Owen Wright

Margaret River is one of few locations on the ASP World Qualifying Series capable of really challenging professional surfers by delivering powerful large surf and when the surfers arrived today they knew they would be calling up the best of their ocean skills with a solid swell pounding the outer reef at Surfers Point.

The message became clearer even before the opening heat began when veteran Brazilian surfer Paulo Moura signalled to the judging tower by waiving his broken board to hold off on starting the heat and get a new board out to him after his was snapped when paddling to the line up.

The frantic start failed to rattle Moura who went on to impressively win the heat defeating up and coming Hawaiian Mason Ho comfortably on a score line of each surfers top two scoring rides of 13.50 to Ho’s 11.23.

“ That was a tough start to the heat and luckily I was able to get the attention of the tower and get a new board out quickly” said Moura.

“Waves like this test us all and you feel good about your surfing when you win in these conditions.”

Australia’s fastest emerging young surfer Owen Wright, who grew up on NSW’s south coast but has recently relocated to Lennox Head is rapidly establishing himself on the open ASP circuit and this morning toyed with the conditions to notch up another impressive heat win.

With excellent large surf forecast all week,  Wright is optimistic about his chances here.

“It’s big open ocean surf and I definitely like the wave as you have plenty of scope to really put together large power driven moves” said Wright after his heat.

“If it gets bigger as they are predicting I’m fine with that, I’d prefer it bigger than smaller.”

Wright defeated South Africa’s Ricky Basnett who advanced in second place while local favourite Tom Innes was eliminated in third place.

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2009 Pe'ahi World Cup Tow-In Championship 

The Mormaii Pe’ahi World Cup Tow-In Surfing Championship holding period has officially come to a close.  APT directors and Mormaii officials are disappointed that Mother Nature did not produce the anticipated swell to hold this world class tow-in event but are hopeful that next year will bring greater opportunity for everyone involved.

International competitors from Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Hawaii, California and Mexico, would have been given a 48 hour notice to make it to the world’s most famous Tow-in big wave on Maui’s north shore Pe’ahi, aka: JAWS.

APT is proud to announce that Mormaii will be sponsoring this event again next year and both organizations are working towards a long lasting partnership that will benefit the sport of tow-in surfing and its competitors.

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2009 New York Surf Film Festival

The New York Surf Film Festival is proud to announce the official 2009 Screening Panel. Comprised of international and local surfers with a wide range of credentials, the panel of editors, filmmakers, artists, shapers and shop owners will judge the NYSFF 2009 Official Selections in the categories of Best Feature Length Film and Best Short Length Film. The “Viewer’s Choice Award” will be voted by the audience during the weekend of the festival.

Alex Karinsky is the creator of “NYC Wipeout” - the first NY surfing TV show, and founder of Gotham Surf Club.

Mike Becker is the founder of Nature Shapes Surfboards, the second largest surfboard company in NY.

Todd DiCiurcio is an artist and surfer living in Brooklyn, NY. Acclaimed for his portrait work, he has created a dialogue between art and music with his live
drawings.

Alex Dick-Read is the Founding Editor of “The Surfer's Path” magazine, which he started 12 years ago in the UK.

Lewis Samuels is the author of “Power Rankings” and has recently gone rogue with PostSurf.com. In the course of analyzing the greatest surfers on earth, Lewis has become perhaps the most hated man in surfing.

Thad Ziolkowski is the author of “On a Wave” (Grove/Atlantic 2002), a memoir about growing up surfing in Melbourne Beach, Florida during the 1970's.

Jeremy Dean is a FL/NY Surfer who spent six years making the independent feature length documentary “Dare Not Walk Alone” about civil rights and social
justice, appearing in theaters across the country in 2008.

Richard Phillips is an artist living and working in New York City. His paintings have been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles and White Cube Gallery in London.

John M. Schultz was born and raised in New York. He is an archivist who maintains a sizable quiver of vintage and contemporary surfboards and is the recipient of two Emmy Awards for his documentary work.

Charlie Bunger, Jr. manages Bunger Surf Shop in Babylon, NY. Bunger Surf Shop is one of the oldest family-owned and operated surf shops in the USA. Charlie lives and surfs on Long Island.

Andrew Kessler has been living and skateboarding in New York City longer than you.

Dave Denis is the main man/stuff maker; a product of the Long Beach, New York surf scene circa 1986.

Tom Parrish is a 70's North Shore shaping God who continues to make magic boards on Maui, where he also practices law when not surfing.

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