Billy Stairmand: from New Zealand to Scotland

The first eight heats of round one of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) Scotland an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star event were completed today at the back-up location of Brims Ness where young New Zealand surfer Billy Stairmand (NZL) lead the opening round charge of a strong international field.

Competition began at 7:30 am on a crisp, clear Scottish morning with waves in the 3-4ft (1-1.2m) range as the high tide provided excellent conditions with a light breeze and water temperature at a mere 7 º Celsius.

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Paige Hareb: rookie hero

The opening two rounds of the TSB Bank Women's Surfing Festival, Event No. 3 on the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour, went mobile today along the Surf Highway 45 where offshore three foot (1 metre) righthanders awaited the world's best female surfers.

With howling offshores and the rugged Taranaki seascape providing a majestic back for the ASP Top 17, outstanding performances were a regular occurrence today at the TSB Bank Women's Surfing Festival decided the qualifiers for Round 3.

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Luis Vindas: the dominator

Simply put: He was the best of the best. Inspired and sure, Jaco’s Luis Vindas won his second date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar 2009-2010 when he dominated the finals at the Copa Quiksilver yesterday with a score of 15.90 in the waves of Santa Teresa before 1,000 people in the best waves of the tournament’s season.

After winning the Esterillos date of the Circuito in January, and now this one, Vindas has two dates under his belt and the 22 year old is favored to win the national surf championship title. He found himself in this great position after battling a final in waves of 3.5 meters with Carlos Muñoz of Esterillos (15.50), Anthony Fillingim of Malpais (10.86), and Matias Braun of Montezuma (9.43). In the end, the main threat was the defending champion of the national title, 16 year old Muñoz, who fought to the last minutes of the heat, with a great wave of 8.50, a long left with all kinds of maneuvers including a superman at the end of the route.

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