Joel Parking: Brazil makes him want to fly

The opening round of the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina was completed today in pulsing two-to-three foot (1 metre) rights at lefts at Imbituba's Praia da Vila.

Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina plays an important role in both the hunt for the 2010 ASP World Title and the mid-year requalification race for the ASP Top 45, and despite a slew of high-profile upsets, today bore witness to some sensational surfing.

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Grant 'Twiggy' Baker: the XXL surfers

Grant "Twiggy" Baker from Durban, South Africa took top Ride of the Year honors in the premier category of the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy, at a glittering function in Anaheim, California last night.

Baker, 36, pocketed US $50,000 for his incredible ride on an enormous wave which he paddled into during the Maverick's Surf Contest at Half Moon Bay in Northern California on February 13, 2010.

Watch the 2010 Ride of The Year winner, HERE.

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Marc Lacomare: he knew there was a photographer there...

Once again La Sauzaie tuned on great conditions for another full day of competition at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Protest Vendee Pro 4-Star men’s event. Inform surfers Marc Lacomare (FRA) and Glen Hall (IRL) will lead the charge in the quarter-finals when competition is set to resume at 10:00 local time.

3-4ft (1m) waves hit the peak at La Sauzaie for day 3 of competition. Knowing the break to perfection contest director Julien Hamel took full advantage of the waves on offer and knows that if there are waves at La Sauzaie you have to run as many heats as possible. Although an afternoon sea-breeze took the edge off the glassy conditions competitors were keen to keep going and run through to the end of round 4.

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