Kelly Slater: in his favourite place

Tension rises at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons. Waves got back to the last jewel of the Triple Crown of Surfing and nerves too.

The four-to-six foot Backdoor barrels delivered a few surprises. Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning are out of the surfing competition. Kelly Slater showed why he has conquered 10 world titles. He is through to the quarter finals and he even scored a Perfect 10.

“There are really good waves when they come,” Slater said. “There’s only one or two in a set, but they’re really good when they come. That 10 was a long one. It had that good north corner on it and the right was just growing. That one hit the reef really well”.

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Matt Scorringe: the Whangamata tube master

After months battling for his life, Matt Scorringe is preparing to get back to the water. The Whangamata surfer was diagnosed with leukaemia and had to undergo several treatment during the year.

Now, Scorringe only wants to ride his waves. The beach and the hot sand is waiting for him. “Surfing has pretty much been my entire life. Something that helped me get through this last year as well, I kind of know everything to so it comes full circle", he told media.

Matt had toured the world, between 2006 and 2007, surfing the WQS events. Suddenly, he discovered he had to fight for his life in four chemotherapy sessions at the Auckland Hospital.

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Mitch Parkinson: a bright future ahead

Mitch Parkinson has taken the Gold Coast leg of the 2010 Rip Curl GromSearch. The surfer from Coolangatta registered a combined two-wave heat total of 15.44 in the final, toppling fellow Cooly-Kid Noa Deane by less than one point, with Tommy Boucaut and Will Morrison (Currumbin, Qld – 10.96) finishing third and fourth respectively.

Parkinson’s victory secures himself a place in tomorrow’s national Rip Curl GromSearch final, which will see today’s 16 and Under division champions take on the nation’s best surfers from the other five events from the national series.

Not all is lost for Noa Deane though, with the progressive competitor topping the overall Rip Curl GromSearch series ratings and booking himself the final spot in tomorrow’s 16 and Under division National Final.

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