Victor Peralta: nice move, dude

The renowned surfers Eduar Santana, Manuel Selman, Victor Peralta and the great promise Gian Marcos Oliva, won first places in the Junior, Open, Master and Mini Junior Surf in the Third Annual Encuentro Surf Challenge, held at Playa Encuentro in Cabarete, on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, February 20, 2010.

The event was organized by surfing instructors Mr. Ken Gei Fung and Mr. Ronald Quevedo, and received support from local sponsors and the Federación Dominicana de Surf (FEDOSURF). Many athletes in the sport of surfing from the Dominican Republic, including several foreign nationals from Latin America, competed in The Encargo Group Encuentro Surf Challenge 2010.

In the Open Surf category, Manuel Selman won First Place. Selman is a Chilean professional surfer who lives in Cabarete, and competes on the international circuit. Junior Gomez of Rio San Juan, took Second Place, and achieved a high-level of performance despite a knee injury. Gomez was awarded Athlete of the Year 2009 from the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee The surfers delighted and amazed the audience with innovative maneuvers in the finals.


Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Mick Fanning tries to hide from the crowd

Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover was completed today in pulsing two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The opening event of the 2010 ASP World Tour season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast ignites the greatest assemblage of surfing talent in history, and today’s top performers proved no surprise with perennial ASP World Title threats dominating Round 1 of competition.

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 6, has refocused his attention on vying for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title this season, and his dominance is the opening round of competition put his fellow competitors on notice. Slater posted the highest heat total of the day, a 17.77 out of a possible 20, including the day’s high single-wave score of a 9.27 out of a possible 10 for a deep forehand barrel.


Tsunami Alert for the South Pacific region

A tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for Chile and Peru, and later extended to Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Antarctica.

The earthquake struck at around 3.34am local time (6.43GMT). Its epicentre was just 75 miles from Concepcion, Chile's second-largest city, where more than 200,000 people live along the Bio Bio river, and 60 miles from the ski town of Chillan, a gateway to Andean ski resorts that was destroyed in a 1939 earthquake.

A tsunami warning is in effect for the South American Pacific Coast, stretching up as far as Ecuador, and the authorities of the Hawaiian Islands have been put on alert, although no warnings or watches have been issued so far.

Make sure to plan your surfing schedule and never enter the water alone. Windsurfers and kitesurfers should check the Beaufort Scale before hitting the water.