Strength and conditioning: only 99 to go

Doctor Jeremy Sheppard will be surfing's first ever full time Sports Scientist working with Surfing Australia. It's a three-year partnership that will see Australia maintain its status as the world leader in surf education and high performance training.

The specialist from the Edith Cowan University (ECU) has been a strength and conditioning coach for 18 years, having worked and won Olympic medals for national teams in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Australia.

"I am really excited to take up this outstanding position. I have been given the opportunity to apply my passion to training athletes, by serving as Sport Science Manager with Surfing Australia. Surfing is a sport which plays the dominant role in my life and I'll be working for a country that is dominant on the world stage", said Doctor Jeremy Sheppard.

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Nick Rupp: party time, dude

Nick Rupp has conquered the DNA Energy Pro Junior, at New Smyrna Beach Inlet, Florida, USA. The 18 year-old surfer defeated Noah Schweizer, Evan Geiselman and Luke Davis in the four-man final heat.

Rupp notched two back-to-back scores in the first half of the Final to overtake early heat leader, Davis, with a 12.77 heat total (out of 20), and held on to the lead throughout the remainder of the tough heat to take out his inaugural ASP Pro Junior event win.

"I was thinking I was just going to get last going into the Final," Rupp said. "I just got two waves in the beginning and rode them. I’m stoked that Noah (Schweizer) got second too, I’ve been staying with him for the event."

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Albert Muñoz: on your knees, sir

Albert Muñoz has conquered the 2011 ISA World Kneeboard Open title, at Woolamai Beach, Victoria, Australia. The Puerto Rican wave rider scored 13.00 points and beat Chayne Simpson, in the final heat.

"Since I very first rode a kneeboard I have wanted to win a world title," said Muñoz with tears in his eyes. "I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid. My biggest ambition in life has been to be the best in the world, even if it is just for 20 minutes. I just wanted to be World Champion."

Muñoz, who is currently living in Australia, had to battle harsh conditions to clinch the world kneeboard trophy. Strong waves and onshore winds helped the formation of nice right-handers.

The opening final of the day saw local Phillip Island surfer Jethro Cooney win his first ISA World Title in the Junior division. Cooney’s two-wave total of 8.50 was just enough to take victory ahead of Chris Linn who scored 7.50.

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