Paige Hareb: rookie hero

The opening two rounds of the TSB Bank Women's Surfing Festival, Event No. 3 on the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour, went mobile today along the Surf Highway 45 where offshore three foot (1 metre) righthanders awaited the world's best female surfers.

With howling offshores and the rugged Taranaki seascape providing a majestic back for the ASP Top 17, outstanding performances were a regular occurrence today at the TSB Bank Women's Surfing Festival decided the qualifiers for Round 3.

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Luis Vindas: the dominator

Simply put: He was the best of the best. Inspired and sure, Jaco’s Luis Vindas won his second date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar 2009-2010 when he dominated the finals at the Copa Quiksilver yesterday with a score of 15.90 in the waves of Santa Teresa before 1,000 people in the best waves of the tournament’s season.

After winning the Esterillos date of the Circuito in January, and now this one, Vindas has two dates under his belt and the 22 year old is favored to win the national surf championship title. He found himself in this great position after battling a final in waves of 3.5 meters with Carlos Muñoz of Esterillos (15.50), Anthony Fillingim of Malpais (10.86), and Matias Braun of Montezuma (9.43). In the end, the main threat was the defending champion of the national title, 16 year old Muñoz, who fought to the last minutes of the heat, with a great wave of 8.50, a long left with all kinds of maneuvers including a superman at the end of the route.

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Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series: built to last

The Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series (WAPSS), the only pro surfing tour that exists on the east coast of the United States, is run by Michael Bloom who is an Association of Surfing (ASP) certified judge and a professional photographer.

For the first time in the tour’s existence it will venture beyond its native shores of the US and run an event in Trinidad and Tobago in partnership with Surfing T&T. In order to make the event attractive to international pro surfers, Bloom teamed up with Épicé Sunscreen of the US to secure the largest Prize Purse ever for an International Surf Contest in Trinidad and Tobago.

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