Shark attack: lucky surfer, unlucky surfboard

It's a ride Jim Rawlinson will never forget. Rawlinson, 68, was surfing Hanalei Bay, Kauai last week when he was lifted out of the water.

When the tiger shark, estimated to be in the 14 foot range, started chomping on his board, Rawlinson (who has to be the calmest man in the world) simply slid off his stick and onto the shark's back!

Jim was able to shimmy his leash off and, once the shark tired of eating chunks of foam, Rawlinson retrieved his board, caught another few waves, then paddled in an hour later.


Dan Ross: rage sprayer

Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina was completed today in offshore but challenging two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Praia da Vila.

The third stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina saw a routing of the rookie class in today's elimination Round 2 as the top seeds enjoyed an impressive return to form.


Stephanie Gilmore: surfing thunder

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning and three-time ASP Women’s World Champion, remains on track for her fourth consecutive ASP Women’s World Title after defeating world no.2 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, to triumph in the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney, Australia today.

In a thrilling climax to event no.4 of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, Gilmore came from behind to win, showing experience and patience in building 4-6ft (1.5-metre waves) at the host venue of Dee Why.