Cristian Merello: heavy charger

Xcel's Chilean charger Cristian Merello has won the Quiksilver Ceremonial Big Wave Invitational in 30' Punta de Lobos, Chile.

The goofy-foot Merello, 27, took advantage of the heavy lefts with patience and commitment, finding the biggest and best waves as sets built from the early morning and peaked in the 6-man finals.

Dedicating his win to his mother, who is battling cancer, and to the local Pichilemu community, Merello's determination and local knowledge won the day.

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Aritz Aranburu: uau, great score

On the decisive heat of the event, Aritz Aranburu took two regular waves to claim the title of Maresia Surf International 2010 in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The Brazilian Rodrigo Dornelles was second place, finalized the 12.67 x 6.67 points in the good waves at Mole Beach in Sunday.

"I'm so happy. It was a very good event for me, we had some pretty hard days and today everything went right to me," said Aritz Aranburu, who jumped from 60th to the 35th place on the newASP World Rankings. "Unfortunately, we could not get good waves in the final, I did not surf my best, but that was good enough to win. Rodrigo (Dornelles) is a great surfer and was a pleasure to make the final against him. It's great to win here in Brazil."

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Fred Hammings: the statesman surfer

Hawaiian House Democrats have killed the identification of surfing reserves in the State, after the measure was approved unanimously, minutes before, by the State Senate.

The proposal had been designed by Fred Hemmings, a Republican surfing passionate, who was retiring from politics.

Hemmings was just trying to show the world the cultural and historical value of surfing in Hawaii, but Democrats felt like it was time for the traditional political fights.

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