Florida Surfer Claims World Title
Dec. 07, 2001
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SUNSET BEACH, Hawaii (AP) _ C.J. Hobgood won the 2001 Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour title Thursday despite being eliminated in the second round of the Rip Curl Cup.
The 22-year-old Hobgood of Satellite Beach, Fla., won the crown as eight other title contenders also failed to advance in waves of 8-to-12 feet.
Hobgood became only the second surfer to win the world title without claiming a rated event in the same season. Peter Townend of Australia did it in 1976.
Hobgood's twin brother, Damien, advanced to the third round, and improved his chances of placing second in the world title race, if he continues to advance.
The Rip Curl Cup is the second event in the Triple Crown of Surfing series, which concludes with the Xbox Pipeline Masters. Andy Irons of Hawaii won the first event, the G-Shock Hawaiian Pro.