Iker Acero was arrested on suspicions of cooperation with ETA

The Spanish surfing champion Iker Acero was released from prision on bail but is accused by the National Spanish Court of helping finance Segi, an unauthorized arm of the separatist armed group ETA.


His conditional freedom status also applies to Alberto Martínez Artola Arkaitz Gutiérrez, the other man arrested alongside with the spanish surfer. Iker Acero was arrested by the Civil Guard in the Basque Country (Spain) due to strong suspicions of connection with a website that was used to finance Segi.

The High Court asked for the custody of three suspects, but the judge decided to keep them on probation with the obligation to appear in court every night, arguing that there is no risk of committing new crimes.

The arrest of Iker Acero occurred on the same day that ETA had exploded a bomb outside the Civil Guard barracks, in Burgos, and days before a another bomb killef two policemen in the spanish island of Majorca.

2009 ISA World Surfing Games 

A giant Parade of the Surfing Nations began the opening ceremonies of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach this morning. In full “Olympic” style, over 34 nations in bright uniforms and flags flying, followed a colorful Costa Rican marching band down the main street of town, to the exited cheers of thousands posted along the parade route.

The parade finished in the Park of Jaco. There, ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, along with the Chief of the Costa Rican Tourism Department, Carlos Ricardo Benavidez, the Mayor of Garabito, Marvin Eliondo, the Manager of the ICE Group, Pedro Pablo Quiroz and the President of the Surfing Federation of Costa Rica, Jose Ureña, spoke in front of an enormous crowd of competitors and public. Billabong´s Marketing Vice-President Graham Stapelberg joined them. With over 180 competitors the event is one of the largest and most vivacious events in the surfing world, starting tomorrow, Saturday, August 1st at Playa Hermosa.

The colors of Australia, the United States, Brazil, France, Costa Rica, South Africa, Tahiti, New Zealand, Peru, Japan, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, Venezuela, Canada, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Aruba, Chile, Panama, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Austria, Bahamas, Nicaragua, Colombia and Great Britain –a total of 34-, finished the parade at the central park in Jaco.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said: “Surfing is a sport for everybody. It doesn't matter who you are, where do you come from, or how much money you have. It´s a very democratic sport with no social classes in the water!
The Billabong ISA World Surfing Games are not just another Surfing Tournament, they are the most beautiful chance that you will have in your life for meeting the whole world in one place.”

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Kelly Slater's  

On Thursday 6th August 2009, the new Kelly Slater film Cloud 9 will be premiered at the 2009 Relentless Boardmasters, on Fistral Beach in Newquay.


The 52 minute documentary film featuring footage and in-depth interviews with Quiksilver pro surfer and 9 times World Champion Kelly Slater, also stars skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and fellow surfers Mick Fanning, Dane Reynolds, Jeremy Flores, Jeff Hakman, Mark Richards, Miky Picon, Stephen Bell, Adrian Buchan, Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow, CJ Hobgood, and Tiago Pires who bear witness to Kelly’s incredible career.

The four times World champion Mark Richards narrates the journey. Check the trailer for Cloud 9.

With 8 world titles to his name by 2006, Kelly Slater was considered to be the Tiger Woods or Tony Hawk of surfing.  When Kelly, who was the youngest ever World champion at just 20 years old, decided to seek an historic 9th World title at the age of 35, his place in the sporting hall of fame was secured. Cloud 9 follows the two-year campaign leading up to Kelly Slater’s historic 9th world title.

The captivating story follows Kelly Slater’s battle for the title and takes the audience back to his humble roots in Cocoa Beach, Florida, offering a spectacular insight into the mindset of the young Kelly Slater and what drove him from an early age, to succeed. Kelly reveals what still drives him on to compete across generations and reach such peaks of performance.

As well as seeing some of the best waves at some of the most beautiful locations on the planet, Cloud 9 takes us backstage, capturing the highs and lows of life on the World Tour. 

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