Reunion Island

The recently selected 2010 South African Junior Team were impressive over the weekend with two wins out of a possible three in the individual finals and a strong points victory in the team contest in the Reunion Island Challenge at Kalk Bay Reef in Cape Town Sunday (October 10).

Hosts Western Province came second and the visitors from Reunion Island were third. The Emerging South African team took fourth place ahead of Boland.

South African team member David Brand, fresh from a third place finish in the Quiksilver International King of the Groms in France, made good use of the 3 foot Kalk Bay barrels to take honours in the U18 Boys Final beating current SA Champion Matt Bromley of Western Province into second spot. Hugo Dubosc of Reunion Island was third and Mikey February of the South African team came fourth.

Brand, a bronze medal winner at the ISA World Junior Championships in Ecuador in April, is the top seed in the U18 SA Team which will compete in the ISA World Junior championships in New Zealand in January 2010.

Sarah Baum of the SA Team underlined her class and experience in the Under 18 Girls Final when she took the title ahead of Camilla Davila of Reunion Island. Heidi Palmboom of the SA Junior Team came third and current Under 18 South African Champion Alice McGregor of the Emerging SA team had to settle for fourth place.

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Tynemouth

The next leg of the UK Pro Surf Tour is set to hit the road for the weekend of the 24th 25th October. The event to be held at Longsands Beach, Tynemouth. This will be the fourth leg of seven UK Pro Surf Tour events for 2009.

Supported by North Tyneside Council, It will be part of Extreme 09, one of the biggest Extreme Sports Festivals in Europe. Other activities taking place include: Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Live Music plus much more. Which draw thousands of spectators to flock to the beach.

Entries into the event have never been as strong. They Include: former World Champion Tour surfer Russell Winter. Current UK Pro Tour Leader Alan Stokes and Aerial specialist Reubyn Ash. The local challenge will be led by Sri Lankan Champion of Champions winner, now based In Newcastle, South African born Richard Sills.
 
Dave Reed, Director UK Pro Surf Tour further explains: “This is a great event for the UK Pro Surf Tour and British Surfing. We have seen fantastic waves at this venue in the past and incredible support from the local community. It probably draws the biggest crowds of any venue on the tour.

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Mick Fanning

After six, consecutive lay days, the Billabong Pro Mundaka sprang back to life this morning, running the remaining eight Round 1 heats at the backup venue of Sopelana before completing the whole of Round 2 at the primary site of Mundaka.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka had no shortage of action today, opting to run the dual-heat format for Round 2, resulting in some incendiary performances and major shakeups on the ASP World Tour ratings.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007), has usurped former frontrunner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, in the race for the 2009 ASP World Title. Surfing in overlapping heats, Parkinson was eliminated with an Equal 17th place finish (his third consecutive) before Fanning took down David Weare (ZAF), 29, to advance through to the third round. The advancement moves Fanning 44 points ahead of Parkinson on the ASP World Tour ratings.

“I’m not thinking about it (ASP World Title) at all,” Fanning said. “It’s just one heat. If you want to win the World Title, you have to win heats and that’s all I’m working on. I’ve got a long way to go. It’s unfortunate for Joel (Parkinson) that he got another bad result, but he’s still right there and it’s going to come down to the wire.”

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