ISA World Junior Championships 

From March 28 to April 5 the waves of the Playa de las FAE in Salinas, Ecuador, will host the greatest junior surfing event in the world: the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

More than 200 of the best athletes of about 30 different countries will be competing for one of the greatest honors to which a junior surfer can aspire: a podium in an International Surfing Association (ISA) event.

The ISA is the World Governing Authority of Surfing and all its disciplines, recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

The event will crown the world champions in the categories Boys Under 18, Boys Under 16 and Girls Under 18, as well as the World Junior Champion nation, after the results of all its participants have been added.

Each team will be represented by four members in each of the categories therefore, a complete team will be composed of twelve athletes.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, commented on this upcoming event: I'm very happy that a major ISA event is going to be held in Ecuador, the host of the 2004 ISA World Surfing Games. It's a great country with warm people, hot waves and weather - for sure a place to spend some extra days before or after the competition.

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UK Pro Surf Tour 

The 2009 UK Pro Surf Tour is back, the first event scheduled over the Whitsun Bank holiday weekend, the Saltrock Open comes to Croyde Beach, and if the past events are anything to go by, we could be in for a treat.

The long Whitsun weekend of the 23rd / 24th / 25th May is later in the year for the event and therefore open to more surfers as they return from their winter training.

We will see surfers of all ages and abilities travel to Devon’s most celebrated break, possibly one of the best Beach Breaks in the country, to take part in what has traditionally become one of the most important stops on the tour.  This first tour pit-stop has grown in stature over the years thanks to epic conditions and some heroic performances from the best surfers in the country. 

Saltrock remain proud sponsors of this prominent leg of the tour, which will feature 4 main categories: Men’s Open, Pro-Juniors, Women’s Open and the Groms Tour. The Groms Tour includes 3 categories of its own; an Under-12s Open, an Under-16 Boys and Under-16 Girls.  Saltrock are keen to maintain their support of young surfers and invest in the future of British surfing.

Saltrock has been a prominent part of the North Devon surfing community for over 20 years, and is again proud to be hosting a showcase event in their spiritual home of Croyde.  This event will be the first of a nine event tour which spans the UK and Northern Ireland.
 
Last year there were many highlights and fantastic displays of contemporary surfing. With surf conditions varying from to two to four feet, the eventual winner of the Open was Mark Harris who narrowly defeated Matt Capel on a count-back. In the Women’s division it was Nicole Morgan who set the standard for the rest of the year, by taking out this event and then going on to win the tour title, only losing one heat in the process.

Relentless Energy drink will also be supporting the event giving £250 for the best Aerial of the contest and providing plenty of refreshment to keep the surfers going.

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Philippa Anderson 

Merewether local Phillippa Anderson has become the first ever local surfer to win a final at Newcastle’s 24th annual Surfest competition.
 
The 17-year-old smashed a 23-year hoodoo that has never seen a local surfer win a main event at Newcastle when she edged out Sunshine Coast surfer Dimity Stoyle (Maroochydore) by less than one-and-a-half points.
 
In clean, one-metre waves at Merewether beach, the St Phillips Waratah High School student racked up a heat score of 15.10 to Stoyle’s 13.85 to have her name etched on the Maitland Toyota Open trophy.
 
Anderson, who came through the junior ranks of the Hunter Water Stars of the Future program at the Newcastle contest, will soon use her $US2500 prize money to buy a car.
 
And while she is yet to earn her P plates that will allow her to drive unaccompanied, she proved to the massive crowd of more than 5000 that she is no learner in the water.
 
The former Port Elizabeth, South African resident moved to Newcastle five years ago and has been a regular in the Merewether line-up ever since her arrival.
 
Today her knowledge of the Merewether break gave her confidence and assured her win.
 
“I was just sitting out the back going ‘please God don’t let her get a wave’ and she got one,” said Anderson.
 
“I saw her first big turn and I was like ‘no!’ but she didn’t get the score and I was just so stoked.”
 
“This is the biggest win for me ever and to top it off here at Merewether in front of my family is just so good.
 
“It’s such a great honour to have my name on the winner’s board - it’s just so good,” said Anderson.
 
And in the tightest men’s final at Newcastle for many years, former ASP Dream Tour surfer Travis Logie (17.50) defeated current ASP Dream Tour surfer Drew Courtney (16.45) from Umina on the New South Wales Central Coast.

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