2009 O'Neill World Cup of Surfing'

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star PRIME O’Neill World Cup of Surfing can lay claim to running in the largest surf ever contested in the 27-year history of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.

Waves were at the outside limit of contestable, topping out this morning at 20 to 25 feet and often closing out totally across the bay. But with a fore for even larger swells on the way, it was full steam ahead. Organizers anticipate that the final day of competition will be held tomorrow. With very little beach remaining, there is serious concern that all remaining sand will be lost to Saturday’s extra-large swell.

Six-time Vans Triple Crown champion and two-time O’Neill World Cup champion Sunny Garcia (HI) was about the only surfer smiling when he stepped onto what remained of the beach. He advanced to the quarter finals and is in good shape to have a shot at his 7th Triple Crown title, which boasts an added $50,000 bonus this winter.


Maya Gabeira

A brand new Ride of the Year entry video is now posted of Brazilian Maya Gabeira on what's clearly one of the heaviest tubes ever by a female. There are also tons of other entries just in including all the latest Maverick's paddle bombs vying for the Monster Paddle Award, and an Oregon slab slides that just went plain wrong in the Monster Tube division.

But it would appear that all of this so far has been a mere tune-up for the Main Event as the El Nino winter begins to get serious in the North Pacific.

The world's best big wave surfers are all watching Surfline.com for the latest data on the forecasted storm, and so far things are remaining rather positive for an exceptional swell event for every major big wave break in the Hawaiian Islands and the West Coast for early next week.


Praia da Nazaré

The Maresia Nazaré Surf Pro will be held between 5-7 December, in Vila da Nazaré, Portugal.

Praia do Sul, Praia da Vila and Praia do Norte are the selected beaches for the decisive event that will crown the Portuguese Surfing champions.

There are 10 surfers still capable of clinching the title but Alexandre Ferreira (Estoril) and João Guedes (Porto) are better positioned to conquer the trophy.

This is a 6-star Prime stage, so the winner will take 3000 points.

In the ladies competition, Joana Rocha (Ericeira), Francisca Pereira dos Santos (Caparica) and Carina Duarte (Ericeira) are the challengers of the 2009 Portuguese Women's Surfing title.

There is a huge swell expected for the competition period.