Ty Watson 

Ty Watson (Currarong, NSW) blew the competition to pieces today at Werri Beach claiming the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters qualifier in style.

After a boom inaugural year in 2008, the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters returned to Werri Beach with an all-star cast, great prizes and possible qualification to the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters Trials to be held in Cronulla next month.

Greeted with excellent conditions the motley crew of young upstarts tore apart the shifting peaks with poise, power and style.

Led by the outstanding performances of Watson the level of surfing on show was of the highest order as the final was a window into the future of Australia’s next champions.

Defeating Perth Standlick (Bondi, NSW),  brother Jordi and Brett Burcher (Ulladulla, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, the final heat was as memorable as they come – with four scores in the excellent range; three of which were Watson’s.

“It’s a really pleasing result today,” Watson said, beaming after his impressive victory.

Racking up an amazing total of 17.43 (out of a possible 20), including an 8.33 and a 9.10 (out a possible 10), Watson held off a valiant effort from Standlick, who had won the NSW Open Surfmasters Titles at the same beach only a week previous.

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2009 Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships 

The Roxy ASP Women’s World Longboard Championships (WWLC) will start tomorrow Saturday, July 11, at the famous surf location of La Côte des Basques in Biarritz, the world’s best female longboarders getting their 2009 ASP Women’s World Longboard title quest underdway. The event, which is running its fourth consecutive edition in the Basque town, will get straight into business implementing a new competition format with direct elimination from Round 1.

“Thank you to Roxy and the city of Biarritz for their support of professional women’s longboarding,” ASP International CEO Brodie Carr said. “The new format has been reduced from forty-eight to thirty-two entries, bringing sudden-death straight from Round 1 which will make the show more exciting, and with a new swell supposed to hit from Monday, the four-day waiting period will allow for a great event in Biarritz.”

With women’s longboarding evolving towards performance every year, the level displayed in the next few days will give the numerous French summer crowds some great action and intense battles as outsiders take on favorites. With major upsets being possible from Day 1 of competition, reigning ASP Women’s World Longboard champion Joy Monahan (Oahu, HAW) and former event champion Jennifer Smith (California, USA) will lead a hungry field of competitors all looking to become the 2009 champion.

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Kelly Slater is testing new  

Kelly Slater is debuting a new Channel Islands surfboard at the 2009 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.

It is called "The Manta Ray" and has a total different nose and shape.

The new Kelly Slater's testing surfboard is inspired by hydrodynamics of the manta ray, as well as a mix between the Tangent and Wizard Sleeve models.

If it works, "The Manta Ray" will be one of the oddest surf shapes of the last years.

Kelly Slater has been testing a wide variety of surf quiver for a long time.

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