Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal

The Portuguese Surfing Federation (FPS) will present the first big wave event held in Portugal.

The FPS Extreme Wave will award surfers, bodyboarders and photographers that score the biggest ride of the 2009/2010 winter period.

Winners in both categories will take home €5.000 (€2.000 for the athletes and €500 for the photographers).

Only waves above three meters high will be considered.

Surfers and bodyboarders are invited to paddle or tow-in, take-off and drop.

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Joel Parkinson took the 2009 O'Neill World Cup of Surfing

Joel Parkinson has conquered the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing, in Sunset Beach, Hawaii.

Sunny Garcia started the final with a long and speedy barrel, scoring a 9.47 point wave.

During the first half of the grand finale, the Hawaiian veteran surfer was in complete control of the situation.

Sunset Beach was pumping 15-20 foot waves and Joel Parkinson managed to score a 7 point ride.

Near the end, Parko took the lead with a 6.17 point wave and won the event.

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Daniel Ross

Daniel Ross (Wooloweyah, AUS), 25, has handidly won the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), further cementing his reputation as one of the most dangerous surfers on the 2010 ASP Dream Tour and emphatically announcing his comeback to the world’s elite.

The dedicated Aussie launched an absolute blitzkrieg on an international field of up-and-comers hungry to find their way onto the elite stage of the ASP World Tour, solidifying his position as a qualifier well before the end of the 2009 season, before attaining the No. 1 seed in bombing surf at the ASP WQS 6-Star PRIME O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach.

“There are a lot of surfers that do fall off the tour their first year and that shows how high the level of surfing and competitiveness is on the World Tour,” Ross said. “You need to be so well balanced and tuned in on all levels, physically, emotionally and mentally. For me, this year, it was a mixture of hard work in all these areas, not just my surfing. I was focusing on learning and having fun with it all. It’s easy to get motivated when you are really enjoying what you do.”

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