Robert Simpson: a Santa Barbara surfer

Santa Barbara-Santa Barbara Sheriff's detectives have identified the victim of last night's homicide as 44-year old Robert Burke Simpson (DOB 2/4/66) of Santa Barbara.

The victim died after being stabbed just before 6:30pm on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Santa Barbara Sheriff's Deputies and Santa Barbara Police officers initially responded to the incident after receiving 911 calls reporting a fight at Hendry's Beach/Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara.

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Taj Burrow: follow the leader

Stop No. 3 of the 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina, is preparing for the ASP Top 45 to assault the punchy beachbreaks of Imbituba, and with a lightning hot ASP World Title race and the heightened intensity of the mid-year Top 32 cut-off, the scene has been set for an explosive showdown in Brazil.

Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, current ASP World No. 1, has been near unstoppable over the past several months, collecting a win at Pipeline, a win at Burleigh Heads, a win at Snapper Rocks, a Runner-Up at Margaret River and an Equal 3rd at Bells Beach. The juggernaut run has cemented the Western Australian firmly at the top of the ASP World Tour ratings and the potential of a maiden ASP World Title looms in the distance.

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Gerry Lopez: surfer, actor, shaper, journalist and executive

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) and Board Retailers Association (BRA) are proud to announce an all-star lineup of pro athletes and surf legends to speak at Surf Summit 13. Gerry Lopez will be opening the conference with a keynote address moderated by Randy Rarick, and Martin Potter, Greg Long, Pat Gudauskas and Tanner Gudauskas will be drawing the event to a close as the featured speakers during the Closing Ceremonies.

“We are more than thrilled about our newest addition of Gerry, Pottz, Greg, and the Gudauskas brothers as speakers for Surf Summit 13 down in Cabo,” said Doug Palladini, SIMA President and VP of Marketing of Vans. “What could be more inspiring than to hear directly from the athletes that are the passion and drive behind our businesses?”

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