Thurso, Scotland: no waves but plenty of rocks

Competition was today postponed due to insufficient wave quality and size. After several calls throughout the morning and then a final call this afternoon at Thurso East event officials decided not to start round two of the US$145.000 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star men’s O'Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland.

Poor inconsistent waves in the 3ft (1m) range were on offer this morning at Brims Ness but with a building on-shore wind wave quality was poor. With an expected new swell on the way and having the event totally mobile another afternoon call was made but proved fruitless as only 1-2ft (0.5m) waves were wrapping down the point at Thurso East.

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Carissa Moore: next year she will be able to celebrate with a beer

Carissa Moore (HAW), 17, 2010 ASP Women's World Tour rookie, has claimed the 2010 TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival over Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, in pumping offshore barrels at Fitzroy Beach.

The third stop on the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour season, the TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival enjoyed a veritable cornucopia of conditions throughout the six-day event window, culminating in exciting fashion today in front of a capacity crowd at the primary site.

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Homes of Hope: surfing as a mission to help others

Mitch Anderson has been a YWAM missionary in the surf capital Pichilemu for some 20 years. However, in all those years no major tragedy has compared to the recent earthquake.

"This quake was a once in a lifetime, at least 1,000 times more intense that Haiti and with over 500 aftershocks since. People are stressed and thousands still displaced. We have had up to 400 on our base. This is a great opportunity to show the love of Christ in this key surfing community."

Mitch has partnered with 'Homes of Hope' and can build an emergency home for $US2,500 or standard for $US4,000. There is also the need for nail guns, saws and equipment in the house-framing factory he is building.

Tradesmen of all kinds, as well as labourers, are desperately needed. "Winter is cold and wet here, we have identified around 300 families that need a home and I am drawing on both the church and surfing community to help."