After an exciting 5 days of intense competition in sensational fashion, Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30 has claimed the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
Parkinson with the Bell - Rip Curl
His victory was a big one over the former two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, in a solid 2 – 2.5 meter (six-to-eight foot) waves at Bells Beach.
Parkinson ripping the wave - Rip Curl
Parkinson opened up with an 8.53 on the first ride of the heat and sealed the deal with a Perfect 10.
Mick Fanning holding it down
“To me, Mick (Fanning) has been the form surfer of the event and I was never going to take him lightly,” Parkinson said. “I think we both had the same game plan of getting the first good one that came through and putting the momentum behind us.
A Classic Bells Finish
We scrapped for that first wave and I got the nod. Eve though it was a mid-0, I knew I needed a lot more to hold him off so I just kept the pressure on from there.”
Although Mick Fanning had lost this year’s title, he deserves a notable praise for his performance, and what better way to celebrate it than his very own watch—The Ultimate Midnight Watch. When you buy from NuWatches, we offer a FREE shipping with a 30-Day-Money-Back-Guarantee.
Due to yesterday’s low waves, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was postponed to today the 20th. At 7:30am this morning, Round 1 had commenced to the 1.5 to 2 meters waves (four-to-six foot) at Bells Beach.
Australia’s Mick Fanning (2007, 2009) and American Kelly Slater (2008, 2010) have been dueling it out for the past four years, they have laid down impressive scores in round one.
Fanning scored a 15.60 from a possible 20 this morning, it looked set to be the day’s best score but Slater topped it at 16 points to win his round one heat.
Later in the morning, Joel Parkinson had claimed the highest heat score of the day, 17.74 points to move automatically through to the third round along with Slater and Fanning.
As for the women’s division, Stephanie Gilmore from Australia had scored the highest with 16.30, with Sally Fitzgibbons also from Australia closely behind with 16.10, and Silvana Lima from Brazil with a 14.94. Back in 2009, Lima had upset Gilmore’s run. All the heat winners have the luxury of moving on to the next round, while the 2nd and 3rd place will face sudden death in round 2. Be sure to keep a close eye on the event, as this is the 50th anniversary so it will be very exciting.
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Gabriel Medina from Brazil and Bethany Hamilton from Hawaii
Rip Curl has gotten themselves two new youngsters superstars, Gabriel Medina from Brazil and Bethany Hamilton from Hawaii to compete as wildcards in the 2011 Rip Curl Pro presented by FORD Bells Beach. Medina has competed against Mick Fanning twice last year, taking out the likes of Chris Davidson and CJ Hobgood before beaten by his idol, Fanning in round 3.
Hamilton is best known for her heroic comeback from a shark attack in 2003, and has been stunning the world ever since. Her spirit is high for this year’s competition, “This year especially, the Women’s Top 17 has a lot of new, young girls who are driven and competitive, and who have so much talent that they are pushing the level of Women’s surfing more and more”.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by FORD will take place at Victoria pristine Bells Beach from April 19 to 30, 2011 and be webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com and on Fuel TV in Australia and ESPN in Brazil. Be sure not to miss it!
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The second stop on the 2011 ASP World Title tour is a very special one this year as it celebrates the 50th year it has been held at Bells Beach. The event Originally started in 1961 and was formerly called the Bells Beach Surf Classic, since its early inception it has become a very special event to win. This year’s event will gather together each of the world’s best ASP surfers, including such superstars as American surfing legend and reigning 10-time ASP World Champion, Kelly Slater. He’s won the tournament four times (in ’94, ’06, ’08 and ’10) and is looking to follow up his 2011 season opening win on the Gold Coast with the anniversary gong. “The Bells trophy is probably one of – if not the – most sought-after trophies in professional surfing,” says Slater. “Anyone who has ever gotten a Bell has talked proudly of it. It’s like winning a World Title trophy.”
Red Bull-backed Australian surfer Mick Fanning posted his first elite tour victory as a wild card at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in 2001. “Fifty years at Bells is huge,” says Fanning. “It has so much history and so many great surfers have won the Rip Curl Pro because it’s one of the hardest ones to win.” Reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore boasts an impressive three Bells titles to her name (in ’07, ’08 and ’10) and is hoping to equal Kelly Slater’s record this year. “To have an event there for 50 years is good for surfing and good for the younger generation to be able to go there and compete and be able to experience the aura that’s been there since the very beginning,” says Gilmore. “That’s what makes the Rip Curl Pro really different from the other stops on the Tour.” To celebrate the event why not bag yourself the limited editionRip Curl Mick Fanning Ultimate Midnight Watch. Remember all watches come with a 30 day money back guarantee and free delivery.
Great news for 2 times ASP World Champion, Australian surfer Mick Fanning and his fans! As the Gold Coast of Australia seen a flurry of swell for the last month, the Quicksilver Pro at Snapper kicks off the season on February 26th. Fanning has been getting his fair share in preparations for the start of the 2011 ASP World Tour season, an event Mick is considered a favorite at. Earlier this month, Dragon introduces the Shield – Fanning’s signature sunglasses and according to Dragon, their most technologically advanced release yet. See attached video of Mick warming up with the boys and his 15-second triple barrel. According to Mick, they are the only pair of sunnies you ever need.
So it’s that time of year again when us guys have to dig deep…. yep it’s Valentine’s Day. Most ladies now pretend they aren’t too fussed about presents or flowers but we all know if we come home empty handed then there’ll be trouble! However, I’m all for equality, so you need to give your loved one some ideas of what to get you. Don’t bother to trawl the internet though because here at NuWatches we’ve compiled a handy buyers guide that you can send as a not so subtle hint.
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