Broken surfboard: where is the other half?

You may have ordered hundreds of pizzas by telephone and you may have already called for an emergency plumbing service, but you've hardly imagined that your hounded surfboard could be repaired in record time, simply by calling a number in your mobile phone.

A group of four Portuguese surfers and entrepreneurs have started up a company that collects every surfboard at your doorstep, repairs it and delivers it in no more than a week. Wipe outs, off road adventures and inexperienced girlfriends/boyfriends can easily harm your favourite board.

"Ding It" promises to repair your surfboard and deliver it to you in express time. All you need to do is to visit their website, choose the desired service from a wide range of repairs and wait for the board to be collected.

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Carissa Moore: with love, from Hawaii

Carissa Moore has won the Billabong GirlsRio Pro, in a hard-fought final against Sally Fitzgibbons, at Barra Da Tijuca. Moore and Fitzgibbons played an electric surfing show in two-to-four foot waves, but the young Hawaiian notched a solid 8.10 midway through the heat to secure her third elite event victory of 2011.

"I just went out there and had fun and to me there was no pressure in the final," Moore said. "I was just stoked to be in the final regardless of how I finished. Obviously I’m happy that I won. The girls really didn’t go on those lefts, but they worked out for me today."

Moore, who marched past local favorite Silvana Lima to earn her final berth, appeared in her fifth consecutive final out of the five events held this year and her victory at the Billabong Rio Pro extends her lead on the 2011 ASP Women’s World title season over current ASP Women’s World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons.

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Vasco Ribeiro: young Iberian gun

Vasco Ribeiro has conquered the Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior 2011, at La Cicer, after defeating William Aliotti in a low scoring tactical final.

The Portuguese surfer got the best out of the three-foot waves in a 40-minute decisive heat. Ribeiro opened his account with a solid scoring ride and gained a narrow lead which he built on with a series of rapid fire backhand snaps on a long left to claim a 6.77 out of 10 and the title.

"This is maybe one of the best moments of my life especially one of the best contests I have won so I am really happy right now. William is such a great surfer and to win here has made me so happy", said Ribeiro.

"I saw William was nervous at the start and was catching a lot of waves so I tried to wait for a set and that is what I did. The last five 5 minutes I looked at my watch maybe 100 times but that’s it and it is finished and I am stoked."

Vasco Ribeiro has jumped to the first position on the ASP European Men’s Pro Junior rankings holding a slight lead over Aliotti.

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