2018 Battle at the Silver Dragon

Sept. 25-28, 2018


Team Spain

Eneko Acera

Hometown:Getxo, Basque Country
Sponsors:MATTA Surfboards, Pukas,Mercedes Benz Aguinaga

·    Junior World Champion 1996 (International Surfing Association)
·    European Surfing Champion (1999, 2001)
·    World Champion at Pantin Galicia (1996, 2005)
·    Basque Circuit Champion 2014
·    Bizkaia Champion (2014, 2015)

Last competition results:
·    Champion together with Nacho Gonzalez from his team in the famous competition CARABAO SILVER DRAGON in China ( in the river Quiantang, one of the longest waves in the world). October 2017
·    2nd in Laredo's Invernal competition. January 2018
·    3rd in YERBABUENA (Cadiz) competition. January 2018


Natxo Gonzalez

Hometown:Biscay, Basque Country
Sponsors:Red Bull,Quiksilver,Pukas,Mercedes Benz Aguinaga

This Basque shredder is one of Europe’s most promising big wave surfers.

Last competition results:
·    3rd Place: WSL Big Wave World Tour, Nazaré, Portugal
·    1st Place: Silver Dragon Shootout, Qiantang River, China
·    1st Place: Siroko Surf League, Spain


Team Australia

Dean Morrison

Hometown:Coolangatta, Australia
Years of surfing:32 Years
Sponsors:The Mad Hueys、JS Industries

Dean “Dingo” Morrison needs no introduction – but just in case, we’ll give you a quick rundown. He was born in Coolangatta in 1980, became housemate to World Champ Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew by the age of 15, was a CT competitor by 2002 and transitioned into big wave surfing by 2012. Now, in his mid-thirties, he continues to chase swells around the world – reaping the rewards, but also copping the beatings.

One wave he has a very close relationship with is Pe'ahi, aka Jaws– which, in case you hadn’t noticed, has already provided some of the biggest swells of the Hawaiian winter. Back in 2016, Dingo took quite a beating – one that earnt him entry into the Wipeout of the Year Awards.


Koby Abberton

Hometown:New South Wales, Australia
Sponsors:The Mad Hueys、JS Industries

Koby Abberton (born 2 June 1979 in Maroubra, New South Wales), an Australian former professional surfer, is a member of the Australian surf gang, the Bra Boys. In November 2010, Abberton was announced as one of 24 alternates to the 26th Annual The Eddie at Waimea Bay, Hawaii.


Team USA

Alex Gray

Hometown:Southern California, USA
Years of surfing:20 Years
Sponsors:Channel Islands、Body Glove、Spy、OAM Surf

Gray, 32, was born and raised in Torrance, CA. When he was just 10 years old, his brother and role model, Chris, took him surfing and he has surfed since. He says after that first wave, he never wanted to do anything else and to make a career out of it was his immediate dream. A few years later, at just 12 years old, he was approached by Volcom and Body Glove to represent their brands. In 2014, he was announced as one of 24 alternates to the Annual The Eddie big wave competition.


Anthony Walsh

Hometown:Hawaii, US
Years of surfing:31 years
Sponsors:OCEAN & EARTH, Firewire Surfboards, Surfbreak Rentals, Pro-Lite, Smith Optics

Walshy loves travelling and big barrels. Now living in Hawaii, there are not many swells around the world that Walshy misses out on. Whether it’s Pipe, Fiji, Desert Point, Iceland or Nambia, Walshy will be there if it's firing. He is regarded as one of the best tube riders in the world, especially in big barrels, but on the smaller days Walshy can still match it with most surfers in the world. He's the ultimate travel cover test pilot.


Team Hawaii,US

Jamie Sterling

Hometown:Haleiwa, Hawaii, US
Years of surfing:31 years
Sponsors:MT &  Sera’s Surf

Surf pro-Jamie Sterling is a big wave champion who hails from the North Shore of Oahu. He began surfing at the early age of five and is one of the few people in the world who conquers 50-foot waves. He has forged a successful career of chasing waves of consequence all over the globe. As a consummate professional, his life is encompassed in the pursuit of preparedness, health, fitness, and knowledge of the crafts he uses to navigate such death-defying surfing conditions. Sterling is also a staunch advocate of yoga, which he integrates into his everyday life in conjunction with CrossFit and a healthy nutritional plan.

From his early years as an Ocean Lifeguard in Southern California, having an educated approach to the conditions at hand has been the foundation of his big wave career. Sterling has accomplished impressive finishes at numerous events on the Big Wave World Tour, where he has proven that he is well equipped to be a perennial contender to be the best in the world.

Consequently, Sterling has become a regular fixture at the world’s heaviest locales like Cortez Bank, Jaws, Mavericks, Dungeons, Teahupoo, Todos Santos, Chile’s El Buey and El Bajo. Sterling is the 2006 Billabong XXL Performer of the Year, placed 3rd in the Mavericks Invitational in 2008, was the Pico Alto Invitational Peru Champ in 2010, is the 2011 Big Wave World Tour Champion, and was invited to the 2014 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational event, as well as the 2015 Titans of Mavericks Invitational.


Mikala  Jones

Hometown:Kailua, Hawaii, US
Years of surfing:36 years
Sponsors:Reef, Gopro

There are a lot of people with two homes. But in the case of Mikala Jones, his are exotic and more exotic - winters on the North Shore and summers in Canggu Beach, Bali, both with his family. His Instagram account reads like an issue of National Geographic. Surfing since the age of two, and growing up with his pick of Rocky Point, Pipe and Backdoor certainly fine-tuned Mikala's skills, and primed him for all of his epic adventure. Jones has traveled the globe in search of remote surf spots and new cultures since the age of 12.

From his home in Hawaii, he can see from Sunset to Beach Park. Each winter, he embodies the spirit of Aloha and tackles some of the heaviest waves in surfing’s most critical arenas. He has also explored deep into the Indonesian archipelago, setting a new standard for point-of-view barrel footage.


Team Brazil

João Pedro Simonsen


João Simonsen is the legendary surfer of Brazil. He started surfing when he was 4 years old and now he is 52. As the big wave navigator of Brazil, João was the first Brazilian riding on JAWS in Hawaii. He traveled through out the world to catch the famous wave spots in the United States, Indonesia, South Africa and Australia.


Rafael Dias Carvalho


Born and raised in Maresias, one of the best surfing beaches in Brasil, where he leared to surf. As a gromet he was part of the local surf team to compete in the state championship. His good performance earned him a scholarship in Fisical Educationat the INUMONTE University.

Since 2010 he is teaching surf for chindren and adolescentson a social Project in his neighborhood.

He is part of surf judging techincal comitee of the regional championships, as vice-president of Maresias Surf Association and embassador/contributor to North Shore Riders surf school in Maresias.

Most recent achievments:
2017 – First prize of the best tube ride for the year – Maresias Crew
2017 – Helped put toghether the book Teching Surf to everyone
2016 – Fouder of North Shore Riders Surf School
2015 – Finished the Internationa Surf Judging course by ISA - Internationa Surfing Associations
2014 – Coach of the team that finished 3rd on the State Circuit
2012 -  Regional Longboard Champion.


Team South Africa

Shaun Payne

Hometown:South Africa

A world class rated surfer, Shaun Payne, who started surfing at age 9, recently beat out his brother for a spot on the Billabong Pro World Tour event in Jeffrey’s Bay. Shaun and Ryan Payne went head-to-head in a dramatic finals showdown. Nothing would be left in the tank. After several lead changes, the younger Shaun broke Ryan’s stranglehold on the title, with Ryan having won both events in the past.


Dale Staples

Hometown:Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Having grown up in St. Francis Bay on the East coast of South Africa, Dale Staples (26) was practically destined to become a pro surfer. Even after travelling the world, he still prefers surfing in his homeland.


Team France

Charly Quivront

Hometown:Royan, France
Years of surfing:16 years
Sponsors:Volcom、Maracuja Surfshop、Surf Lounge

Hello. My name is Charly Quivront, some people call me le Chat. I would best describe my hometown as a good place to rest and see friends.  I've traveled quite a bit, but by far the best place I've been is Hawaii, because it's warm and there is fun waves everyday.


Romain Laulhe

Hometown:Anglet, France
Years of surfing:27 years

Romain Lauihe is the pro surfer of France.

Most recent achievments:

6 times Champion of France (last title in 2015)
2008: 1st Protest Vendée Pro, La Sauzaie Vendée, (WQS 4 stars)
2007: 3rd place, Guincho Pro Portugal (WQS 3 stars)
2006: 1st World Junior WSL Championship in Australia
2005: 3rd overall WSL Europe Junior Ranking
2003: 9th ISA Junior World Championship in South Africa
2001: 4th ISA Junior World Championship in Australia


Team Hangzhou,China


Hometown:Guangzhou, China
Years of surfing:6 years
Sponsors:Ocean & Earth

CC is one of the best Chinese surfers. She started learning surfing in 2013. She attend the Silver Dragon Shoot out in 2015 with a good performance. In the same year, she participated in the Australian Gold Coast World Surf Tour and was selected to the Chinese National Surfing Team.



Hometown:Haleiwa, Hawaii

Wolf is one of the best Chinese surfers.


Team Indonesia

Tipi Jabrik

Hometown:Bali, Indonesia

The first time Indonesian surf champion Tipi Jabrik stepped into the sea was back in 1982, when he was just 5 years old. Since that day, Tipi has always had at least one foot in the ocean. He has been one of Indonesia’s most prominent professional surfers for the last 17 years and in that time he has won many prestigious surf competitions such as the Japan CHP International Challenge and served as the CEO of the Indonesia Surfing Championship (ISC) association. Many consider him instrumental in defining and promoting Indonesia’s burgeoning surf industry.


Pepon Endrik Even

Homrtown:Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Sponsors:Rip Curl

Pepen Hendrik is one of the most powerful surfers in Indonesia, charges on every wave he catches and is given priority at every spot he’s at!

The local Kuta boy was introduced to surfing quite late, he started around the age of 14 at Kuta Reef, finding passion in the sport he never stopped since then… throughout the years he developed a unique stance and style, resulting in great contest results and a leading position in Rip Curl Indonesia’s Surf team.

In Indonesia he is known as a “Legend”, no matter where or when, he is respected out in the water and is given priority of most waves… Which is Pretty amazing!