Roxy Sunset Pro 

Despite slightly improved surf in the three-to-four foot (1 metre) range on offer at Sunset Beach this morning, another lay day has been called for the Roxy Pro citing inconsistent conditions.

Event No. 7 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach marks the second stop on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (an ASP Specialty Series), but today’s sporadic pulses in swell and the forecast of increasing surf coming throughout the next days prompted event organizers to call competition off for the day.

“The swell we have been tracking hasn’t properly arrived yet so we’ve called competition off for the day,” Randy Rarick, Vans Triple Crown Event Director, said. “We expect this swell to fill in a bit more throughout the day and will be back tomorrow morning at 7am to make another call.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am local time for a possible 8am start.

The waiting period for the Roxy Pro Sunset runs through December 6, 2008.

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Kelly Slater

Nine-time surfing world champion Kelly Slater is rumoured to return to the Gold Coast in 2009 to defend his Quiksilver Pro title.

That means, Slater will try to snatch the 10th world title. The first indications came from the organisers of the Australian event.

"The Quiksilver Pro, presented by LG, and the Gold Coast are two things very special to Kelly," said spokesman Johnathan Jenkins. "He has always claimed the waves of the Gold Coast are among his favourites in the world."

The Quiksilver Pro will be the first 2009 WCT event. Last season, Kelly Slater defeated Mick Fanning and conquered the Gold Coast stage.

"His non-committal reputation is pretty legendary among the surfing community," said Jenkins.

"But his competitiveness always seems to get the better of him. If I was a betting man I would be putting my money on him going for 10 titles."

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Michel Bourez 

Tahitian Michel Bourez, 22, scored a career-best win in Hawaii today, taking first place in the $135,000 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Reef Hawaiian Pro and an early lead on the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series ratings.

Prior to today, Bourez’s best result was a minor event win in the Canary Islands in 2005. Today’s result takes him to the No. 2 ranking on the ASP WQS ratings, guaranteeing him a start on the elite ASP World Tour in 2009. Bourez earned $15,000 for his win today.

Runner-up was Brazil’s Jihad Khodr, 24, third was Hawaii’s Kekoa Bacalso (Mililani), and fourth was Maui’s Dusty Payne, the youngest of the finalists at 19 and the only surfer to come all the way through from the very first round, surfing eight times to earn $4,400.

In conditions that more closely resembled the hollow tubes of Tahiti or Hawaii’s Off-The-Wall, Bourez hit his stride in the Semifinals in an unbelievable demonstration of deep tube-riding and critical power maneuvers, posting the highest wave and heat scores of the entire event: 18.96 points out of 20 for the heat, and 9.93 out of 10 for his top tube ride. In the Final, he posted a total of 16.77 points with scores of 9.77 and 7.0.

"That semi was maybe the best heat of my life," said Bourez. "Everybody was getting barreled I was screaming my head off. It was so sick. I was having so much fun out there and that’s what I call a good contest. It means a lot to just (qualify for) the ASP World Tour. I’ve been dreaming about this my whole life since I started to surf. I’ve been watching all the best surfers, like Kelly (Slater) and (Rob) Machado, all those guys. And, right now I can surf with them. It’s a good opportunity for me and all the Tahitian surfers. I’m stoked for Tahiti."

If Bourez can hold onto his lead of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series ratings, he could win a $10,000 bonus and a $10,000 one-ofkind Nixon tide watch featuring over two-carats of diamonds.

Khodr also had the crowd going wild with a hugely successful mix of determination, tube-riding and never-say-die attack on every wave he rode. Khodr peaked on time in the Final, coming so close but just short of the win. His final scoreline: 16.50 with individual wave scores of 8.50 and 8.00 for a couple of great tubes that were slightly shorter and not as deep as Bourez’s. Khodr’s result today moved him up to 5th on the ASP WQS rankings and back onto the ASP World Tour stage in 2009.

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