Kelly Slater: the impossible air at Lower Trestles | Photo: ASP/ Rowland

A precious swell returned to San Clemente for the conclusion of Round 2 of the Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014. Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater survived early elimination.

The Brazilian redeemed himself in a decisive heat against Raoni Monteiro. Medina displayed his selective air game and took the win with two airs.

"In the beginning of the heat we couldn't catch many waves. It was so slow and I was getting nervous. I'm just stoked to make it through. It's always hard to compete against a Brazilian guy but it's a competition and we just think about our job," underlines Medina.

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France, 1965: Joël De Rosnay (left) meets Rod Sumpter and Wheels Williams

The French Surfing Federation is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

In 1964, Guy Petit, the mayor of the coastal town of Biarritz, founded the Fédération Française de Surf in a local tourist office. It is probably one of the oldest national governing bodies for the sport of surfing in the world.

One year later, the first ever French Surfing Championships get underway at Anglet. European surfing would never be the same without the French contribution.

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Vasco Ribeiro: three national surfing titles at 19 | Photo: Pedro Lopes/Moche

Vasco Ribeiro and Teresa Bonvalot are the 2014 Portuguese national surfing champions.

The fifth and last event of Liga Moche concluded with the Montepio Cascais Pro, held in perfect clean six-foot wave faces.

Vasco Ribeiro, 19, had to secure a spot in the final to claim his third national title. And that was exactly what happened.

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