Earth Wave South Africa

More than 100 surfers rode a wave at the Earthwave beach festival in Muizenberg, Cape Town on Sunday to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’.

“We estimated that there were more than 120 surfers on the fifth of the seven waves surfed at Muizenberg during Earthwave,’ said Paul Botha of Kahuna Promotions, the founders of the event that leverages the publicity generated by the world record attempt to promote awareness of climate change and sustainable lifestyles.

“However, the photographic evidence we have so far shows that there were 103 on the same wave, which is enough to overtake the record of 100 set by Earthwave Brazil in Santos last year,” Botha added. “We are still waiting for more images and video footage that we will submit to the Guinness World Record organisation in London to have the record ratified.”

In ideal sunshine conditions, a light offshore breeze and small 0.5 to one metre waves, a total of 443 surfers of all ages and abilities registered to try and bring the record back to Cape Town after Brazil had exceeded the 73 on one wave set at Muizenberg in 2006.

Five times the number in the water lined the beachfront cheering every attempt and urging their champions on as they rode the waves for five seconds before being counted, taking part in a host of fun-filled activities and fund-raising initiatives.

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Mick Fanning

Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka has been called ON this morning with clean three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves on offer at world-class lefthander.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka will be activating the new competition format, featuring man-on-man elimination heats from the outset, with Round 1 commencing at 9:15am.

“We’ve got some really fun, consistent three-foot surf here this morning at Mundaka and we’ll be starting at 9:15am,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Mundaka Contest Director, said. “We’ll be running the new format and we’re monitoring conditions right now to determine if it’s worth running dual-heat format.”

The Billabong Pro Mundaka’s elimination Round 1 features some incredible match-ups, kicking off with Roy Powers (HAW), 28, against Jihad Khodr (BRA), 25.

The event will be web LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com/mundaka09/

The Billabong Pro Mundaka will host the world’s best surfers from October 5 through 17, 2009.

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Perth Standlick

Perth Standlick (Bondi, NSW) today capped off a remarkable week of competition, winning the Billabong Pro Junior Bells Beach in big, testing conditions.

Having seen the best junior surfers in Australasia converge on the famed stretch of coast for the final event of the 2009 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series, the Billabong Pro Junior Bells Beach saw some amazing performances in massive seas.

None more impressive was the actions of Standlick who mastered the three metre waves en-route to his first ever ASP Australasian Pro Junior title.

“I’m over the moon,” an elated Standlick said. “It’s been a long time coming, so I’m going to enjoy this one for some time to come.”

Having had a disjointed year marred through injury and missed contests, Standlick was relieved to have finally achieved his dream.

“It’s been such a crazy year with injury and the like,” he said. “But, to finally win one – it’s amazing!”

Defeating Davey Cathels (North Narrabeen, NSW) in a tightly-fought affair, Standlick accrued a massive 14.50 (out of a possible 20) to Cathels’ 10.25.

Going blow-for-blow, the two combatants put on a great show in front of a gallery of spectators.

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