Romain Cloitre 

The ASP WQS 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro experienced another short day of competition as three heats only were completed during the outgoing tide at Lacanau this morning. Some two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves allowed the twelve getting their chance to surf today to show some good surfing, former ASP European Junior champion Romain Cloitre (REU), 20, impressing the ASP judging panel to net a 16.34 point combination, the sixth best score of the event thus far.

Cloitre, who surfed against fellow top seed and ASP World Tour member Nic Muscroft (Victoria, AUS), experienced a tough heat not finding any decent ride for the first ten minutes of the heat before coming back in the race to oust Muscroft and Brad Ettinger (USA) and advance through to Round 3.

“I was really nervous at the start of that heat and already thinking of my coach watching me and stressing out,” Cloitre said. “Then I got that first wave, it took me a bit of time to find a second ride but it was the best wave of the heat and that 9.17 definitely relieved the pressure. I am happy to make it through and get to surf in the expected better waves.”

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2009 Australian Longboard Titles 

Day five of the Australian Longboard Titles saw massive scores and amazing performances from the salt encrusted, battle hardened veterans of the ocean.

Having witnessed an amazing array of styles, stories, boards and battles over the past four days, day five of competition saw the spotlight shun on the legends of longboarding.

And they did not disappoint.

Racking up a plethora of excellent scores the Over 60, 55, 50 Men and 35 Women led the way in excellent waves and weather at Rainbow Beach.

One such competitor was Bruce Channon (Mona Vale, NSW) who was in sparkling touch in the tightly contested Over 55 division.

“It was great fun out there this morning,” Channon said having dropped a masterful combined heat total of 16.00 (out of a possible 20).

Having been involved in surfing for well over 40 years, Channon sits in a division littered with past champions and legends of the sport within Australia.

“Oh yeah,” he exclaimed when asked of if the competitive fire still burns.

“As much as we all are great friends on land, the prospect of winning an Australian Title takes over when we are in the water – in great spirits of course!”

With 23 Australian titles to be awarded in 21 divisions, and the best surfers across the nation converging upon Bonny Hills, this morning saw a simmering selection of world-class talent in all age groups with the Queensland women and NSW males dominating proceedings.

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Owen Wright 

The third day of the waiting period saw seven heats only take place in the early morning, the outgoing tide delivering some fun and clean waves until the dead-low tide made the conditions uncontestable. Some two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) sets allowed for some top seeds to kick off their French campaign, current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 4 Owen Wright (Sydney, AUS), 19, securing his berth into Round 3 of competition.

Also advancing today were rising Californian star Nat Young (USA), 17, and renowned progressive surfer Eric Geiselman (Florida, USA), both American surfers showing solid surfing to secure their Round 3 ticket along with the day’s top scorer Yadin Nicol (Western Australia, AUS).

Geiselman, who was surfing for the first time ever in France today, was at ease in the tricky fast breaking waves posting a promising 13.07 point heat result including an 8.17 point ride, the day’s second best wave. The 20-year-old surfer, who managed to win Heat 7 ahead of former ASP Top 45 surfer Travis Logie (Durban, ZAF), left the water relieved.

“I felt pretty slow actually but I am stoked to make it through,” Geiselman said. “The waves were very challenging but I just tried to surf smart and get the better waves I guess. I am happy because I have never been to France before and I like the place a lot.”

Geiselman, who has built a reputation on his spectacular surfing and a complete repertoire of flying maneuvers, used smart heat tactics today to win his event starter and will definitely be one to count with when the new swell delivers clean walls at Lacanau.

“I have been enjoying my time so far here and I hope I can get a few points and be able to get in the Hawiian Triple Crown at the end of this year,” Geiselman said. “The waves are okay, we’ve had fast walls to longer though flatter conditions but it’s fun overall. I will start full-time on the WQS next year for sure so I am trying to enjoy myself here.”

One of today’s surprises was the heat win of Medi Veminardi (REU), 18, the Reunion Island born surfer already achieving his best result ever by advancing through to Round 3 of the ASP WQS 6-Star event. Veminardi, who was able to post 14.00 points to best current ASP World Tour surfer David Weare (Durban, ZAF), eliminated favorite Pablo Paulino (BRA) and fellow island surfer Damien Chaudoy.

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