SurfAid International SUP Race

The SurfAid International SUP Race is a new 20-mile paddle race which will take place on Saturday 4 July 2009 as part of the renowned charity water sports event, Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival, in Brighton, UK.

Organisers expect more than 20,000 visitors at this year’s festival which will be held on the weekend of 4 and 5 July, 2009. The festival has been a fundraiser for SurfAid for several years.

There are two classes of entrant for the SurfAid SUP race: up to 12’ 6” stock boards and unlimited class. First prize for each class is £1000 cash.

The race will start at the Paddle Village in Brighton and go to Worthing Pier and back, with both classes running simultaneously. Ekolu Kalama, from Hawaii, won last year’s race over a shortened course.

Paddle Director Dave “Sandals” Samuel said: “This is the biggest endurance race for SUP in Europe so we hope to see many competitors coming from across the globe to compete.”

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Bude Surf Classic 2009

With a favourable surf forecast, and the weather looking good, all looks set for a great Bude Surf Classic which is being held over the weekend of May 16th and 17th.

With over 25 in the new Grommets division already entered and the other divisions filling up, organisers Christian Surfers UK, are not far away from having some divisions full before the weekend.

The highly successful Bude Surf Classic, is run by Christian Surfers UK, in conjunction with Bude Surf Outreach Group and other local sponsors including ‘Outdoor adventure’, ‘North Shore Backpackers’, Fusion Fitness, Felicity Kates, IAMWHY clothing, Relentless, and the Methodist and Elim Church.

The event which this year includes a new Groms division ( U14 Category ) is held at North beach Widemouth bay, North Cornwall, which makes a great venue for the spectators.

The winner of the Men’s Open Division will receive £200 cash, the winner of the Longboard Division will receive £100 cash and all Categories will receive trophies and prizes.

Entry fees range from £10 - £16 (depending on Category) and include a free contest t-shirt. Last year Open surf winner Joss Ash, will be aiming to retain his title.

Registration for all pre-entered contestants will be at 8.30am sharp, with heats getting underway around 9.15am. Entries on the day will only be accepted if there are places available.

As well as the Surf contest the event will also be supporting the work of Surf Relief UK, by holding a raffle throughout the day.

Christian Surfers UK provides the manpower for the event continuing the successful partnership with the Bude Community.

Christian Surfers UK are involved in organising four major surf contests – the next one being the Jesus Surf Classic, Croyde Bay, September 12th –13th 2009, followed by the Jesus Longboard Classic, Polzeath, Cornwall, October 17th – 18th.

Andy Irons in the 2009 Billabong Pro Tahiti

Following a holding pattern this morning, event organizers at the Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui called competition off for the day with only onshore two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves on offer at Teahupoo today.

Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti saw the opening 14 heats of Round 1 completed on Saturday, and with swell projected for the coming days, event organizers are confident competition could be back on soon.”

“We went on hold for the morning to see if the swell would jump and the wind would turn but it hasn’t with only small, onshore waves out there today,” Perry Hatchett, ASP World Tour Head Judge, said. “We’re expecting a new swell to fill in over the coming days with better winds so we’re hoping to be running again soon.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.

When competition resumes, Heitor Alves (BRA), 27, will battle 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, in Heat 15 of Round 1.

Surfline, official swell analysts for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for a favorable WSW swell to fill in over the coming days.

Highlights from Day 1’s Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui are available at http://www.billabongpro.com/

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