Luke Reading conquers the Saltwater Wine Pro 

Local standout Luke Reading (Wallabi Point, NSW) was the king of his domain today, claiming the Saltwater Wine Pro in amazing conditions at Old Bar.

As the fourth event on the prestigious Hurley NSW Championship Circuit for 2009, the Saltwater Wine Pro saw some of the country’s best surfers competing for valuable ratings points and serious cash prizes.

Greeted with epic conditions – perfect, one metre-peaks – the action that transpired was of the highest order as Reading marched to victory with a dream 25-minute performance in the final.

“I couldn’t be more happy,” said a beaming Reading, clutching the $1200 cheque.

Defeating Darren O’Rafferty (Bonny Hills, NSW), Yerin Brown (Byron Bay, NSW), Perth Standlick (Bondi, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Reading was in a league of his own, racking up an impressive 15.40 (out of a possible 20).

“I got the dream start and felt really confident after my first two waves,” he continued.

“I could hear my brother (Joel) on the beach going nuts and it just fired me up to continue to build on my scores.”

With $3,000 up for grabs the state’s elite an opportunity to compete for serious monetary rewards at Old Bar’s famed Second Corner, Reading got through some exceptional competitors en-route to the final.


The New Surfing Girls of Summer published by Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair has published a special online photo feature on several ASP Women's Top 17 surfers.

"The New Girls of Summer", photographed by iconic surf photographer Michael Halsband, shows the new generation of young female surfers, aged 14-26 years old.

The Girls of Surfing are Sierra Partridge, Sofia Mulanovich, Leila Hurst, Alana Blanchard, Malia Manuel, Sally Fitzgibbons, Coco Ho, Laura Enever, Sage Erickson, Quincy Davis, Courtney Conlogue, and Hailey Partridge.

You can check the results of the photo shoot and a video here.

Kelly Slater re-signs with Quiksilver until end of career

Quiksilver is pleased to announce that it has signed legendary 9-time ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Champion Kelly Slater to a 5-year endorsement contract, extending his sponsorship arrangement with the company and ensuring that the greatest surfer of all time will be sponsored by Quiksilver for his entire competitive career.

Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, “We couldn’t be more pleased than to continue our long-standing relationship with the greatest surfer the sport has ever known. Kelly has been a fantastic spokesman for Quiksilver, a terrific ambassador and promoter for the sport of surfing and a true friend of the company. Kelly continues to work toward broadening the exposure of surfing through projects such as his upcoming IMAX movie, and he’s got some great ideas that we will work on together to enhance the marketability of surfing and bring surf competitions to a broader audience in new and innovative ways. Kelly’s agreement to accept a significant portion of his compensation in the form of Quiksilver stock demonstrates his confidence in Quiksilver and our future prospects. We are absolutely delighted to continue our partnership with Kelly.”