Edito "Peso" Alcala

D-Day is looming for an international cast of surfers with the Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational in the Philippines less than a week away from starting.
 
'Cloud 9', a powerful, hollow right-hander located on Siargao Island will again be the focus of the global surfing community with entry confirmations from some of the world’s hottest surfers including pipeline master Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii), 2007 runner-up Nick Vasicek (Coolangatta, Australia), 2006 champion Ryan Hipwood (Gold Coast, Australia), New Zealand's first ever World Champion surfer Jay Quinn (Gisborne, now Gold Coast, Aus) and Hawaiian surfing royalty Makua Rothman.  
 
An invite to compete in the 2009 competition was made all the more attractive with USD $20,000 on the table and the allure of flawless, barrelling waves.
 
48 surfers from Hawaii, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa and 12 local wildcards will compete in a specialised format, which culminates in man-on-man heats from the quarterfinals.
 
Reigning champion Edito ‘Peso’ Alcala (Philippines), who rode barrel after perfect barrel to beat 2007 title holder Wade Goodall (Caloundra, Qld, Aus) in last year’s final, will don a competition vest to defend his title.
 
Local ace Alcala, who learned to surf at the revered break, will again prove tough competition for his international riders after putting in plenty of practice at Cloud 9 in the past month.
 
“It’s been pumping for weeks,” said 20-year old Alcala.

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Mick Fanning

The Rip Curl Pro Search will culminate the European leg of the 2009 ASP World Tour in the wave abundant Portuguese region of Peniche, hosting the world’s best surfers from October 19 – 30, 2009.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search is poised to deliver high drama with projected sizable swells setting the scene for a possible ASP World Title showdown and several requalification campaigns.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007) and current ASP World No. 1, has been on a rampage during the back half of the season, claiming back-to-back wins in California and France before taking the ASP ratings’ lead last week in Spain. If Fanning finishes higher than 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Search in Portugal, the Australian could claim the 2009 ASP World Title in Europe, contingent upon the finishes of other frontrunners.

“I’ve felt like I’ve been surfing well all year,” Fanning said. “I don’t feel like I’m doing anything different at the moment. Earlier in the year, I was losing a lot of heats where the other guy was getting one really special wave, and that’s competition. Technically, I’m ahead on the ratings, but when you start ping the poor results, Joel (Parkinson) is still ahead of me. I don’t think about any of that. To win the world title, you have to win heats and I’m only focused on winning the next heat.”

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Rob Machado

The World Skin Cancer Foundation, Ocean Potion Sun Care Products, and Bright House Networks is preparing for its 4thAnnual Fall Classic.  The Fall Classic begins with the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) National Surfing Championships.  This two-day event takes place October 31st and November 1st all day behind Coconuts on Beach in Cocoa Beach, FL.

The World Skin Cancer Foundation’s Slater Brother's Invitational surf contest is scheduled for November 6th through the 8th, also behind Coconut's on the Beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Come out and watch a talented field of world-class surfers including C.J. and Damien Hobgood, Rob Machado, Shea Lopez and 9-time ASP World Champion, Kelly Slater.

The WSCF’s Slater Brother's Invitational is proud to announce their newest hometown hero, world-renowned skateboarder, Adam Taylor, will be joining the mix. Watch Adam and other skateboarding pros tear it up on the mini-vert ramp situated right on the beach.

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