Tullan For The Township 

On Saturday Aug 22nd, Bundoran will host the 3rd annual fundraising event 'Tullan for the Township' at Tullan Strand.

This is a fundraiser run by all the surf schools in Bundoran for the Niall Mellon South Africa Townships. 

This year, Niall Mellon is coming to launch the event at the Allingham Arms at 10.30am on Saturday morning.

A full program of live music, 10K run, horseriding & other stuff kicks off at noon until 6pm. 

At 6pm the world's biggest surf lesson will commence.

It is a world record attempt, everybody is invited to join in.

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Romain Cloitre 

The ASP WQS 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro experienced another short day of competition as three heats only were completed during the outgoing tide at Lacanau this morning. Some two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves allowed the twelve getting their chance to surf today to show some good surfing, former ASP European Junior champion Romain Cloitre (REU), 20, impressing the ASP judging panel to net a 16.34 point combination, the sixth best score of the event thus far.

Cloitre, who surfed against fellow top seed and ASP World Tour member Nic Muscroft (Victoria, AUS), experienced a tough heat not finding any decent ride for the first ten minutes of the heat before coming back in the race to oust Muscroft and Brad Ettinger (USA) and advance through to Round 3.

“I was really nervous at the start of that heat and already thinking of my coach watching me and stressing out,” Cloitre said. “Then I got that first wave, it took me a bit of time to find a second ride but it was the best wave of the heat and that 9.17 definitely relieved the pressure. I am happy to make it through and get to surf in the expected better waves.”

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2009 Australian Longboard Titles 

Day five of the Australian Longboard Titles saw massive scores and amazing performances from the salt encrusted, battle hardened veterans of the ocean.

Having witnessed an amazing array of styles, stories, boards and battles over the past four days, day five of competition saw the spotlight shun on the legends of longboarding.

And they did not disappoint.

Racking up a plethora of excellent scores the Over 60, 55, 50 Men and 35 Women led the way in excellent waves and weather at Rainbow Beach.

One such competitor was Bruce Channon (Mona Vale, NSW) who was in sparkling touch in the tightly contested Over 55 division.

“It was great fun out there this morning,” Channon said having dropped a masterful combined heat total of 16.00 (out of a possible 20).

Having been involved in surfing for well over 40 years, Channon sits in a division littered with past champions and legends of the sport within Australia.

“Oh yeah,” he exclaimed when asked of if the competitive fire still burns.

“As much as we all are great friends on land, the prospect of winning an Australian Title takes over when we are in the water – in great spirits of course!”

With 23 Australian titles to be awarded in 21 divisions, and the best surfers across the nation converging upon Bonny Hills, this morning saw a simmering selection of world-class talent in all age groups with the Queensland women and NSW males dominating proceedings.

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