Red Bull Illume Overall Winner: surfer Peter Mendria by the eye of Chris Burkhard

The 24-year-old professional photographer’s image of surfer Peter Mendria riding waves on Chile’s West Coast in golden sunlight was named Overall Winner of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2010, the world’s biggest action and adventure sports photography competition with 22,764 photos submitted to the contest by nearly 5000 photographers.

“I’m overjoyed, it’s hard to put into words being able to be nominated and to win this award in front of all your piers and people I respect, I’m truly blessed.” said Chris Burkard.

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Fabio Gouveia: a Brazilian legend

The Panama ISA World Masters Surfing Championship had big waves breaking at Santa Catalina for the third day in a row today. A total of 20 heats were held with all the divisions hitting the water.

With the start of the repercharge rounds, countries saw their first athletes leaving the event. Out of the 108 surfers that started the contest, there are now 99 still in contention and only 32 remain in the winners bracket.

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Fredrick Patacchia: there is only way out

The Billabong Pro Tahiti recommenced today in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves for the completion of Round 2 and the first 12 heats of Round 3.

Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti played host to an incredible day of action, with major shifts in the hunt for the ASP World Title as well as surfers falling off the Dream Tour, the result of the midyear cut-off from the ASP Top 45 to the Top 34 (Top 32 finishers plus two surfer wildcards).

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