Gony Zubizarreta: playing in home waves

The final 16 remaining surfers in the Ferrolterra Movistar Pantin Classic Presented by Billabong were decided during another day of changing conditions at the main event site of Pantin. Solid 6-8ft (2m) waves jacked up overnight allowing the international field of athletes the playing field they had been waiting for at this Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned event. Standout performances were many as the men relished in the over-head conditions. Surprisingly the swell decreased rapidly through the afternoon session of competition which saw the quarter-finalists decided in the Cabreiroa Surfing Girls.

Gony Zubizarreta (Vigo, ESP) 25, ignited with a combined two-wave heat total of 18.04 out of a possible 20 in his first up heat this morning and then backed it up with another solid heat win in Round 4 to find himself in the final 16 competitors remaining in the event. Laying down several powerful forehand turns on his last wave, Zubizarreta claimed a 9.37 the highest single wave score of the event.


Cloud 9: 'hey, turn off the lights!'

Cloud 9, one of the best surf spots in the world, will be available for surfing during 365 nights a year.

In October 2010, the Cloud Nine Night Surfing - a fifty foot tower with floodlights - will illuminate the wave everyone is looking for.

The construction project is underway and includes safety boats, life guards and surfing lessons for those interested.

The official opening ceremony is scheduled to the 24th September.


Stand Up Paddle: some surfers enjoy a helping hand

Next weekend 4th and 5th September sees a British Stand Up Paddle Association supported event run by The Gower Paddle Club going ahead in the beautiful location of The Gower in South Wales.

The Gower Battle of the Paddle in association with Bae Fest promises to be a fantastic event but due to the style of the event we are awaiting feedback from BSUPA insurers to let us know if it can be included as a BSUPA Series Race Event.

The Gower Paddle Surf Club have our thanks for taking on this event on such short notice due to the original organisers pulling out.