03-31-2012, 07:36 AM
The HB Vans contest is going on in pumping swell this morning with Hank Gaskell already getting a nice barrel http://www.vans.com/microsites/pierclassic/2012/webcast.html . Itís a Four Star so you donít really have all the heavy players, but the surf is making up for it. May go down and take a gander later.
03-31-2012, 07:41 AM
03-31-2012, 09:29 AM
Oh yeah! I love this show!!
03-31-2012, 09:29 AM
It's so loved here that Canada has it's own version.
03-31-2012, 09:30 AM
I guess it's really just a remake of MXC. Most Extreme Elimination Challenge!!
04-01-2012, 03:23 PM
this is a bit of a shocker...
Matt Wilkinson tests positive for banned substance, suspended from ASP World Tour
Charismatic Australian surfer Matt Wilkinson, currently ranked 13th on the ASP World Tour, has been suspended from all ASP World Title competition after a random drug screen following the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast came back positive for a banned psychoactive substance.
Wilko is the first casualty of ASP International's new Anti-Doping Policy, which was activated just prior to the 2012 season and will apply to both the Top 34 and Top 17 surfers competing on the ASP World Title Series and ASP Women's World Title Series, respectively.
The policy involves standards prescribed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and Prohibited List. Officials test for both recreational drugs as well as PED's (performance-enhancing drugs). The substance found in the Australian's urine is, oddly, a bit of both: staggering levels of bee pollen.
Though not illicit and generally classified as a powerful antioxidant food, recent scientific evidence suggests the most common bee pollen supplement, known by its brand name "TeePee," has been linked to sustaining energy, increasing endurance, relieving stress, enhancing immunity and reducing allergies -- common resolutions for a perpetually transient professional athlete operating in extreme coastal environments.
"Mr. Wilkinson may have thought what he was ingesting was harmless," said Richard Grellman, ASP Executive Chairman. "But our list of banned substances is quite clear, and this policy represents a consensus between our surfers, events and administrators in evolving the Sport of Kings to a more professional level. Everyone knew the rules, so effective immediately, Wilkinson will be suspended from competition and possibly stripped of his current World Tour ranking while his attorneys and ASP officials investigate the matter further."
Wilko's drug of choice seems innocuous enough. After all this isn't cocaine we're talking about. Or even marijuana, for that matter. And it certainly isn't steroids. In fact, Wilkinson maintains he doesn't even take bee pollen for any of the physical benefits mentioned above; he was simply following suggestion from over 20 studies that have found that bee pollen is a natural libido booster -- a super food for men's sexual health. Several sources claim to have witnessed the surfer ingesting the supplement -- which can be swallowed, snorted, or absorbed rectally -- at an alarming rate during Quiksilver Pro sideline parties, emptying at least two capsules into every pint of beer he drank throughout the course of the festivities.
"Of course I wasn't trying to [illegally] get a leg up on the comp," Wilkinson defended. "But if you only knew how aggressive these chicks on the Goldy can be, mate...They wait all year long for the Dream Tour guys to roll through town for Snapper. And once we do, they come at us two, three at a time, and they wanna go all night! Without me TeePee, I would not have had enough energy to surf my heats the next day. I never in a million years thought the ASP would suspend me for this shit, so I've decided to lawyer up."
"The guys on Tour, while strongly supporting the implementation of the ASP Anti-Doping Policy really feel for Wilko," lamented ASP Surfers' Representative Kieren Perrow. "But he never read the fine print. To tell you the truth, none of us did. All we knew was that we weren't allowed to juice up, and we weren't allowed to get high. None of us knew we weren't allowed to get a chub."
"I've always known that drugs are a f--ed road, mate," finished Wilko. "And I never touch the stuff. As far as the PED thing goes, shit...do I look like Mr. Roid Rage over here? Ninety percent of the groms on tour pump Red Bull into their bodies all day long, and they get commercials. I take a little whiff of a natural food and I get booted off tour. I think it all comes down to jealousy. You got this 24-year-old free spirit making love to beautiful women who never look twice at some grumpy, old ASP dude. Of course, one of them was gonna say, "Oh yeah, let's test Wilko. He just looks like he's having too much fun."
04-01-2012, 04:41 PM
Occhilupo was incredible in Margaret River last week earning a third out of nowhere. The legend continues.
04-01-2012, 05:25 PM
Wow, Occy still doin' it! Legend forreal.
05-03-2012, 07:28 AM
He made it through yesterday at Trestles and is up again in a few. Dane and Simpo next heat. Too much tide right now, but there should still be solid surfing.