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Bruce Irons wins Rip Curl Pro Search WCT in Indonesia

Bruce Irons (HAW) has defeated fellow finalist Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)  to claim the 2008 Rip Curl Pro Search in rifling four-foot (1.5 metre) lefthanders ‘somewhere’ in Indonesia. Stop No. 6 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search saw a marathon day of action capped off by a stunning barrel shootout finale between the young Hawaiians.

Irons, who took down reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and Dream Tour sophomore Ben Dunn (AUS) en route to his Finals berth, came from behind in last 10 minutes of the event, grabbing an 8.33 and a 9.33 to scalp his first ASP World Tour victory.

“One of my goals when I joined the Tour was to win an event and I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen since I’ll be stepping away after this season,” Irons said. “But the waves pumped this event! This is what the Dream Tour should be like all the time. I’m definitely stepping away from the ASP Tour at the end of this year, but I’m not retiring. I’m still planning on competing at Pipeline and Teahupoo and at venues that I can get into.”

The progressive natural-footer eased into the Final against Patacchia grabbing small scores before unleashing a fury of backhand tubes and commited re-entries over dry reef to take the win and move into No. 10 on the ASP World Tour ratings.

“I was tripping out in the water when they kept announcing Fred (Patacchia) and I in the Final – you never hear that,” Irons said. “It was all business though. This is only the second time I’ve ever made one on Tour and I wasn’t about to let it go. I was trying my hardest out there.”

Irons maintains the family monopoly on Rip Curl Pro Search events, joining older brother Andy, who has two Rip Curl Pro Search titles (2006, 2007) under his belt already. “My brother has won this event twice and all I could think about in the Final is how I wanted that trophy,” Irons said. “The thing is sick! It was a great event and we’re going to have a huge party tonight!”

Patacchia was in stunning form all event, netting high scores and eliminating top seeds before coming up short in the Final. “Bruce (Irons) and I are good friends but we were super competitive in that Final,” Patacchia said. “Both of us wanted to win and we were hassling and trash-talking and everything. I had one wave at the start, but Bruce got two bombs towards the end and I could tell he was really gunning for it.”

After suffering an injury early in the season, Patacchia has since rebounded, finishing equal 9th in Fiji and Jeffreys Bay before his runner-up finish ‘somewhere’ Indonesia. The stylish goofy-footer now sits at No. 14 on the ASP World Tour.

“It feels great to come back after a slow start to the year,” Patacchia said. “The waves were so good for this event and I’m bummed I didn’t win, but to have Bruce (Irons) there and since he’s stepping away, it feels good that we kept the title within Hawaii.”

Chris Ward (USA) was another who was in blazing form all day, eliminating former three-time ASP World Champion and two-time defending Rip Curl Pro winner (2006, 2007) Andy Irons (HAW) and 2007 ASP World Tour runner-up Taj Burrow (AUS) before coming up short against an in-form Irons.

“I’m not even bummed,” Ward said. “If I had come out of that one barrel, then I would have been in the Final, but I’ve had a great day and a 3rd place finish really helps me this year. The next event is in my backyard, Lower Trestles, and I’m pretty confident out there. I’ll be spending a lot of time preparing for that event, but first I am going to enjoy this magical island and all the beautiful waves it has to offer.”

Tiago Pires (PRT), 2008 Dream Tour rookie, put in the best performance of his young career, dispatching of eight-time ASP World Champion and current ratings leader Kelly Slater (USA) in Round 3 before rampaging through to an equal 3rd place finish.

“This is the best result of my career and it takes the pressure off of me to get a 3rd at the halfway point this season,” Pires said. “I don’t know what it will do to the ratings, but it should help me and give me a better seed going into Lower Trestles. I have a pretty busy summer. I am doing all the ASP WQS events in Europe so it is a lot of surfing for me coming up.”

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With the early elimination of the majority of top seeds on the Dream Tour, current ratings leader Kelly Slater (USA) maintains a healthy lead on this year’s ASP World Title race. The next stop on the 2008 ASP World Tour will be the Boost Mobile Pro pres. by Hurley at Lower Trestles, California from September 7 – 13, 2008.

1 – Bruce Irons (HAW) 17.66
2 – Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.16

SF 1: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.16 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 8.50
SF 2: Bruce Irons (HAW) 13.70 def. Chris Ward (USA) 13.50

QF 1: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 16.50 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.17
QF 2: Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.00 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.34
QF 3: Bruce Irons (HAW) 19.40 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 9.67
QF 4: Chris Ward (USA) 16.34 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.90

Heat 1: Kai Otton (AUS) 11.67 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.67
Heat 2: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 19.50 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.40
Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.00 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 6.30
Heat 4: Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.77 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 5.06
Heat 5: Bruce Irons (HAW) 10.84 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.83
Heat 6: Ben Dunn (AUS) 15.97 def. Mikael Picon (FRA) 12.37
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.43 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 11.83
Heat 8: Chris Ward (USA) 18.17 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 11.33

1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 5620 points
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 4548 points
3 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 4382 points
4 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 4370 points
5 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 4353 points
6 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 3950 points
7 – Andy Irons (HAW) 3938 points
8 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 3870 points
9 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 3628 points
10 – Bruce Irons (HAW) 3392 points

BTW, thanks Danny for all online updates!

August 4, 2008 Posted by | News, sports, Surfing | , , , | 1 Comment

Perfect 10 at Billabong Pro Jr Series Indonesia event #1

After smashing the competition in his Round One heat with a total score of 19.0,  Dean Iezzi from the Sunshine Coast in Australia again dominated in his Round Two heat by getting the day’s only perfect score, a long and throaty 5-second barrel to the hoots and cheers of the spectators and crew on the beach.
Keramas Beach in Gianyar-Bali was at as close to perfection as gets today, with   solid 4-6 sets launching themselves onto the black lava reef, opening up some epic barrels for the boys to drop into and seek find their way out of.  After his heat win in Round 1 Iezzi had this to say. “So good,   Maybe once a year in a comp in Australia you get waves even close to this!  So happy to be here and get some waves like this.”

June 18, 2008 Posted by | News, raw art gallery, sports, Surfing | , , | 1 Comment

Chocky’s Place In Bingin for sale

Chocky’s Place In Bingin

Ever wanted to own a guest house in Bali? Imagine waking up at one of the best surf breaks on the island, right on the beach and being able to surf anytime you want. All this and be able to make money at the same time.

Australian Kenny Cole, owner of Chocky’s Place is putting it on the market. Located centrally on Bingin beach, Chocky’s Place is super popular with surfers and is home base for surf contests held at Bingin.

Could be a brand new life style for some lucky person. Those interested contact Kenny either by phone of email.

Yamas what do you say? Is this a dream come true?

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Design, Surfing, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Low Art Gallery opens in Ubud

low art gallery ubud bali indonesia

As you will see from time to time, I will post news/events and other stuff that relates to Indonesia. One of my favorite places on the globe. Thanks to the guys at Psylo, Made, Wayan, Mellisa, Maria, Putu, Arik, Slim and all others that keep me informed. 

Last week, Ubud’s main road was busy and happening with the Grand Opening of the Low Art Gallery.
Live Hip Hop, funk and alternative preformed by a young rapper and musicians, catching the attention of passers by and drawing them into the new art space.
Low Art gallery has a “kitsch” retro “70’s” setting…It has walls of woven bamboo and art displayed abundantly all over its 3 spacious rooms…paintings, masks, painted movie posters… on the wall, on the floor…unusual artworks all over the place!

More than ten artists exhibited over one hundred paintings including photo surrealism, tribal vectors, body art, and graffiti, erotic, street, insane and posthumous. Among the artists exhibiting were Wolfgang Widmoser, David Trevelyan, Kendra, Putu Kantor, Michael Action, Dewa Sibang, Wayan Ramai, Darmadi, Kriono, Matt Wyatt, Borneo Joe and D. Matto.

The gallery owner’s special focus is on the “odd and unusual” – among his work you’ll find gambling boards and painted movie posters (a collection of 500, all purchased in Java), the concept being that such items have a very short life span. By collecting them, the owner feels he is preserving a ‘cultural reflection’, one that is for him very important.

“Low Art is interested in exposing the most interesting ideas to the largest number of people possible…plenty of intellectuals are exposed to art but most average people are not…but would like to be…” he explains. And looking through the crowd that opening night, the notion seemed to be succeeding. There was an eclectic mix of artists, expats and local people in attendance, possibly initially drawn by the music but then enjoying the art once they’d entered the gallery. Low doesn’t have a programme of events as such, but is likely to evolve fluidly in terms of what it exhibits.

If you are in Bali, drive to Ubud and check it out. 

September 29, 2007 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists | , , , | 6 Comments