Great White Shark: sometimes he's a good guy...

Professional surfer Chuck Patterson has had a close encounter with a couple of great white sharks.

Patterson was SUP surfing with friends at San Onofre beach, California, when the dangerous creatures surrounded his board.

The waterman filmed everything with the HD Pro camera during 15 minutes.

Watch the video, HERE.

The 9ft shark slapped the tail on the SUP board, but never quite showed the intention to attack Chuck Patterson. Another smaller juvenile did exactly the same thing.

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Dane Reynolds: he supports the new format

The ASP Board of Directors ratified the proposal of a new 36-man ASP World Tour competition format which was approved by the ASP Technical Committee during July’s Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.

Chaired by ASP International CEO Brodie Carr, the ASP Technical Committee (Tech Comm) consists of ASP World Tour Head Judge Richie Porta, ASP International Judge Pritamo Ahrendt, ASP World Tour Manager Renato Hickel, Surfer Representatives Mick Fanning, Adrian Buchan and Kieren Perrow as well as Event Representative Graham Stapelberg.

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Billabong Azores Islands Pro: splendid scenario with great waves

Day one of the Billabong Azores Islands Pro presented by Nissan an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Prime Men’s event commenced with round one of competition running through to complete 15 heats which included a six hour halt to wait for the high tide to drop before running a late afternoon session of competition. Small wave assaults were on display throughout the day with aerials being the major moves going down at the main event site of Praia de Monte Verde.

All surfers competing at the Billabong Azores Islands Pro presented by Nissan are out to gain crucial points for their 2010 ASP world ranking while Europeans are searching to improve their points tally on the ASP European Open Series title race.

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