Billabong Cascais Girls Festival 

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) WQS Women's 6-Star Billabong Cascais Girls Festival enjoyed a great opening day of stunning action at the beach of Guincho in Cascais, Portugal. Some consistent four to five foot (1.2 to 1.5 meter) waves and beautiful weather allowed officials to run 28 heats and reach the much awaited one-on-one Quarterfinals that will feature four duels when proceedings resume.

Current ASP Women's World Tour campaigners put on sensational performances to defeat all European competitors in the event today and reach Quarterfinals of the ASP WQS Women's 6-Star event. Rebecca Woods (AUS), rated No. 9 on the ASP WQS Women's ratings going into Stop No. 9 of 14, was the most consistent competitor throughout the day posting several excellent scores including an impressive 17.00 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in Round 2.

"I am really happy with today after a couple of seriously bad heats recently", Woods said. "There were a lot of waves coming in and I got some good ones. The waves were fun all day and I am really having a good time in Portugal."

Woods, who has been among the ASP Top 17 for four years now, came to Portugal relaxed and willing to enjoy her first trip ever to Portugal. She will meet last-second qualifier Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) in Quarterfinal No. 3.

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Thomas Chamula 

The Island Style Pro Junior, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Men's and Grade-1 Women's event, got underway today at Sopelana in the Basque Country. The event was blessed with consistent two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves for its second edition’s kick off and Women’s Round 1 and Men's Rounds 1 and 2 were completed.

Thomas Chamula (REU), 18, a newcomer on the regional tour, was today’s standout when he posted a solid 15.76 point heat tally (out of a possible 20), the highest result of the day including an excellent 8.83 point ride (out of possible 10).

"I am happy to be here", Chamula said. "I come from Reunion Island and am not used to surfing these soft and slow conditions. I waited for the better waves and things went the right way, stoked to be in Round 3."

Chamula, who has not competed yet this year on the ASP European Pro Junior circuit, has no chance to grab the regional title but will aim at going as far as he can in the Asp Grade-2 Pro Junior event.

"I don't really aim at winning", Chamula said. "This event gives me the opportunity to gain experience and confidence. It is already a big challenge for me."

With all favorites not surfing before Round 4, unknown surfers and locals were able to enjoy their time out before big names start firing at the consistent beachbreak.

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Rip Curl Pro Indonesia 

The 2008 Rip Curl Pro Search returned to its primary venue, ‘somewhere’ in Indonesia, today for Round 2 of competition which saw top seeds dominated the pulsing six-foot (2 metre) lefthanders before conditions deteriorated in the early afternoon.

Stop No. 6 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search saw the elimination of 10 surfers today before inconsistency forced event organizers to call competition off for the day.

Bede Durbidge (AUS), current ASP World No. 3, bested lethal wildcard Owen Wright this morning in one of the more incendiary heats of the day. Wright secured an incredible forehand barrel for an impressive 9.63 out of a possible 10 only to have Durbidge answer immediately with a 9.63 of his own for a deep tuberide followed by two powerful backhand blasts.

“Owen (Wright) got that incredible barrel right in front of me and I thought I was done,” Durbidge said. “Then that sick one came through and I just held my rail as long as I could and it let me out and I got the score – I was so stoked.”

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