Damien Hobgood: back to total domination

Damien Hobgood and Courtney Conlogue won the Telstra Drug Aware Pro, at Margaret River, in Western Australia. Hobgood defeated local star Yadin Nicol, 26, to take out the ASP Prime rated event while Conlogue topped fellow Californian Sage Erickson to win the women’s ASP 6-Star contest.

Hobgood navigated throughout a drastic variety of conditions at the Telstra Drug Aware Pro, with surf ranging from bombing 10 – 15 foot (4 to 5 metre) to three foot (1 metre) waves for the final day. The Floridian talent got the best of Nicol in a slow Final by jumping out to an early lead to clinch his first ASP event win since the Billabong Teahupoo in 2007.

"It wasn't really much of a final - I'm sure Yadin is bummed, it would have been great to battle it out,” Hobgood said. “I saw that it was getting smaller and just wanted to go out and get some scores under my belt - I stuck to my game plan and it worked."

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Billy Stairmand: Kiwi hero

Billy Stairmand, the 21-year-old New Zealander, has defeated ten-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater in the Round of 24 of the Telstra Drug Aware Pro, at Margaret River.

Stairmand is now a hero to all Kiwi surf fans and his fellow competitors. "I wasn't expecting anything", said Billy. "I just wanted to go out and have fun and make the most of having a man-on-man heat with Kelly Slater. Now I'm the happiest I've ever been - I feel like I won the contest!"

Gentle offshore breeze, sunshine and a 8-to-10 foot swell marked this incredible day of surfing in Australia. Kelly was clearly disappointed with his early exit, but the ultimate competitor knows that losing is just a part competing.

"You're gonna lose heats," said Slater. "No matter how good you're doing, at some point that bad heat comes along and for me it was today."

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Avril Lavigne: the next world surfing champion

Avril Lavigne, the Canadian pop starlet, has been enjoying the waves of Sydney's most crowded beaches.

The singer was spotted surfing in a break from the promotion of her new album. "I think I'm having more fun in a lot of ways", said Lavigne.

Avril had the opportunity to learn surfing tips from a surf school located in Manly. Although this is not the first time she hits the waves, Lavigne showed some talent and style.

"Do you need to be zipped up", asks a smart boy. Lavigne accepted the helping hand and then entered the agitated waters of the Australian beach.

"Goodbye Lullaby" is the fourth studio album by the Canadian singer-songwriter. Avril Lavigne enjoys athletic activities, including yoga, street hockey, soccer, rollerblading and surfing.

Watch her surfing performance.