2010 Billabong XXL Awards: from Germany, with love

The finalists for the 2010 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy were announced today in the wake of one of the greatest years in surfing history. Following 12 months of enormous swell events from South Africa to Hawaii to Australia to California to Mexico to Tahiti and beyond, over 1000 entered images have been distilled down to this year's elite nominations. Video and still images of all the top rides are now available for viewing on the updated event website at BillabongXXL.com.

The winners will be announced on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the tenth-annual invitation-only awards gala at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California in front of 2,250 surf world VIPs. The entire night's festivities will be webcast live on the event website and will also be the focus of a one-hour television special airing on the ESPN networks starting on the evening of May 18.

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Jeremy Johnston: sponsors will contact him

The 2010 East Coast Scholastic Surfing Championships concluded today in 3-5’ surf at New Smyrna Beach Inlet with Jeremy Johnston taking the Open Shortboard title and UNCW taking home the Tag Team title.

Facing a solid contingent of East Coast’s finest, “JJ” pulled out a close heat win to claim the $1,250 first place Open Shortboard prize. Facing Liam Michelbrink, Michael Powell and Sebastian Moreno in the final, Jeremy demonstrated his local knowledge of the peaky conditions with two solid scores to secure another East Coast win.

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Kelly Slater: goodbye surfing, hello golfing

Nine-time ASP World Champion, Kelly Slater, 38 years, will quit surfing after the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, in Australia.

The surfing legend from Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA, has decided to dedicate his full-time schedule to professional golfing.

Kelly Slater is a very well known VIP in the world's top golf greens and has been training alongside with PGA Tour professional golfers.

The pro surfer has told SurferToday.com that he plans to move to Algarve, Portugal, where there are plenty of paparazzi-free world class golf camps.