Nat Young: his name's a trade mark

No alarms and no surprises. In the second day of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series 2011, the top seeds kept following victories, as Nic Mushcroft, Nat Young and Gony Zubizarreta moved into the next rounds.

Conditions remained unruly on day two of the event with a persistent onshore wind that continued to hamper the quality of the solid 2.0m south swell that is hitting the Gisborne Region.

Nic Mushcroft was explosive in his performance attacking the heavy close out sections to post a total heat score of 14.33 out of a possible 20 points.

“I was kinda feeling a bit wobbly, I don’t know if any one has mentioned it but the water is really slippery, I don’t know what it is” said Mushcroft. “I had some wax on my feet and even took a block out with me.” he said.

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Kiribati: waiting for you

The Republic of Kiribati has joined the International Surfing Association (ISA). The country is composed by 32 islands with with perfect and abundant waves and warm water.

Kiribati is located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean and has recently founded the Kiribati Surfing Association (KSA), led by Nicholas McDermott.

"We are very excited to be recognized internationally," said McDermott. "It is the KSA’s primary objective to promote surfing throughout Kiribati as a healthy and competitive sport as well as to set up smaller clubs on each of the islands that have waves accessible by paddling out."

"Every two years, Kiribati holds a national sporting competition, and the KSA hopes that surfing will be included as an established local competitive sport. Ultimately, we hope to be able to achieve a thriving local surf scene."

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Bells Beach: heaven on Earth

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is celebrating the 50th anniversary. The second stop of the 2011 ASP World Title season is about to kick off and the world’s best surfers are already gearing up for the contest.

From April 19th through 30th, the the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach will also hit the Australian water. "It's going to be a very exciting Easter at Bells Beach this April, with some special events planned to celebrate the amazing half-century anniversary of the Rip Curl Pro and the Bells Beach Easter Rally," Brooke Farris, Rip Curl International Event Manager, said.

"This year's event will really be a 'gathering of the tribe', with each of the world's best ASP surfers keen to etch their name in the history books by winning the anniversary Bell and most of our former competitors and past champions in Torquay to re-live many of the amazing moments and stories they created over the past 50 years."

The fifty years of the Australian surfing jewel will will be attended by the best surfers in the world and by surf industry execs. "Bells Beach not only holds a special place in the hearts of Australians but well within the global surfing community as a whole," Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said.

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