Billabong Azores Islands Pro: splendid scenario with great waves

Day one of the Billabong Azores Islands Pro presented by Nissan an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Prime Men’s event commenced with round one of competition running through to complete 15 heats which included a six hour halt to wait for the high tide to drop before running a late afternoon session of competition. Small wave assaults were on display throughout the day with aerials being the major moves going down at the main event site of Praia de Monte Verde.

All surfers competing at the Billabong Azores Islands Pro presented by Nissan are out to gain crucial points for their 2010 ASP world ranking while Europeans are searching to improve their points tally on the ASP European Open Series title race.


Maya Gabeira: hot and wild

Brazilian big wave rider and Billabong team member Maya Gabeira is the winner of the Female Action Sports Athlete for 2010 in the prestigious nationwide Teen Choice Awards poll. The awards show aired Monday night at 8PM on the Fox network.

“I am so happy and honored,” said Maya. “I'm a huge fan of all the other girls nominated in my category.”

Fans ages 13-19 could vote once each day for all of their favorite Teen Choice 2010 nominees and Maya won against some heavy hitters-including some Olympic Team snowboarders.


Aramoana, 'The Spit': do not touch, it's sacred

The Aramoana Spit, one of the best surf spots in New Zealand, is under serious threat.

Surfers fear the expansion of dredging plans will end the quality waves in that Southern country’s peak.

Port Otago has asked the Regional Council authorization to dump dredge spoils at the Aramoana Spit, in order to allow larger ships to navigate through to the Port Chalmers.

Thirty years ago, the wave break could have been destroyed as authorities were planning an aluminum smelter. In those times, surfers and environmentalist stopped the disaster.