Former Championship Tour surfer Travis Logie (ZAF) is about to start his retirement job. Now holding office alongside Commissioner Kieren Perrow, Logie will be in charge of the Qualifying Series (QS) and Junior Tour (JT). After ten years as a competitor, he left the Tour after last season's Billabong Pipe Masters. His dedication to the sport is clear from his long history on (and off) Tour. Here are some of the most memorable moments:
2002 ISA World Surfing Games
The 2002 event in South Africa was in Logie's backyard in Durban, South Africa, and would see him claim one of his most memorable victories. Logie conquered the beach he grew up on and the people he grew up with cheered him on as he claimed top honors.
2004 Rip Curl Pro Hossegor
Arguably the biggest victory of Logie's career came in France in 2004. By winning the 6-Star event at Hossegor, Logie qualified for the Championship Tour for the first time in his career.
2011 Billabong Pro Teahupo'o
Logie's journey is peppered with clutch performances that kept him on Tour for the majority of his competitive career. His best finish for CT events has been third, but there's one that stands out more than the others: Logie made the Semifinals in Tahiti during the 2011 Red Alert swell. His result ensured a return to the elite Tour in 2012 (and taking on heavy Teahupo'o was a thrill all its own).
The Andy/Kelly Years
If you spend a decade on Tour you're going to see a lot of passion, and change. Logie's rookie season followed Hawaiian Andy Irons' third and final World Title, at a time when the intense rivalry between Irons and Kelly Slater (USA) was well underway. Slater won his seventh World Title at the end of Logie's rookie season.
"Being on Tour to watch Kelly and Andy battle first hand and getting to surf against and beat both of them was crazy for me," Logie said.
It should be noted that Logie has defeated every World Champ except for Sunny Garcia (HAW) (Garcia won in 2000 and retired Logie's rookie season) since the start of the Slater-Irons era at least once:
Gabriel Medina (2014): Defeated in Round 3 of the 2014 Rio Pro.
Mick Fanning (2013, 2009, 2007): Defeated in Round 4 of the 2005 Nova Sachin Festival.
Joel Parkinson (2012): Defeated in the Quarterfinals of the 2012 O'Neill Coldwater Classic in Santa Cruz.
Kelly Slater (2011, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005, 1998): Defeated in Round 4 of the Nova Sachin Festival in 2005.
Andy Irons (2004, 2003, 2002): Defeated in a three-man heat at the 2006 Santa Catarina Pro.
C.J. Hobgood (2001): Defeated in Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in 2007.
Mark Occhilupo (1999): Defeated at the 2007 Gold Coast contest in Round 2.