Joel Parkinson: fit to win

Joel Parkinson has conquered the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach after defeating Mick Fanning in an electric Final in solid six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach.

The Australian clash was the perfect celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic surfing event. The historical swell, the huge crowd and the quality of the surfers couldn't be better.

Parkinson opened up with an 8.53 on the first ride of the heat and drove the nail into the coffin with a Perfect 10. Watch the highlights, here.

"To me, Mick (Fanning) has been the form surfer of the event and I was never going to take him lightly," Parkinson said. "I think we both had the same game plan of getting the first good one that came through and putting the momentum behind us. We scrapped for that first wave and I got the nod. Even though it was a mid-8, I knew I needed a lot more to hold him off so I just kept the pressure on from there."

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India: there are waves like these everywhere | Photo:

India, the second-most populous country in the world, has joined the International Surfing Association (ISA). Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, Bhutan, the People's Republic of China and Nepal to the northeast, and Bangladesh and Burma to the east.

India's coast is 7,517 kilometers (4,700 mi) long. Of this distance, 5,423 kilometers (3,400 mi) belong to peninsular India, and 2,094 kilometers (1,300 mi) to the Andaman, Nicobar, and Lakshadweep Islands.

The main surfing zones in India are Mangalore (Karnataka), Kovalam (Kerala), Varkla (Kerala), Pondycheary (Tamilnadu), Mahabalipuram (Tamilnadu), Vizag (Andra Pradesh), Puri (Orissa) and Butlers Bay (Andaman Islands).

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Sally Fitzgibbons: ringing the bell

Sally Fitzgibbons has conquered the 2011 Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach and is ready to battle for the 2011 ASP World title. The Australian surfer girl played in home waters and got the best waves of the final heat against Carissa Moore.

The clash was surf in Rincon's three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves. "This is so overwhelming," Fitzgibbons said.

"It’s been a long journey for me to finally win and this is incredible. I can’t feel my arms or legs and I’m just trying to keep from crying right now. It’s been a really long time coming and I want to thank all the girls for pushing me as well as all my family and friends who have supported me over the years."

Fitzgibbons finished runner-Up in three 2010 surf contests as well as in the season. Today's maiden victory was made all the more emotional for the young Australian, clinching the title in the event's 50th year of operation, surrounded by her heroes and sporting icons.

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