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Andy Irons/Julia Christian win Body Glove Surfbout WQS




Body Glove Surfbout

Presented by Adio Footwear

ASP 2 star WQS Mens event

ASP 1 star WQS Womens event

Lower Trestles, San Clemente

20 - 24 April 2004

Day 5: Andy Irons/Julia Christian win Body Glove Surfbout event

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 April 2004: - - Surf Conditions: Clean breaks for most of the day with the most consistency seen all week. Wave Size: 3-5 ft. - knee to chest high in the early morning before dying out in the late morning. 4-6 ft. sets in the afternoon heading into the finals.
Weather Conditions: Clear skies with temperatures up to the low 80´s F. Crowd Size: 500

Defending two-time world champion Andy Irons (Hawaii) added another trophy to his growing collection in winning the Body Glove Surfbout presented by Adio Footwear at Lower Trestles. Irons defeated Rob Machado (Cardiff), a former Surfbout and U.S. champion, to win the two-star World Qualifying Series (WQS)-rated event and take the early lead on the 2004 Surfing America Pro Tour. Oxnard’s Tim Curran and Huntington Beach’s Tim Reyes finished third and fourth respectively. Conditions improved throughout the day on building swell producing three to five foot waves.

Although Curran ignited the crowd early with an early 9.4 ride, Irons and Machado took charge as the lead flip-flopped between the two world-class surfers. Irons nailed a nine-pointer on his first wave, throwing the challenge to Machado. He responded by taking the lead less than halfway into the finale. Irons followed with three solid moves on a perfect right-hander, scoring a 9.15. With less than a minute remaining, Machado launched into a solid left-hander, scoring an 8.75, but it was too little, too late. Irons received a $5,000 winners check.

Irons joined an elite fraternity of prior Surfbout champions that includes Machado, Kelly Slater (Florida), Shane Beschen (San Clemente) and Taylor Knox (Carlsbad). “I’m really glad Body Glove is keeping this contest going,” said Irons from the podium. “I remember watching it as a grom with Kelly (Slater) winning and watching Rob (Machado) and everyone. I think it’s a really good thing. It’s really a quality wave and we need more events in America.” Irons’ total of 18.15 was the highest overall heat tally for the five-day event.

The SG Lowers Pro was no less dramatic as former World Championship Tour (WCT) competitor Julia Christian (Carlsbad) defeated 11 year-old Carissa Moore (Hawaii) to win the inaugural $5,000 one-star. Newport Beach’s Erica Hosseini finished third ahead of Kyla Langen in fourth. Moore is the youngest-ever finalist in a WQS event.

Julia, who fell off the WCT just last year, was obviously looking to make a comeback. Christian did just that with an aggressive lead that she held onto for the win. “Anyone could have gotten it out there today,” Christian said of the final heat. “The waves were so good, and I was so stoked it picked up for the finals. This is all part of my re-qualification process. See you at the Queen of Surf in Pacific Beach (June 12-13) next!”

Eric McHenry won the $5,000 SOBE No Fear Airshow. The 40 minute final scored the top two airs, with the best counting double points. McHenry was followed closely by Josh Kerr in second place, Josh Buran in third and Zach Keenan, fourth. Many of the top guys were performing big maneuvers like the “front-side 180 rotation.” "It´s good to be back here at Trestles thanks to Body Glove,” said McHenry. “We don’t´ have an Airshow tour this year, so it´s great to be able to get the boys together and push the limits of surfing.´´

“Body Glove International is proud to have been able to bring back the Body Glove Surfbout,” said Marketing Director Scott Daley. “There is new momentum growing for the sport of surfing in America, thanks to Surfing America. Body Glove Intl. thanks the other manufacturers for having their surfers compete in the Surfbout. The men’s final with Andy, Rob and the Timmy show was truly electrifying.” Daley added, “A special thanks to Don Meek and the Action Sports Group for their support.”

The Action Sports Group (ASG), publishers of SURFER, SURFING and SG Magazines, worked hand-in-hand with Body Glove and Surfing America, picking up the $25,000 permit tab to ensure a sanctioned event would be staged at the world-class break. The Body Glove Surfbout presented by Adio will be televised on Fox Sports Net’s FUEL TV. Detailed event coverage is available at www.surfingthemag.com./surfbout.

Results Body Glove Surfbout Results

Men

1st Irons,Andy HAW

2nd Machado,Rob USA

3rd Curran,Tim USA

4thReyes,Tim USA

Women

1st Christian, Julia USA

2nd Moore, Carissa HAW

3rd Hosseini, Erica USA

4th Langen, Kyla USA

Heats, & Results at www.surfingamerica.org

The Surfbout is the first leg of the ASG’s recently announced GRAND SLAM SURF SERIES that also includes the Op Newport Classic (Newport Beach, Sept. 23-26) and the season-ending O’Neill Cold Water Classic (Santa Cruz, Oct. 20-24). Each event will be televised on Fox Sports Net’s FUEL TV and a cumulative prize will be awarded to the Series winner. All four events are sanctioned by ASP North America/Surfing America and are part of the 2004 Surfing America Pro Tour.

More coverage at www.surfingthemag.com

Previous reports:

# 1 : Tom Curren standout on Day 1 at Body Glove Surfbout

# 2 : Body Glove Surfbout gets mixed conditions for Day 2...

# 3 : Pat O´Connell stand out at Body Glove Surfbout Day 4

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