Kai Sallas: photo opportunity

The top seeds of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 3-Star Costa Rica PLA Pro unleashed massive scores at Costa Rica's flawless lefthand pointbreak of Boca Barranca to decide the men's and women's Semifinalists in two-to-four foot (1 metre) surf.

Surfers competing on the ASP LQS compete in each of their respective regions in an attempt to earn the valuable ratings points on offer to eventually qualify for the ASP World Longboard Tour.

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ISA: more countries join the surfing community

The International Surfing Association, recognized by the IOC, just announced that Thailand, People's Republic of China, Malaysia and the Dubai have gained recognition as new members.

Surfing Thailand, Surfing China, Malaysian Surfing Association and Dubai Surfing Association have successfully fulfilled the requirements for membership.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre stated: “We are encouraged by the recent additions of Thailand, China, Malaysia and Dubai as members of the ISA. With over 25 million surfers around the world, the ISA is interested in helping them become part of our organization, and helping them build a better surfing future in their countries. This latest addition is part of our work towards the universality of surfing.”

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Kelly Slater: 10th title is near

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion, has claimed his fourth Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by SNICKERS title over reigning two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at the backup venue of Johanna Beach.

The second stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was completed over four different venues this year, with Round 1 at Bells Beach, Round 2 at Thirteenth Beach, Round 3 and the opening half of Round 4 at Winkipop before the final day was completed at Johanna Beach.

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