Australian Masters Games

World renowned Victorian Beach, Jan Juc will be the venue for the Surfing Competition of the 2009 Australian Masters Games. Surfing is a new sport for the Australian Masters Games and organizers are keen to encourage as many surfers as possible competing.

The Surfing Event will be held from February Monday 23rd through to February Friday 27th. There will be Mens and Womens competitions in Shortboard, Longboard and Kneeboard for age divisions of 30+, 40+, 50+ and 60+. The event has been allocated five days including waiting days to make sure of the best possible conditions.

Surfing Victoria will be coordinating the surfing event on behalf of the 2009 Australian Masters Games which is hosted by the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS), the peak body for sport in Australia.

Source: Australian Masters Games

Kelly Slater

Eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) beat reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) today to win the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, earn his 38th ASP World Tour victory and claim the fourth event on the 2008 ASP World Tour.

“I didn’t realize I was going to be overwhelmed by it, but I haven’t been in this position before, at this point of the year, with this many wins,” Slater said. “There are great things going on in my life so I’m just trying to soak it up and be appreciative.”

Surfing his 14th season on the ASP World Tour, Slater is still the only member of the Top 45 to win an event this season. The one tournament Slater lost was won by an event wildcard. He now has a 1262 point lead on World No. 2 Joel Parkinson and is in commanding contention to claim his 9th ASP World Title.

“I’ve put a lot of years in obviously, it’s been my life on so many levels for so long, in a way I was trying to pull back from it, but also I do love it,” Slater said. “I get a lot of enjoyment out of competing because competing really pushes your level. The best performances in the world are on tour.”

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The 2008 UK pro surf tour is off in full force and this year Gul International is staging its tour event at Porthmeor Beach in St Ives Cornwall on the 30th and 31st of August. The event comprises of several categories including both men’s and ladies open divisions as well as a groms section.

The Uk’s Top professional surfers and various international competitors from around the globe will battle it out for a share of the £2850 prize purse and valuable tour ranking points.

The Gul Open, which in past years has been held at Fistral beach Newquay in the colder months of November has moved to the summer series to utilise the summer tourist crowds in a hope to further promote surfing as a sport.

Sam Franklin from Gul commented “ Porthmeor beach St Ives provides a fantastic arena to show case some of Europe’s top athletes such as British Open Champion and Gul team rider Mark ‘Egor’ Harris, not to mention the grass roots talent.” Sam continues “The Competition will be the biggest surf event for the area for several years and should benefit the local surf industry and community”.

This is the 2nd time the tour event has been held at Porthmeor Beach; the last time was August bank holiday 2006. Dave Reed Event Director commented "This is a fantastic event for the UK Pro Surf Tour, I would like to thank Gul for recognising the need to support events in the West of Cornwall where the level of surfing is extremely high and surfing community is growing rapidly" adding "this event will give the local surfers an opportunity to match their skills with some of the best in Europe".

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