MEREWETHER, Newcastle, NSW/Australia (MONDAY, February 18, 2013)
Some of surfing’s emerging young talents dominated their heats on Day 1 of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star rated Burton Toyota Pro and Hunter Ports Women’s Classic in fun 2 to 3 foot (1 metre) surf at Merewether Beach today.
With both events carrying 6-Star ASP rating’s this event is crucial to surfers who are aiming to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour.
Young Indonesian surfer Oney Anwar is intent on progressing as far as possible to gain as many ranking points as possible at this event and throughout this year to elevate him up the world rankings.
The 19 year-old has resided on Australia’s Gold Coast for the last five years to enhance his professional surfing ambitions. Anwar scored two excellent 8-point-rides in his Round 1 heat win today but maintains a level head after his impressive performance.
“Sure that was a great heat, fun waves and opportunities to do aerials but this is a 6-Star event and the next round will be harder and I must surf better – these are high quality events with so many great surfers and I need to keep surfing better and better,” said Anwar.
“I’m focusing on all the big events this year in Australia, Europe and Mexico and it’s all about improving my rating this year – events like this one carry big points and it’s definitely important to me.”
The most impressive surfer of the 18 Round 1 heats run today was Davey Cathels (AUS) who scored an outstanding 9.27, the highest single wave score of the day in his combined two-wave total of 17.10 (out of a possible 20) – the day’s highest heat tally.
“I’ve worked hard on making sure my boards are right this season and right now they feel really good,” said Cathels.
“I selected my waves well out there – managed to find a really good one late in the heat and tagged some strong bottom to top turns so it was a good heat,” added the 21-year-old from Nth Narrabeen in Sydney.
Six round 1 heats of the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic opened the day and Bethany Hamilton (HAW) caught most attention, narrowly getting through her heat in second place behind Quincey Davis (USA).
“It was tricky and quite small out there – I’m stoked to get through that opening round,” said Hamilton.
Top seeds come into both Men’s and Women’s divisions in Round 2 increasing the pressure significantly as today’s surfers who progressed through Round 1 face some seriously experienced and talented surfers from around the world.
Action recommences at Merewether Beach at 7 am tomorrow with the remaining six rounds of 144 in the men’s Burton Toyota Pro followed by the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic round of 48.
Burton Toyota Pro
Round of 144
Heat 1: Matt Lewis Hewitt (NZ) 12.50, Beyrick De Vries (Zaf) 11.50, Corey Ziems (Aus) 10.40, Guillermo Satt (Chl) 8.07
Heat 2: Hiroto Ohhara (Jpn) 12.00, Steven Sawyer (Zaf) 11.46, Ty Watson (Aus) 10.34, Eric Geiselman (USA) 9.10
Heat 3: Oney Anwar (Ind) 16.33, Bino Lopes (Bra) 12.33, Blake Thornton (Aus) 12.17, Nick Vasicek (Aus) 8.13
Heat 4: Billy Stairmand (NZ) 14.83, Michael Powell (USA) 11.27, Soli Bailey (Aus) 8.80, Taishi Kawabata (Jpn) 7.44
Heat 5: Nobuyuki Osawa (13.77), Jesse Adam (Aus) 11.93, Balaram Stack (USA) 9.90, Rafael Teixeira (Bra)
Heat 6: Santiago Muniz (Arg) 16, Kalani David (Haw) 9.9, Ricardo Christie (NZ) 9.36, Rikiya Kitada (Jpn) 4.77
Heat 7: Frederico Morais (Ptg) 16.04, Maxime Huscenot ( France), Carlo Zapata (Per) 11.2, Borja Agote (Euk) 6.57
Heat 8: Caio Ibelli (Bra) 16, Jeremy Johnston (USA) 11.94, Andre Teixeira (Bra) 9.04, Tim Macdonald (Aus) 5.79
Heat 9: Peterson Chrisanto (Bra) 13.66, Cahill Bell-Waren (Aus) 12.93, Yujiro Tsuji (Jpn) 9.03, Nathan Webster (Aus) 9
Heat 10: Davey Cathels (Aus) 17.10, Ian Gouveia (Bra) 10.6, Luan Carvalho (Bra) 9.9, Todd Rosewall (Aus) 8.06
Heat 11: Thomas Woods (Aus) 13.86, Krystian Kymerson (Bra) 13.8, Jose Ferreira (Ptg) 12.33, Takumi Nakamura Jpn (9.27)
Heat 12: Vincent Duvignac (Fra) 14.94, Teppie Tajima (Jpn) 12.4, Dave Reardon-Smith (Aus) 9.97, Sid Guimaraes (Bra) 9.74
Heat 13: Stu Kennedy (Aus) 12.16, Jordin Watson (Aus) 11.60, Jackson Baker (Aus) 10.66, Kenta Hayashi (Jpn)
Heat 14: Garrett Parkes (Aus) 15.16, Dale Lovelock (Aus) 11.73, Luel Felipe (Bra) 10.70, James Wood (Aus) 9.77
Heat 15: Lucas Silveira (Bra) 8.6, Leandro Usuna (Arg) 8.43, Akito Komuku (Jpn) 7.17, Ryan Bignold (Aus) 4.56
Heat 16: Marco Fernandez (Bra) 14.50, Shaun Joubert (Zaf) 12, David Van Zyl (Zaf) 10.07, Jaymes Triglone (Aus)
Heat 17: Michael Dunphy (USA) 13.34, Jerome Forrest (Aus) 11.34, Chris Michalak (Aus) 10.16, Steve Pierson (PYF) 9.5
Heat 18: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 13.87 Enrique Aritu (PYF) 11.43, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 11.20, Chrisd Foster (Haw) 10.20
Hunter Ports Women’s Classic
Round of 60
Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (Haw) 15.15, Dominic Barona (Ecu) 10.00, Bruna Schmitz (Bra) 8.03, Frankie Harrer (Usa) 7.70
Heat 2: Eden Putland (Aus) 12.33, Naomi Stevic (Aus) 10.07, Faye Zoetmulder (Zaf), Minami Takechi (Jpn) 5.30
Heat 3: Quincy Davis (USA) 15, Bethany Hamilton (Haw), Holly-Sue Coffey (Aus) 10.10, Alisha Gonsalves (USA) 9.37
Heat 4: Keely Andrew (Aus) 13.64, Codie Klein (Aus) 11.60, Erica Hosseini (USA) 9.20, Anne Cecile (Fra) 7.5
Heat 5 Bronte Macaulay (Aus) 14.80, Brodie Doyle (Aus), Skye Burgess (Aus), Carina Duarte (6.54)
Heat 6: Mikaela Greene (Aus) 13.40, Joanne Dennison (GBR) 6.07, Jordan Hundley (USA) 6.04, Cali McDonagh (Aus) 5.70
About the 2013 Surfest Newcastle Australia
The 2013 Surfest Newcastle Australia features the Burton Toyota Pro (Men’s ASP 6-Star) and the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic (Women’s ASP 6-Star), along with eight supporting events. The event is made possible with the support of Burton Toyota, the Hunter Sports Sports Group, Newcastle City Council and the NSW Government through Destination NSW. Surfest Newcastle Australia is conducted over 12 days from February 13-24 at Merewether beach, a recognised Australian National Surfing Reserve. Merewether is home to festival patron and Australia’s most accomplished men’s world professional surfing champion, four-time world champion Mark Richards (1979-82) and presents the winner a trophy in his likeness. 2013 marks the festival’s 28th year and with over 800 national and international competitors, Surfest Newcastle Australia is the largest festival of surfing in the southern hemisphere. Get up-to-the minute updates, photos and interviews, as well as the program of events at surfest.com; follow us on Facebook or Twitter and download the BOXT app from the App Store or Google Play (four digit code SURF).