Stephanie Gilmore: nobody stops here from winning

Australian Stephanie Gilmore, the 4-time ASP world champion of surfing, eclipsed the field to win the Cholo's Hawaiian Pro today - the first leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. With the world title locked away, Steph's victory here puts her in good stead to gun for a third Vans Triple Crown title to round out the year. Gilmore, 22, earned $4,500 for today's win.

Surfing in double-overhead waves, Gilmore was untouchable in every round with near-perfect scores and flawless, critical maneuvers. Runner-up was rookie Australian Tyler Wright, 16, from Lennox Head, who threw down some of the most futuristic maneuvers women's surfing has ever seen, but failed to match Gilmore's well-rounded performance.

Third was Alana Blanchard (Hawaii), and Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) was fourth. Today's results saw Wright, Blanchard and Silva lock in their berths on next year's elite ASP World Tour.

"I'd love to at some point in my career have a win at every destination," said Gilmore. "That would be awesome and being in the lead for the Triple Crown is a good feeling.

"Surfing Haleiwa is more about long drawn-out turns and reading the wave really well. Just picking those steeper spots, especially on this deep bank ... to get the most critical turn in. I just enjoy right-handers of any kind, and I felt comfortable out there."

Tyler Wright was full of praise for Gilmore: "It was really fun and good waves were coming through. I caught a couple, but Steph blew me out of the water."

"She was absolutely ripping. She's been ripping all year and it's not really intimidating. I look at it from a different perspective as a challenge and I think it's super exciting. It's you out there with the best in the world so why shouldn't you be excited?"

The next stop for the ladies is Sunset Beach, stage 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Nov. 24 through Dec. 6. The third and final event, open to the top 4 Vans Triple Crown contenders only, is the Vans Duel for the Jewel at Pipeline, December 8-20.

Brazilian Surf Institute: surfing is very popular in Brazil

The Brazilian Surf Institute is putting up the largest academic event fully dedicated to surfing.

The 7th edition of the Brazilian Surf Congress aims to promote the development of the wave sport and to produce relevant information for those who want to work and act as a player in this industry.

Sharing ideas and knowledge, stimulating the production of scientific studies and research in the surfing related areas are the main goals of the South American event.

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Bruce Irons: a bright future ahead

Just like the sun and the moon, Andy and Bruce Irons were always very different from each other.

They were both born in the 70s but Andy, the older brother, enjoyed the pros and cons of the spotlight. Bruce would prefer a quiet free surfing session in any world beach.

"I can't stand when I see someone trying to act cool because it makes them look an idiot", confessed Bruce in his sponsor's website. This statement says a lot of the younger brother.

Nevertheless, the anti-hero Bruce Irons was always seen as an icon by the younger generation of surfers.

He was the star of successful movies, ad campaigns and fashion outdoors. Bruce enjoys "hard" contests where big waves underline his futuristic surf.

In 2004, Bruce was Rookie of the Year in the WCT. The Dream Tour's Rip Curl Pro Indonesia was conquered in 2008.

The surfing legacy of Andy Irons may now be a great challenge for Bruce Irons. What will he be doing next? Will he aim higher? Will he set his eyes on the world title, in the post-Kelly Slater era?

Bruce Irons doesn't have any pressure on his shoulders. He just has lot of surfing skills to show to the world. Today, it's his 31st anniversary.