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Makua Rothman claims the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing


Makua Rothman : photo Rowland/ASP Covered Images

O'Neill World Cup of Surfing

ASP WQS 6 Star Prime Men's Event
Sunset Beach Oahu Hawaii
25 November - 6 December 2007

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 December, 2007 : - - Sunset Beach, Hawaii - - A childhood dream came true for Sunset Beach resident Makuakai Rothman today, when he won the biggest professional surfing event of his career - the $125,000 O'Neill World Cup of Surfing - at the beach he was born and raised on. The O'Neill World Cup is the second jewel of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series that draws the closing curtain on the ASP World Surfing Tour each year.

In the dying two minutes of the O'Neill World Cup final, Rothman secured the highest scoring ride of the 35-minute heat to edge out Brazilian Leonardo Neves. Neves had dominated the four-man, 35-minute final from the outset and the local Brazilian contingent were starting to celebrate when the wave of the final peaked up and Rothman took off.

Needing a near-perfect score of 9.2 points, Rothman found his way into the tube, earning 9.5 points to turn the tables and seal the victory. World champion-elect Mick Fanning, from Australia, took third place, and O'Neill World Cup giant-killer Daniel Ross, also from Australia, placed fourth in the final. Reaching the final was especially sweet for Ross, who has won his way onto the elite ASP World Championship Tour for 2008 with this result.

Conditions today ranged from clean wave face heights of up to 20 feet prior to the semi-finals, to strong, side-shore wind-blown surf of 10- to 12-feet for the final heats. All four finalists had to surf through four rounds and more than two hours of intense competition in today's exhausting conditions.


Makua Rothman : photo Towner/ASP Covered Images


Heading into the final, neither Rothman nor Neves were favored to win, despite the fact that Rothman was literally raised on the waves of Sunset. Fanning had set the waves alight in the earlier rounds today, and Ross had blazed his way through six rounds to reach the final, winning every heat on the way, and emerging with the two highest heat scores of the entire competition by its end.

But the Australians had apparently peaked too early while Rothman and Neves saved their best performances for last. Rothman won $15,000 and moved to fifth on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing ratings. Neves pocketed $7,000, Fanning earned $4,000, and Ross took home $3,000.

"Besides winning the award for the biggest wave ever ridden when I was just a teenager, this was winning in my backyard at one of the biggest contests of the year. It means everything to me," said Rothman, 23. "I bled, cried, got my ass kicked, everything, on this beach. It's just a blessing to make it.

"I know that (wave). I surfed here all my life and I knew. My caddy was telling me go deeper, but every time I went deeper, I was too deep to catch the wave. (The other guys were) too far out and I knew that. I just lined up on the house that my friend lived at all our lives and there's always a bowl that would break there. And, the wave just came. I paddled as hard as I could and the rest was history after that."


Leonardo Neves : photo Towner/Covered Images


Despite the last minute lead loss, Neves was gracious with second."The heat was too long. I lost in the last three minutes, but that's okay because I got to surf good, perfect waves," said Neves, 28. "I love this place. Makua is a good guy and my friend for many years. I came here when he was a small kid now we're in the same heat. He's in first, I'm in second."

Fanning was ecstatic just to be in the running for the Vans Triple Crown title: "It was really hard out there. Nothing really came our way and Leo nailed that first two. Makua just lucked into one and I'm stoked for Makua. He's a straight up surfer here and it's awesome. I'm stoked because I'm back in the Triple Crown race." Daniel Ross was elated to have qualified and reached the end of an intense event.

"I was pretty tired towards the end of the semi final because of the whole day," said Ross. "It's an emotional day for me. It was my dream to qualify and surf with the best surfers in the world. I'm there now, so it's going to be a great year for me next year.

"It hit me before the final, I was pretty emotional, I was on the phone with one of my good mates, my mom, my dad, my brother and everyone was so stoked for me. It was one of my best days I've ever had, it's the best feeling."


Mick Fanning : photo Rowland/ASP Covered Images


Australian Bede Durbidge, who reached the final of the first event at Haleiwa, and the quarters here today, leads the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing ratings heading into the Pipeline Masters next week. Roy Powers (Hawaii) winner of the first event, is second on the Vans Triple Crown ratings, followed by Fanning, Buchan, and Rothman.

By virtue of being the highest non-WCT surfer on the Vans Triple Crown ratings, Powers has won a wildcard entry into the third event: the Billabong Pipeline Masters, that will get underway on Saturday, December 8th, running through December 20.

In addition to the $125,000 prize purse for this event, O'Neill partnered with American Racing Equipment, Inc. to offer additional awards for the "Best Barrel" and "Breakout Performance". Basque surfer Hodei Collazo won Best Barrel, for a perfect 10-point tube ride earlier in the event. Daniel Ross won the Breakout Performance award. They each received a set of American Racing rims out of the ATX Series of all-terrain wheels.

The O'Neill World Cup of Surfing is the second jewel of the 25th anniversary Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Carrying the highest WQS rating of 6-stars, and as the last WQS event of the year, the O'Neill World Cup was critical in determining the lineup for the elite World Championship Tour (WCT) next year.


Adrian Buchan : photo Rowland/ASP Covered Images


At this stage, the following surfers are guaranteed a berth on the 2008 ASP WCT tour: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Dane Reynolds (Ca.), Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz), Jay Thompson (Aust), Tiago Pires (Port), Aritz Aranburu (Euk), Adrian Buchan (Aust), Ben Bourgeois (Fla), Jihad Khodr (Brz), Kieren Perrow (Aust), Jeremy Flores (Fra), Roy Powers (Haw), CJ Hobgood (Fla), Heitor Alves (Brz), Mikael Picon (Fra), Adriano de Souza (Brz), Daniel Ross (Aus), Royden Bryson (ZAF).

Should Adrian Buchan, Royden Bryson and Adriano de Souza use their WCT results to qualify, then Dayyan Neve (Aust), Luke Munro (Aust), and Nic Muscroft (Aust) will join the WCT qualifiers list for 2008. Neve and Munro are also capable of qualifying via this year's WCT ratings. Should they enter via the WCT rankings, along with Buchan, Bryson and de Souza, then Gabe Kling (Fla) and Shaun Cansdell (Aust) can make the 2008 WCT cut.

Competition now moves to Pipeline for the final stop of Series: the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The official holding period at Pipeline begins Saturday, December 8, and runs through December 20, 2007.

The $740,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Nov. 12-24 (6* WQS, men and women), the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Nov.25-Dec.6 (6*WQS men and WCT women), the Billabong Pipeline Masters (men), Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 (WCT) and Billabong Pro Maui (women), Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 (WCT).

In addition to $740,000 in prize money, both the men's and women's Vans Triple Crown champions will receive a limited edition $25,000 Chevy Colorado truck. The men's champion will also receive a custom $10,000 Nixon watch.

All of the action of this year's Vans Triple Crown of Surfing can be experienced live via the internet at: powered by, will be offering original daily content, and Surfing Magazine will provide a daily blog.


Taj Burrow : photo Rowland/ASP Covered Images


1st. Makuakai Rothman, Hawaii $15,000
2nd. Leonardo Neves, Brazil $7,500
3rd. Mick Fanning, Australia $4,000
4th. Daniel Ross, Australia $3,000

H1: M. Fanning (Aus), M. Rothman (HI), A. Buchan (Aus), I. Walsh (Hi)
H2: D. Ross (Aus), L. Neves (Brz), S. Garcia (Hi), D. Neve (Aus)

H1: A. Buchan (Aus), M. Rothman (Hi), D. Reynolds (Ca), R. Dornelles (Brz)
H2: M. Fanning (Aus), I. Walsh (Hi), B. Durbidge (Aus), N. Muscroft (Aus)
H3: D. Neve (Aus), L. Neves (Brz), TJ Barron (Hi), B. Irons (Hi)
H4:  D. Ross (Aus), S. Garcia (Hi),

ROUND of 32:
H1: D. Reynolds (Ca), N. Muscroft (Aus), C. Ward (Ca), D. Atkinson (Aus)
H2: M. Rothman (Hi), B. Durbidge (Aus), F. Novak (Hi), C. Lopez (Fl)
H3: M. Fanning (Aus), A. Buchan (aus), J. Thompson (Aus), C. Ziems (Aus)
H4: I. Walsh (Hi), R. Dornelles (Brz), A. Melling (Aus), J. Kerr (Aus)
H5: B. Irons (Hi), T. Burrow (Aus), H. Collazo (Spn), T. Pires (Port)
H6: L. Neves (Brz), J. Smith (SAfr), K. Perrow (Aus), J. Flores (Fra)
H7: S. Garcia (Hi), D. Neve (Aus), T. Reyes (Ca), T. Whitaker (Aus)
H8: D. Ross (Aus), TJ Barron (HI), P. MacDonald (Aus), Y. Sodre (Brz)

Jihad Khodr, Brazil

Hodei Collazo, Basque Country

Daniel Ross, Australia

1. Bede Durbidge, Aust
2. Roy Powers, Haw
3. Mick Fanning, Aust
4. Adrian Buchan, Aust
5. Makua Rothman, Haw

Final 2007 Top 23 WQS Ratings:
1. Jordy Smith, ZAF
2. Dane Reynolds, USA
3. Rodrigo Dornelles, BRZ
4. Jay Thompson, Australia
5. Tiago Pires, Portugal
6. Aritz Aranburu, EUK
7. Adrian Buchan, Australia
8. Ben Bourgeois, USA
9. Jihad Khodr, BRZ
10. Kieren Perrow, Aust.
11. Jeremy Flores, FRA
12. Roy Powers, Hawaii
13. CJ Hobgood, USA
14. Heitor Alves, BRZ
15. Mikael Picon, FRA
16. Adriano de Souza, BRZ
17. Daniel Ross, Australia
18. Royden Bryson, ZAF
19. Dayyan Neve, Australia
20. Luke Munro, Australia
21. Nic Muscroft, Australia
22. Gabe Kling, USA
23. Shaun Cansdell, Aust.

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Men's WQS Ratings After Evt#47 O'Neill World Cup,Sunset Beach-Hawaii (final ratings for 2007)

Name                                            Country       Ranking            Points

Smith,Jordy ZAF 1 14575
Reynolds,Dane USA 2 12951
Dornelles,Rodrigo BRA 3 12376
Thompson,Jay AUS 4 12350
Pires,Tiago PRT 5 12100
Aranburu,Aritz EUK 6 12095
Buchan,Adrian AUS 7 12075
Bourgeois,Ben USA 8 12038
Khodr,Jihad BRA 9 12025
Perrow,Kieren AUS 10 11914
Flores,Jeremy FRA 11 11889
Powers,Roy HAW 12 11725
Hobgood,C.J. USA 13 11575
Alves,Heitor BRA 14 11275
Picon,Mikael FRA 15 11256
Souza,Adriano de BRA 16 11225
Ross,Daniel AUS 17 11188
Bryson,Royden ZAF 18 11050
Neve,Dayyan AUS 19 10951
Munro,Luke AUS 20 10950
Muscroft,Nic AUS 21 10888
Kling,Gabe USA 22 10726
Cansdell,Shaun AUS 23 10638
Neves,Leonardo BRA 24 10626
Brooks,Troy AUS 25 10300
Padaratz,Neco BRA 26 10213
Lopez,Shea USA 27 10175
Howse,Jarrad AUS 28 10151
Flintoff,Kirk AUS 29 9925
Beven,Patrick FRA 30 9744
Weare,David ZAF 31 9732
Hedge,Nathan AUS 32 9719
Barron,T.J HAW 33 9713
Romao,Simao BRA 34 9550
Silva,Jean da BRA 35 9532
Simpson,Brett USA 36 9300
Courtney,Drew AUS 37 9250
O'Rafferty,Darren AUS 38 9013
Acero,Eneko EUK 39 8888
Bourez,Michel PYF 40 8864
Centeio,Joel HAW 41 8801
Davidson,Chris AUS 42 8700
Boal,Tim FRA 43 8631
Ziems,Corey AUS 44 8339
Cuizon,Dustin HAW 45 8263
Nolan,Asher USA 46 8182
Gudauskas,Patrick USA 47 8126
Cardoso,William BRA 48 8014
Sodre,Yuri BRA 49 7938
Paulino,Pablo BRA 50 7926
Emslie,Greg ZAF 51 7869
Lopez,Cory USA 52 7863
Miranda,Bernardo BRA

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