Manoa Drolet: a XXL wave rider

The countdown is underway as the elite of the big wave surfing world converge on Southern California for Friday night's Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy.

The Oscars-style ceremony at the Grove Theater in Anaheim will pay tribute to the greatest achievements in high surf during the last year with a red carpet gala and a star-studded array of nominees and presenters. Over 2,200 surf industry VIPs will attend the invitation-only event which will be carried via a live webcast on BillabongXXL.com.

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Gregory Pastusiak: watch your head

Excellent conditions were on offer today for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Protest Vendee Pro held at the main break of La Sauzaie on the second day of competition. After yesterday’s lay day action at the Protest Vendee Pro got into full swing with the completion of round 1 and the majority of round 2 despite the difficulties many of the surfers are experiencing trying to reach the event on time.

Clean 3-4ft (1m) waves entered the reef break of La Sauzaie improving as the tide pushed in offering excellent conditions for the opening rounds. With an expected drop in swell event officials made another call late in the afternoon to run as many heats of round 2 as possible.

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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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