Glen Hall wins The Saltrock Open to debut the 2009 UK Pro Surf Tour | Photo: Jason Feast

The benchmark has been set for the UK Pro Surf tour – and what a benchmark! A Phenomenal standard of surfing prevailed across the weekend. Fantastic weather, consistent, clean swell and a great turnout to watch what proved to be the best start to the tour yet.

Saturday stood out as possibly the best conditions for The Saltrock Open to date and an exciting surprise for those on celebrity watch as British comedian Justin Lee-Collins turned up to compete in his first ever surf contest. After a 15 minute heat with Russel Winter, and local talent’s Scott Rannochan and Lynden Wake Justin said ‘This is just so great and has been very fortuitous as I was meant to be competing in Newquay in the English Nationals but due to a perforated ear after a sky diving experience it was postphoned to The Saltrock Open. You guys have been great and it’s been fantastic to be able to take part’. Only a month after taking up surfing Justin Lee Collins gave a very credible performance in Croyde’s challenging conditions, managing to score two waves during his heat.

The main competition started on Sunday having been delayed from Saturday to wait for the building swell. Accompanied by great weather and large crowds the best of the future British talent was on display for day one of the The Saltrock Open and they didn’t disappoint. Starting the day with a small but clean 1-2ft the waves built to a solid 3-4ft by the afternoon. Spectacular surfing from Lewis Clinton of Newquay helped him clinch the pro junior final. 2nd was Luis Eyre followed closely by Jaycee Robinson and Toby Donachie.

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2008 Makka Pro in Jamaica

The “2009 Suzuki Makka Pro” surfing contest, Jamaica’s premiere annual pro surfing event, is set to run on July 4th and 5th 2009 at the Makka surfing beach in Southaven St. Thomas. This marks the third time Jamaica will play host to the region’s best pro surfers who will be trying their luck at the over J$500,000.00 in prize money up for the taking.

The event will be the first of four events making up the Caribbean Surfing Network’s “Caribbean Challenge Cup” series. There will be two events in Barbados and one in Trinidad. “This event will provide the opportunity for local surfers to get a good start in the ‘09 series” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. “In any series if you start with a win in the first event you are number one in the series and can use that to create momentum and our surfers will have home turf advantage. Also, when you are ranked at the top you get better heats going into the next event and everyone else has to play catch up”.

Last year, Jamaican’s did well and finished in the money with second and fifth place in the open division and first and third in the junior’s. The local ladies did not do as well and finished at the bottom of the tables in their division.

Open division defending champ, Barbados’ Jonathan Reece, will be looking to defend his title against the formidable Jamaican charge being led by Wilmot brothers Inilek and Icah. Junior defending champion Jamaica’s Shane Simmonds will have tremendous local support after his crowd pleasing victory performance last year.

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Alejo Muniz conquers the Oakley Pro Junior in Brazil

Alejo Muniz was today crowned Oakley Pro Junior Brazil champion in front of a mass of screaming fans at Itajai, heralding his bright future in style.

With a building crowd flocking to Itajai in droves, lining up and down the picturesque pier to cheer on the future of Brazilian surfing, the final day of the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil was all that was expected – and more.

Defeating Jadson Andre in a final worthy for any international event, Muniz got the better of his more fancied opponent with a blistering backhand attack.

Outpointing Andre 15.43 (out of a possible 20) to 12.84 in the final, including a brilliant 8.33 (out of a possible 10), Muniz was over the moon with his result.

“I’m so happy,” Muniz said beaming.

“It’s the best day of my surfing career so far – to beat Jadson in front of my friends, family and fans is amazing.”

Qualifying for the Oakley Global Pro Junior Challenge in Bali as well as being crowned ABRASP champion (Brazilian Champion) / ASP South America and pocketing R$9,0000, Muniz cannot wait to get to Indonesia later this year.

“I love surfing in Bali,” Muniz admitted, salivating at the opportunity gifted to him.

“I have only been once, but I can’t wait to surf against the best surfers in the world in some of the best waves.”

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