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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Doolin Point: an Irish pearl

The Irish surfers have won the first battle against the destruction of the Doolin Point, one of the country’s most incredible wave spots. After several public discussions and long meetings, the 6 million euro Doolin Pier development is set to be withdrawn and new scaled-down plan will be studied and publicly presented.

Thirty two councilors were due to vote yes-or-no for the new pier at Doolin Harbor, but the national and international concerns from the surfing community halted the final decision. Tom Coughlan, county manager, suggested that a public consultation process would only be good for a correct and decisive voting.

This means, the planning application will now be withdrawn and a new project will be lodged by the council. The idea is to have a construction 25 meters further away from the waves. Also, the project will be 15 meters shorter in length, in order to reduce its impact on the surfing conditions.

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