Taj Burrow: sliding feet | Photo: Cestari/WSL

The Brazilian surfing Armada impressed with three heat victories over Australian riders, as the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2015 enters Round 3 of competition, at Snapper Rocks.

After 11 consecutive lay days, pro surfers returned to the Superbank. In one of the most exciting heats of the day, Kolohe Andino and Jeremy Flores fought for a Round 3 seat. In the end, the American secured a narrow win over the Frenchman.

"I was planning on surfing my own heat and not worrying about him, but then I had to because he was surfing so good. I haven't been using a leash in about a week, so I was a bit nervous to throw one on, so I chose not to today," revealed Andino.

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Surfing: a sport for life | Photo: Thomas Tolkien/Creative Commons

If, like Clay Marzo once said, waves are, in fact, "...toys from God...," then who in their right mind wouldn't want a chance to play with them? They're the ultimate playthings: free, abundant, exhilarating, and, when you learn how to ride them - to enjoy the toys - they are able to change your life for the absolute better.

So what pearls of salty wisdom and sunburnt know-how should you take on your surf adventures?

Consider these ten things you should know before learning to surf - a sort of Kook's Commandments.

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Lower Trestles: a high-performance wave | Photo: Rowland/ASP

The Lowers Pro will return to Trestles, California, in 2015, after a two-year hiatus. The 2015 Oakley Lowers Pro will deliver 10,000 World Surf League (WSL) Men's Qualifying Series (QS) points rankings.

From April 28th to May 2nd, the best surfers in the world will have the opportunity to surf one of the jewels of California. Lower Trestles is back in the competitive circus with a quarter of a million dollar prize purse on the line.

"Lowers is a perfect canvas for innovative, high-performance surfing, which makes for an ideal competitive venue. And while it can be a picturesque wave, it's a difficult one to master. It's definitely a place that differentiates the good from the great," explains Cuan Petersen, marketing director at Oakley.

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