Kelly Slater training with Vitor Belfort

Nine-time world surfing champion, Kelly Slater came by the VA Sport Center to get some training tips from Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort and PM Tenore.

Vitor Belfort is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who has fought in Japan and the USA. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and he is the current Cage Rage light heavyweight champion.

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Owen Wright will be in the Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational 2009 

Get ready to witness the first ever big wave invitational Pro Junior challenge in the world as the Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational 09 signals Orange Alert today with expectations high that we will run this spectacle in massive waves off the remote South Australian Coastline sometime in the coming week!

Check your favourite weather charts and it’s easy to see, a serious low pressure system is expected to run through the southern ocean under South Australia and this will create waves of serious consequence pounding the extreme surf locations off South Australia.

Chief forecaster for the Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational 09, Ben Matso has played a cool hand to date.

There have been big swells, particularly early in the month, but this approaching swell is what Ben has been waiting for.

Matson’s official alert is as follows – “The next round of swell is expected to arrive on Sunday, and although we’re looking at a period of windy conditions at first, it appears that this large swell will last over two or three days. Computer model forecasts are suggesting a ridge of high pressure will move into the region early next week, easing the local winds and cleaning conditions up considerably. And with the storm track being positioned much more closely to the location, we’re likely to see some very large waves around this time.”

“So the short version is that we’ve upgraded the status to Orange Alert for the time frame between Sunday and Tuesday. Gut feel suggests we’re looking at late Monday or early Tuesday for the best combination of large waves and good winds, but I’ll update this over the next couple of days as more weather information comes to hand.”

Look for a RED alert call in the coming days as this weather pattern unfolds and then look for the event to be called ON, 48 hours before the official start time as Matson conjures all the meteorological information and goes out on a limb to send all the infrastructure that will run, film, judge, control and even live webcast this incredible event.


Clay Marzo scores another perfect 10 in the 2009 Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido 

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido launched back in to action today in barreling two-to-four foot (1 metre) conditions at Playa Zicatela and saw Clay Marzo (Maui, HI), 19, lead Round 3 action when he earned the event’s second perfect 10-point-ride for a committing backside barrel-ride.

Marzo, who was in impressive form in his opening Round 2 heat, took the day’s top honors when he nabbed the event’s second perfect single-wave score en route to claiming the day’s highest heat total of 17.00 out of 20 with an impressive display of backhand barrel-riding on the hollow Playa Zicatela righthanders.

“I was able to find some good rights out there,” Marzo said. “I was stoked when I saw that one coming. I almost fell on the drop, but I was able to set my line and make it.”

Blake Howard (Carpenteria, CA), 26, who was also a Round 2 standout, found a bombing left to claim an impressive 9.50 out of 10 on the way to his second Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido heat win. Howard’s solid 15.50 heat total saw him easily advance through to the Round of 16.

“I was just sitting down the beach trying to stay away from anybody and trying to find any corner that came my way and it happened to be a good one,” Howard said.

The talented barrel-rider’s strategy of staying busy in his heats has been paying off and the Carpenteria native will definitely be a threat to his fellow competitors in the next round.

“I was moving around a little bit,” Howard said. “It seems a little more walled today because of the long intervals, but there are still corners. You just have to avoid the rips and find the corners.”