Rob Bain

Rob Bain from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a former Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour surfer, prominent through the 1980’s and early 90’s with four ASP world tour wins (IMB/Wollongong, Garden State Pro/New Jersey, Instinct Pro Ericeira Portugal and Coke Classic Narrabeen Australia) and a highest rating of 5th in 1990, suffered an horrific wipe just under two weeks ago  while surfing North Avalon on Sydney’s northern beaches, sustaining serious head, neck and back injuries – He almost died!

A serious injury to say the least, Bainy is back on the slow road to recovery and will be in a body and neck cast combo for a sometime.

ASP Australasia caught up with Bainy briefly to assess his recovery.

How's your recovery going?

My first appointment is 4 weeks from the accident and then they will assess how long I need to be in the body and neck cast. Anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks or more.

They said no surfing for 5 months but we will see how it progresses.

I have a fractured vertebrae in my neck and 5 in my thoracic spine.
I have compressed 3 discs also in my thoracic, as well as a broken rib.
My head is healing together, as I had scalped myself needing over 50 internal stitches and 50 external staples.

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Makua Rothman

The Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational was back in business in the Philippines today until strong winds halted play mid-round.

In building 3-4ft (1-1.5m) barrelling waves, contest organisers decided to run two round four heats before competition was suspended with freshening onshore winds.

With only 10 heats (5 hours) required to finalise competition, organisers have the luxury to wait for ideal conditions. It’s expected that the swell will continue to build overnight with improved conditions across tomorrow.

Local ace Carlito Nogalo is through to the quarterfinals after dispatching of Japan’s Shinpei Horiguchi.

In a wave starved heat, the talented natural foot utilised ever inch of his local knowledge to jag the heat’s best wave, dropping in late, pumping through the barrel before cleanly exiting to receive a near perfect 9.97 from the judges.

He backed it up with a 4.50 to best Horiguch – 14.47 to 5.33.

“I can’t believe I made it through that barrel,” said Nogalo.

“The wind got stronger throughout the heat so it really made barrel riding quite hard. I’m glad I came out.”

Hawaii’s Makua Rothman also booked a spot in the quarterfinals, downing Australia’s Sam Page (Manly, NSW) in a high-scoring affair.

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Adriano Souza enjoying the Portuguese waves at the Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal

With clean three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves pulsing through the second backup venue of Belgas this morning, the Rip Curl Pro Search completed the remaining three heats of Round 2 before calling competition off for the day.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search had intentions of pushing through Round 3 today, but as conditions slowed following a hold after Round 2, event organizers opted to postpone further competition this morning. Despite only running three heats, the day’s action and drama remained high, as the final 16 surfers were decided.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, current ASP World No. 3, kept his ASP World Title hopes alive this morning, eliminating good friend and compatriot Jihad Khodr (BRA), 25, in Round 2 of competition.

“They were tough conditions out there, Jihad is a great competitor so I was very careful of him and I am really happy to move through to the next round and keep my title hopes alive. I have never got through to Round 2 at a Rip Curl Pro Search event so I am really happy about that, hopefully I can keep it going. I am just having fun, it is the first time I have the chance to get the title but I am still young, so there is not really any pressure.”

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