Rio de Janeiro: there are people watching you from their homes

Everybody's ready and surf's up. The best female surfers in the world are gearing up for the 2011 Billabong Pro Rio, at the Barra da Tijuca surf peak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's the fifth stop of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season.

The exciting return to Rio promises superb surfing performances. Carissa Moore is fired up after making four Finals from four events and claiming two victories. The young Hawaiian holds a solid position as frontrunner at the moment.

"I’ve have had an amazing year so far," Moore said. "To make four Finals from four events is a really good start for me and I’m having a lot of fun. Everyone is surfing really well and I’m feeling really pushed right now by all the girls like Coco (Ho), Tyler (Wright), Steph (Gilmore) and of course Sally (Fitzgibbons)."

Sally Fitzgibbons, current ASP Women’s World No. 2, has had a breakout year of her own, making two Finals and collecting a well overdue inaugural victory at Bells Beach.

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Pantin Classic: a Spanish surfing jewel

In 1988, one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the longest running surf contests in the world was being born in the region of Galicia, in Spain. The first Pantín Classic was surfed between 23rd and 25th September.

The winner of the surfing competition was Jorge Imbert and the bodyboarding trophy went to Gonzalo Casal "Super". The decades have passed and the contest survived time, economical crisis, regional shifts and lack of sponsoring.

There are many stories behind this true surf classic. The Pantín Beach is located in Ferrol, an autonomous community in northwest Spain, in an industrial and naval region. Pantín is not far from A Coruña, one of the biggest cities in Spain, but at the same time is far away from huge building, traffic jams and highways.

More than 20 years after the inaugural Pantín Classic, a beautiful documentary has been released. The film tells the stories, past, present and future of the iconic surf competition. Watch it in Spanish language.

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Dimitri Ouvre: a flying goofy-footer

Dimitri Ouvre has conquered the Somo Pro Junior Cantabria Infinita after defeating the Medi Veminardi, William Aliotti and Ramzi Boukhiam. The young goofy-footer pulled a final huge air-reverse in clean 3-4ft (1m) peaks, in La Playa de Somo, Spain.

With under 15 minutes remaining Ouvre found his wave and punted the manoeuvre of the event followed by a forehand snap to snatch a near perfect 9.00 out of 10 and the win.

"In the beginning Medi (Veminardi) got some really good scores and if I wanted to win I needed to get a big score and not fives or sixes so I waited. I made a couple of mistakes at the beginning because I was too impatient but after I knew I needed to wait for a good one and it came through to me. I was a bit lucky with that because after there were no sets for about 10 minutes so I am so stoked."

Ouvre jumps to nº1 position on the Asp European Men’s Pro Junior rankings and now has his eyes set on a repeat performance at the upcoming Asp 3-Star Pro Junior in the Canary Islands.

"It is a good result before the Canaries event so I think I am confident for the Canaries and I just have to do the same thing. I have no pressure and I enjoyed this event with my friends and my time here in Spain. I am not really focused but I just want to win so it is great right now."

Veminardi, who had impressed during his Quarter and Semi-final appearance surfed the long rippable lefts with a series of precise forehand snaps to amass a two-wave combined total of 15.16 out of 20 to take a commanding lead early in the final.

"I think I had a good game plan for the whole contest. I really wanted to improve my surfing in every heat I surfed in and that’s what I did but it was bad luck for me. Dimitri got that one wave that had the good ramp to do an air and he did it and took his chance and I lost by 0.15 of a point but that’s the way it is. I’m just bummed for losing the prize money for first place, $1,100 for less than half a point is tough", he jokes.

The Asp Europe Men’s Pro Junior Series 2011 will determine qualifiers for the elite Asp World Junior Championships, which start in Bali, October 3rd 2011.

Next in line is the 3-Star Islas Canarias Santa Pro Junior, running from 11-15 May 2011, at the peaky beach break of La Cicer.

Somo Pro Junior Cantabria Infinita Final

Dimitri Ouvre (BRB) 15.33
Medi Veminardi (REU) 15.16
William Aliotti (FRA) 13.37
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.07