Professional Longboard Association: big boards, big fins

The Professional Longboard Association kicked off its 2010 season two weeks ago, and couldn’t have asked for a more exciting event, as surfers and PLA staff were flooded with Tsunami warnings, and higher than usual tides and waves caused by the earthquake in Chile.

The first two rounds of OB Pro was smooth and on schedule, but as the day wore on and the women started to compete, the Tsunami weather kicked in and put a hold on the contest for about thirty min. Luckily the clouds opened up and the contest was able to resume. The second day, started off just like the first day ended, as the contest saw high tides and big waves that closed the pier, and kept PLA staff and surfers off the beach for the better part of the day. With large waves, and confident surfers the PLA was able to run a successful event through all the natural weather conditions.

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Tyler Wright: chat after surf

In anticipation of the Boost Surf Sho on March 12th 2010, Australian surfing prodigies Tyler and Mikey Wright will be joining Habbo Australia (www.habbo.com.au) – the world’s most popular virtual world for teenagers – live on Thursday 11th March 2010 at 6PM AEST to discuss life in between the waves.

This unique opportunity will give fans the chance to discuss all things surfing with two of Australia’s youngest and most talented female and male junior surfers, as they prepare to surf with the world’s best at the largest aerial surf event, The Boost Surf Sho.

At only 15 years of age, Tyler is the youngest ever winner of an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Tour, the Beachly Classic. Mikey, now at age 13 was one of the world’s youngest sponsored surfers at age 8. Both Mickey and Tyler will discuss with Habbo users their dreams to follow the success of their brother Owen Wright, who is seeded 32 in the world.

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Dylan Barnfield: hanging ten to the national title

Ohope surfer Dylan Barnfield barnstormed his way to a national title today (Sunday 7th March) winning the Open Men’s Division at the Hyundai National Longboard Championships held at Whangamata Beach over the weekend.

The surf remained large for the final day of the event with 2.0m waves hammering the Whangamata Beach as well as the remaining surfers in the event.

For Barnfield, regarded as one of the most talented young longboarders in New Zealand, it was by far the biggest win of his career. The twenty-year-old surfer has won events on the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour in the past but the added prestige of this event doubling as the National Championships bested all of his previous feats.

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