Mick Fanning: not here to offer the victory to Taj Burrow

Local hero and current Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) number one rated world surfer Taj Burrow looked at ease winning his opening heat of the Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River today.

Burrow won this event way back in 1997 as a teenager and over the past few years has not competed here but under the new ASP one world rating system he’s back and keen for a big result in his home waters.

“The waves are pumping here, just about as good as Margaret River gets and the field is super strong so I’d love to do well ” said Burrow’s.

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Alan Stokes: he is clearly stoked

The 2010 UK Pro Surf Tour will kick off on the 15th May with the Saltburn Open.

There are ten stages and new venues to decide the British Surfing champions.

Alan Stokes will defend his 2009 title.

It is also scheduled a return to Sri Lanka's Arugam Bay (1st-4th July) and a Help The Heroes Team Surf Contest (2nd-4th April).

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Old School Surfing: old, but always new

The sight at First Point Noosa this morning could have been a scene from a 1960’s surf movie as competitors in the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing dusted off their Old Mals to compete in the Surfing World Old Mal division.

As First Point continued to produce excellent conditions on the third straight day of competition, surfers performed classic old school maneuvers in the appropriate smooth style, on boards over 9-foot in length and over 30 years in age.

2008 Old Mal winner Isaac Fields (Evans Head, NSW) put on a show in the opening heat, his critical noseriding high in the pocket earning him a 7.00 and a 7.75 (out of ten).

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