Catching up with, South Coast team rider, Jonah Pierce!

We are excited to hear about what Jonah has been up to recently! Please check out his guest blog below!

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

The past two weekends I had a Surfing America Prime event at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz and a Volcom event at Pismo Beach. The waves in Santa Cruz were big; big wave surfer Peter Mel was actually out there as water patrol surfing 15 foot waves on a 9’6 gun at the middle peak. the water was really cold, but i was warm in my 5:4:3 hooded Cypher wetsuit and neo-goo booties from Quiksilver. To get out into the water I had to jump off a rock about six feet high and there were eight foot waves breaking on it, with non-stop set waves coming through. I had a board that was too small and was really slidey, but luckily I still got 9th in the Prime event. For the Pismo contest the waves were really walled and it was super hard to pick a good one, so unfortunately I lost in the semi- finals. Although I lost earlier than I wanted, I still had a great time at the event hanging out with my friends from there, and getting to see Nate Tyler! Hopefully I will do better next time in the Prime event at Upper Trestles next month.

 

Jonah Pierce

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Kelly Slater Wins #51 at ASP WCT Quik Pro 2012

**Photo courtesy of ASP/Rowland

Kelly Slater was all smiles on October 8, 2012 as he won his 51th ASP WCT at the Quiksilver Pro France. This is Slater’s 3rd win on the tour- Fiji, Trestles, France. Just 2 weeks earlier, Kelly claimed win #50 at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California.  That win was a special moment for him mocking his first win 22 years ago at the same spot- Lower Trestles.

“I have to thank the fans – not only today, but over the years. It’s such a blessing to be surfing at Trestles.” Slater continues, “It’s cool to win the 50th here. I won my first event as a pro here, and it’s great to get this win.”

It seems as though Slater is having a lot of repeats on this tour, bringing back memories from years ago. “It has literally been 20 years,” Slater said. “I had my first win here 20 years ago and that’s pretty crazy.” Since the first time he claimed the title 20 years ago, this is only his second in France.
**Photo courtesy of Tom Servais

 October 10, 2012 Rip Curl Pro Portugual kicks off and its anyone’s game! With only 3,000 points seperating 1st place and 3rd place, I can you this will be a great competition!  Check out the current standings for the ASP WCT:

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Quiksilver Pro France 2012):

1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 46,200 pts

2. Kelly Slater (USA) 45,450 pts

3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 43,000

4. John John Florence (HAW) 39,150 pts

5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 31,900 pts