Amstel Surf Festibal: everyone's anxious to reach June

The dates of the Amstel Surfilm Festibal (June 10-13 2010) are getting nearer and we’ve decided to let you know some bits here and there so you can start frothing.

First of all, and thanks to Patagonia, we will be screening the European première of the much-acclaimed documentary 180º South directed by Chris Malloy.

It tells the journey of Californian surfer, climber, photographer and writer Jeff Johnson from California to the Chilean Patagonia in his quest to climb Pico Corcovado.

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Yuri Sodre: not used to cold water surfing

Day 6 of The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star men's O'Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland decided the Semifinalists on a day that saw some incredible surfing as well as a full array of weather conditions from clear blue skies and sunshine to snow storms battering the main event site at Thurso East.

Competition began with excellent 6 ft (1.5m) waves as the tide began to push in and cover the exposed slate rock reef. By the time the Quarterfinalists hit the water the resilient crowd who had braved the elements to stay and watch the action were treated to bright sunshine and some incredible surfing right through to the end of the Quarterfinals.

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Nathaniel Curran: 'the water looks cold...'

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star men’s O'Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland commenced round two of competition with the event’s top seeded surfers  until due to lack of waves  it was eventually put on hold after the completion of heat nº 13. Following an afternoon assessment of conditions event officials decided to wait until tomorrow to resume competition.

A bitterly cold, grey day greeted competitors early at the main event site of Thurso East. As the day progressed the swell increased to the 4-5ft (1.2-1.5m) range but unfortunately dropped off with the lowering tide as the on-shore winds strengthened making for yet another rugged day of endurance at the most northern, coldest event on the planet.

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