Press conference will have top athletes present
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 October, 2014 - The Hurley Australian Open of Surfing will hit Manly Beach from February 7-15 2015, bringing some of the biggest names in surf and skate to Sydney.
This Thursday (30 October), event organisers IMG along with Hurley Australia, ASP and the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW will announce some of the first athletes confirmed to attend the 2015 event as part of a media press call with Premier of NSW Mike Baird.
A photo/film opportunity with the Premier and surf and skate talent will be staged opposite the Sebel immediately following the press conference event on the promenade at Manly Beach.
WHEN: THURSDAY 30 OCTOBER, 2014 - 7:45am for an 8:00am start
WHERE: THE SEBEL, MANLY - 8-13 South Steyne, Manly
WHO: Mike Baird, Premier of NSW
Jean Hay AM, Mayor of Manly
Chris Gilbert, Vice President IMG Australia and New Zealand
Barton Lynch, Hurley Australian Open of Surfing Contest Director
Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew
EMBARGOED: 8AM THURSDAY OCTOBER 30
Competing Athletes Attending:
ASP World #2 Sally Fitzgibbons Surf
ASP World #17 Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan Surf
Junior Competition Sandon Whittaker Surf
Junior Competition Darcy Crump Surf
Keegan Palmer Skate
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Intellect and an irrepressible social conscience combine to make Barton Lynch one of the most formidable figures in surfing of the last three decades.
He refined his competitive act into a near flawless, fluid routine of vertical manoeuvres that brought him immediate success on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world tour. He spent 13 consecutive years in the elite top 16 rated surfers, earning a reputation as a tactical competitor as well as a forthright and articulate spokesman for the sport.
His greatest competitive moment could not have been more perfectly scripted, as he surfed the perfect tubes of Hawaii’s famed Pipeline, to take out the 1988 Billabong Pro and the World Title. He retired from competition in March 1998, after 15 years on the ASP tour and a total of 17 WCT victories.
Barton received the Association of Surfing Professionals’ (ASP) Sportsman Award in 1995, the ASP Service to the Sport Award in 1997, was inducted into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame in 2000. www.bartonlynch.com
Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew
This surfing legend and former President of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) earned his nickname ‘Rabbit’ due to his speed on the soccer field and his missing two front teeth – infamously knocked out in battle at Pipeline Hawaii in the 1970s as the Australian renegade challenged the local strong hold, opening up the infamous shore break to the world. Rabbit’s Pipeline battle was immortalised in the cult surf film “Busting Down the Door”. Rabbit won the World Surfing Championship in 1978, 1999 (ASP World Masters) and 2003 (ASP World Grand Masters) and headed up the ASP as President for a decade from 1999-2009 and Chief Executive Officer in 1993- 2003. In 2009 Rabbit was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.
Sally Fitzgibbons, Current ASP Women’s World Championship ranking #2
After opening the year with a quarterfinal finish at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Sally has done nothing but improve. Semifinals ensued at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro and Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, before Sally really got on a roll in winning the Billabong Rio Pro and Fiji Pro back-to-back! Heading into the final event of the year Sally sits in second place on the WCT rankings by the slimmest of margins, in the form of her life and more determined than ever to claim that first ASP World Title.
Adrian 'Ace' Buchan, Current ASP Men’s World Championship ranking #17
Central Coast, NSW
One of Australia’s most celebrated surfers, Adrian “Ace” Buchan grew up in New South Wales where he began surfing at a very young age. While his personal style is more understated and conservative, Ace has a solid but traditional surfing style with a backhand many consider one of the best in the world. His community involvement is incredibly noteworthy as he plays an active role in various non-profit organizations including Inspire Foundation, Reach Out as well as having completed a children’s book titled “Macka’s Barrel into the Dreamtime.” He has upheld himself as one of the most well-liked and admired performers both in and out of the water and has made it abundantly clear that his positive influence on the sport will continue. Buchan is an active leader and ambassador of Hurley’s H20 - a clean water initiative delivering clean drinking water to third world countries.
Keegan Palmer (13/03/2003)
Keegan an avid bowl/vert skater and surfer, has been fortunate to travel and enjoy skating and surfing some of the world’s best terrain and surf spots. At only 10 years Old Keegan has already been exposed to the international skate scene competing against skaters from all over the world. Keegan is comfortable and thrives in competition environment that can reach crowds in the thousands. 2013 saw Keegan win the Australian Bowl Riding Championship. His love for skating is a daily ritual that involves rolling around the local parks on the Gold Coast as well as training at two private facilities equipped with a bowl and a vert ramp.
Sandon Whittaker (18/03/2000)
Avoca Beach, NSW
Sandon is a little power house, the Tommy Carroll of his generation. With a power rail game and airs, he is sure to feature in the future of pro surfing. He has a strong desire to succeed and trains hard to achieve his dreams of being world champion. Sandon uses skateboarding to rehearse his aerial moves and it is delivering with growing consistency in some of the toughest moves.
Darcy Crump (08/07/1999)
Avalon Beach, NSW
Darcy is a young aspiring pro from Sydney's Northern beaches with a style that can’t be taught - he makes it all look good. He has an innate sense for the tube and is always finding the barrel. Darcy is now pushing himself into bigger and bigger waves and trains hard to handle the situations he is getting into with weekly strength training, breath enhancement and coaching with BL.