Surfboard Tracker 

The ultimate global board sports security and insurance product Surfboard Tracker launches state of the art new web system 2009 designed with manufacturers, retailers and consumers in mind. Surfboard Tracker founded 2006 has quietly been building in the back ground of diversity. Will aid surfers of all levels.
 
Andrew Smith the company founder owner developed the SBT product and service after having his complete quiver stolen in Hossegor France three years ago. Since, SBT has captured the interest of many.

Surfboard Tracker has teamed up with global insurance partner Cassidy Davis. Cassidy Davis prides itself on providing a broad range of insurance products along with cutting-edge solutions in an ever changing dynamic market place. As a Lloyd’s insurer Cassidy Davis are licensed to underwrite business in a number of territories globally.

Their security is underpinned by the impressive security rating assigned to Lloyd’s. The surfboard tracker system and Cassidy's are building to develop through-out the extreme board sports industry appealing to Surfboard, SUP, Kite, Wind, Wake, Bike and Snowboards producers for quality products.

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Xcel Supertubes Showdown 

Xcel is proud to present the inaugural Xcel Supertubes Showdown, a speciality event to take place on the waves of the fabled Supertubes, Jeffrey's Bay.

The event will be an invite-only event, with 16 local and Supers experts invited to surf in the event, competing for a first-place prize of an entry into the Von Zipper Wildcard Trials. The Von Zipper Wildcard Trials yield 3 slots into the main event of the Billabong Pro Jeffrey's Bay World Tour event.

The event will be head judged by the experienced Mike Ginsberg, with the assistance of local surfers. The premise of this event is simple: the best surfer advances through his heat. The event will consist of four four-man heats, with one surfer advancing from each heat to make up a four-man final. Heats will be 45 minutes long and the final will run for an hour. Surf requirements to run the event are simply a good swell and an offshore wind - all that's needed at one of the best right-hand pointbreaks in the world.

Invitees will consist of local surfers, and other surfers from the immediate environs who have spent time surfing Supers and have proven to have an affinity with the wave. They will include the likes of Warren Dean, Stanley Badger, Craig Els and Ryan Payne, amongst others. The list of invited surfers, as well as alternates, will be released shortly.

Local surfer Warren Dean was one of the first to be included into the event. Warren, who came third in the Billabong Challenge in 1995 behind Kelly Slater and Marc Occhilupo at Supers, feels that it's great for the locals to also get a chance. "This looks like it is going to be a great event," said Warren. "I would be over the moon to be able to get into a World Tour event and surf against the top 44. I've started training for it already, so I am taking it pretty seriously."

Warren proved to the world that local surfers can get a wave like Supertubes so wired that they can beat the best in the world. The highlight of the event was undoubtedly when Warren got four excellent tubes on one wave at Supers. Still, he admits that it's not only about reliving his heyday. "It's also a really positive thing that there are a few of the youngsters invited as well," added Warren. "These guys are the ones who want to compete on the WQS and then hopefully the World Tour, so they can really benefit from an event like this as well."

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Marc Lacomare 

Marc Lacomare (Hossegor, FRA), 18, claimed the ASP Grade-2 Estoril B! Pro Junior today at Guincho, back-up venue of the 2009 edition where consistent wind-blown three to five foot (1 to 1.5 meter) waves were breaking for the final day of competition. Lacomare, who came out on top of four consecutive battles to take top honours on the final day, defeated Joachim Guichard (DNK), 18, in a thirty-minute decider to clinch 1500 ratings’ points and take the lead of the 2009 ASP European Junior ratings.

Marc Lacomare, who was coming straight from an equal 3rd finish in the ASP WQS 4-Star event in France, used his building confidence with great tactics throughout the three-day competition, the French wunderkind finishing his victorious run with the highest wave score of the event, an impressive 9.67 point ride during his Semifinal, a good indicator of Lacomare’s current form.

“To win that event is another great step and I am really happy to take the win today,” Lacomare said. “The waves were hard, the wind was so strong and it wasn’t easy out there so I am definitely happy with that 8.17 ride I got. I injured one of my ankles a bit before coming here and I felt a small pain during the event but I was able to push my surfing and get big scores.”

Lacomare, who confirms his excellent form with this win, will now compete in the ASP WQS 6-Star Estoril Quiksilver Pro event starting Tuesday, April 21, on Estoril’s surf coast.

“I’ve been on a good roll for the last couple of weeks and I feel really good before starting in the WQS event coming-up,” Lacomare said. “Getting two results in a row definitely helps my confidence and I hope I can keep that good karma going next week. I am so stoked right now and enjoying the surf a lot.”

Estoril B! Pro Junior runner-up Joachim Guichard (DNK), 18, was left in need of an 8.67 ride to catch-up with Lacomare’s 13.50 point overall heat score and could not find any good scoring potential wave to reach his target and win the event. Guichard, who had to defeat his twin brother Luka in Semifinal No. 1 to advance through to his first ever ASP Pro Junior final, goes home with 1290 ratings’ points giving him a solid base to start with for his 2009 ASP European Junior Top 10 campaign.

“Marc (Lacomare) got that 8.17 right at the start and kept the lead all the way through to the end of the final,” Guichard said. “It is an excellent result for me, my best ever, and I am happy with that runner-up finish. I will now build on this to try and reach the Top 10 at the end of the year before going on the ASP WQS and take my chance.”
Guichard, whose finish rockets him to No. 2 on the regional ratings, will take part in the upcoming Estoril Quiksilver Pro as well where he will be an outsider to count with when he paddles out against some the world’s best surfers.

French young gun from Bidart David Leboulsh (FRA), 18, suffered Lacomare’s unstoppable form and finished equal 3rd in Semifinal No. 2, still his best result to date and very promising towards his comeback on tour. Leboulsh, despite an average 7.26 point heat score due to his lefthanders’ choice, will definitely be much awaited when the tour recommences next July.

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