Billabong Pipeline Masters

Small surf in the three-to-four foot (1 metre) range is on offer today at the Banzai Pipeline, prompting Billabong Pipe Masters event organizers to call a lay day for competition.

Event No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pipe Masters also marks the third and final jewel in the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), and will swell projected for the coming days, event organizers are confident in holding out for better conditions.

“The surf is small today so we have called the Billabong Pipe Masters off,” Randy Rarick, Vans Triple Crown Contest Director, said. “We’re expecting a swell to build throughout the evening and are looking for a possible start tomorrow.”

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Coastwatch Surf For Life

Despite small waves and temperatures that were pushing 40 degrees, a mix of WA celebrities, sporting identities, pro-surfers and local junior grommets converged on Trigg beach for the second event of the Coastalwatch Surf for Life Series. The fun, exhibition-style surf event was run to raise vital funds and awareness for the Starlight Children’s Foundation which delivers programs across the country to lift the spirits of ill children when they need it most.

With clean one foot waves were on offer at Trigg, plus a strong beach crowd soaking up the action, it was the team of Ry Craike (Kalbarri) and Chad Fletcher (Subiaco) that took the honours in a day filled with laughter, fun and excitement. Arguably one of the world’s hottest free surfing talents, Craike didn’t hold back throwing his trademark fin whafts and futuristic surfing to the amazement of the packed beach. 2006 West Coast Eagles premiership player Chad Fletcher traded his boots for a board and looked as comfortable in the water as he does running the wings of Subiaco Oval.

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Connor O'Leary'

Sun, surf, sand and not to mention the Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage was pumping at North Cronulla today as local Connor O’Leary (Cronulla, NSW) snuck home against fellow Cronulla surfer Rory Jenkins by just over one point.

Early on throughout the contest spectators were treated to some outstanding surfing performances by local ace Rory Jenkins (Cronulla, NSW) and Crescent Head’s (NSW) Ellie-Jean Coffey who both headed the race to maintain dominant lead positions on the Teenage Rampage leader board in their respective divisions.

But it was Jenkins’ mate O’Leary who produced what was needed to capture the blue ribbon division with an impressive display of the stylish surfing he has become known for.

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