Todos Santos Big Wave Event: it's time, boys

The Todos Santos Big Wave Event is on.

Contest Director Gary Linden made the call this morning after checking out the latest report and consulting with Surfers Representative Greg Long.

Sunday looks like an epic day out at Killers, with a swell at 18 to 20 feet with the winds seeming to calm down.

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ISA World Junior: surfers maintain clean drug sheet

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce that the anti-doping test results from the finalists of the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship held in Piha, New Zealand from 21 – 28 January, came back negative.

The following athletes were tested: Matt Banting (AUS), Jake Halstead (USA), Koa Smith (HAW), Hiroti Arai (JPN), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jordi Watson (AUS), Tamaroa McComb (TAH), Beyrick De Vries (RSA), Tyler Wright (AUS), Alessa Quizon (HAW), Sarah Baum (RSA) and Lakey Peterson (USA).

This year’s event saw over 200 athletes from 21 different countries from around the world. After 8 days of intense competition, Australia won its fifth consecutive gold medal in the overall team standings. Matt Banting (AUS) won in the Boys Under 16 division, Gabriel Medina (BRA) won in the Boys Under 18 division and Tyler Wright (AUS) won in the Girls Under 18 division.

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Victor Peralta: nice move, dude

The renowned surfers Eduar Santana, Manuel Selman, Victor Peralta and the great promise Gian Marcos Oliva, won first places in the Junior, Open, Master and Mini Junior Surf in the Third Annual Encuentro Surf Challenge, held at Playa Encuentro in Cabarete, on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, February 20, 2010.

The event was organized by surfing instructors Mr. Ken Gei Fung and Mr. Ronald Quevedo, and received support from local sponsors and the Federación Dominicana de Surf (FEDOSURF). Many athletes in the sport of surfing from the Dominican Republic, including several foreign nationals from Latin America, competed in The Encargo Group Encuentro Surf Challenge 2010.

In the Open Surf category, Manuel Selman won First Place. Selman is a Chilean professional surfer who lives in Cabarete, and competes on the international circuit. Junior Gomez of Rio San Juan, took Second Place, and achieved a high-level of performance despite a knee injury. Gomez was awarded Athlete of the Year 2009 from the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee The surfers delighted and amazed the audience with innovative maneuvers in the finals.

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