Carlos Muñoz 

Despite a magnificent run by dark horse Venezuela, host country Costa Rica's Carlos Muñoz called all his chips in today to vault into contention for a World Title at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games fueled by Monster Energy.

With conditions ranging from blazing sunshine to pouring rain, and tides at both high and low extremes, the 16-year-old Muñoz managed to have an interference call in two consecutive heats – and still win both of them, a feat that in most cases is considered almost impossible.

“When you lose your leash 3 times, get two interference calls, and still take the highest scores, that's beyond just great surfing” said former US Champion team member Jimmy Hogan, who now lives in Costa Rica. “That's pure entertainment!”

The young Tico has brought huge crowds to their feat and electrified his teammates as he blazed through heats that eliminated WQS and ASP World Tour pros. Only a handful of other teams have qualified more than two team members into the next qualifying round and Muñoz' performances are a big factor in keeping the Costa Ricans in the race.

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Patrick Beven 

The Relentless Boardmasters in association with Vans, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star men’s event, kicked-off today at Fistral Beach, main venue of the 28th edition of England’s biggest surfing event. With consistent three to four foot (1 to 1.2 meter) waves greeting Round 1 competitors, the prestigious event could move straight into business completing sixteen heats of world class action led by favorites.

With most of the event top seeds securing their ticket through to Round 2 of competition, the day was marked by several high performances, Patrick Beven (FRA) and Travis Beckmann (HAW) taking control of proceedings to confidently advance through their heats with respectively the day’s highest single ride and highest heat result.

Beven (Biarritz, FRA), 31, event seed No. 12, came up with impressive surfing to open his British campaign in style, the French representative posting an outstanding 16.33 point heat score (out of a possible 20) to win his first encounter ahead of reigning ASP European Junior champion Maxime Huscenot (REU), 17. Beven, who found a couple of 8+ scores to set pace, was unstoppable throughout the 25-minute decider, a promising start.

“I am happy to get on with the event with a strong start,” Beven said. “The waves improved a lot by the time my heat was paddling out and I had a good time out there. It’s good to be back here in Newquay and catch-up with all the local legends Spencer (Hargraves) and Grishka (Roberts).”

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Surfing New Zealand 

It was announced today at the International Surfing Association's Annual General Meeting that the 8th Edition of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will be held in the perfect waves of New Zealand.

The dates have been set. The event will begin on January 20 with the Parade of the Nations and the Sands of the World Ceremony with the competition starting on the 21st and ending on the 28th.

The event will be held at the famous surfing beach of Piha in Auckland. It will be organized by Surfing New Zealand, the National Governing Body of Surfing in the country, recognized by the ISA and sponsored, of course, by Quiksilver.

"We're really happy to announce that New Zealand will be the 2010 location for the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. It is an amazing location with perfect waves and a great surfing culture. It's really important to notice that this is the first time after more than 25 years that the ISA holds an event of this magnitude in the Australasia zone", said the ISA President, Fernando Aguerre.

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