Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell, big wave surfer and winner of the 32-mile Molokai to Oahu paddle race, in Hawaii, had a close encounter with a pod of whales.

Eight-time World Paddleboarding champion saw the huge mammals surfacing close to his paddleboard.

Mitchell was filming off the Northern NSW coast for his new television project “Living in Liquid”.

According to scientists, up to 13,000 humpbacks make the journey along the eastern seaboard each year.

The pro surfer has already ridden 60 foot waves off the coast of California, will attempt to dive without oxygen to 100 foot and will also try to stand-up paddleboard a 50-foot wave.

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Mick Fanning

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, has just claimed his second consecutive ASP Dream Tour event, taking out the 2009 Quiksilver Pro France presented by Orange over fellow Finalist Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, in punchy one-to-three foot (0.5 – 1 metre) waves at Les Bourdaines.

Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France opted to utilize today’s swell to complete the event given the dismal surf fore for the remainder of the waiting period. Despite today’s challenging conditions, the world’s best surfers d well, blending their rapid-fire approach with progressive fin-free and aerial surfing.

Fanning continued to build momentum through the final day of competition before erupting in the Final with a flurry of excellent scoring rides, a 7.83, an 8.83 and a 7.33 in the opening half of the competition.

“I was really fortunate to get those couple of good ones at the start because I really ran out of gas there at the end,” Fanning said. “It’s two back-to-back events where I have had to surf four heats on the final day to get the win and it takes a lot out of you. The conditions were deteriorating and I was fortunate to get those scores on the board early on.”

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Taj Burrow

The final day of the Quiksilver Pro France presented by Orange has been called on this morning, with the opening heats of Round 4 heading out in clean one-to-three (0.5 - 1 metre) surf at Les Bourdaines at 8:30am.

Stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France saw one of the most exciting days of competition yesterday, and with little swell fore for the coming days, event organizers have opted to utilize the swell on offer today to complete the event.

“The surf is actually better today with clean lefts coming down the bank and we’ll be starting at 8:30am,” Rod Brooks, Quiksilver Pro France Contest Director, said. “As always, we’ll be monitoring conditions, but the plan is to crown a champion by day’s end.”

Up first this morning will be event standout Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, against Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, in the opening heat of Round 4.

The event be web LIVE in French, English and Portuguese at www.quiksilverlive.com

The Quiksilver Pro France will host the world’s best surfers from September 23 to October 4, 2009.

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