman compared to Bruce, it is noticeable.
E) Could the world title be decided today?
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.
Highlights from the Billabong Pipe Masters are available via http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2012/live
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.00 def. Evan Valiere (HAW) 9.50
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.50 def. Tyler Newton (HAW) 6.26
Heat 3: Kalani Chapman (HAW) 15.83 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 5.70
Heat 4: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 15.33 def. Flynn Novak (HAW) 9.76
Heat 5: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 8.43 def. Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 5.93
Heat 6: Billy Kemper (HAW) 11.00 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 10.17
Heat 7: Adam Melling (AUS) 11.66 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 7.73
Heat 8: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 16.34 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.94
Heat 9: Shane Dorian (HAW) 14.50 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 9.83
Heat 10: Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 14.73 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 7.84
Heat 11: Dane Reynolds (USA) 11.34 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 3.10
Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.27 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 10.77
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kalani Chapman (HAW) 13.84 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.60
Heat 2: Billy Kemper (HAW) 9.33 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 5.04
Heat 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.17 def. Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 13.57
REMAINING BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 2 MATCH UPS:
Heat 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Shane Dorian (HAW)
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 6: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 7: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Fred Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 10: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 11: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBD
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 10: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBD
#2 SURFER POLL Slater & Gilmore Win SURFER MAGAZINE READERS POLL
A) STEPH GILMORE’S OUTFIT. A STATEMENT? SARCASM? A BIKINI TOP PAINTED ONTO A SKIN COLORED COTTON LONG SLEEVE. “DO YOU HAVE TO WEAR A BIKINI?” A STAB AT RIP CURL WHO CUT HER IN FAVOR OF ALANA BLANCHARD AND HAVE POURED ALL THEIR MARKETING DOLLARS INTO ALANA AND HER SEXY ATHLETICA APPEAL?
B) Do you think it is possible for Alana Blanchard to have won the Readers Poll but was bumped by the powers that be into second place — for the good of the sport? Alana wasn’t even on the Womens World Tour, or what remains of it — this year. If you asked my kid how is the most popular female surfer he would tell you, “Alana Blanchard” ; and … he doesn’t even know who Stephanie Gilmore is. Her name doesn’t ring the bell.
c) Would it be a Travishammockery if Alana Blanchard won?? She looks good and she shreds, and RIP CURL has marketed her to the world as super sexy athletica surfer girl. She just isn’t on the world tour.
d) Has a non-world tour surfer ever won the Surfer Poll?
#3 MILLIONAIRES PAY FOR WHALE TOWING
A tugboat towed the decomposing carcass of a whale from a Malibu beach out to sea, several days after it washed ashore and created a stench near the homes of movie stars and millionaires.
The remains of the 40,000-pound fin whale were towed Saturday about 20 miles from shore by a crew hired by a homeowners’ association, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Brian Riley said.
The 40-foot-long juvenile male washed ashore Monday near Point Dume, attracting onlookers who wandered down the narrow beach to look at the remains — white bones, rolls of blubber and the tail flukes trailing along the water’s edge. Massive estates line the cliffs high above the beach.