World Surfing Games 

The ISA World Surfing Games day two was held today in consistent 3 to 5 foot waves at Marcelino and CDS beaches, in sunny Costa de Caparica. The best Open Men's made their way into the third round of the main event, sending the rest to the "do or die" repercharge.

Since this is the highest point-rewarding division for each team, all the nations applauded every single wave that was surfed. The flags of the world moved from one podium to another; bringing the Olympic spirit to the Portuguese coast once again.

The surfer of the day
USA team member, Ben Bourgeois, WCT surfer and 1996 World Junior Champ, was the surfer of the day, scoring 17.83 and 18.17 in his first and second round heats respectively achieving an amazing 90% points average.

The great wave selection, smooth-style surfing and powerful moves gave Bourgeois the first place in both heats. "This is a lucky day!" Bourgeois said, "I'm feeling good, I'm having fun, the waves are coming to me! Its always good to be part of the US Team, luckily we have a break between the WCT events right now, so I can be here in this great contest".

He will now join countrymen Nat Young, Dillon Perillo and CJ Hobgood, who also surfed well, in the third round.

The Mexican dark horse causes the upset of the day
Australian Dayyan Neve, one four WCT surfers in this event, faced a highly motivated Diego Cadena of Mexico in the second round of the Main Event.

Neve started the contest well, scoring the highest combined score of the Open division so far (18.67), comprising a perfect 10 and an excellent 8.67. He was really confident, until he faced Mexican star, Diego Cadena and Simon Merchand of France.

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Oxbow World Longboard Tour

From November 5th to 9th this year, the only Oxbow World Longboard Tour event in America will take place in San Clemente, CA. This surfing competition will draw the world's 48 best longboarders to clash in the waves of San Onofre.

San Onofre beach is a part of the history of California. People started to surf the break "Old Man's" back in the 1920s. From the days of redwood boards right up to epoxy, “SanO” has always been THE Californian beach and has welcomed most all the prestigious surf legends, such as Duke Kahanamoku, Dale Velzy, "Da Bull" Greg Noll, and many more.

San Onofre State Beach Park, created by Presidential decree in 1971, has five and a half miles of coastline, and is among the top five most-visited state parks in California, with more than 2 million visitors a year.

A beautiful place, a prestigious beach, a spiritual experience -- these are the reasons that drove the Oxbow brand to celebrate longboarding by crowning the 2008 World Longboarding Champion in San Onofre, California.

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Russel Winter 

Russell Winter wins 2008 Elusive Welsh Open in one of the best finals the UK Pro Surf Tour has had too date. The surf, the weather and the performances all came together for a spectacular finally to the weekend’s entertainment.

The old guard of Spencer Hargraves (Newquay) and Russell Winter (Newquay), who both individually have won pretty much every title in the UK and Europe, went up against the new up and coming surfers Matt Capel (S Devon) and Reubyn Ash (Bude). This provided an explosive final with spectacular surfing from all finalists, which included the two highest scoring waves of the event, for Russell Winter 9.83 and Reubyn Ash 9.00. The eventual final placing was first Russell Winter, second Reubyn Ash, third Matt Capel and fourth Spencer Hargraves.

In the Women’s division it was incredibly close throughout the final. But eventually Kathleen Spears (Croyde) managed to pick up the best wave of the heat in the dying seconds to score 7.0 and take the win. Second place went to English Women’s Champion Holly Donnelly (Newquay), Third to Australian Raine Jackson and fourth Bournemouth Surfer Jenny Horbas.

The Pro Junior with a record entry showed how much talent is beginning to emerge in British surfing. An in-form Josh Piper (Newquay) narrowly defeated a charging Reubyn Ash, third place went to Jayce Robinson (St Ives) and fourth Lyndon Wake (Croyde).

Relentless provided a Money Manouvre Award of £250 for the best Cutback at the event, which was held by many of the surfers as the contest progressed, but eventually was claimed by finalist and new ratings leader Matt Capel in his semi final heat.

King of Watersports .com provided a ‘King of the Wave’ prize, a top of the range Sector 8 Skateboard to the surfers, male and female who scored the highest scoring waves throughout the contest. The Women’s Award went to Kathleen Spears, who in her semi final heat scored a 9.07 out of a possible 10 points. The Men’s to eventual Contest winner Russell Winter, who in the final scored 9.83, which included a 10 point scores from two of the judges and a 9.5 from the third.

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