Clash of the Legends: heavy chargers

The competitive winter season on the North Shore is inching around the corner as the 2010 Reef Hawaiian Pro gears up to kick things off November 12th-23rd. As the first gem of the Van’s Triple Crown, this ASP WQS 6 Star Prime event is highly coveted for the deep rooted tradition and a piece of a $145,000 prize purse. Critical WQS points are also on the line making the Reef Hawaiian Pro a must stop for those wanting to qualify for the 2011 WCT.

But the best surfers on tour aren’t the only ones out for glory on the North Shore this winter. Reef has added two new exhibitions to the Reef Hawaiian Pro that will surely have people glued to the webcast from start to finish.

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Taylor Know: furious sprayer

The Caribbean enjoyed its second, consecutive mammoth day of world-class surfing today with the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico clocking in another 20 heats of competition.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico recommenced this afternoon with Round 2 of competition, with some big upsets and monster performances from the world’s best surfers to close out the day’s proceedings.

Dylan Graves (PRI), 24, wildcard into the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico via the Trials, collected the event’s biggest scalp today, eliminating current ASP World No. 5 Adrian Buchan (AUS), 27, in Round 2 of competition. The win was celebrated heartily by the tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who turned up to support the humble, young natural-footer.

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Stephanie Gilmore: smiling for the fourth time

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, has claimed her fourth, consecutive ASP Women’s World Title, making history at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search Puerto Rico.

With her Quarterfinal win over Melanie Bartels (HAW), 28, Gilmore amassed enough points to knock sole remaining contender, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, out of the running for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title Race.

“I’m really at a loss for words right now,” Gilmore said. “Mel (Bartels) is one of the most dangerous surfers in the world and has had my number on several occasions. Even on that last wave there, I was certain she’d got the score. I was blown away when they called it out and I’m rapt right now.”

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