Dunedin, New Zealand: protecting the Kiwi surf breaks

New Zealand has announced the protection of 19 surf spots, under the revised Coastal Policy Statement.

This is a huge victory for the entire Kiwi surfing community. The water quality, access or placement of anything in or on the water that may affect swell reaching the surf breaks will be under tight control.

Although the consistency of the waves on 'The Whangamata Bar' is already in danger, because of the regular marina dredging, a new beginning is taking place in the country.

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Raoni Monteiro: just like Fabio Gouveia

History was made and written in the ancientbook of surfing. For the first time in 20 years, a South American male surfer has conquered the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach.

Raoni Monteiro is the man of the moment and follows his fellow Fabio Gouveia who took the event in 1991. Head-high waves were enough for Monteiro. The final consisted of the Brazilian, Hawaii's Granger Larsen, and Australian pair Julian Wilson and Josh Kerr.

"It means a lot to me because I've been trying to do good in Hawaii for so long," said Monteiro, who is from Rio de Janeiro".

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Julian Wilson: still battling for the Dream Tour

The time is running out for surfers of the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing. The flat days are gone so the organizers decided to restart the competition in two surf spots, in order to maximize the waves at hand and ensure that the event will wrap up tomorrow at the peak of the swell.

Head-high waves and small surfboards resulted in more than 1,000 waves surfed. Julian Wilson, 22, was one of the highlights of the day. “This morning was the second time I surfed (Val's Reef) in my heat,” said Wilson.

“If you sit there and watch it for a while, you can see which ones are the good ones and which ones aren't. It's a fun little right so it suits me fine. Even if I don't qualify this year, I'll still be in a good position for next year.”

Wilson still has chances of qualifying for the 2011 ASP World Tour. The battle is not over yet.

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