Ben Skinner: toe surfing

Ben Skinner has taken the Goanna Pro Tapia, in Tapia de Casariego, Asturias, Spain. The Newquay surfer defeated fellow British rider Adam Griffiths, in a hard-fought final.

The winner used using both experience and great variety of technique to tame the incoming-tide bigger sets, led the battle all the way through to the end, using stylish nose-rides and fast forehand re-entries to secure points.

With an accurate wave selection throughout the 40-minute final and pleasing the Easter weekend crowds, the experienced athlete was able to stay ahead and win the ASP sanctioned 1-Star Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event for the second time in three years.

"I am so stoked right now and it’s pretty emotional," Skinner said. "I wanted that win so bad, I wanted to do it for my dad, my new sponsor, my wife and kids and it’s just so good to take the win. I really overwhelmed with emotions right now and this win means a lot to me."

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Joel Parkinson: fit to win

Joel Parkinson has conquered the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach after defeating Mick Fanning in an electric Final in solid six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach.

The Australian clash was the perfect celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic surfing event. The historical swell, the huge crowd and the quality of the surfers couldn't be better.

Parkinson opened up with an 8.53 on the first ride of the heat and drove the nail into the coffin with a Perfect 10. Watch the highlights, here.

"To me, Mick (Fanning) has been the form surfer of the event and I was never going to take him lightly," Parkinson said. "I think we both had the same game plan of getting the first good one that came through and putting the momentum behind us. We scrapped for that first wave and I got the nod. Even though it was a mid-8, I knew I needed a lot more to hold him off so I just kept the pressure on from there."

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India: there are waves like these everywhere | Photo:

India, the second-most populous country in the world, has joined the International Surfing Association (ISA). Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, Bhutan, the People's Republic of China and Nepal to the northeast, and Bangladesh and Burma to the east.

India's coast is 7,517 kilometers (4,700 mi) long. Of this distance, 5,423 kilometers (3,400 mi) belong to peninsular India, and 2,094 kilometers (1,300 mi) to the Andaman, Nicobar, and Lakshadweep Islands.

The main surfing zones in India are Mangalore (Karnataka), Kovalam (Kerala), Varkla (Kerala), Pondycheary (Tamilnadu), Mahabalipuram (Tamilnadu), Vizag (Andra Pradesh), Puri (Orissa) and Butlers Bay (Andaman Islands).

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