Michael Picon 

The ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz pres. by Euskaltel got underway today in building swell peaking in the four to five foot (1.2 to 1.5 meter) range, event officials sending no less than thirty-two heats for an intense action-packed day of surfing. With Round 1 coming to an end and eight heats of Round 2 being held in consistent surf, performances confirmed the ASP WQS contingent was in form for a fourth consecutive major event. From solid scores to major upsets, the kick-off brought excitement in the famous Basque village.

The event top seeds attracted the famous Basque crowds to the beach in the end of the afternoon, local hero and ASP Top 45 member Aritz Aranburu (Zarautz, EUK), 23, winning the opening heat of Round 2 with a solid 14.10 point result. Aranburu, who showed how his knowledge of the consistent beach break could make a big difference against any of his upcoming opponents, used smart heat tactics waiting for the better right-handers to use his powerful on-the-rail top turns and best Nathan Yeomans (California, USA) who advanced in second position.

“It’s always good to get that first heat out of the way and to win it is even better for your confidence,” Aranburu said. “The conditions were kind of tricky because few waves were giving the opportunity to get big scores so there was definitely some patience involved in that game and I am glad to get that heat done.”

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Tsunami

Indonesia has cancelled the tsunami warning 45 minutes after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the Java Island. The country suspended the alert as there were no tidal waves detected by the seismologists.


The quake had its epicentre in the Indian Ocean, about 142 km south-west of Tasikmalaya district in West Java. An aftershock of 5.1 magnitude was felt in Tasikmalaya, 20 minutes after the earthquake.

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Glentana Bay 

A 25-year-old surfer has died after suffering a shark attack, in Glentana Bay, South Africa.

Gerhard van Zyl had his right lower leg bitten off and could not recover after a severe blood loss.

A friend pulled him out of the water and even tied a tourniquet in the leg.

Ambulance and paramedics came after and he was airlifted to hospital in critical condition.

Unfortunately, van Zyl could not recover and loss life soon after.

This is the first life lost in Glentana Bay, due to a shark attack.

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