Tim Macdonald 

TIM Macdonald (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland) outclassed a who’s who of Australian junior surfing today, to win the 2009 Red Bull Junior Surf Masters Gold Coast Qualifier.

Held in powerful, 0.5-1m beach break conditions at Narrowneck on the northern Gold Coast, Macdonald powerfully attacked the shifting beach break peaks on the final day of competition, scoring a combined heat total of 17.77 (out of a possible 20) in the final, including a 9.50 ride to defeat Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach, QLD), Dan Pryor (Tugun, QLD) and Sol Pereira-Ryan (Coolangatta, QLD) who finished second to fourth respectively.

Macdonald who was also recently selected in the Queensland State Junior Surfing Team said he was shocked by the result.

“I honestly can’t believe I won that final, especially in an event as prestigious as the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters,” said Macdonald.

“All the Red Bull had everyone firing in the earlier rounds, so I was nervous going into the last heat, but some good waves came my way and I was able to show what I can do,” he said.

Macdonald timed his run to perfection, upsetting Tugun’s Dan Pryor and Rainbow Beach’s Noah Lane in the final, who both had been the standout competitors leading into the deciding heat of the event.

Dan Pryor was the only surfer of the event to register a perfect-ten point ride in his second round heat and although he was able to make the final, he couldn’t quite reproduce the form he displayed at the beginning of the day.

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Christian Corzo 

Day two of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido saw local surfer Christian Corzo (Puerto Escondido, MEX) the event’s first perfect 10-point-ride en route to surfing a near perfect heat of a 19.60 out of 20 by displaying beautiful forehand barrels and dynamic turns.

Surfers competing on the ASP WQS are out to claim the valuable ratings points on offer towards qualification for the prestigious ASP Dream Tour and several big wave barrel-hunters and local standouts have also been attracted to stake their claim for a victory at the infamous ‘Mexican Pipeline.’

Corzo, who assisted in eliminating ASP World Tour surfer Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach ,CA), 27, in yesterday’s competition, continued to flare today when claimed the Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido’s first perfect 10 with a clean barrel-ride on a thumping Puerto lefthander in front of his home crowd.

“The waves weren’t perfect before my heat, but then when I was out there, I saw that perfect left come in,” Corzo said. “It was such a good wave and great to get the perfect score at my home break.”

Corzo continued to dominate his heat after the perfect score, capitalizing on another lefthand barrel, combining it with a big forehand blast and reverse on the inside to tack a 9.60 on to his score line. The near-perfect 19.60 heat total is the highest of the event and will surely be hard to top.

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Maya Gabeira 

A mad dash from their homes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa paid off for Maya Gabeira and tow surfing partner Carlos Burle as they rode the biggest waves of the season at the notorious Dungeons break this week.  Photos of the South American pair in action are now among the leading contenders in the Biggest Wave category of the 2010 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy.  The entered images may be viewed at the event website at www.BillabongXXL.com.

Also captured challenging some massive walls at the infamously sharky break were Grant "Twiggy" Baker (Durban, South Africa), Andrew Marr (Cape Town, South Africa) and Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA).  All three have either won or been finalists in the XXL Awards in recent years.

Gabeira, 22, has already won the Billabong Girls Best Performance Award three years running, but on August 11 she reaffirmed her status as the top female in big wave surfing when she charged down an enormous, bumpy face after being towed in by Burle on a personal watercraft.  The duo arrived in Africa five days ahead of the giant swell in order for Gabeira to obtain her skipper's license to legally operate the jet-powered craft.

According to Gabeira, "My days previous to the big day were the biggest mission ever! The swell came with onshore winds which the waves and ocean bumpy. But in the end of the day everyone had managed to get some bombs and safely finish a day of big surf.

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