“…i’ll hit you back in halfa Chilli, i just gotta go surf the final of Gromfest…” said Matt Banting. True to his word, no more than 30mins later we received an SMS saying “5 OMG Woo!”. That means the frother must have dropped his phone, ran down to the water & paddled out, surfed the heat meanwhile claiming his 5th Rusty Gromfest crown at Lennox Point, NSW Australia & still remembered to get back to us!
Bantman flaring in the Quik Pro trials @ Snapper February 2009 © adam weathered
Its not often that he gets to ride it in contests so Bantman was stoked to take the title aboard his trusty 6′1″ A2 Semi Gun (yes yes, when you usually ride a 5′9, that is a step up)“They were the biggest waves I’ve had here for sure and that final was a tough one with long paddles and super long rides as well.”
Matt has determination like we have never seen before in a 15yr old … look out world!
It’s time again to watch the live webcast of the Billabong Pro in JBay Seth Efrika bru! Ever wondered what WCT surfers carry around in their swag? Billabong crashed Potugal’s Tiago Pires Jbay abode. Click his image to check it out.
Dear Lord, can you believe the damage that one little Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu did at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti this year?
We know he can pigdog having grown up not far from Mundaka but his performance over there was pretty ridiculous. Watch his heat against Kelly on the Billabong Pro website.
On his road to the semi's he beat Dane, Kelly, Damo Hobgood and Tommy Whits. Aritz rode Chilli Surfboards on his way to his best ever World Tour result. Chilli would like to say Felicitaciones y gracias a Aritz y Pukas! Buena Suerte for the rest of 2009:)
The Rip Curl Pro has kicked off at Bells Beach with the ASP unveiling a new contest format for the event. The new format sees man on man heats from the outset with the top rated surfers automatically seeded into the second round depending on how the went on the tour in 2008. It's a little complicated to explain the new format in detail here in our modest little blog but the ASP site has got a good explanation of the new format. Tomorrow could see the second round get underway and you can watch it all live. Tiago Pires will be riding Chilli sleds in his heat 5 battle royale with 2007 World Champ Mick Fanning. Enjoy the show.
Fine surfing, monster wipeouts, the disappointment of wasted opportunities and realisation of life long dreams. It all happens in the last WQS event of the year, the O’Neill World Cup at Sunset Beach. It sucks up valuable time in our working day, why not let it stall your productivity too? Watch the live action of these men as their dreams shatter into a million pieces or come true right there on the sand at Sunset…