Nick Riley 

Freshwater Surfer Nick Riley made an impressive return from a dilapidating injury in the 25th Jesus Pro Am at Manly, to claim victory in the Open Men’s Division against good mate and rival Boardrider Club member Dustin Atkinson (Manly).

With the Men’s final replicating a local inter-club heat, Queenscliff Boardriders Club member Riley, faced the in-form Atkinson from the North Steyne Boardriders Club.

In excellent 1m surf at Queenscliff Beach, both Riley and Atkinson displayed great early round form, with each progressing undefeated to the man-on-man 20-minute final. However, it was Riley who quickly stamped his authority on the final, posting a 6.10 score to move to a good lead position.

Riley then consolidated his lead with an excellent 8.40 score after completing an incredible combination of backhand carving turns to have Atkinson needing a combination of scores.

Despite a late charge by Atkinson, who netted a strong 7.20 scoring ride after holding priority through an extended lull in waves, it was too late with time running out for the natural footer.

Riley was extremely pleased with his win in what was his first contest after sustaining a severed tendon in his foot which forced him out of the water for 3 months.

“I’m absolutely stoked”, exclaimed Riley, “To come back from injury with a win, especially here at home and against my good mate Dustin, is great”.

“The win is a huge confidence booster for me and will set up the rest of my year competitively”.

For his win, Riley took home $1000 cash and a trip to Samoa courtesy of Line Up Surf Travel.

The Open Women’s division saw a high scoring Final with all four competitors providing the strong Manly crowd with a see-sawing heat.

In the end it was recent Surfest Women’s WQS Champion Phillipa Anderson (Merewether) who was too strong, out pointing Skye Burgess (Lake Heights) into second, 2008 event champion Yvonne Byron (Figtree) in third and Broulee surfer Bijou Busse finishing in fourth.

Anderson claimed $1000 for her victory plus a weekend at the exclusive Salamander Shores Resort, Salamander Bay.

The Cadet Boys and Girls divisions again provided an impressive peek into the next generation of professional surfers with all competitors continuing to raise performance levels.

The Cadet Boys Final featured three Cronulla locals: Rory Jenkins, defending event champ Conner O’Leary and Cory Robertson, against impressive Kiama Downs’ surfer Brett Connellan.


ISA is in compliance with the 2009 Anti-Doping Code 

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to inform that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed that the ISA is in compliance with the 2009 Anti-Doping Code.

Always looking towards excellence in sport and the best sportsmanship attitude from our athletes, the ISA continues to conduct anti-doping tests in each of its events.

Recently the ISA received a letter from WADA Director, Rune Anderson and Senior Manager, Emiliano Simonelli, stating: "We have reviewed your amendments in light of our suggestions, and confirm that you successfully incorporated all the mandatory articles of the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code (the “Code”) into these (ISA) rules.”

ISA highlights this as another important step in surfing's Olympic participation plans.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said about the ISA compliance with the WADA Anti-Doping Code: “The ISA has been performing IOC/WADA anti doping tests for all ISA finalists in each division of our world championships since 1992. Only four positive results in 17 years, are a clear testimony to the fair play spirit of competitive surfing.


Mark Mathews in the O'Neill Cold Water Classic 

It was a short day of action in Northern Scotland today, the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime O’Neill Cold Water Classic by Swatch completing its third round with the remaining four heats running in clean off-shore four foot (1.2 meter) waves at Brims Ness until the strong on-shore winds and rains made organizers put the event on-hold.

The 30-minute battles brought some exciting show at the Point with both left and right-handers rolling over the low-tide shallow reef and giving the sixteen men having to paddle out some good scoring potential.

Several solid performances were put together throughout the couple of hours of surfing and the upset of the day came with the elimination of current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 8 Owen Wright (New South Wales, AUS), 18, who could not get into rhythm in the last encounter losing to fellow Australians and O’Neill ambassador Mark Matthews and top scorer of Day 6 Jarrad Sullivan.