Matthew McConaughey

Two surfers have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery charges for allegedly throwing a photographer into the water as he tried to shoot pictures of Matthew McConaughey on the waves.

The surfers — Skylar Peak and Philip Hildebrand — are accused of confronting several paparazzi who showed up June 21 on a Malibu beach to take pictures and film the "Fool's Gold" and "Failure to Launch" star.

One of the photographers, Richid Altmbareckouhammou, told authorities he was attacked and his camera was thrown in the ocean by the surfers after they demanded he put his camera away.

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Girls go surfing 

The largest annual girl’s participation day is just over a week away and our surfschools are waiting to hear from you.

The Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day is the longest running and largest girl’s surfing day in Australia and the 2008 event is just around the corner and over 60 of Surfing Australia’s Affiliated Surfschools are offering girls of all ages the opportunity to “come surfing”.

Rip Curl will offer a showbag of goodies for every girl that books for this annual “surfing for fun” event and all participants also go into a draw to win “the Ultimate Surf Session” with ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore. 

Your $40 buys you a surf lesson with one of the participating Surfing Australia Surfschools who will supply boards, wetsuits or rashies; all you need to bring is your swimmers, towel, water and some sunscreen. All lessons are delivered by Surfing Australia Accredited Coaches guaranteeing a safe environment for all participants. 

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Dede Suryana

The 2008 Coca-Cola ISC season came to its official conclusion at the Sector Bar in Sanur last Saturday night with the year end awards party to crown its Indonesian surfing champions and the recognize the sponsors and contributors that made the tour such a success this year.

The couple of hundred surfers and members of the Indonesian surfing community begin arriving at the Sector Bar in Sanur starting at 7:00 pm and were treated to drinks and snacks while waiting for the show to begin, swapping stories and viewing the video and slideshows the recapped highlights of the 2008 season’s 25+ events.

MC’s Tai Graham and Ribut Wahyudi stepped up to the microphones at 8:30 to welcome the audience and get the program rolling. First off was the recognition of the ISC’s contest and judging crew for all their hard work throughout the year. This was followed by the calling up representatives from the sponsors of the years events including Billabong, Oakley, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Rusty, Surfer Girl, as well as SurfTime, Magic Wave, and the Bali Lifeguard Department and thanking them for all their support.

Then Mr. Setya and Mr. Nikko, representatives from the Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia, were called up and thanked for their tremendous help and contributions that allowed the ISC to progress and grow so rapidly this year. It was also announced that Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia would again be the sponsor of the ISC Tour for 2009, bringing a huge round of applause from the audience.

Next, it was on to the surfers themselves starting with the Junior Division. Though last year’s Junior Champion Ony Anwar was not able to leave his schooling in Australia to come to Bali to hand over the trophy to his older brother Gazali Hamzah (Sumbawa), Gazali was very stoked to add his name to the trophy above his brother’s. Second place in the Juniors was taken by Agus Frimanto (Nusa Lembongan), and third by Putra Hermawan (Nusa Lembongan)

The Women’s Division was up next, with Yasnyiar Gea (aka Bonne) from Nias getting the honor of being the first Indonesian women to ever get her name on a championship trophy for surfing. In the runner up spot was Yesco (Japan), wife of 2004 ISC Champion Pepen Hendrick, and taking third was Nyoman Satria from Bali.

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