2009 World Longboard Tour is in Tahara 

After a long holding period throughout the morning, the opening round of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Longboard Tour (WLT) Yumeya presents Oxbow WLT at Tahara completed 10 heats in the one-to-two foot (.5 mete) surf at Long Beach and saw the event’s top seeds display impressive performances despite the trying conditions.

The Yumeya presents Oxbow WLT at Tahara is the first of two events on the ASP WLT on the 2009 schedule, with the second ASP WLT event, also sponsored by Oxbow, scheduled in the Maldives at Pasta Point in October. The two-event series will crown the undisputed ASP World Longboarding Champion at year’s end.

Antoine Delpero (FRA), 24, who finished in second on the ASP WLT last year, had a strong start to his 2009 ASP World Title campaign when he convincingly smashed the day’s highest single wave score of a 9.50 out of 10 en route to logging the day’s highest heat total of 17.75 out of 20.

“I think I was lucky because the waves were better in my heat,” Delpero said. “There were two sets that were bigger than the others in any other heat and I had a few good waves and got some good scores.”

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Toby Martin will be at the Australian Surfmasters Titles 

The stage is set for the best surfing talents in the country as the Australian Surfmasters Titles prepares to glisten again in 2009.

Running as a part of the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival this August, the Australian Surfmasters Titles will see the best 164 ‘shortboard’ surfers from across the nation converging upon Port Macquarie.

With 10 prestigious national titles, and the opportunity to represent Australia at the ISA World Surfmasters Titles, up for grabs, Surfing NSW’s CEO Mark Windon predicts the surfing on show to be of the highest order.

“There will no doubt be some outstanding performances taking place as competitors in all divisions fight for the opportunity to represent Australia on the international stage.”

Featuring an eclectic combination of competitors, the Australian Surfmasters Titles is an important competitive outlet for surfers spanning all ages.

“This event marks a competitive opportunity for competitors of all ages,” Windon continued.

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The ASP World Junior Tour will begin in 2010 

Stemming from the unparalleled success of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships, ASP International will be instituting the world’s first ASP World Junior Tour, commencing in 2010.

The proposed, three-event ASP World Junior Tour will following January’s Billabong ASP World Junior Championship (which will crown the 2009 ASP World Junior Champions).

“The expansion of the ASP World Juniors is a direct result of the continuing global surge in ASP Pro Junior events,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said. “When we partnered with Billabong in 1998 on this concept, we had just 12 global junior events, and through our joint vision, it has grown to over 50 events as recently as 2008.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, two-time past ASP World Junior Champion (1999, 2001), knows all too well the benefits that development through the ASP Pro Junior tem can provide. The Australian is currently holding down a runaway lead on the ASP Dream Tour ratings and is en route to his inaugural ASP World Title.

"The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships has been a major stepping stone to the highest levels of surfing for over 10 years now,” Parkinson said. “It started me on my career path, and if you look at the guys who have won it from Andy (Irons) to Jordy (Smith) to Adriano (de Souza), they’ve all made major impacts on professional surfing."

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