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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New lay day in the 2009 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bays 

Competition has been called off once again at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay with only small two-to-three (1 metre) waves on offer at the iconic pointbreak.

Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has opted not to run this morning due to inconsistent conditions, but improved swell models are now providing a better outlook for the coming days.

“There’s not much on offer this morning so we’ve called competition off,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. “The swell models we’ve been tracking have moved a bit more south so we could have waves as early as tomorrow."

The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has the option to run either the traditional or new competition formats, as well as utilize the overlapping heats tem for either. Event organizers will determine which format they will use in accordance with the conditions.

Yesterday saw the completion of the VonZipper Trials, where Devyn Mattheys (ZAF) Heath Joske (AUS) and Torrey Meister (HAW) were victorious in their three respective heats, earning wildcard berths into the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.

The other two wildcards have been awarded to Shaun Holmes (ZAF), 31, and Ryan Payne (ZAF), 26.

The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay runs through July 19, 2009.

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