Mick Fanning

The Rip Curl Pro Search will culminate the European leg of the 2009 ASP World Tour in the wave abundant Portuguese region of Peniche, hosting the world’s best surfers from October 19 – 30, 2009.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search is poised to deliver high drama with projected sizable swells setting the scene for a possible ASP World Title showdown and several requalification campaigns.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007) and current ASP World No. 1, has been on a rampage during the back half of the season, claiming back-to-back wins in California and France before taking the ASP ratings’ lead last week in Spain. If Fanning finishes higher than 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Search in Portugal, the Australian could claim the 2009 ASP World Title in Europe, contingent upon the finishes of other frontrunners.

“I’ve felt like I’ve been surfing well all year,” Fanning said. “I don’t feel like I’m doing anything different at the moment. Earlier in the year, I was losing a lot of heats where the other guy was getting one really special wave, and that’s competition. Technically, I’m ahead on the ratings, but when you start ping the poor results, Joel (Parkinson) is still ahead of me. I don’t think about any of that. To win the world title, you have to win heats and I’m only focused on winning the next heat.”

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Rob Machado

The World Skin Cancer Foundation, Ocean Potion Sun Care Products, and Bright House Networks is preparing for its 4thAnnual Fall Classic.  The Fall Classic begins with the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) National Surfing Championships.  This two-day event takes place October 31st and November 1st all day behind Coconuts on Beach in Cocoa Beach, FL.

The World Skin Cancer Foundation’s Slater Brother's Invitational surf contest is scheduled for November 6th through the 8th, also behind Coconut's on the Beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Come out and watch a talented field of world-class surfers including C.J. and Damien Hobgood, Rob Machado, Shea Lopez and 9-time ASP World Champion, Kelly Slater.

The WSCF’s Slater Brother's Invitational is proud to announce their newest hometown hero, world-renowned skateboarder, Adam Taylor, will be joining the mix. Watch Adam and other skateboarding pros tear it up on the mini-vert ramp situated right on the beach.

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Sam Wrench

Sam Wrench today won the prestigious Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge 2009 final in excellent surf to 5 feet at Keramas River-mouth in Bali defeating French surfer Marc Lacomare.

This win netted Wrench $US20 000, the biggest prize purse in World Professional Pro Junior surfing!

The 19 year-old from Ulladulla on the south coast of NSW was overjoyed with the win, defeating an elite field of 18 of the world’s best 20 year and under Pro Junior surfers.

“It’s the first and obviously the biggest win of my professional career and it couldn’t have come at a better time” said Wrench after the win.

“I lost my major sponsor at the start of the season and competing has been hard but this win helps in a big way and hopefully proves that I’m well worth sponsoring – the field here was so strong and we have surfed perfect waves all week and it’s amazing to win an event like this – it’s one of the best events in the world for any pro junior surfer.”

Wrench trailed for most of the final after Lacomare opened with a very strong 7 point ride.

It was during the final 10 minutes of the final when Wrench found two clean deep rides and used his proven strategy of scoring long barrel rides that he took the lead and eventually the win.

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