Great White Shark: very dangerous | Photo: Hermanus Backpackers

The number of shark attacks in the United States of America has dropped from 41 in 2008 to 28 in 2009 and more than half involved surfers, says a report issued by the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida.

Worldwide, the numbers show a stabilizing trend, as 60 events were observed in 2008 and 61 in 2009.

Experts say it is still too early to declare a declining trend of shark attacks in the USA.

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Cooper Chapman: king of the surfing groms

North Narrabeen surfer Cooper Chapman will represent Australia at the Quiksilver King of the Groms World Final in France after claiming victory in the Australian leg at Snapper Rocks on Friday.

Running in conjunction with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Trials, Chapman joined Tyler Wright (Lennox Head) and Blake Ainsworth (Coolangatta) on the winner’s dias, defeating Torquay’s Harry Mann, Margaret River’s Creed McTaggart and Lennox Head’s Mikey Wright.

Post final, Chapman said he was buzzing after taking down some of the country’s best junior sufers.

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Bede Durbidge: hiding from the surfing judges

With pumping three-to-five foot (1 – 2 metre) waves running down the point at Snapper Rocks today, Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover went off in front of a capacity crowd on the beach and hundreds of thousands watching online and FUEL TV.

The opening event of the 2010 ASP World Tour season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast has consolidated the greatest assemblage of surfing talent in history, and with one of the most iconic pointbreaks in the world firing throughout the day, the world’s best put on an incendiary performance.

Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 3, proved the form surfer of the day, posting a near-perfect 19.30 out of a possible 20, to dispatch of Luke Munro (AUS), 27, in their Round 3 bout. Durbidge blended deep tube rides with progressive forehand gaffs en route to his emphatic victory, even posting the day’s highest single wave score of a 9.93 out of a possible 10.

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