Dion Atkinson

The second day of action, third of the waiting period, saw the intensity and pressure rise at the ASP WQS 5-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz with another twenty-four heats being ran in wind-blown four to five foot (1.2 to 1.5 meter) waves. From major upsets to solid surfing, the international field of ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) competitors displayed another exciting show to advance through a couple of rounds today. Four heats remain before the event moves into its 3-Man heats’ format tomorrow.

Confirming his stellar start of yesterday with the best heat result in Round 3 today was former event champion and ASP World Tour member Aritz Aranburu (Zarautz, EUK), 23, the Zarautz resident besting Australian rising surfer Heath Joske (AUS), 21, with a 15.56 point combined score of two waves that included the second best ride of the event, an excellent 9.23 point wave.

“That wave just came right on time after a heat of pretty average scores for me,” Aranburu said. “It walled up well and I kind of went for big maneuvers to finish well. I was looking for a good score to finish with and I got that good score so I am pretty stoked.”

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Surf Dog | Rip Curl Ricki 

Surf City USA will be going to the dogs as hundreds of canines and their owners flock to Huntington Beach on Oct. 11, 2009, for the inaugural Surf City Surf Dog, announced Book That Event, the event organizer.

Pooches will be able to “hang 20” in surfing competitions and strut their stuff in a variety of dog-gone fun activities and contests while raising funds for animal welfare organizations. All activities will take place at Huntington Dog Beach, starting at 8 a.m.

“It is only natural to have a surfing competition for dogs in Surf City USA,” said Lisa Scolman of Book That Event, Inc. “Huntington Dog Beach is the perfect venue for the fun-filled growing sport of dog surfing. Plus there are plenty of exciting activities planned for dogs that prefer to keep all four paws on dry land.”

Dogs will compete in either small, medium, or large dog surfing heats and will be judged on a variety of skills, including; the length of their ride, the size of the wave and their confidence on the board. Prizes will be awarded for the top dogs but all pooches will be winners and receive a participation award.

Event activities also include a two-mile Woofin’ Walk, K-9 Kayaking and numerous contests, including; dog-and-owner look-alike, best celebrity impersonation and a costume contest. A Hot Diggity Dog Expo will feature more than 40 pet-related vendors and organizations. The expo and many of the event activities will take place on Dog Beach located west of Pacific Coast Highway at Goldenwest Street.

Surf City Surf Dog official charities include: Boston Buddies, Boxer Orange County Animal Rescue, Inc., Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, Cuddly Canines, Pawsitive Teams – Help Patrick Walk and the Orange County Humane Society.

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2009 Duke's Oceanfest 

The annual Duke’s Oceanfest in Waikiki, HI took place last week in support of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. 

The week of water events provided grants and scholarships for Hawaii’s Scholar Athletes. 

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku is known as “Hawaii's greatest athlete, the father of international surfing and its ambassador of Aloha.”  Duke, an original Waikiki Beach Boy won his first Gold Medal at the Olympics when he was 22 and continued to represent the USA in for the next 20 years. He won a place in Hawaii’s heart through his Aloha, compassion and remarkable achievements.

The Hawaiian Paddleboard Championship took place Saturday August 29th and challenged paddle boarders in a sprint from Hawaii Kai to Duke’s statue in Waikiki. 

Congratulations to Bernd Roediger who was too young to compete in this division but his remarkable time on his 12’ board placed him 2nd in the Male Stand-Up 12’6” division with a time of 1:31:52.

In the Male Stand-Up 14’6” division Jerry Bess (winner of the 14’ Class in the Maui Olukai Race) took 2nd on a Naish Glide with a time of 1:25:00.  Also on Naish Glides, Edmund Pestana (Oahu lifeguard legendary) took 5th place coming in at 1:26:54, and Michi Schweiger took 6th with a time of 1:27:41.

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