Jodie Nelson: woman meets whale

Professional surfer and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) ambassador Jodie Nelson became the first woman to paddle 39.8 grueling miles from the island of Catalina to Dana Point yesterday. She finished in 9 hours, one minute and 21 seconds, all in an effort to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and prevention.

Jodie started her journey at 6:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 28, the only person doing a solo paddle as part of the Ohana Ocean Catalina Challenge. On the top of her paddleboard, she had printed names of loved ones close to her who were affected by breast cancer. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor, her aunt is a cancer survivor and one of her dearest friends is currently battling the disease.


Gabriel Medina: grom king of surfers

As if to prove the truly international nature of the GromSearch, the winner of the boys, Gabriel Medina, hails from Brazil, and the winner of the girls, Bianca Buitendag, is from South Africa.

Both 16 years old, Medina and Buitendag beat some of the world's best junior surfers to take the boys and girls Gromsearch crowns. In the boy's final, Gabriel surfed against Creed McTaggart from WA, Indonesia's Koman Herman and much-fancied American, Kolohe Andino.


Kelly Slater: show time

The second of 10 stops of the 2010 ASP Dream Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers, has completed Round 1 despite challenging conditions and has seen nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL), 38, and ASP World Tour Rookie Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 24, lead their fellow American ASP Dream Tour contingent through to Round 3 with solid Round 1 victories.

With the 45 man field currently representing the ASP World Tour roster being cut to 32 after event No. 5 of the season, a keeper result at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will play a crucial role in surfer’s chances of requalification for their chance at this year’s ASP World Title.