Inilek Wilmot

The 5th event of the 2009 National Open Series was held at Long Bay in Portland on Saturday 19 December in 2’-3’ waves.

Seventeen of the islands top surfers turned out for the event which saw six heats run to narrow the field to the top six competitors.

The north coast surfers had a big advantage at the popular Portland surfing beach and a number of junior surfers stood out in the smaller less powerful waves.

Surfers were under the watchful eyes of the judges as 15 minute heats were run for the surfers to demonstrate their surfing talents, and when the field had been narrowed the top six were Inilek Wilmot, Ackeem Taylor, Icah Wilmot, Ackeam Phillips, Michael Panton and Garren Pryce.

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Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal

Portugal will have an ASP Dream Tour stop in 2010 and 2011.

Rip Curl has confirmed that Supertubos, in Peniche, will host the event for the best 45 surfers in the world.

There is also an additional nine year renewal clause for this specific Rip Curl licence.

The Rip Curl Peniche 2010 is scheduled for October, exactly as it happened with "The Search", two months ago.

António José Correia, “the coolest mayor of the tour”, has already promised to start improving the next stop of the ASP Dream Tour in Portugal, from January on to October.

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Darren O’Rafferty

Kirra Boardriders surfer Darren O’Rafferty, 30, today captured the prestigious Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Trials for the Trails qualifying for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Trials event, which is held at Snapper Rocks (Gold Coast) on February 26 – One day before the 2010 Quiksilver and Roxy Pros begin.

Held in testing, 0.5-1m conditions at Southport Spit, O’Rafferty clinically attacked the shifting beach break peaks, scoring a combined final heat total of 16.93 (out of a possible 20) including an impressive 9.1 ride (out of a possible 10) shutting out his nearest opponents with a dominant display of surfing.

Joining O’Rafferty in 2010’s Quiksilver Pro Trials will be Coolangatta’s Blake Ainsworth, 21, who also qualified after finishing second in today’s men’s draw, edging out Luke Dorrington (Coolangatta) and Corey Ziems (Currumbin) who just missed out finishing third and fourth respectively.

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