Joel Ford

The Queensland leg of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by SNICKERS came to a close with champions crowned today.

The morning broke with nervous expressions donning the faces of competitors who shone through to the final day of competition at the prestigious grommet event.

The surf gods looked down on the final day of competition providing surfers with fun, contestable 1 metre (2-3ft) waves.

Competitors across all divisions lined up for battle with the aim of being crowned the Rip Curl GromSearch champion.

The road to the finals was no easy feat with only the hungriest surfers prevailing, but the final that everybody came to watch was the 16 boys.

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Michel Bourez

With the completion of the final event of this year’s ASP World Tour at Pipeline and after Mick Fanning’s second ASP World title crowning, the official list of qualifiers for the 2010 ASP World Tour has been released.

From the record seven European representatives who competed on the 2009 ASP World Tour, three only have made the cut and will get another chance amongst the world’s best surfers next year starting their run at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia next February.

Jeremy Flores (Capbreton/New Caledonia, FRA), 21, despite pulling out of the last events due to an ankle injury, has once again secured his ticket for the elite of surfing, the French and European leader guaranteed to compete for a fourth consecutive year as a member of the ASP Top 45.

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SurferToday.com announces the «Athlete Of The Year 2009

SurferToday.com has announced the winners of the «Athletes Of The Year 2009» award.

The laurels are presented to the surfers, kitesurfers, windsurfers and bodyboarders that represent the cutting edge of performance in each individual wave and wind water sport.

SurferToday's «Athletes Of The Year 2009» are:

Owen Wright

   SURFING

  Owen Wright

   Incredible year for the 19 year old surfer from Culburra Beach, Australia. Top performances mixing old and new school surfing skills from the new WCT wonder kid.

 

Alex Caizergues

   KITEBOARDING

  Alex Caizergues

   The French bullet is one of the fastest sailors in the world. Again, in the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2009, he broke another world record.

 

Antoine Albeau

   WINDSURFING

  Antoine Albeau

   Agile and fast, the experienced French windsurfer has done it again. At the age of 37, he won again the PWA World Tour and has a lot to achieve in the speed sailing competitions.

 

Mike Stewart

   BODYBOARDING

  Mike Stewart

   The Science bodyboarder knows how to be on top forever. After winning the giant wave event at Nazaré, Portugal, he fought for the world title till the last minute.

Congratulations to the winners!