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ASP World Tour event #11
Vans Duel For The Jewel
ASP Specialty Women's Event
Pipeline, Oahu Hawaii
8 - 20 December 2010
Jeremy Flores Claims Billabong Pipe Masters, Inaugural ASP World Tour Win
Joel Parkinson wins third consectutive Vans Triple Crown title
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 December, 2010 : - - Pipeline -- Jeremy Flores (FRA) 22, won the Billabong Pipe Masters in memory of Andy Irons over Kieren Perrow (AUS), 33, in a come-from-behind victory in firing four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) backdoor barrels, marking his first career ASP World Tour victory.
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 29, was another to stand atop the Billabong Pipe Masters podium, clinching his third, consecutive Vans Triple Crown title to conclude the 2010 ASP World Tour season.
Flores, who was in need of a solid 8.60 single-wave score in the dying moments, clawed his way back into the Final against Perrow and threaded the needle on a beautiful righthand barrel to earn a 9.37. Making history as the first European to ever win the Billabong Pipe Masters in the events 40 year history, Flores punctuated his season with his career-best result.
Jeremy Flores : photo ASP/Kirstin
This is such a dream, Flores said. Ive been coming to Hawaii for so long and this is my favorite place in the world, the waves, the people, everything. I just knew I couldnt give up in the Final even though I was behind. Its the Pipe Masters and its everything. Im so stoked.
Flores impressive showing in the Final wasnt his only come-from-behind win of the day, as the young Frenchman also topped reigning 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 38, in the dying minutes of their Semifinals match-up, marking a significant turnaround in the young Frenchmans career.
Im so stoked to be here and to have made this result, Flores said. Ive been surfing a lot again in all conditions, small or big and I kind of lost that at the start of the year. I think thats what has helped my rhythm. Ive just been surfing three times a day no matter what the conditions are and I think thats the biggest thing that changed this year for me. I just feel like Ive found my rhythm again.
Flores Finished at No. 9 on the ASP World Tour Rankings for 2010.
Kieren Perrow : photo ASP/Cestari
Perrow dominated the tricky Backdoor Pipeline conditions throughout the events entirety, weaving through several tight barrels to drop some of the events top scores including a 9.90 a 9.83 and a 9.70, However the hard-charging Australian saw his Billabong Pipe Masters title slip from his grasp in the final minutes of his match up against Flores.
You never think youve won until the hooter goes I guess, Perrow said. I know Jeremy (Flores) is capable of getting great scores which he showed throughout the event and I wanted to be patient and wait for that good one. I went on that one that wasnt so good and Jeremy got that 9 and all credit to him. It been a fantastic week though, the support from everyone has been amazing.
Kelly Slater (USA), 38, reigning ten-time ASP World Champion, appeared to be the form surfer of the event, notching the events only perfect 10-point ride in his Round 4 heat, but made an uncharacteristic priority mistake in his Semifinals bout against Flores, allowing the young Frenchman to find the score needed to overtake Slater in the final minutes of their heat to leave the Floridian icon with a 3rd place finish overall.
Dane Reynolds : photo ASP/Kirstin
I thought there was a bigger one behind but there have only been one wave sets and I didnt even think about it in the moment. As soon as it went over I was like oh no, but thats the way it goes. Ive had it go that way for me before, but good for Jeremy hes a great tube rider and Im sure hes stoked to be in the Final. To start the heat off I fell and Jeremy was just getting barreled across and I said you know, Im going to come back and win this heat. I let my guard down in the end and thats the way it goes. You can get 18 or 20 points at Pipeline in the last two minutes.
The 2010 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons also represents Slaters historic 20th event at the Banzai Pipeline and the ASP World Tour veteran took the time to reflect on his many years in Hawaii.
I have a lot of good memories here at Pipeline, Slater said. I think Ive surfed in 20 of these things. I think my first one (Pipe Masters) was my best memory, just because of the guys I was surfing against. I saw people like Tom Carroll, who won that year, and I just sat on the beach in awe. He was just amazing that year.
Kieren Perrow : photo ASP/Kirstin
Dane Reynolds (USA), 25, was another talent to shine in the racy Backdoor Pipeline conditions. The innovative natural-footer topped fellow Americans Taylor Knox (USA), 39, Damien Hobgood (USA), 31, and Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 25, but fell to Perrow in the Semifinals to match his best result of the 2010 ASP World Tour season with an equal 3rd place finish.
It was funny because my Semifinals heat turned a total flip-flop for me, Reynolds said. In my Quarterfinals heat I was in the spot every time a wave came and in the second heat it just went flat. I think in the end it was a pretty good morning with a few tubes at Backdoor. It doesnt happen every morning for me. Its a good way to end the year and Im looking forward to Snapper.
Joel Parkinson returned to Hawaii to defend his Vans Triple Crown title after a brutal laceration to his foot sidelined him for nearly the entire 2010 ASP World Tour season.
Kelly & Jeremy : photo ASP/Kirstin
The stylish natural-footer put on a memorable performance despite the injury, posting a victory at the ASP PRIME Reef Hawaiian Pro, a 9th at the ONeill World Cup at Sunset Beach and a 13th at the Billabong Pipe Masters to secure his third consecutive Vans Triple Crown Title.
Im excited, Parkinson said. This years Triple Crown didnt go how I thought it would go. I was just hoping that I would make a few heats because I only felt like I was surfing at 60 percent at home, but everything changed when I got to Hawaii.
The Triple Crown has always been really prestigious to me. It was always dominated by the best Hawaiians and its something that Ive always held high. To get one was great, so to get three is amazing. I hope that next year Im just injury free and that this win is just a stepping stone.
Highlights from the Billabong Pipe Masters will be available via triplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters. For additional ASP information log on to aspworldtour.com
Billabong Pipe Masters Final Results:
1 Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.54
2 Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.77
Billabong Pipe Masters Semifinals Results:
SF 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.50 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 17.23
SF 2: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.03 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 6.83
Billabong Pipe Masters Quarterfinals Results:
QF 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.00 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 7.43
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.94 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 3.16
QF 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.00 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.00
QF 4: Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.00 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 3.37
ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (Following Billabong Pipe Masters)
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 69000 Points
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 52250 points
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 44750 points
4. Taj Burrow (AUS) 42000 points
4. Dane Reynolds (USA) 42000 points
6. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 39000 points
7. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 37250 points
7. Owen Wright (AUS) 37250 points
9. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 35750 points
10. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 32000 points
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Kelly Slater : photo ASP/Cestari
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