Craig Harland 

Surfing Queensland, the governing body for the sport of surfing in Queensland, has received a timely boost, with the appointment of Craig Harland as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Harland replaces Andrew Stark, who served Surfing Queensland for the past eight years, before recently accepting a position with Surfing Australia and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Australia.

Harland accepted the role of CEO from his post as Manager of NBN Television, a company in which he has worked for 14 years.

Surfing Queensland President Joe O’Neil says Harland’s selection is a step in the right direction for the not-for-profit sporting organisation, which is based at Burleigh Heads.

“Craig’s media background will certainly increase Surfing Queensland’s portfolio,” he said.

“An avid surfer as well, this highlights his uniqueness in his new position as CEO and he will be an extremely valuable asset to the Surfing Queensland team.”

Harland is equally excited with his appointment.

“I’m looking forward to the new role and challenge ahead,” he said.

“Surfing has always been a passion of mine as a sport and lifestyle, and with my media and advertising management background I have some new strategies which I feel will grow the sport in Queensland. I would like to work closely with the national body as a joint force for the best interest of surfing as a sport at every level.”

Surfing Queensland was established in 1964 to develop the sport of surfing in Queensland. Today, Surfing Queensland is a rapidly expanding sporting association committed to servicing the community at large.

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Heiarii Williams 

Local Tahitian surfer Heiarii Williams will compete against the top 45 surfers on earth this week after taking out the Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials at Teahupoo and earning the last remaining wildcard into the Billabong Pro. 

Williams, 22, defeated Hawaiian tube specialist Mark Healey and 64 of the most respected tube riders on earth in idyllic 1.5m waves to claim victory for the second time. 

His impeccable backside tube riding netted him a near perfect 9.17 in the man on man final, easily defeating Healey who had been a standout through earlier rounds.

“It’s so exciting to get in the main event and surf with all of the world tour boys,” said Williams.  “I was the last Tahitian in the event, I needed to win and I did.”

“I saw that wave coming and I knew that wave was going to be good, I got a nine and it pushed me into first place, so I was happy,” he said.  “Respect to Mark Healey, he is a good charger, crazy boy at Teahupoo!”

The talented natural footer is regarded as one of the best tube riders at the break alongside fellow Tahitian Manoa Drollet who was eliminated in round four of the trials. He has proven himself a dangerous opponent in the Billabong Pro main event having eliminated Mick Fanning in round one of the event in 2006, before narrowly losing out to reigning world champion Kelly Slater in round three.

“I won the trials in 2006, and I am excited for the main event, I will try hard to do my best and I want to catch some great waves,” said Williams.

It is likely as the lowest seeded Wildcard, Williams may face current world number one Joel Parkinson in the second round when the Billabong Pro kicks off on Saturday.  Under the new ASP seeding system, Parkinson will forego the sudden death first round and be seeded directly into round two.  Having won the opening two events of the year, he admits he won’t be taking any wildcard lightly. 

“The local Tahitians know it better than anyone, I have been watching a few heats and taking a few points out of it to use in my own strategy,” said Parkinson.  “I have been enjoying my time here before the trials and I’m feeling ready.”

For Healey, 31, the second place result was his best ever at the trials having competed in the event seven times.  The stocky goofy footer looked to have Williams’s number on the way to the final, winning through round four, quarters and the semis in fine style. 

With the swell fading in the final and his Tahitian opponent holding a commanding lead, Healey could only wait for the ocean to deliver the waves capable of finding the scores he needed.  At the heats end he still held priority with the surf failing to materialise.

“I’m happy that I made the final, I just wish I would have had a stronger heat and got some waves,” said Healey.  “The way I look at it is that there are 64 guys that are amazing surfers in this event and to make the top two is insane.”

“I knew it was going to be a tough heat when I saw his  semi, he picked up a huge score without priority and he did exactly the same thing to me,” said Healey.  “He has got a really good connection to this place, and you have to get really good waves to be better than him out here.”

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Photo: Splash 

Lindsay Lohan scored a few waves, last week, in the Island of Maui, in Hawaii.

The 22-year-old Hollywood actress showed off her surfing skils, after breaking up with DJ Samantha Ronson.

She proved she can take off in a longboard/SUP, althought she is skinnier than ever.

Lindsay Dee Lohan was born on the 2nd July 1986, in New York City, and also works as a model and pop singer.

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