Jordy Smith: searching for gold in the coast

The opening eight heats of the elimination, man-on-man Round 2 at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover were completed this afternoon in pulsing two-to-three foot (1 metre) barrelling righthanders at Snapper Rocks.

The opening event of the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast hit the water following the completion of Round 1 of the women’s Roxy Pro Gold Coast, and the world’s best surfers shined in the rippable conditions with the top seeds rebounding throughout their respective Round 2 battles.

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, current ASP World No. 11, recovered from a lackluster Round 1 performance with the highest heat total of today, a 17.86 out of a possible 20, dominating the running righthanders with a blitzkrieg of forehand barrels and gaffs.

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Tony Silvagni: playing hide and seek

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 2-Star Ocean Beach PLA Pro saw Tony Silvagni (Kure Beach, NC), 23, clinch the event win by navigating through wild 10 to 12 foot (3-4 metre) surf at San Diego’s Ocean Beach Pier.

The four women’s finalists of the Ocean Beach PLA Pro presented by Gidget opted not to surf and evenly divide the ratings points and prize money due to the day’s brutal conditions.

The Ocean Beach PLA Pro represents the first of six events on the 2010 ASP North America LQS calendar and Silvagni’s win today establishes the young East Coaster as the early season frontrunner.

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Jodie Nelson: 39.8 miles to glory

On Sunday, March 28, 2010, surfer Jodie Nelson will embark upon a historic mission – to become the first woman to paddle the grueling 39.8 miles from Avalon on the island of Catalina to Dana Point, California. The solo mission, which has only been completed by a handful of men, will be the first attempt by a woman, and is all in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness benefiting Keep A Breast and Boarding For Breast Cancer. With a goal of raising $50,000, pledges can be made at firstgiving.com/paddlewithpurpose.

Nelson, co-founder of The SUP Spot not to mention an accomplished surfer, commentator and highly respected ambassador of the sport, will tackle the feat, coined “Paddle With Purpose” on a Stand Up Paddleboard during Ocean Ohana’s annual Catalina Challenge. The event typically sees teams of two-four members race on Single and Double Outriggers or Surfskis, as well as Stand Up Surfboards and Paddleboards. In addition to the punishing distance, the past few years have also produced challenging conditions for the competitors.

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