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Roy Powers takes out the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa

Hawaii's Roy Powers claims the 2007 Reef Hawaiian Pro
Roy Powers : ASP Towner/Covered Images

Reef Hawaiian Pro

ASP WQS 6 Star Prime Men's Event
ASP WQS 6 Star Prime Women's Event
Ali'i Beach Haleiwa Oahu
12 - 24 November 2007

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Powers & Basque Surfer Aranburu Qualify for 2008 ASP WCT

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 November, 2007 : - - Kauai's Roy Powers survived the largest day of surf ever contested at Haleiwa in the 25-year history of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing to win the REEF Hawaiian Pro today. Powers posted one of the most conclusive wins in history to defeat Australian pair Bede Durbidge and Joel Parkinson, and Haleiwa local Sean Moody in waves of 12- to 20-feet to pocket $15,000 and move to 12th on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series - a result that guarantees him a spot on the 2008 World Championship Tour.

But the Kauai surfer's victory was far more than a simple win. Having already surfed through three gruelling 25-minute heats earlier in the day to get to the final, Roy was looking to conserve power by nailing the door shut early. He met his goal with two of the most thrilling tube-rides of the contest and the highest heat score of the event.

By the 20 minute mark of the 35 minute final, Powers had posted two near-perfect scores of 9.17 and 9.67 that eclipsed his rivals. With five minutes remaining, all three of the trailing surfers were enduring a rinse cycle on the inside courtesy of a series of crushing waves. With three-and-a-half minutes remaining, all three were standing exhausted on dry sand in time to see Roy's last ride.

The final scoreline showed 18.84 points out of 20 to Powers, 13.74 for Durbidge ($7,500), 12.0 to Parkinson ($4,000), and 6.37 for Sean Moody ($3,000).


Hawaii's Roy Powers obliterated his final heat, posting two nine point rides to defeat Bede Durbidge, Joel Parkinson and Sean Moody
Roy Powers : ASP Towner/Covered Images


It wasn't just about riding big waves either. Today's lineup was a brutal test of endurance, lung capacity, will-power and mind-power. Raging rip-currents hundreds of yards wide encircled the contest zone. Competitors had to battle to simply stay in position for a ride; a problem compounded by rogue set waves that bulldozed the break and swept surfers assunder. Take-offs were often elevator drops, and waves didn't necessarily cooperate after that, randomly doubling up to offer a dredging tube-ride or a wipeout that presented like a head-on collision.

To do it all, under pressure, made the win all the more sweet for Powers. "I wanted another opportunity to get on the WCT," said Powers. "I was a little cocky before. Now I think I've grown up a bit and I realize it's not that easy and it won't be a walk in the park. "Now I want to win the Triple Crown - to me that's priceless.

"I wanted to keep the momentum going and keep the pressure on everybody else. I was so worried that someone else was going to get two nines, too. I mean, it happens. So I stayed out there and paddled around them every time and I wasn't going to give them any chance. "To get a barrel out at Hale'iwa and make it? C'mon! And to get two of them? And win the event? It's serious out there, so to get two nines... I'm so stoked."

Durbidge and Parkinson were the first to put scores on the board shortly after the starting horn and looked to be setting up a fall for the locals. With early scores of 6.67 and 5.33 to Parkinson, and a 7.67 for Durbidge, things were looking up for the Aussies. But it wasn't long before the bottom dropped out on them, just like the waves they stroked into. The Australians should have known it wasn't going to be easy, with Powers and Moody earlier taking down world champion-elect Mick Fanning (Aus) and former world champ Andy Irons (Haw).


Bede Durbidge finished runner up at the Reef Hawaiian Pro
Bede Durbidge : ASP Towner/Covered Images


"I virtually surfed the whole contest today, so I'm pretty tired," said Parkinson, 26, from the Queensland Gold Coast. "It's good to be in contention for the Triple Crown though." Parkinson was a semi-finalist here last year, and won the Sunset Beach event to be a Vans Triple Crown contender in 2006. With the battle for the world title now beyond him, a Triple Crown victory would round the year out on a high.

For Durbidge, 24, it was an excellent start to his Triple Crown campaign. A powerful regular-foot surfer, also from the Gold Coast of Australia, he will be a strong starter at Sunset Beach, too.

Moody entered the REEF Hawaiian Pro as a wildcard, being one of REEF's feature sponsored riders. It was an opportunity he put to good use. "The conditions were about as challenging as they get in Hawaii today," said Moody. "

Despite losing out in the semi-finals (=5th place overall), Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu was one of the highlights of the final day's action. Eliminating Bruce Irons (Haw), world No. 2 Taj Burrow (Aus) and other highly seeded surfers en-route to the semi's, Aranburu now sits at fifth on the WQS ratings and will be a starter on the 2008 World Championship Tour.

"It's been an amazing contest for me and I didn't expect it, I was just trying to do the best I could," said the 22-year-old. "I didn't expect to eliminate Taj Burrow."


ASP World No. 4 was the highest placed ASP World Tour surfer at the Reef Hawaiian Pro finishing fourth
Joel Parkinson : ASP Towner/Covered Images


Californian Tim Reyes was the top Mainland American surfer, placing equal seventh overall, losing out in the same semi-final heat that Aranburu did, to Bede and Parkinson. "This is an amazing leg of events," said Reyes, 25. "And I'll toss myself over anything and see what happens. It was a little bit of everything today. You had to paddle your heart out for a wave, ride a big board, and see what happens."

The highest placed Brazilians were Heitor Alves and Rodrigo Dornelles, who placed =17th and =25th respectively. Dornelles will be best remembered, however, for his death-defying wipeout today, when he free-fell into the barrelling abyss of a  20-footer.

The REEF Hawaiian Pro is the first jewel of the 25th anniversary Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Carrying the highest WQS rating of 6-stars, for both men and women, this event is critical in determining the lineup for the elite World Championship Tour next year.

Competition now moves to Sunset Beach for the men's O'Neill World Cup of Surfing - another 6-star WQS, and the women's Roxy Pro - an elite ASP World Championship Tour event. The official holding period at Sunset begins Sunday, November 25, and runs through December 6, 2007.

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Sunset local Sean Moody finished fourth overall at the Reef Hawaiian Pro
Sean Moody : ASP Towner/Covered Images



1st. Roy Powers, Hawaii, $15,000, 3000 ratings points
2nd. Bede Durbidge, Australia, $7,500, 2625 ratings points
3rd. Joel Parkinson, Australia, $4,000, 2250 ratings points
4th. Sean Moody, Hawaii, $3,000, 2138 ratings points

SEMI-FINALS: Results shown in order of 1st through 4th.
H1: R. Powers (HI), S. Moody (HI), J. Thompson (Aus), D. Morrison (Aus; - H2: B. Durbidge (Aus), J. Parkinson (Aus), A. Aranburu, T. Reyes (USA)

H1: S. Moody (HI), R. Powers (HI), A. Irons (HI), M. Fanning (Aus)
H2: J. Thompson (Aus), D. Morrison (Aus), J. Flores (REU), T. Knox (USA)
H3: T. Reyes (USA), B. Durbidge (Aus), A. Buchan (Aus), T. Whitaker (Aus)  H4: J. Parkinson (Aus), A. Aranburu (EUK), T. Martin (Aus), T. Burrow (Aus)

Round of 32:
H1: R. Powers (HI), J. flores (REU), D. Reynolds (USA), G. Larsen (H)I
H2: A. Irons (HI), J. Thompson (Aus), M. Pikon (Fra), M. Wilkinson (Aus) - H3: D. Morrison (Aus), S. Moody (HI), H. Alves (Brz), T. Pires (PRT)
H4: T. Knox (USA), M. Fanning (Aus), I. Walsh (HI), R. Dornelles (Brz)
H5: A. Buchan (Aus), T. Burrow (Aus), N. Carroll (HI), J. Smith (ZAFR)
H6: T. Whitaker (Aus), T. Martin (Aus), N. Carroll (HI), J. smith (ZAFR)
H7: J. Parkinson (Aus), B. Durbidge (Aus), P. Sullivan (HI), E. Valiere (HI)
H8: A. Aranburu (EUK), T. Reyes (USA), B. Irons (HI), TJ Barron (HI)


Men's WQS Ratings After Evt#46 Reef Hawaiian Pro,Haleiwa-Hawaii

Smith,Jordy ZAF 1 14425
Reynolds,Dane USA 2 12426
Thompson,Jay AUS 3 12350
Pires,Tiago PRT 4 12100
Aranburu,Aritz EUK 5 12095
Bourgeois,Ben USA 6 12038
Khodr,Jihad BRA 7 12025
Dornelles,Rodrigo BRA 8 12001
Perrow,Kieren AUS 9 11614
Flores,Jeremy FRA 10 11601
Hobgood,C.J. USA 11 11575
Powers,Roy HAW 12 11563
Buchan,Adrian AUS 13 11500
Alves,Heitor BRA 14 11275
Picon,Mikael FRA 15 11256
Souza,Adriano de BRA 16 11225
Bryson,Royden ZAF 17 11050
Munro,Luke AUS 18 10950
Kling,Gabe USA 19 10726
Cansdell,Shaun AUS 20 10400
Muscroft,Nic AUS 20 10400
Brooks,Troy AUS 22 10300
Padaratz,Neco BRA 23 10213
Lopez,Shea USA 24 10175
Neve,Dayyan AUS 25 10163
Ross,Daniel AUS 26 10100
Howse,Jarrad AUS 27 9989
Flintoff,Kirk AUS 28 9925
Beven,Patrick FRA 29 9744
Weare,David ZAF 30 9732
Hedge,Nathan AUS 31 9719
Romao,Simao BRA 32 9550
Silva,Jean da BRA 33 9532
Simpson,Brett USA 34 9300
Courtney,Drew AUS 35 9250
Barron,T.J HAW 36 9038
O'Rafferty,Darren AUS 37 9013
Acero,Eneko EUK 38 8888
Neves,Leonardo BRA 39 8876
Bourez,Michel PYF 40 8864
Davidson,Chris AUS 41 8700
Centeio,Joel HAW 42 8639
Boal,Tim FRA 43 8631
Cuizon,Dustin HAW 44 8263
Nolan,Asher USA 45 8182
Gudauskas,Patrick USA 46 8126
Cardoso,William BRA 47 7964
Paulino,Pablo BRA 48 7926
Ziems,Corey AUS 48 7926
Emslie,Greg ZAF 50 7869
Miranda,Bernardo BRA 51 7763
Sodre,Yuri BRA 52 7750
Bacalso,Kekoa HAW 53 7650

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