Kelly?s tour by invitation
by andrew mckinnon only for the second year in a row, Kelly Slater will be hosting his special invitational surfing/music and lifestyle event at Tavarua, Fiji from August 21-27.
It was only two months ago that Kelly Slater won his second ASP WCT event for the year, the Fiji Globe Pro at Restaurants, Tavarua.
Slater now returns with a super cast of surfers, musicians, models . . . and anyone lucky to be invited.
The A-team surfing list includes world champ Andy Irons and his brother Bruce, Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow, CJ and Damien Hobgood, Occy, Luke Egan, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Sunny Garcia, Kalani Robb, Cory Lopez, Taylor Knox and Dane Reynolds to name but a few of the current crop.
There will also be a sprinkling of legends, like Tom Carroll.
The week-long event presents Kelly and the crew with a license to explore all the possibilities of different judging formats.
The "doubles" format, which was so popular last year, will pit two team surfers on the same wave with a combined score.
"Free surf time" is a new innovation with surfers picking their time for a free surf session and are judged accordingly.
"K-O-O-K" is a similar variation to the Basketball game H-OR-S-E where a surfer calls his intended maneuver before catching the wave, once completed his opponent must copy the same move and if unsuccessful will be given a letter.
Tow-ins and various man-onman formats will be used with an ever-changing scoreboard and the overall champ declared the winner.
The judging panel will consist of one pro surfer, one legend, and one ASP judge.
If there are any protests, the decision can be reversed by video judging.
"This is all about the future and development of the sport," said Slater, a six-times world champion who is currently leading the ASP world ratings from three-times defending champ Andy Irons.
Check the live webcast on Quiksilver.com from this Sunday.
PARKO was back in familiar territory on the weekend to win the ninth annual Sean Fanning and Joel Green memorial hosted by the Kirra Surfriders club at Snapper Rocks.
The super-popular event (in memory of the Kirra boys Sean and Joel tragically killed in a car accident in 1997) was absolutely blessed with excellent surf.
Joel Parkinson won the final judged on the best four waves from Occy in second, Dean Morrison in third and Lee Stacey in fourth.
Occy teamed up with former Kirra President Darryl Green to win the pairs and Steph Gilmore won the girls final.
The Kirra Surfriders will be having their annual presentation this Saturday from 11.30am at the Kirra clubhouse.
SNAPPER'S Josh Kerr won the big air show at Anglet, France, in front of crowd of 10,000 with live reggae music on the beach.
Kersey pocketed Eur12,000 for the win as part of the Oneil five-star WQS event won by NSW's Luke Stedman from Victoria's Nic Muscroft.
Stedman, (son of famous Dad, Shane) has been in danger of requalifying via the WCT in 36th has now moved up to seventh on the WQS ratings.