Kelly Slater: he dreams of Puerto Rico every night

The stage is set. The waves are waiting. The champagne is chilling in the freezer. It's time for the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search, the ultimate surfing event to be held in Puerto Rico.

And there's one man waiting for so long. His name's Kelly Slater. The North American surfer from Florida might secure his 10th crown in South America, a few thousand miles away from his Cocoa Beach, Florida.

There are four scenarios in the decision table for Kelly Slater:

- If Slater finishes Equal 3rd or better, he clinches the 2010 ASP World Title.
- If Slater finishes Equal 5th or Equal 9th, Smith must win the event to send the ASP World Title Race to Hawaii.
- If Slater finishes Equal 13th or Equal 25th, Smith must finish Equal 3rd or better to send the ASP World Title Race to Hawaii.
- Essentially, if Smith fails to finish higher than Equal 5th, Slater claims the 2010 ASP World Title.

And Jordy Smith knows what's at stake.

“My goal is the same it has been all season - make heats,” Smith said. “The rest is out of my hands.”

The 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico will be a memorable surfing event.

Make sure you don't miss a bit with

Heat 1:Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 2:Dane Reynolds (USA), Taylor Knox (USA), Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 3:Taj Burrow (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 4:Mick Fanning (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 5:Jordy Smith (ZAF), Brett Simpson (USA), Dylan Graves (PRI)
Heat 6:Kelly Slater (USA), Daniel Ross (AUS), Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8:Owen Wright (AUS), Andy Irons (HAW), Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10:Damien Hobgood (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 11:C.J. Hobgood (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 12:Michel Bourez (PYF), Chris Davidson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)

SurfAid: leading operations in Indonesia

The Indonesian Government has requested that SurfAid take a lead in coordinating the Non Government Organisations’ (NGO) response to the Mentawai tsunami.

SurfAid CEO Andrew Judge initially met with the Indonesian Vice President, Bapak Boediono, and Indonesian cabinet members, in Padang on Tuesday.

At that meeting, the Vice President asked SurfAid to provide an assessment to the Indonesian Government of the situation on the ground in the Mentawai Islands.

“To take the lead coordinating role in this disaster is a great honour and a huge level of responsibility,” Judge said today. “SurfAid is a locally based NGO with commitment to, and extensive knowledge of, the Mentawai. We have worked here for 10 years and this is our fifth major emergency response.

“SurfAid is rapidly expanding its operations to provide the essential assessment information so that the necessary responses can be targeted to the areas in greatest need. We have also delivered shelter, building, hygiene and kitchen materials to thousands of people and those deliveries are continuing.”

Distribution and assessment continue

SurfAid’s Mentawai Program Manager Tom Plummer is leading a response team that is distributing shelter, hygiene and building kits via surf charter boat Huey at village Sabaegungung, on South Pagai island.

Due to bad weather at midday yesterday, the team had to stop distribution and head to Sikakap to coordinate distribution with other SurfAid teams and the local disaster management coordination centre.

SurfAid’s small boat Sibex will continue assessing the bottom of South Pagai island today.

A cargo boat is shipping SurfAid’s Non Food Items (NFI): 2000 shelter kits, 1000 building kits, 1000 hygiene kits, and 500 kitchen kits. The cargo boat is heading to Sikakap today, a 10-hour steam, and will distribute from there.

After the Indonesian Government’s request for SurfAid to lead a comprehensive assessment of the Mentawai, SurfAid is scaling up its assessment work. On Wednesday night a team of 19 - a combination of three SurfAid staff, eight KOGAMI staff (a respected Padang based NGO) and eight Mentawaian volunteers, headed to Sikakap to do rapid assessments.

Four experienced Rapid Assessors from the ASEAN Secretariat arrived in Padang last night and are heading to Sikakap today to join the SurfAid assessment teams. And SurfAid Program Manager Asrial is heading to Sikakap to coordinate with local BPBD in Sikakap.

The surf charter boats Mangalui, Addiction and Barrenjoey, and resort owner John Ocean, are also carrying out assessments of various villages in the Mentawai so that the response can efficiently target the much-needed emergency supplies.

Surfaid: helping those who always welcome us

SurfAid’s Tom Plummer and other assessment teams spent yesterday surveying the damage in villages along the tsunami affected areas of North Pagai and South Pagai.

Villages in the area have either been completely destroyed or suffered significant damage.

One of our Indonesian staff members from Pasapuat village, Pagai South is reported to be missing. The organization is intensifying its efforts to respond to the disaster and reports coming in from the field continue to tell a grim tale.

The village of Sabeugungung has been completely wiped out, with 50 dead and 150 missing presumed dead. Sikakap hospital is overflowing with over 200 people seeking assistance.

Late yesterday SurfAid sent out 1000 shelter kits, 500 building kits and 500 hygiene kits on the charter boat “Huey” which will head for Sikakap.

The charter boat, Barrenjoey, has delivered the first batch of blankets, tarpaulins, floormats, towels, 40 water containers, and rope to the village of Bosua. Captain John McGroder reported that in the village of Bosua 10 residents are dead, one is still missing while 78 houses have been destroyed.

Assessments and emergency supply deliveries will continue today.

SurfAid CEO Andrew Judge met the Indonesian Vice President Bapak Boediono, and presented SurfAid’s response plan. SurfAid is liaising with Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the Indonesian disaster management authority, to provide whatever support and assistance is needed.