Andy Irons: he is all around us

Andy Irons passed away on the 2nd November. The news saddened the world of surfing and everyone is still trying to cope with the loss of a surfing legend.

After all the memorials and tributes to Andy, the Irons family has released a special statement thanking everyone from Australia to Europe, from Indonesia to South Africa:

Following a beautiful memorial service on November 14th, 2010 at Andy’s beloved Hanalei Bay, the Irons family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has reached out to them from the far corners of the planet.

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Joel Parkinson: laying for a nap

When Joel Parkinson decides to fire up the beach, the show is like an action movie.

The Australian surfer decided to play his cards and confirmed the highest two-wave total score of the event to date: 19.87 out of a possible 20 points.

The Reef Hawaiian Pro 2010 is just kicking off, but the spectators are already stoked.

"I couldn't ask for a better place to come back after a long injury," said Parkinson. "I didn't hear till midway through the heat that I got a 10, and I was like, 'I got a 10?' I thought they might have misprinted the zero or something.

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Stephanie Gilmore: nobody stops here from winning

Australian Stephanie Gilmore, the 4-time ASP world champion of surfing, eclipsed the field to win the Cholo's Hawaiian Pro today - the first leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. With the world title locked away, Steph's victory here puts her in good stead to gun for a third Vans Triple Crown title to round out the year. Gilmore, 22, earned $4,500 for today's win.

Surfing in double-overhead waves, Gilmore was untouchable in every round with near-perfect scores and flawless, critical maneuvers. Runner-up was rookie Australian Tyler Wright, 16, from Lennox Head, who threw down some of the most futuristic maneuvers women's surfing has ever seen, but failed to match Gilmore's well-rounded performance. Third was Alana Blanchard (Hawaii), and Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) was fourth. Today's results saw Wright, Blanchard and Silva lock in their berths on next year's elite ASP World Tour.

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