Maya Gabeira

A brand new Ride of the Year entry video is now posted of Brazilian Maya Gabeira on what's clearly one of the heaviest tubes ever by a female. There are also tons of other entries just in including all the latest Maverick's paddle bombs vying for the Monster Paddle Award, and an Oregon slab slides that just went plain wrong in the Monster Tube division.

But it would appear that all of this so far has been a mere tune-up for the Main Event as the El Nino winter begins to get serious in the North Pacific.

The world's best big wave surfers are all watching for the latest data on the forecasted storm, and so far things are remaining rather positive for an exceptional swell event for every major big wave break in the Hawaiian Islands and the West Coast for early next week.

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Praia da Nazaré

The Maresia Nazaré Surf Pro will be held between 5-7 December, in Vila da Nazaré, Portugal.

Praia do Sul, Praia da Vila and Praia do Norte are the selected beaches for the decisive event that will crown the Portuguese Surfing champions.

There are 10 surfers still capable of clinching the title but Alexandre Ferreira (Estoril) and João Guedes (Porto) are better positioned to conquer the trophy.

This is a 6-star Prime stage, so the winner will take 3000 points.

In the ladies competition, Joana Rocha (Ericeira), Francisca Pereira dos Santos (Caparica) and Carina Duarte (Ericeira) are the challengers of the 2009 Portuguese Women's Surfing title.

There is a huge swell expected for the competition period.

Nathan Yeomans

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North American season has come to an end and Californians Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 28, and Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), 17, claimed the premier ASP North America Men’s and Women’s titles with their stellar performances over some of the world’s top ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfers this year.

Also standing atop the regional podium for 2009 are Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 18, and Malia Manuel (Wailua, HI), 16, taking out titles of Men’s and Women’s ASP North America Pro Junior Champions. In addition to the Pro Junior crowns, Hawaiian Kai Sallas (Oahu, HI) and Cori Schumacher (Cardiff, CA), 32, claimed the top regional titles via the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS).

Yeomans, who is currently competing in the Vans Triple Crown in Hawaii, is sitting in the No. 7 position overall on the ASP WQS and his stellar regional performance saw him take out the title of Men’s ASP North America Champion. Yeomans sealed the deal on his No. 1 North America finish with a massive win at the ASP 6-Star PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz in early November, propelling him into a solid position amongst the international competition on the ASP WQS. The crucial victory significantly helped his chances at a spot amongst the elite 45 that make up the ASP Dream Tour for 2010.

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