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2013 Rip Curl Pro: 3’s Company – Kelly, Parko #1 & 2 Atop WCT, But #3 Mick Fanning Holds The Bell

by Wes Ayers

Parko, Kelly aim to take what Mick rightfully holds. photo(s): ASP


Much can be said about the state and progression of professional surfing. Yet one thing is abundantly clear, the top 3 surfers on the planet have consistently stayed within or ahead of the remaining 31 of the world’s best for over a decade. In fact, if you (rightfully) honor the late, great Andy Irons’ World Title 3-peat from ’02 through ’04, the only other to win it all beyond Joel Parkinson (’12), Mick Fanning (’07, ’09), and Kelly Slater (’05, ’06, ’08, ’10, ’11) is C.J. Hobgood in 2001. And C.J. did it without winning a single ASP event!

Though a restricted tour that year due to the tragedy that was 9/11/01, certainly impressive still.

Which brings us to the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford. This event, in and of itself, holds so many stories of legend. Not only is last year’s final between Mick and Kelly considered the best ever in the long, illustrious history at Bells, it was voted ASP Men’s Heat of the Year! Parko lost to Mick in the semis, Mick eventually went on to win the whole shebang and Kelly happily showered him with the bubbly.


The 2012 final is considered the best in history at Bells. phots: ASP


And wouldn’t you know it, those 3 I mentioned who sit atop this year’s World Championship Tour to date are defending 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson, 2012 World Runner-UP, current World #1 and 11X World Champion Kelly Slater (who already holds the hardware from event no. 1, the Quicksilver Pro Goldcoast), and defending Rip Curl Pro Bells Champion Mick Fanning. All legends in their own right, and all more than capable of “ringing the bell” this year.

As Mr. Fanning said of Kelly’s 10 pt air in the 2012 final that blew everyone’s mind: “ Oh, here we go!”

Fitting indeed. So, let’s start the show.



Ke11y Slater Takes 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast – Captures 52nd Career WCT Win

by Wes Ayers

Ke11y Slater, Victorious! photo: ASP


Kirra, Queensland/Australia –  With thunderous momentum and precision performances when it mattered most, Kelly Slater opened his 2013 WCT campaign by claiming the The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover. In peeling 3-5ft barrels, and against reigning 2012 World Titlist Joel Parkinson, the unprecedented 11-time ASP World Champion simply out-surfed his 31 year-old Aussie counterpart.

Triumphant in his semifinal heat versus Michel Bourez (PYF), Parkinson looked unbeatable as he watched fellow Australian and Kirra native Mick Fanning trade epic semifinal barrels with Slater. Yet Kelly proved too much for the 2-time ASP World Champion. In defeating Parkinson in the final, Kelly made a commanding statement by beating both a former and reigning World Champion, consecutively, for the victory.


Slater in action during the final against Joel Parkinson. photo: Kirstin


With the win, Slater, 41, logs in his 52nd career Elite Tour victory. Yet the legendary Floridian knows what lies ahead in such a competitive season.

“They’re all important but it’s nice to get off to a good start,” Slater said. “The three top seeds – Joel, myself and Mick all finished in the top three spots and Michel (Bourez) had a great event too. Momentum shifts throughout each season and a lot can happen. It’s probably the most talented field that has ever been on tour and there are nine more events. I’m committed to the tour this season.”



As the season-opener of the 2013 ASP World Tour, the “Quikie Pro,” as it is fondly known, completed in perfect final day fashion, pairing two of the world’s greatest competitive surfers for the Gold Coast crown. Still, as competitive as an event of this magnitude can be, not even the best can get enough when the conditions are this good.

 “When Kirra is doing what it’s doing out there today, it doesn’t feel like an event,” Parkinson said. “I had some great waves and a lot of fun, and to get to do it with the singlet on is icing on the cake.”

And the bubbly is Mr. Slater’s to savor.

On behalf of BC Surf  & Sport, congratulations to the one, the ONLY Ke11y Slater on his more than impressive win at the 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Bring on Bells!!


1 – 
Kelly Slater (USA) 18.56
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.47

SF 1: 
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.17 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.80
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.37 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.60

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (Following Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast):
Kelly Slater (USA) 10000 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 8000 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 6500 pts
3. Michel Bourez (PYF) 6500 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5200 pts
5. Julian Wilson (AUS) 5200 pts
5. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5200 pts
5. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5200 pts


Kelly Slater Doubles Up Trestles, Wins The Quiksilver Pro France

by Wes Ayers
photo: Rabejac Barely two weeks removed from claiming an eye-popping 6th Hurley Pro, Kelly Slater backed up that 3rd consecutive Lower Trestles triumph, and his surging 12th world title campaign, by winning the 2012 Quikswilver Pro France. La Graviere, showcasing event No. 7 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, held together clean 3 – 5 ft. tubes setting the stage for an intense Final against a much hyped wildcard standout in Dane Reynolds. Though contentious early, Slater seized upon the first 10 minutes, stringing together two solid tube rides for a combined 17.26, (7.93, 9.33), which combo’d Reynolds and proved to be the deciding scores to capture his 1st Elite Tour win in Hossegor, France since 1992 . “It has literally been 20 years,” Slater said. “I had my first win here 20 years ago and that’s pretty crazy. Obviously when you go out there you want to win the heat, but I would have been really stoked if Dane (Reynolds) pulled a 10 out of his hat at the end of the heat, it would have been pretty rad.” With France, Kelly now has three WCT victories this year, including Trestles and Fiji, ranking him world #2 and well within striking distance of hoisting the trophy as World Champion for a (once inconceivable) 12th time. But with three events remaining in Portugal, Santa Cruz and finishing at Pipeline, the race is certainly wide open. Kelly knows he has no margin for error. “When you start working the numbers a little bit, I got that 500 pointer and a 13th, two bad results, already,” Slater said. “Parko (Joel Parkinson) is sitting on a 9th and a 5th. If I couldn’t get past Parko today, it would have put a lot of pressure on me, but this has now put the pressure back on Mick (Fanning) because Parko, John John (Florence) and I did well here at this event.” As it stands with the completion of France, Joel Parkinson has reclaimed the world #1 ranking with Slater climbing into the #2 slot, followed by Mick Fanning, John John (Florence) and a fading Taj Burrow rounding out the top 5 respectively. That said, all eyes now turn to the Peniche, Portugal and the Rip Curl Pro which is set to begin in 5 days. Surely, Slater will enjoy his 51st career win, but with little time leading into event No. 8, the real pressure now falls on Joel Parkinson to hold on to his front-runner status as he chases his ever-elusive 1st world title. “I can’t wait for Portugal,’ Parkinson said. “It would be nice to get a win over there as the race is shaping up to come down to the end. Hopefully, if the waves are anything like this, it will be another amazing event.” And another amazing event is only fitting since the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour has all of the fixings for a season to remember – culminating with a world title race seemingly destined to be decided in Hawaii. Yet today belongs to Kelly. On behalf of BC Surf & Sport and… Congratulations Kelly Slater, 2012 Quiksilver Pro France Champion!

Kelly Slater Captures The 2012 Hurley Pro at Trestles, Claims 50th Elite Tour Victory

by Wes Ayers

top photo - Todd Glaser for Surfer Magazine | bottom photo -

  Kelly Slater proved to the surfing world what everyone has known for quite some time, he owns Lower Trestles. And in 3 – 5ft. clean conditions at the legendary Southern California point break, Slater defeated Joel Parkinson to win an unprecedented 6th Hurley Pro, event no. 6 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) while claiming his record 50th elite tour victory of his career. “I know I went out there feeling like I didn’t have anything to lose because Parko (Joel Parkinson) was the form guy,” Slater said. “He was pretty much the standout in every round. He schooled Medina (Gabriel Medina) yesterday somehow and was combo’ing everybody.” Indeed, Parkinson was putting it to any and everyone throughout the tournament, except when it mattered most – against Slater and in the final. Dominant from day one, Parko was the standout performer, posting some of the highest individual wave and heat score totals of the entire contest. With a runner-up finish, his second consecutive after falling to two-time World Champion and world #1 ranked Mick Fanning at the Billabong Pro Teahupoo, and his third overall this year, Parkinson is the current world #2 with Slater, Hawaiian John John Florence and Brazil’s Adriano De Souza rounding out the newly revised ASP WCT Top 5 respectively. Yet with all the adversity considering the often contested calls by the judges, whether it was an interference against Julian Wilson in round 4 or a loss of wave priority in a super close round 5 heat against Jeremy Flores as well as in the final against Parkinson, Slater managed what was his to control and still put it together when he needed it. “I knew that heat would either make or break me for the year,” Slater said. “Had I let Parko have those extra 2,000 points if he’d won, it would look very different in the ratings.” Instead, Kelly has lessened the gap between him, Parkinson and Fanning in the points race heading into the European leg of the tour. The win also caps a string of 3 consecutive Hurley Pro titles dating back to 2010. Without a doubt, when it comes to putting on a jersey at Lower Trestles, Slater is sure to put on a show – oh, yeah, and win! On behalf of BC Surf & Sport and … Congratulations Kelly!! 2012 Hurley Pro Champion!!

Kelly Slater Wins Volcom Fiji Pro 2012

by BC Admin
Congratulations to the legend Kelly Slater for his big win at The Volcom Fiji Pro! The final went down and Slater put on a Cloudbreak clinic against Brazil’s Gabriel Medina. Gabriel had impressed the surfing world with his amazing charge to the final but in the end was just not enough for Kelly’s near-perfect performance. This places Kelly in the number 3 position under number 2 Mick Fanning and number 1 John John Florence. It is an exciting tour so far. Stay tuned to see who takes the World Title at

ASP World Tour – Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2012 – 'Finals'

by BC Admin
The 2012 Quiksilver Pro ended the other day and Taj Burrow landed on top. After an amazing Finals between Taj and Adriano De Souza; Taj took the win and the 1st place rank in the world of pro surfing. “When I found myself against Adriano, I was really nervous because he got me in Final in Brazil last year,” explained Taj. “He’s really tough and I don’t like competing against him to be honest. There was a lot of weight on my shoulders in that Final so it’s pretty rewarding to come out on top. Up next is the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. Don’t miss it LIVE. The Ft. Lauderdale BC will always be broadcasting the contest so stop by for an update. It starts on April 3rd. Congratulations Taj! QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS: 1 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.86 2 – Adriano De Souza (BRA) 15.60 QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS: SF 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.16 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.57 SF 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.56 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.20 QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL RESULTS: QF 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 16.43 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.73 QF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.43 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.04 QF 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.56 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.30 QF 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.86 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.97 CURRENT ASP TOP 5 (After Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast): 1. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10,000 pts 2. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 8,000 pts 3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 6,500 pts 3. Josh Kerr (AUS) 6,500 pts 5. Kelly Slater (USA) 5,200 pts 5. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5,200 pts 5. Owen Wright (AUS) 5,200 pts 5. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 5,200 pts

ASP World Surfing Awards LIVE On YouTube – Feb. 23rd

by BC Admin
What up, BC fans?! We just wanted to give you a heads up that on February 23rd, 2012 from 7-10pm eastern time YouTube will be airing the 2012 ASP World Surfing Awards LIVE!! The Association of Surfing Professionals (commonly known as the A.S.P) is what one might call the NFL of pro surfing. Tune in on February 23rd, 2012 and watch as the greatest surfers in the world walk the red carpet to accept their awards. Such awards will be presented as ‘Rookie of the Year’, ‘World Champ’, and ‘Best Wave‘ to name a few. As we saw last year, our favorite surfer boys and girls were wearing their every day wardrobes of t-shirts and baggies. Last year the ASP decided to step it up and enforce a black tie dress code. It may not be your average surfer attire but, it will certainly be a sight to see. Hey, they are the best in the WORLD so why not? We can’t wait to see them all dolled up even if there will surely be sand in some socks. That stuff just sticks around forever, you know? So grab some popcorn and enjoy watching your favorite surfers get the recognition they deserve. To get ready to make a name for YOURSELF in the water, don’t forget to check out for all of your surf, skate, and snow lifestyle needs. Tune in >>>HERE<<< Feb. 23rd from 7-10pm Eastern time to watch the ASP World Surfing Awards LIVE! (7-10pm eastern time)

Kelly Slater – The King Of Surfing – Creating The Endless Wave

by BC Admin
Quiksilver‘s very own Kelly Slater, The King and 10 Time World Champion of surfing has come up with the endless wave! Kelly Slater’s new surf parks are going to have the ultimate man made ride. It will be a circular pool and the wave will be perfect in every way. Not only will you be able to adjust the size, power, shape and speed of the wave but you will be able to ride it forever, or at least as long as they allow you to ride and as long as your legs hold up. It is going to be very cool. I sure hope we get one close to BC Surf And Sport. I want to rip it up!! Make sure you watch the Rip Curl Search ASP contest coming up in San Fran, CA to see if he pulls off winning his 11th World Title.

BC Surf Employee Dutch Schorn Visits Tahiti – Day 5

by BC Admin
Day 5- Well BC Surf and Sport fans. He has done it again. This is blowing my mind that Dutch is taking these pictures! He took some more amazing video and some of the most insane photos anyone I know has ever taken in my life. You better sit down for this…..


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